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Page 1 of 3 Archive - December 2011

As we take a break, here are the top blog stories of the last 30 days and for 2011 as a whole

And so 2011 draws to an end. It’s been an excellent 12 months for IAM. We finish with more subscribers than we have ever had before, as well as a blog following that is far greater than it was back in January. Throw in a sell-out IPBC in San Francisco that saw us ring the NYSE closing bell and there is no doubt that we’ve had a memorable year. Of course, none of it would have been possible without the subscribers, delegates, advertisiers and sponsors who help to keep us in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 December 2011 @ 6:31PM
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Business method patent problems down under (and maybe in the UK and Canada too)

I received an email late last week from Mark Summerfield, who writes the excellent Patentology blog which looks at all things IP from an Australian perspective. He has identified what he thinks is a major area of concern with the way IP Australia, the patent issuing authority down under, deals with applications relating to business methods. This is what he has to say: There are disturbing things going on within IP Australia which, in my view, are not getting the international ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 December 2011 @ 11:10AM
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Apple may never be better placed to negotiate a beneficial end to the smartphone wars

So what started out as a case against HTC at the ITC built round 10 patents ends up with Apple prevailing on just one. The victory Apple secured yesterday means that the Taiwanese Android manufacturer will be unable to import phones using technology covered by the patent into the US after the middle of April 2012. But the likelihood is that HTC and/or Google will develop a work-around solution before then and nothing much will change (apparently, it's done already). As Apple ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 December 2011 @ 8:10AM
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In suing Google, BT will hope to avoid its fate in the last high-profile patent case it fought

The news that BT has entered the smartphone wars in order to sue Google for myriad alleged Android infringements of six of its patents sends me back to the last time BT got involved in a high-profile US patent litigation. That was 11 years ago, when it sued Prodigy in New York, claiming that the ISP had infringed a patent BT owned which covered hyperlink technology. The patent in suit was not core to the company in any way; in fact, its existence had only been discovered during an ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 December 2011 @ 12:41PM
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There'll be no deal on a unified patent system for Europe, says EU presidency

In what will be welcome news for many European patent litigators and judges, the Polish presidency of the EU has stated that it is unlikely a deal to create a unified patent court will be agreed this year. However, it's not because all of a sudden negotiators are worried about the way the proposals are drafted; instead, it's because there is still no agreement on where the court will be situated. "Essentially the whole package is negotiated, it’s final ... Nevertheless, due ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2011 @ 6:02PM
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As the Chinese embrace IP, foreign companies are still failing to to do the same in China

There are few people based in Europe who know more about the IP marketplace in China than Ian Harvey, chairman of the UK’s Intellectual Property Institute. Spend any time with him and very quickly you will discover his conviction that the bad press China gets with regard to IP does not tell the full story. Having visited China myself a few times now, it’s a view I share. While not wanting to downplay the IP problems that foreign companies do face, if we only focus on ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2011 @ 5:35PM
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EU patent court "bound to fail" unless plans are changed, warn European patent litigators

Senior patent litigators in Europe have once again spoken out forcefully against current proposals for a unified European patent litigation system. In a strongly worded press release, the European Patent Lawyers’ Association has described the plans, which are due to be initialled on 22nd December by all member states of the EU except Spain and Italy, as “not at all fit for purpose”. A statement accompanying the release from the association’s president Jochen ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 15 December 2011 @ 12:55PM
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Major breakthrough for IPXI as Philips and four others sign up to offer licences

IP Exchange International will today announce that it is to begin operations in 2012, having secured agreements from two corporations and three universities to sponsor the Unit Licence Rights (ULRs) which will be offered through the exchange. Philips and Com-Pac International are joined as IPXI founding members by Rutgers University, Northwestern University and the University of Utah. In addition, IPXI has also secured $10 million of funding from a group of investors ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 13 December 2011 @ 1:14PM
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German court decision shows why Google is so keen on Motorola Mobility

There were a lot of eyebrows raised when Google announced that it was going to spend $12 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility. The sum represented a significant premium on Moto’s stock price, while some questioned whether the 17,000-strong portfolio that were integral to the deal were of sufficient quality (though that was not everyone). Well, perhaps the news from Germany last week may give the doubters pause for thought. A decision by the Mannheim Regional Court on Friday ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 December 2011 @ 5:27PM
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Is Apple using the privateer model to explore a potential Plan B in the smartphone wars?

A portfolio of patents underpinning a complaint recently filed by Digitude Innovations at the US International Trade Commission against RIM, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Amazon, and Nokia includes two assigned to the NPE by Apple earlier this year. So says a piece published on the Venture Beat website on 10th December. “In a clever deal that effectively gives Apple immunity from attack by the troll, Apple agreed to some cross-licensing deals that gave Digitude ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 December 2011 @ 7:28PM
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