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Page 1 of 3 Archive - January 2008

Why the US will continue to lead the way

While things are undoubtedly moving ahead in Europe as far as patent applicants and owners are concerned, it’s important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. And that is this: although a cheap and efficient patent system is important, it is never going to be a major catalyst for more R&D, more innovation, more company formations, more wealth creation and higher employment – which are all goals that European leaders are aiming for. A strong and coherent patent ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Official: London Agreement comes into force on 1st May

The IPjur blog, writtem by Axel Horns (who also kindly posted the news as a comment to the yesterday's blog), confirms that the German Ministry of Justice has received the French Instrument of Ratification for the London Agreement. This means that the Agreement will enter into force on 1st May 2008, so bringing with it a new era for patent applicants at the European Patent Office. It has been a long time coming, but in just over three months it will be a whole lot cheaper to secure ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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France formally ratifies London Agreement according to reports in German press

Things continue to move ahead in Europe. It looks like France has now formally ratified the London Agreement on Translations, meaning that it will be up and running at the beginning of May. Here is an unofficial, back of the envelope, translation of a report about this in the German media today: London Agreement: France's Ratification Charter Sent to French Embassy in Berlin According to the latest information, France’s ratification document/charter was sent to the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Intangible asset finance outlook: difficult but not dead

Last week I did a very speculative piece that looked at how any downturn in the global economy might affect the IP industry. Yesterday I got something from regular IAM blog correspondent Nir Kossovsky, executive secretary of the Intangible Asset Finance Society and CEO of Steel City Re, on how things may develop in the intangible finance markets over the next couple of quarters. If Nir is right, then it is going to be a bumpy ride, but one that will present significant opportunities ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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French patent chief hopeful of European litigation agreement in second half of 2008

For those of you who read French, here’s a link to an interview given by Benoît Battistelli, the head of the French patent office (INPI), to the newspaper La Tribune. Of particular interest is his response to the final question which asks him about progress towards the creation of a Community patent in Europe. Within his response is the sentence: “Nous avons bon espoir que la création d'une juridiction communautaire européenne soit décidée ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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The confusing case of software patents in the UK gets more confusing

Those of us who thought that the UK was something of a no software patent zone following recent decisions in the courts, guidelines from the patent office and even government statements may have to think again. Yesterday the High Court ruled that current UK IPO practice to reject all patent applications relating to computer programs automatically was unlawful. As the news has just broken, there is not a great deal of analysis of what it all means. The IP Kat, however, has been ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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More on the moves to establish an international standard for patent valuation

Further to the blog we ran here a couple of weeks back on the move to establish an international standard for patent valuation, I got a copy of a round-robin email letter from the project’s leader Alexander Wurzer today. It reads as follows: The International Organization for Standardization, ISO, has published a new work item proposal for the standardization of patent valuation processes. The proposal was initiated by the German Institute for Standardization, DIN, and is ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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A patent problem for India

It’s sometimes difficult to get an accurate picture of what is going on with patents in India. One newspaper report tells you that only 400 patents have been granted in the country since 2005, then another one says that there has been a surge in grants over recent years, so that in the Indian patent office’s current fiscal year, which has yet to finish, over 10,000 grants have been made. If the 10,000 figure is correct, and I have a feeling it probably is as 400 just ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Good and bad news for the IP industry if recession does bite

With stock markets all over the world heading south, an economic slowdown - if not a full blown recession - is becoming more likely; especially, it seems, in the US. So I got to wondering what would a recession mean to various parts of the IP world – what dangers and opportunities would recession present and how would everyone cope? None of the following is scientific, it’s all speculation. But this is what life could be like for some: Corporate IP departments Here I ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Leading European anti-patent campaigner steps down

The IPjur blog reports that Pieter Hintjens has stood down as the president of the FFII to be replaced by Spaniard Alberto Barrionuevo. And it does not look like it was an entirely happy handover. For those of you not familiar with the FFII, it has been the most prominent and effective campaigning organisation against software patents in Europe. Under Hintjens’ presidency it had also widened the scope of its remit somewhat to question many of the basic assumptions underpinning ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 January 2008 @ 12:00AM
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