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As more controversy engulfs WIPO, silence is not an option

Mystery surrounds the status of a preliminary evaluation of a Report of Misconduct filed by WIPO deputy director general James Pooley against the organisation’s Director General Francis Gurry. In the report, which was filed at the start of April, Pooley alleged that Gurry had violated the fundamental human rights of senior WIPO staff in relation to DNA samples taken from them without their consent and made claims about a procurement process that ended favourably for an Australia ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 September 2014 @ 5:32PM
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Why Alibaba’s IPO could signal the beginning of a tectonic shift in the US IP marketplace

In one of the most anticipated IPOs in recent years, e-commerce group Alibaba debuts on the New York Stock Exchange today, with its stock selling at an initial price of $68 per share. The flotation is expected to raise $21.8 billion. Shares will be traded under the ticker symbol BABA. Alibaba is by no means the first Chinese company to trade on US markets. But it is surely the first US IPO of one to capture such widespread attention in the mainstream media. The internet ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 19 September 2014 @ 12:52PM
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The AIA is 3 today and there’s only one winner for what has been its biggest impact

Three years ago today President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act into law, heralding the first major shake-up of US patent law in over 50 years. To mark the occasion we thought we would ask a range of people in the market what the AIA's biggest impact has been. The result was unanimous - the new post-grant proceedings at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has been the gamechanger. Given that almost 2000 post-AIA petitions have been filed with ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 16 September 2014 @ 7:53PM
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Gilead shakes hands with generics to make the most of tough Indian IP market

US biotechnology company Gilead Sciences has announced licence deals with Indian drugmakers that will see generic versions of one of its headline products sold at lower prices in emerging markets. The arrangement between Gilead and the generic producers marks the latest example of how IP owners in the life sciences industries are trying to overcome the difficult political, judicial and regulatory environments they have faced in India and other developing countries of late. Gilead ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 16 September 2014 @ 2:09PM
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New white paper provides further information on IP market best practice standards initiative

The LES (USA and Canada) has published a white paper which sets out some of the issues around the potential for creating best practice standards for IP licensing and other marketplace activities. It follows up on a focus group meeting in Chicago in late July organised by LES and attended largely by senior representatives from operating companies, NPEs and intermediaries at which the idea was first discussed in-depth. Written by Bill Elkington of Rockwell Collins, who is co-chair of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 September 2014 @ 6:20PM
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China’s anti-trust regime poses serious challenges for foreign IP owners

China premier Li Keqiang has indicated that his country’s authorities are to step up efforts to address the perceived intellectual property abuses of both domestic and foreign entities. But while IP owners will be pleased to hear that infringers could face tougher penalties, they should also be aware that their own activities may come under far closer antitrust scrutiny than was previously the case. Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin earlier this week, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 September 2014 @ 10:09AM
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Trade secrets in Congress; AST update; an IP marriage; Lustig leaves IV - Day 3 at the IPO

The 42nd annual IPO meeting drew to a close in Vancouver today with more than 900 delegates enjoying a varied programme of panel sessions and the keynote lunchtime address from Hon Mr Justice Marshall Rothstein of Canada’s Supreme Court. As the IAM blog often does at conferences, here’s a short round-up of some of the highlights. Congressional action: Given the current paralysis around most pieces of legislation in the US Congress, any bill that might actually pass this ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 10 September 2014 @ 4:57AM
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Not so deadly? PTAB judge provides more stats on re-exams

In one of this morning’s sessions at this year’s IPO annual meeting, a judge from theUSPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) threw further light onto how America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings are changing the patent litigation landscape. Speaking on a panel moderated by former USPTO director David Kappos, PTAB acting vice chief judge Scott Boalick revealed that as of early September just under 2,000 post-AIA petitions had been filed with the office.

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 09 September 2014 @ 6:33AM
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As the IPO meets in Vancouver, patent reform will be on delegates’ minds

The 42nd annual Intellectual Property Owners conference gets under way in Vancouver on Sunday, the first time the event has been held outside of the US. Well over 900 delegates are expected to be in town, the second largest attendance ever (only last year’s event in Boston has attracted more). In the lead-up to the conference the IAM blog took the opportunity to catch up with IPO executive director Herb Wamsley to discuss what will be on attendees’ minds. Wamsley was ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 05 September 2014 @ 4:37AM
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A network of specialist IP courts for China gets government go-ahead

China’s legislature has approved a proposal for an IP specialist court with pilot venues in the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the province of Guangdong. This comes after the ruling Communist Party suggested that it would explore options for establishing such courts back in November last year. The Beijing News – in a story later quoted here by China IP Magazine (in Chinese) – reports that the country’s Supreme People’s Court last week ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 02 September 2014 @ 11:38AM
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