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Page 1 of 3 Archive - November 2011

The EPO and Chinese patent office announce a groundbreaking deal on translations

I have just received the following press release from the European Patent Office. It is announcing what looks like it could be a very important -and welcome - development: In an unprecedented move to eliminate linguistic barriers in public access to patent information, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) at their annual bilateral co-operation meeting held in Chongqing, signed an agreement which will have ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2011 @ 10:10AM
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Do you know a world-leading IP strategist? It’s your last chance to let us know!

Last month, we opened the nomination process for the new edition of the IAM Strategy 300, the unique publication that lists the world’s leading IP strategists. There have already been plenty of names put forward, but there is still time to for you to nominate someone who you believe should be included because they offer world-class expertise in the development and implementation of IP management and value creation strategies. Before making a nomination please bear in mind the ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 November 2011 @ 1:39PM
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Acacia and RPX see hundreds of millions of dollars wiped off market caps since August

Both RPX Corp and Acacia have seen hundreds of millions of dollars knocked off their market capitalisations since the last week in August. This comes at a time when overall the Nasdaq index, on which they are both quoted, has experienced a slight rise of just over 2%. And RPX and Acacia are not the only IP-based businesses to have seen falls over the same timeframe. Of the other three Nasdaq IP companies this blog follows – Rambus, InterDigital and Tessera – only the last ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 November 2011 @ 6:28PM
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IPCom moves to injunct HTC in Germany; imagine if it could do the same Europe-wide - UPDATE

German NPE IPCom scored another big win yesterday when HTC withdrew an appeal against a court decision that it is infringing an IPCom patent which “describes an algorithm that allows mobile telephony networks to assign priorities to users on the basis of a pre-defined hierarchy, providing for the smooth functioning of the system in emergencies, and potentially saving lives”. The appeal was due to be heard on Monday, but as this will not now happen, IPCom’s managing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2011 @ 9:30AM
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Top earning domestic Chinese law firms revealed

Various blogs in China have revealed information derived from an unknown source which states that there are 24 Beijing-based Chinese law firms that currently generate revenues in excess of RMB 100 million a year (US$15,666,124). Top of the tree in terms of total income is King & Wood, which earned RMB 707,209,225.51 (US$110,792,276.55) in 2010; this worked out at RMB 1,571,580.00 per fee earner. However, the leader in per lawyer income was Chang An, which recorded income of RMB ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 November 2011 @ 9:41AM
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Measuring inventiveness: patents versus R&D

A report published yesterday has underlined the usefulness of using patents as a way to measure levels of inventiveness at companies. Patents in the UK was put together by two Cambridge-based consultancies, PatAnalysis and Technologia, which studied four years of available information on patents granted at home and abroad to UK companies and individuals.  The cleaned data reveals who in the UK is filing the most patents, and in which industries. Just 30 companies, it turns ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 24 November 2011 @ 4:29PM
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The intermediary deficit costing China dear

I have been in China for the last couple of days, making a flying visit to attend the 8th Shanghai International IP Forum, organised by the city’s IP administration. There were around 500 delegates in attendance at the event today and they listened to a team of speakers address themes around the central idea of optimising the growth of the IP marketplace here. There is little doubt in my mind that China is beginning to embrace patents – at least on some levels. The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 November 2011 @ 12:10PM
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New governments in Spain and Italy must make EU patent decision

It will not have escaped your notice that there is something of a financial and economic crisis sweeping through Europe at the moment. You may also have seen that as a result several EU governments have fallen from power over recent weeks. Among them, you will probably know, have been those of Spain and Italy. Coincidentally, these two countries have been the hold-outs against the creation of a single EU patent and patent court. Indeed, before the summer and the start of the current ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 November 2011 @ 11:41PM
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Three lots out of 29 sold at latest ICAP IP auction

The ICAP Ocean Tomo IP auction which took place on 17th November generated $1.665 million, according to a source who was at the event. In what seems to have been a pretty quiet sale, just three lots out of the 29 put under the hammer reached their reserve - though none of these attracted any bids from the floor, instead they went unopposed to the first bids of parties operating via the phones. In total, just under two-thirds of the lots received no bids, while there was some ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 November 2011 @ 11:06AM
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Help to equip tomorrow's business leaders with the IP skills they will need

Recent stats from WIPO show that IP licensing has never been a more important economic activity. In the same vein, we also know that corporate intangibles are increasingly valuable. In future, it seems likely that understanding IP value and the role of IP in deal-making are going to be crucial skill-sets for senior executives operating across all manner of industries. Education therefore has a vital role to play to ensure that the business leaders of tomorrow acquire the skill-sets ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 November 2011 @ 5:47AM
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