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Page 1 of 3 Archive - September 2007

A thought-provoking two-days with Scotland's groundbreaking IA Centre

I have spent the last couple of days up in Glasgow attending Transforming Business Through IA, an international congress organised by the Intellectual Assets Centre. It was a thought-provoking event which looked at intellectual assets in their widest context from both company-based and policy perspectives. There was noticeably very little talk of IP rights. I thought that was quite odd, until someone pointed out that for SMEs in a strongly services-based economy such as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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The Vonage board has some major patent questions to answer

If ever a company illustrated the need to do substantial research into the patent landscape before getting involved in a market it is Vonage. In the space of just a few days, the VoIP provider has been stung by two major decisions from the courts which have left its share price at an all-time low and put its very future in question. In the first, a jury awarded Sprint close to $70 million in damages after finding that Vonage had infringed six of its patents; and in the second the CAFC ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Cheaper European patents so close you can smell them

The fat lady is putting on her party dress and warming up her voice, but it’s not quite singing time yet. The lower house of the French Parliament has now voted to ratify the London Agreement, which means there is just one more step to go before France can sign-up and activate a treaty that will mean substantially cheaper European patents. The final stage in the process is a vote in the French senate, which will take place on 10th October. Although support for the agreement ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Under fire Idris hits back at critics

There is, it seems, an almighty kerfuffle going on at WIPO. The organisation’s director general, the Somali Kamal Idris, is under pressure after it turned out he had repeatedly misstated his age on official documents in which he claimed to have been born in 1945. In 2006, Idris revealed that he had actually been born in 1954. When all of this emerged, it – quite understandably – caused quite a bit of concern. Some WIPO members, notably the US and the EU states, have ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Supreme Court to hear another patent case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear another patent case. Somewhat unusually, however, neither of those involved is a US company. Instead, the litigants are two Korean companies – LG Electronics and Quanta Computers. Quanta is seeking to overturn a CAFC ruling made last year which stated that LG could demand royalties from Quanta and other computer manufacturers that had purchased components from Intel that had been produced under licence from LG. For its part LG claims ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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New move to create standards for IP transactions

I have been talking to Suzanne Harrison, of Edison in the Boardroom fame, about a new Gathering project called, not unsurprisingly, The Gathering 2.0. While the original Gathering – which currently has the likes of Dow, Cargill, Air Products, Avaya, AT&T, Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard among its members – will continue as a high-level, invitation only, thought-leadership grouping, The Gathering 2.0 will be much more about education and the dissemination of IA ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Report on Asia from WIPO and JPO paints mixed IP picture

WIPO and the Japanese Patent Office have just made public research looking at the impact the introduction of stronger IP rights has had on six Asian countries. In a series of reports - that focus on Japan, China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea – researchers have attempted to see what correlation there is between increased protection and IP creation, economic performance and foreign direct investment. The results are mixed. Not unsurprisingly, in all of the countries ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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IV's Detkin explores the role of aggregators in a changing patent world

I got an email the other day from Peter Detkin, co-founder and managing director of Intellectual Ventures, pointing me in the direction of an article he had recently published in the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. Peter said that the piece was his “attempt to explain the growing “IP economy”, and our role in it”. He went on: “At the very least it should help you sleep at night”! (my exclamation mark); which, I guess, is a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Digging deeper into the CIPO role

In the last issue of IAM our cover story was on the developing role of the chief intellectual property officer (CIPO) inside corporations. We also looked at it on this blog a couple of times (here and here). The subject provoked a big response and so Ron Laurie and Rob Sterne, the authors of the piece, are looking at CIPOs again in the upcoming issue. Specifically, they are using some of the feedback they have received to drill deeper into what skill sets, competencies ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Dudas confirms USPTO patent approval rate is now below 50%

It seems that what I was told at the IPO meeting last week is, indeed, true. In an interview reported yesterday, USPTO chief Jon Dudas has confirmed that the current patent approval rate at the office now stands at 49%. That is, most patent applications now considered by examiners are not granted. That is an extraordinary statistic at an office which just a few years ago had an approval rate of around 70%. It also means that statistically at least it is now probably harder to get a US ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 September 2007 @ 12:00AM
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