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Page 1 of 3 Archive - October 2010

The patent star may wane in the new cloud computing world, says Microsoft's IP chief

A jet lagged, but enthusiastic, Horacio Gutierrez took time out of his visit to London this week to talk to IAM ahead of his turn as speaker at the Intellectual Property Institute's annual Stephen Stewart Lecture. "This is a fascinating time in the world of technology and in the world of IP," Microsoft's chief IP officer told me, "so I'm a happy man!" The theme of Gutierrez's speech was cloud computing, something that he says Microsoft has been investing in for ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 29 October 2010 @ 12:45PM
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"Sub-standard" patents cost the US economy over $25 billion a year. Hmmmmm ...

... we find that the economic losses resulting from the grant of substandard patents can reach $21 billion per year by deterring valid research with an additional deadweight loss from litigation and administrative costs of $4.5 billion annually. This brings the total deadweight loss created by our “dented” patent system to be at least $25.5 billion annually. These estimates may be viewed as conservative because they do not take into account other economic costs from our ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 October 2010 @ 6:50PM
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The IP Hall of Fame - the search for 2011's inductees begins

The nomination process to find this year’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame opens today. Now in its fifth year, this not-for-profit project enables the IP community to honour men and women from business, politics, the law, finance, academia and indeed anywhere else, who have played a significant role in the creation of today’s IP system. The aim of the IP Hall of Fame is not only to acknowledge the vital role played by these innovators in fostering today's vibrant ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 26 October 2010 @ 10:49AM
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USPTO and EPO to get together on patent classifications

I received the following joint email from the EPO and the USPTO today: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to jointly develop a patent classification system on the basis of the European Classification system, ECLA. The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Mr David Kappos, and the President of the EPO, Mr Benoît Battistelli, have agreed on the following joint ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 October 2010 @ 11:58PM
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New privateer model pays big dividends for Acacia

It's all looking rosy at Acacia these days, just as CEO Paul Ryan predicted it would in February when he announced the NPE's 2009 financial results. Back then, the firm's market capitalisation was around $280 million. Now, after the announcement of a spectacular third quarter for financial year 2010, it is well over double that. So, 100% growth in less than a year. And that's after a 200% rise in the previous 12 months. Someone who bought Acacia stock during 2008 and held onto it will ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 October 2010 @ 12:23AM
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Anti-software patent campaigner changes his mind

Here's one to file under "Things You Never Thought You Would Hear Them Say". Many in Europe will remember Florian Mueller as the founder of nosoftwarepatents.com and the leading figure in the successful campaign to prevent the adoption of the EU's Computer Implemented Inventions Directive. This piece of legislation, which was voted down by the European Parliament in 2005, was supposed to harmonise the treatment of computer implemented inventions across the EU, so as to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 October 2010 @ 2:59AM
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Micron's $200 million licensing windfall

Having given quite a lot of coverage to Micron Technology - the company that believes NPEs are a major threat to innovative US businesses and which sold over 20% of its patent portfolio to an NPE called Round Rock last year - I make sure I keep an eye on how things are going with the company. So, when I found out that Micron had made an 8K filing on 7th October I thought I should have a look at what it said. And having done that, I can report good news for Micron ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 October 2010 @ 12:50PM
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China's real challenge is innovation, not patents

By now anyone with half a brain who takes an interest in IP will know that China is on the way to becoming a patent superpower. From having no patent law at all just a quarter of a century ago, within the next two years the country looks set to become the world's number one filer of patent applications. By any standards, that is one great leap forward. A recent article in The Economist claims that at least some of the reason behind the surge in numbers can be attributed to poor ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 October 2010 @ 3:07AM
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OECD to get its claws sunk into intangible assets

The OECD is to embark upon a major project designed to develop means to improve the measurement of intangible assets at both the macro and company level. Work will get underway in 2011, with a final report due to be delivered at the end of 2012. The organisation says that there is growing evidence which shows that in parts of the developed world there is now more investment in intangibles than in tangibles, but that despite this research into the area has been patchy.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 October 2010 @ 5:19PM
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Walker Digital patents being offered again - but not by ICAP Ocean Tomo

So, ever since the bidding on the Walker Digital portfolio at the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction that took place last March in San Francisco, we have been waiting for news of what happened to the patents next. As you will no doubt recall, bids got to $135 million, $5 million below the reserve price. Surely in such circumstances we could have expected a quick resolution after the event and an announcement that the portfolio had changed hands. But there has been no news at all. Well now ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 October 2010 @ 1:35PM
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