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Page 1 of 3 Archive - November 2010

EPO agrees translation deal with Google - UPDATE

Hot on the heels of news that talks to create a single patent right covering the European Union's major patent jurisdictions could get underway next year on the basis of enhanced cooperaiton, comes news that Google Translate is to be applied to all applications received by the European Patent Office, wherever in the world they come from. The Financial Times is reporting that under a deal agreed with the EPO, Google will also get access to the more than one million patents that are ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2010 @ 5:38PM
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IP strategists' association now seeking to recruit a COO

The move towards the formal launch of the International IP Strategists' Association (INTIPSA) continues apace. The idea for the association was conceived by some of the UK-based individuals who had been listed in the IAM Strategy 250. As previously outlined, INTIPSA has four main objectives: • To provide a repository of useful information for members, who are IP strategists and would be IP strategists, to call upon. The intent is to provide a portal to the best practice ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2010 @ 2:52PM
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New hope for a single patent in Europe, but not one covering the whole EU

Following the failure of talks earlier this month on creating a single EU patent, member sates frustrated at the lack of progress have now formally asked the European Commission to explore the possibility of creating a right based on the principle of enhanced cooperation. According to an article published by EurActiv yesterday: "Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Estonia said they will formally ask the European Commission to help them ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2010 @ 12:28PM
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Ireland to end tax relief on patent royalties - UPDATED

It looks like IP owners in Ireland are to be among the casualties from the fallout of the financial crisis that has hit the country. On page 96 of the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, it states that tax exemptions for patent royalties are to be abolished next year. Under the scheme, income from qualifying patents is not subject to taxation. A patent is said to qualify if it is held by a person or entity which is resident in Ireland and nowhere else and "in relation to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 November 2010 @ 5:20PM
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On ICAP Ocean Tomo, cojones and the falling price of auctioned patents

The report this blog carried on the recent ICAP Ocean Tomo auction in Napa Valley attracted quite a few comments, most of which focused on my contention that ICAP OT had " a lot of balls" for putting the event on in the first place. Most respondents, it seems, do not agree and argued their case forcefully and pretty persuasively. For example, this is what Rob Aronoff of Pluritas had to say: The OT ICAP Auction and its promoters have their reasons for being out there as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 November 2010 @ 1:14PM
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Last chance to nominate the world's leading IP strategists

Nominations have been coming in thick and fast for the 2011 edition of the IAM Strategy 250 since we opened the process last month. You now have only a few days left to nominate those individuals who you believe offer world-class services relating to the development and implementation of strategies that enable IP owners to maximise the value of their rights portfolios. But remember, we cannot accept nominations for colleagues within your own company/firm, or for those individuals ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 23 November 2010 @ 3:19PM
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Microsoft pays $450 million for 882 Novell patents

We will probably need to learn a little more about the 882 patents that Microsoft technology consortium CPTN Holdings has bought from Novell for $450 million cash before we can be certain just how significant the deal is. But there are few things that strike me immediately: • $450 million is an awful lot of money. • But if these patents were absolutely core to Linux they would be cheap at double the price. • What's more, there would surely have been scope for ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 November 2010 @ 2:04PM
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Samsung's IV hook-up gives it more freedom to operate - UPDATED: and HTC signs up too

When I interviewed Intellectual Ventures' Joe Chernesky while I was in Silicon Valley last month, he told me to look out for some "very significant announcements". Late last week, we got one of those with the news that IV has agreed a long-term licensing deal with Samsung Electronics. "With this arrangement," the press release revealing the deal says, "Samsung Electronics gains access to Intellectual Ventures’ extensive patent portfolio, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 November 2010 @ 12:56PM
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The "major semiconductor company" that has just sold Acacia a DRAM patent portfolio

Has anyone else spotted the clue as to the identity of the "major semiconductor company" that Acacia looks to have provided in its 12th November press release announcing the purchase of 65 patents covering DRAM technologies from that company? No? Well, have a look at the press release's file name: http://www.acaciaresearch.com/pr/111210RenesasDRAM.pdf That's the Renesas with which Acacia entered into a strategic partnership on 23rd August.  Many ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 November 2010 @ 7:25AM
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China announces plans to own key patents in newly emerging and traditional industries

On 11th November, China's State Intellectual Property Office unveiled a 10-year national patent strategy that seems to be designed to help align patenting by Chinese entities more closely to the needs of the country's economy. I say "seems to be" because beyond a couple of brief reports (here and here)  I can't find much detail in English of what it is all about. Hopefully more will emerge soon. Anyway, the fact that China now has such a 10 year plan in the first ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 November 2010 @ 12:34PM
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