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Japan is not there yet, but a change of approach in IP value creation is on its way

Slowly, but certainly, the corporate patent landscape in Japan is beginning to change. Established ways of operating - honed and followed successfully over many years - are now being questioned; the old model of patent accumulation and defensive use only is coming under pressure; what was once unthinkable is now starting to happen. Whisper it softly, don’t expect anything to happen quickly, but it could just be that a very Japanese revolution is about to get underway.    ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 April 2014 @ 7:34PM
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Foreign appetite for US patents is not a sign of waning innovation

A recent story in Inc. magazine appears to bemoan the fact that more than half of all US patents are granted to entities from outside of the country. But the foreign appetite for US patent assets ought not be seen as a negative reflection on US innovation; and it should provide food for thought for US policymakers as they mull over proposals for patent reform legislation. In 2013, 51.9% of patents granted by the USPTO were issued to foreign entities. “There's probably no ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 April 2014 @ 12:58PM
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Patent legislation hits another delay in the Senate

Patent reform suffered its latest delay yesterday when Senator Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that it had been pushed back until after the spring recess. In a statement Leahy revealed that a broad bipartisan agreement on patent reform had been reached in principle. “For weeks, members of the Judiciary Committee have been engaged in extensive bipartisan negotiations on legislation to address abuses in the patent system,” Leahy said in ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 7:42PM
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New rankings emphasise the importance of patent quality in the US

In the latest issue of IAM – which is now available for subscribers to view online – we feature two separate analyses that each has its own take on measuring patent quality: the US Patent 100 and the Ocean Tomo Ratings survey. After first putting together the US Patent 100 around this time last year, IP-focused investment banking firm MDB Capital Group has again teamed up with IAM to compile a list of those entities possessing the 100 largest portfolios of USPTO-granted ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 07 April 2014 @ 10:25AM
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Supreme Court finally gets serious about patents

The US Supreme Court grappled with the issue of software patents Monday in the keenly watched case of Alice Corp v CLS Bank. The suit relates to a series of patents concerning the settlement of complex financial transactions which Alice claims CLS has infringed. In deciding the case, the court is confronted with the issue of how to chart a course between, on the one hand, the possibility of creating a patent system so strong that it puts all the power in the hands of the patent ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 31 March 2014 @ 8:56PM
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Merck signposts a new strategy for patent owners in India

US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co – known as Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) outside of North America – has entered into an alliance with generic drug maker Cipla to co-market one of its antiretroviral treatments in India, Bloomberg reports. The strategy might prove a template for other pharmaceutical originators hoping to navigate an increasingly hostile environment in the country. Under the proposed deal, MSD will market its HIV treatment Raltegravir – sold ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 March 2014 @ 1:31PM
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Letter to Congress shows that the US VC community sees major risks in patent litigation reform

Yesterday the National Venture Capital Association, which represents organisations holding 90% of venture capital under management in the US, wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Chuck Grassley to express its views on current patent litigation reform measures currently being discussed in Congress.   The letter runs to four pages and addresses a range of issues: Fee shifting  - it opposes mandatory proposals as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 March 2014 @ 11:07AM
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Another patent licensing business commits itself to an ethical, transparent approach

Finjan, a tech company known for developing and licensing its own cyber security software, has announced today that it is committing itself to a series of licensing best practices “in an effort to establish benchmarks for the intellectual property industry that will ensure candid, transparent and consistent business practices in licensing”. The firm has published a seven point action plan that covers areas such as encouraging greater transparency in patent negotiations, ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 20 March 2014 @ 12:58PM
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Patent owners do not need to wait for Congress to act on ownership transparency

Can the IP market, the courts and the USPTO do the US Congress’s job for it? When it comes to instituting greater transparency around patent ownership the answer might well be yes. In the myriad discussions around the framing of patent legislation, the quest to ultimately know who owns a patent and/or who has a direct interest in its assertion has been part of much of the proposed new legislation. Yesterday afternoon, however, the USPTO held the first of two public hearings ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 14 March 2014 @ 3:34PM
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Siemens, Samsung and Big Blue syndrome in Europe

Samsung was the most prolific filer at the European Patent Office (EPO) for the second year in a row in 2013, according to statistics released by the agency last week. The EPO’s 2013 annual report revealed that Samsung filed 2,833 European patent applications during the year, with second-placed Siemens filing 1,974 applications. The gulf between the Korean company and Siemens – which was the top EPO applicant in 2010 and 2011 – has widened substantially since ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 March 2014 @ 10:20AM
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