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Merry Christmas to one and all ...

A thick frost has settled on the Warwickshire countryside and the thermometer is yet to climb above zero. It's cold. But it's Christmas. Our house is filling up with relatives - there are turkeys to be cooked, crackers to be pulled and film repeats to be watched on the telly. So, this blog is going to take a break and will return at the beginning of next year. To the many thousands of our regular readers, a huge thanks for all of your support throughout ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 December 2009 @ 10:36AM
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A breakthrough programme for prospective CIPOs launches in the US

Ron Laurie who along with Rob Sterne, has been reporting on the chief intellectual property officer role for IAM over the last few years, has been in touch to point out what looks to be a first for the United States - a multidisciplanry masters programme in IP management, that explores the subject from five different perspectives: business; computer science; design; engineering; and law. It's run by Chicago-Kent College of Law, but draws on expertise from five separate Illinois ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 December 2009 @ 6:51PM
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Just who are the world's leading IP strategists? We want to know ...

In 2010, IAM will be publishing the second edition of the IAM 250 - the World's Leading IP Strategists. The first edition came out in the spring of this year and identified individuals who we believe offer world-class services relating to the development and implementation of strategies that enable IP owners to maximise the value of their rights portfolios. It was the first publication ever to do this and has proved to be remarkably popular with those listed (not ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2009 @ 6:08PM
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New exchange can be a game-changer, but will need good patents to thrive

The Intellectual Property Exchange International - or IPXI for short - has announced that Gerard Pannekoek has been appointed as its president and CEO. Previously, Pannekoek was behind the groundbreaking Chicago Climate Exchange, which describes itself as "North America’s only cap and trade system for all six greenhouse gases". The IPXI is a fascinating idea. Essentially, it is a forum for the licensing of all types of IP right. However, it seems that the most ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 December 2009 @ 10:55AM
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Policy makers and politicians confirm their presence at the IP Business Congress 2010

We already have some great speakers lined up for the IP Business Congress, which is taking place in Munich next year. You can see a full list of the people who have already confirmed they will be in Munich for the event, which is running from 20th to 22nd June 2010, on the IPBC website and I am sure that you will agree they are all top notch, One of the sessions that I am really looking forward to is the Meet the Decision Makers plenary which takes place during the morning of 22nd ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2009 @ 6:48PM
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The world's most transparent IP regime ...

In many cases, it is very hard to get a handle on what is happening with regards to IP in a jurisdiction unless you are there on the ground. In most countries, for example, obtaining up-to-date statistics on patent filing and grant numbers is tricky, to say the least; as is getting detailed information on litigation trends and outcomes.  However, there is one part of the world where this does not seem to apply: where you can get plenty of very helpful information very ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 15 December 2009 @ 11:04AM
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Bleak times at the USPTO make big fee hikes more likely

An article published on CNN Money.com under the misleading title of "Recession's latest victim: U.S. innovation" (note to CNN: patents do not equal innovation) reveals that for the first time since 1996 there has been a year on year decrease in the number of patent applicaiotns filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The piece coincides with the recent release of the office's annual report. For those with a stake in the financial health of the USPTO, as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 13 December 2009 @ 2:49PM
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New EPO presidency vote set for February as Brimelow deplores lack of transparency

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Office has announced that it will hold an extraordinary general meeting at the beginning of February 2010, at which it will attempt to elect a new president of the office. Jesper Kongstad's withdrawal from the race is also confirmed. Earlier, a message sent to office staff on the EPO intranet reported that at the recently concluded council meeting Alison Brimelow had, among other things, condemned the lack of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 December 2009 @ 10:38AM
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EPO presidential vote latest

Further to yesterday's blog, I understand that in the latest ballot of the Administrative Council to find the next EPO president, Roland Grossenbacher of Switzerland received the most votes. However, the 75% majority threshold has again not been achieved. So there will have to be more voting and/or the decison will again have to be postponed. UPDATE: Well, the Administrative Council still has not made a decision. My information is that Jesper Kongstad of Denmark has ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 December 2009 @ 1:09PM
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Good news for patent owners in the UK, but how good remains to be seen

The British government's pre-Budget Report, issued by the UK Treasury and debated in the House of Commons, did not make for very pleasant reading. Taxes are to go up, cuts to services will be made and the country will be battling huge levels of debt for years to come. However, amidst all the gloom, there was one positive IP-related development. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the introduction of what he termed a "Patent Box". What this means in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 December 2009 @ 11:50AM
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