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Page 1 of 3 Archive - November 2009

The UK stakes a claim to global IP thought leadership

The UK's minister for intellectual property has announced a major programme of research designed to explore the role that intellectual property plays as a facilitator of both innovation and economic growth. Speaking at today's launch, David Lammy MP stated that the aim is to "provide the hard evidence that we need to take IP policies forward in sensible directions. Directions that allow IP to give maximum benefit to our economy and, through that, to our ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2009 @ 6:24PM
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TiVo playing for big stakes at the CAFC

I have just been reading the transcript of a conference call on the Seeking Alpha website, which was hosted by members of the TiVo board and held to discuss the company's third quarter earnings. TiVo, you will remember, is a company we have covered before on this blog in connection with its ongoing litigation with EchoStar and DISH concerning patents relating to video recording. The last time we looked in, TiVo had just been awarded close to $200 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2009 @ 12:45PM
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Last chance for IP Hall of Fame nominations

On 2nd December, the nomination process for inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2010 closes. This means you now have just one week left to nominate someone to become one of 2010's IP Hall of Fame inductees. Submissions made after 2nd December will not be accepted. To ensure that your voice is heard, head to the nomination page on the IP Hall of Fame website and vote for those individuals who you believe have made an outstanding contribution to the development of IP law and ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 25 November 2009 @ 12:46PM
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Applicants have to accept their share of responsibility for quality and backlog problems

Justin Gray and Hal Wegner have produced a study looking at the increasing percentage of all USPTO patents being granted to the 150 leading recipients. In 1999, they point out, the top 150 received 37% of all grants, by 2008 that figure had climbed to 45% - and that, remember, is as the overall number of grants has climbed significantly. Gray and Wegner project that in the near future the proportion will rise to 50%. They also contrast the amount of patents being awarded to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 November 2009 @ 6:00PM
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Creating IP value is not all or even mostly about monetisation

US law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has launched an IP monetisation group, reports the American Lawyer's online service Law.com. In the face of what is described as "weak demand for both corporate and intellectual property legal work", members of the firm's IP and corporate teams will come together to offer clients services that will enable them to sell, license and enter into other transaction agreements with their IP. "It's technically not ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 November 2009 @ 4:06PM
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Look behind the headlines and China's patent miracle is a lot easier to explain

After four very illuminating days in Shanghai attending the China IP Business Summit, I have learned at least one very important lesson about reporting what is going on here. And that is: it pays dividends to be on the ground because only then do you get the chance to take a proper look behind the headlines. Take the story I ran at the beginning of this week about the growth of IP-backed loans in China. It is possible, I said at the time, that China is establishing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 November 2009 @ 3:21PM
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A CIPO speaks ...

IAM 39 goes to press on Monday and will be sent out to subscribers (and available online as well) at the start of the following week. One of the highlights of the next issue is a fascinating article written by Ruud Peters, CEO of Philips IP & Standards, in which he explains his relationship with the full Philips board and details how he established a relationship with board members so that IP is now a regular subject of discussion at board meetings and an integral part of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 November 2009 @ 2:43PM
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The USPTO's transparency puts Europe to shame

The news that USPTO Director David Kappos has launched a blog in which he will speak directly to all the office's users and everyone else who has an interest in its functioning is not a huge development in the great scheme of things. But it has got me thinking. Specifically, I can't help comparing the transparency of the process through which Kappos was appointed, to the smoke and mirrors, behind-closed-doors shenanigans that we are currently going ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 November 2009 @ 9:36AM
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China emerges as a world leader in IP finance

It looks like IP-backed loans in China, which this blog reported on last year here and here, are being rolled out across the country. Although loans secured against IP rights have been made available by a couple of banks in China for several years now, the latest development seems to be a country-wide initiative involving many more financial institutions and a lot more potential cash (although not a huge amount in the great scheme of things). What this confirms is something that ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 15 November 2009 @ 7:52AM
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More on IPCom and its litigation with HTC in Germany

Robert Harrison of the 24IP Group has just posted a comment to the blog I posted last month on a recent development in the efforts of IPCom, a German an NPE, to monetise a patent portfolio relating to GSM. ... I've now had the opportunity to read the judgement in full and there were two other factors that the court considered when staying enforcement of the judgement. The first were the declarations given by Bosch (former owners of the patent) during the standardisation ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 November 2009 @ 7:49AM
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