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Page 1 of 3 Archive - September 2008

The 2008 inductees into the IP Hall of Fame are revealed

The five inductees into the IP Hall of Fame have been officially announced. They are: • Jane Ginsburg - A highly influential academic and teacher who has written some of the most important IP-related books of modern times. • Francis Gurry - Recently confirmed as the new Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation and a key figure in the development of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre. • Dolores Hanna - The first female president of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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The truth about EPO grants

One of the claims of the SUEPO members who went on strike at the European Patent Office the week before last is that they are being forced by management to grant more patents than ever before – something which is affecting patent quality in Europe. This claim is something that did not make sense to me as I was pretty sure that, in fact, the grant rate at the EPO is declining – just as it has been in other major offices. However, it is always a good idea to check these ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Intellectual Ventures turns its attention to India

Intellectual Ventures is moving into India says a report published this weekend. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Livemint Lounge, IV has signed deals to acquire patents from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT in Bombay, while it is close to signing an agreement with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). What the report does not say is whether this is a deal for Indian patents, for US patents or for patents internationally. My guess is ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Where is the evidence to support EPO examiner union's claims?

I came across this pretty extraordinary quote from a union official commenting on the EPO patent examiner strike that took place last week. It is addressed to EPO president Alison Brimelow and the head of the EPO administrative council Roland Grossenbacher: “Ms Brimelow, Mr Grossenbacher: stop decentralising EPO tasks, stop ruining the quality of granted patents, stop distorting the system away from the interests of real innovators towards the interests of the most aggressive ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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France falters on the Community patent

It is now nearly three months since France assumed the European presidency. There had been hopes that under the French there would a final push towards securing a deal on the Community patent and/or a pan-European patent litigation system. It seems now that those hopes may well be dashed . According to a very well-connected French source that I spoke with yesterday: “IP is not considered as a priority by the French presidency and they fear it might interfere with some of their ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Women and the intermediary sector do not mix

Work continues on the article about women - or the lack of them - in senior positions in the patent sector, which is being written by IAM reporter Sara-Jayne Adams and will appear in the upcoming issue of the magazine. The stats aren’t getting any better. In a recent blog we showed how very few female patent practitioners were recommended by leading-lawyer websites. Now further research reveals that there is also no significant female presence in most leading intermediaries ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Community trademark fees set to tumble

A deal done over the weekend means that Community trademark fees are likely to fall substantially in the near future. OHIM, the body that administers the trademark from its offices in Alicante, has been pressing for this reduction for quite a while now as it has built up a huge surplus that is currently sitting in a bank somewhere providing no benefit to anyone. Following a meeting between the Administrative Board of OHIM (which is made up of representatives of the EU member ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Gurry confirmed as new WIPO chief

Francis Gurry has been formally endorsed as the new director general of WIPO on the opening day of the UN agency's General Assembly, which is taking place in Geneva. Gurry was nominated for the post back in May following an election process in which he defeated José Graça Aranha, the candidate from Brazil by one vote. Subsequent to the election, the Brazilian government expressed its disquiet at the result and there was talk of a challenge to Gurry's nomination.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Trouble for patent trolls as new company seeks to spike their guns

You wait for years to find solutions to the problems that non-practising entities/patent trolls (delete as preferred) pose to operating companies and then three appear at the same time. Just weeks after the Allied Security Trust and PatentFreedom came into the public arena, a new company has joined them. On Wednesday, California-based RPX Corporation issued a press release to announce that it has secured funding from both Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Charles River ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Reputation as risk: a lesson from the financial markets

Anyone paying attention to the business headlines these days will readily appreciate the extent to which the strength of a financial services company is tied to its reputation. Banks that are perceived as having implemented appropriate risk controls are safer bets than those that have not. Those suspected of having limited exposure to toxic debt are less risky than those that invested heavily in poorly understood securities. It seems that these days even the faintest hint of trouble ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 September 2008 @ 12:00AM
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