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Page 1 of 3 Archive - November 2007

Are green technology IP rights owners about to become the new big pharma?

Environmentally-friendly technology is rapidly emerging as the latest patent pressure point and, with the effects of global warming become ever-more apparent, it is not going to go away. Companies and other rights owners operating in this area – and there are an awful lot of them, including car manufacturers and oil companies, as well as the more obvious candidates such as turbine manufacturers – are going to have to think very carefully about how they handle the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Comcast puts non-lawyer in charge of IP strategy

Comcast, the US cable company, has appointed James Finnegan as its vice-president of intellectual property strategy. Finnegan, who was previously VP of IP for the German company Qimonda AG, is not a lawyer. Instead, he has an MBA and a master’s in electronic engineering. He will be reporting into Comcast’s general counsel and chief technology officer. Clearly, you don’t appoint a non-lawyer to run an IP legal operation. So, it looks like, we have another example of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Convergence brings bad news for IP owners

The third annual Convergence Consumer Survey, put together by UK law firm Olswang, was launched on 26th November 2007 and includes responses from 1,793 British consumers aged 13 to 55. After reading the results of the survey, it is clear that while convergence is starting to take hold in British households, news doesn’t look great for IP owners hoping to persuade consumers to part with their cash for the rich online media content they demand. Only 12% of respondents claim ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 28 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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EPO faces deficit crisis, Brimelow reveals

I did an interview with EPO president Alison Brimelow yesterday. It would be fair to say that she has a lot on her plate and even more on her mind – both internally at the office and also more generally. One very important issue relates to the EPO’s finances, which are nowhere near as rosy as people might imagine. With the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) accounting at the office – which takes into account future liabilities, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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One-third of European companies in China have no IP problems at all

The European Chamber of Commerce in China has presented the findings of its latest survey of members. Of those responding to the survey, 61% already make money from their Chinese operations, while the vast majority of the currently unprofitable respondents expect to have moved into the black within the next three years. Not surprisingly, it is the larger concerns that have been in China for the longest amount of time that tend to e doing best. As you would expect, there is a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Committee report will give clearer picture of the state of play at the USPTO

There is a damning report on the Patent Prospector blog about the recently released USPTO facts and figures for fiscal year 2007. The scathing tone pretty much reflects the sentiments of most patent practitioners in the US that I speak to these days. They seem to have lost all confidence in the office and its leadership. Of course, that is a hugely regrettable state of affairs, but it also makes it difficult for those of us who are not based in the States to get a proper ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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How Europe gifts biotechnology leadership to the Americans

The EPO recently held a day-long seminar on patenting biotechnology inventions. There is a detailed report of what was discussed on the office’s website. It looks as if it was an excellent event. One of the presentations that caught my eye was put together by Michael Hopkins of the University of Sussex. He was talking about research he and some colleagues have done on the patenting of DNA. There has been, he said, a significant decline in the number of patent ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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An improving scenario for trademark owners in India

IAM staff writer Sara-Jayne Adams went to a seminar yesterday evening at the offices of London law firm Stephenson Harwood. The event was entitled Inspiration v imitation - enforcing IP rights in India and among the speakers were Kamal Shah from Stephenson Harwood and Shwetasree Majunder from Anand and Anand, a specalist IP firm HQed in New Delhi. Here’s a brief overview from SJ of what was discussed: Big brands are moving to India, yet it is a two-way ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Ministers confirm progress in European patent talks

At a press conference held earlier today in Brussels, Portuguese justice minister Joao Tiago Silveira, said that “significant progress has been made” in discussions about the development of a unified patent system for Europe. Explaining Portugal’s approach during the six months it has held the EU presidency, Silveira stated that the intention has been to find consensus on a structure for litigating patent disputes and then gradually begin talking about what remains ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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IAM and Ocean Tomo join forces to present the IP Business Congress 2008

On 25th and 26th June 2008, IAM magazine will be hosting the IP Business Congress 2008, in partnership with Ocean Tomo LLC. The Congress, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will be based on the premise that IP rights are profoundly important corporate assets and have to be treated as such if their full value potential is to be realised. The Congress will not be focused on IP law; it will be about IP business, finance and monetisation - essentially, how IP ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 November 2007 @ 12:00AM
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