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Page 1 of 3 Archive - April 2010

EPO patent grant rate plunges as the backlog grows

The grant rate for patents issued by the European Patent Office fell to 42% in 2009, according to the office's 2009 annual report. In 2008 the rate was 49.5%. Overall last year, 52,000 patents were granted by the EPO, which is down some 7,000 on the 2008 number. Worryingly for the office's future income, applications in 2009 were also down by 11,000. At the same time, the report reveals that the average amount of time to grant a patent has risen slightly to a very long 43.1 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 April 2010 @ 7:13AM
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The best life sciences patent litigators in the world revealed

At the start of the month we published a ranking of the world's leading life sciences patent litigaiton firms in issue 41 of IAM. Now, the standalone publication that fouses on individual life sciences patent litigators is available online. The IAM Life Sciences 250 – The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators 2010 took four months to research and involved countless interviews and a great deal of follow-up investigation. I will not bore you with the methodology ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 April 2010 @ 5:27PM
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Wall Street still in love with NPEs

Both Rambus and Acacia have seen their stock prices rise after reporting their first quarter 2010 results. This continues the trend that I noted on here last year - it's been a very good 12 to 18 months for NPEs. However, there is a danger to setting too much stall in them as investment targets because their business model is inherently unpredictable. If they win the cases they are fighting then everything in the garden is rosey, if they don't then all of a sudden the world can look ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 April 2010 @ 7:10PM
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Happy World IP Day

Yes, it's 26th April and once again a grateful world celebrates intellectual property. Or, perhaps more accurately, the IP world celebrates intellectual property. I have not looked at everything that's going on, but much of what I have seen sems to be based around a lot of IP people saying how great IP is in exactly the same way they say it every other day of the year. Or am I being very cynical and rather unfair? Well, you can make up your own minds. The WIPO website ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 April 2010 @ 12:55PM
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Get ready for the International Intellectual Property Strategists Association

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, so the saying goes. And since the beginning of this year a group of IP strategists has been doing some pretty intensive cultivation. Over the last few months they have held a series of meetings in London and Oxford that could, in time, help to transform the position of IP within the business world. I have just come back from the most recent of these and am able to reveal that plans to establish the International Intellectual Property ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 April 2010 @ 2:58PM
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Licensors that do not monitor their licensees can lose a lot of money, says new report

As IP monetisation becomes a focus of attention for more companies, so the importance of licensing increases. However, getting a licensing deal done is not the end of the process and is no guarantee in itself that the money will start to flow. For that to happen, the licensee has to honour the terms of the agreement. The challenge for the licensor is making sure that it does. I have just finished reading through It’s Just Not Fair: Unintended and Unforeseen Interpretations of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 April 2010 @ 12:39PM
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New study shows US small caps reaping IP dividends

The IP investment bank MDB Capital Group has produced a study that it claims shows there is a predictive correlation between the strength of a company’s intellectual property and its revenue growth, gross margin and risk adjusted investment return. The study is based on a trawl of the bank's PatentVest database, which covers 4,000 publicly quoted companies and contains information on four million granted US patents and a further two million applications. MDB scanned PatentVest ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 April 2010 @ 1:25PM
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Will Goldman Sachs pay a long-term reputation price for its current woes?

Well, Goldman Sachs investors who have been watching the stock price falling since the SEC accused it of fraudulent activity at the end of last week will have to hope that the bank is correct to claim that it has no case to answer. I can't help recalling that part of its 10-k statement which I wrote about on this blog just a few short weeks ago. You know the bit I mean don't you .... ... The financial crisis and the current political and public sentiment regarding ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 April 2010 @ 4:12PM
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Questions emerge over undisclosed terms of new EPO president's contract

The lack of transparency surrounding the selection of Benoît Battistelli as the next president of the EPO was never a good idea. Where senior appointments are made in the murk and without full explanation or disclosure there is always room for rumours to emerge. And that is exactly what is now happening. This comes from the latest issue of SUEPO Informs, published by the union that represents a number (but by no means all) of the office's staff: The selection procedure ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 April 2010 @ 1:40PM
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Hong Kong banks sign up to groundbreaking intellectual capital initiative

Here's an interesting development in Hong Kong picked up by The Intangible Economy blog: Five Hong Kong banks have joined the Intellectual Property Department in promoting intellectual capital management (ICM) under the second phase of the Intellectual Capital anagement Consultancy Programme launched today (March 2). The five Partnering Lending Institutions (PLIs) are the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, Chong Hing Bank Limited, Citi Commercial Bank, Hang Seng Bank Limited, and the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 April 2010 @ 3:46PM
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