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McCreevy confirms support for EPLA and Protocol

In what represents a remarkable about turn, the head of the Internal Market DG of the European Commission, Charlie McCreevy, has confirmed his support for the European Patent Litigation Agreement and the London Protocol. While support for the Protocol was always likely, DG Internal Market has in the past raised serious doubts about the EPLA on the basis that it may run contrary to EU law and that it was, in any case, very much second best to the Commission’s own Community patent ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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The Pirate Party challenge

I was having a quick whiz through Google today and came across an English version of the Declaration of Principles put out by Sweden’s Pirate Party. While trademark owners will not be particularly concerned, copyright and patent owners will find a lot that could disturb them. The Pirate Party was launched last year in Sweden on an anti-copyright, anti-patent platform, and already has nearly 10,000 members. In the country’s recent general election the Party received just ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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IBM patent postings

You can’t say that IBM is not a leader when it comes to IP. The company that showed how much money can be made through licensing has now declared that it will publish its patent applications online so that potential problems can be identified early on (New York Times story here). In this way, says Big Blue, disputes and potential litigation can be avoided further down the line. This looks like a very smart move and also a challenge to other big companies. IBM is putting itself ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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From campus to commercialisation

University technology transfer has been in the news quite a bit recently. This follows a report from the Milken Institute on the commercialisation of university research in the US, with a special focus on the biotech industry. The report finds, not surprisingly, that US universities still lead the way when it comes to turning university IP into revenue. It’s now over 25 years since the Bayh-Dole Act was enacted in the US and technology transfer has become a common function at ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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More EPLA news

As I said yesterday, it looks like the European Patent Litigation Agreement is going to prove as controversial as many previous European patent initiatives. Here’s the latest from Brussels. Those who support the EPLA are going to have to put in a lot of hard work if their arguments are to prevail. Watch this space.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Here we go again

It looks like the European anti-software patent movement is gearing up for another fight. This time, the enemy is the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA). It is, say the software patent obsessives, yet another attempt to introduce software patents into Europe via the back door. If their campaign is anything like the battle that they put up over the failed CII Directive, then those that were hoping for the quick introduction of a pan-European patent court to make ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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A blog is born

Part of the brand new IAM website is this blog, which is going to be written by me, Joff Wild, the magazine’s editor. I am not an IP lawyer, so you are not going to get much from me on the finer points of IP law; neither am I an IP owner so I am not going to have that much to say about the technicalities of running an IP portfolio. But I am an observer of the IP scene, I know a few people and I know a few companies, so hopefully now and again I‘ll have something ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 September 2006 @ 12:00AM
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