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Page 1 of 4 Archive - July 2007

Why India needs more research-based life sciences companies

Is the Indian generic pharmaceutical industry one of the major obstacles to fighting endemic health problems in the country? You may begin to think so after reading this article written by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in the Economic Times. Ms Mazmudar-Shaw is the chairman and managing director of Biocon, India’s oldest research-based bio-pharmaceutical company. With an HQ in Bangalore, its group of companies employs a total of 3,000 people and had a turnover of Rs. 990 crore (which, I ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Time for a break

It's holiday time at IAM and, on the basis that it cannot keep on raining in the UK indefinitely, yours truly is heading off to English/Scottish borders with the family for a few days R&R. Many thanks to all of you who take the time to dip into the blog on a regular basis - it's gratifying to have built up such a strong readership in so short a time. I'll be back and blogging the week commencing 13th August. See you then!

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Is the software patent debate a red herring?

The US and Japan offer the world’s two most competitive IT environments, according to a recent report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. According to an "IT industry competitiveness index", published as part of the report, both offer “an ample supply of skills, an innovation-friendly culture, world-class technology infrastructure, a robust legal regime and well-balanced government support, not to mention a competition-friendly business ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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The House and Senate versions of the Patent Reform Act compared

The IPO website continues to provide the gold standard coverage of how the Patent Reform Act is faring in the US Congress. As legislators prepare for their summer recess, the organisation has posted a two page table comparing the legislation before the House of Representatives and the Senate. If both houses approve their versions of the Act, delegates from the two will have to get together to formulate a final version that will go to President Bush for sign-off. If the President ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Lies, damned lies and IP crime statistics

The IP Dragon blog reports on a raid that took place recently in the south of China that was uneraken by Chinese authorities in close co-operation with the FBI. According to the FBI press release that announced the action: The operation, codenamed “Summer Solstice,” began in 2005 and since then, law enforcement in both countries have worked closely by sharing information to jointly investigate multinational conspiracies by groups who manufacture and distribute ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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No sign of London Agreement legislation in France yet

After a special session held during July designed to push through legislation regarded as a priority by the new Sarkozy regime, the French National Assembly is now in recess. It will not sit again until September. There had been some expectations that space would be found during July to introduce legislation that would lead to French ratification of the London Agreement. This is something that is needed before the treaty, which would substantially reduce the cost of patenting in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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EIU survey points to the need for CIPOs

Knowledge Management in Manufacturing, a survey published by the Economist Intelligence Unit in conjunction with Siemens, reports that 50% of companies do not know the true extent of the intellectual property they own. Despite this, a large majority of the 315 senior executives interviewed for the survey confirmed that they were looking to create more intellectual property in collaboration with third parties over the coming years – although, as yet, most of those that had ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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UK says no to longer sound recordings copyright term

The British government has rejected a call from the music industry and a number of high profile rock stars (I use this term loosely in relation to some individuals) to push the European Commission to introduce an increased term of copyright protection for sound recordings. At present, the term stands at 50 years, campaigners think this should rise to a minimum of 70 years in the EU. Apparently, raising the term of protection would encourage further investment in young British talent ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Thailand considering more compulsory licensing

A report in a Thai newspaper suggests that the government there is considering an expansion of its compulsory licensing regime. The military dictatorship, which came to power following a coup just under a year ago, has already introduced such licensing for three drugs that treat AIDS and heart disease, and it is now looking at cancer treatments. Although no decisions have yet been made, it would not be a surprise if it were to happen. While not wishing to underplay the costs ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Germany leads the way in European patent litigation

The Portuguese government, which now holds the presidency of the European Union, has produced a position paper outlining how it intends to take forward the debate over Europe’s patent future during its six-month term. I must confess to not having read the document closely but, according to an EPO press release, the Portuguese support centralised litigation and the Community patent. However, this seems to be a broad support in principle rather than specific support for specific ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2007 @ 12:00AM
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