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Page 1 of 3 Archive - October 2009

EPO members fail to pick new president

I have just received the following press release from the European Patent Office: Munich, 30 October 2009 -- At its 119th meeting in Munich, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation heard the four candidates for the Presidency of the European Patent Office (EPO), but voting ended without a result as none of the candidates managed to obtain the required qualified majority of three-quarters of the votes cast by the member states. The Council therefore decided ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 October 2009 @ 3:22PM
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The US is first choice for patent litigation, while Germany beats the UK in Europe

As part of the IAM/Thomson Reuters Annual IP Executive Benchmarking Survey we asked both our in-house and private practice respondents to give us their views on the best places to protect and enforce patents in terms of the cost and thoroughness of litigation proceedings. This is what they had to say: • 49% private practice respondents stated that the US offered the best value for money when litigating; as compared to 21% for Germany, 13% for the UK, 5% for China, 4% each ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 October 2009 @ 4:00PM
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In-house and private practice agree - the EPO is top for patent quality

Over the past few months IAM magazine has been working with Thomson Reuters on what we hope will become an annual benchmarking survey of both in-house IP counsel and lawyers and attorneys in private practice. So far over 450 respondents have provided answers to a series of detailed questions looking at issues such as patenting, litigation and monetisation strategies, how the current downturn has affected these and how integrated each area is with overall strategies inside ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 October 2009 @ 4:47PM
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EPO style oppositions would bring substantial benefits to the US, report claims

Stuart Graham and Dietmar Harhoff have produced a piece of work that is going to cause a great deal of controversy in the United States. Their paper - Separating Patent Wheat from Chaff: Would the U.S. Benefit from Adopting a Patent Post-Grant Review? - goes right to the heart of one of the most controversial aspects of the proposed US patent reform legislation currently before Congress. Although post-grant opposition ahs found many supporters, among which is the current ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 October 2009 @ 7:03PM
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Nokia v Apple - the crossover patent suit

The news that Nokia is suing Apple over alleged infringement of its patents in the iPhone has received a great deal of coverage. While most reports have focused on the details of the case, a few people have started to take a look at its potential fall-out. From a purely IP business perspective Andrew Watson has an interesting piece over on the Tangible IP blog in which he examines the implications the litigation could have for the current standards regime: The whole thing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 October 2009 @ 11:48AM
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Hewlett Packard pulls out of patent reform group, according to reports

The National Journal Online is reporting that Hewlett Packard has withdrawn from the Coalition for Patent Fairness. Apparently, HP does not support the compromise on damages apportionment reached by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, which it sees as a "huge missed opportunity".   Just after the committee's apportionment compromse was reached, this blog reported on a potential split in the CPF over whether to accept it or not. While Microsoft issued a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 October 2009 @ 8:11AM
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The Eco-Patent Commons needs more commitment if it is ever to be a success

The Dow Chemical Company and Fuji Xerox have both signed up to the Eco-Patent Commons scheme, and have pledged patents that have been added to the list of those which have been made freely available by their owners for third parties to use. The Eco-Patent Commons was launched at the beginning of 2008 under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).It enables companies to pledge what are termed as "environmentally beneficial patents" to ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 22 October 2009 @ 11:03AM
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Optimism over the future of IP as Beyers leaves HP and Kappos shines at the USPTO

I am at the LES USA and Canada annual meeting currently taking place in San Francisco. As is normally the case with this event, there are a lot of very interesting people from the wider IP business world in attendance, which means that you end up having any number of fascinating conversations. Something that a lot of delegates are talking about is what effect the recession has had on the IP market place, as well as on how IP is viewed in the business and financial world. I am going to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 October 2009 @ 4:35PM
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Is this a setback for NPEs thinking about moving into Germany?

As the European Union's most populous country and its biggest economy, Germany is always going to be a hugely important jurisdiction for any number of companies. If you throw in the fact that patent litigation is relatively inexpensive, the courts have a history of deciding in favour of the plaintiff more often than they don't and that permanent injunctions are routinely granted to a victorious plaintiff, you can understand why NPEs might be interested in operating there. Although ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 October 2009 @ 5:09PM
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Falling registration numbers mean tough decisions for WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is cutting its budget and looking to reduce its number of employees as the downturn in global trademark and patent applications continues to bite. In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, IAM's sister publication, WIPO's director general Francis Gurry revealed that the organisation will make a loss for 2009, something that may necessitate laying off staff. This is an edited version of the WTR report:  In ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 October 2009 @ 4:04PM
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