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High-tech companies pool resources to fight trolls

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on Allied Security Trust, a statutory trust whose 11 current members work in the high-tech sector. This afternoon I spoke with CEO Brian Hinman and CFO Jon Brandl. They told me a little bit more about what the organisation is all about. First of all, I discovered that AST is not new – it came into being in March 2007 and has been operating since that time. Its primary role is to acquire patents on behalf of its members, essentially to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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The Commission's incoherent approach to IP imperils Europe's economic future

Whenever you speak to someone from the European Commission about intellectual property and ask them whether the various directorate-generals that have an interest in the area get together and talk issues through, you are always told yes. I have been assured on a number of occasions that there are regular meetings between representatives of the different DGs on IP and that everyone agrees on everything IP-related that the European Commission says or does. All of which makes you wonder ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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They buried a hero today in the English village where I live. Jeff “JJ” Doherty had only just turned 20. He died in Afghanistan the week before last while serving in the British Army. The patrol he was with came under fire from the Taliban. Private Doherty was killed along with one of his comrades. This afternoon, as the bell in the parish church slowly chimed, Private Doherty’s coffin, wrapped in the Union Jack, was borne by horse drawn carriage down the main ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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IP Business Congress sees Finnish inventor become a millionaire

Mikko Väänänen works in the astronomy department of Helsinki University. On top of that he is the managing partner of patent agency Suinno Oy. And as of around 4.00 pm Dutch time this afternoon he is a US dollar millionaire. Väänänen, a delegate at the IP Business Congress 2008, sat and watched as a patent relating to electronic advertising he was selling at the Ocean Tomo European IP auction was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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IBM's Kappos says Big Blue is opposed to business method patents

The CIPO Summit is now in full swing at the IP Business Congress in Amsterdam. We had an excellent day yesterday, with a series of excellent presentations and debates focusing on the role of the chief intellectual property officer, and the challenges that those holding such a title – or an equivalent – currently face. As time is tight I will not do a full report until after the event is finished. But I thought I would come on here and share a little snippet with you. At ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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GSK leads the world in access to medicine rankings as generic companies trail

GlaxoSmithKline, Novo Nordisk and Merck & Co are the three major life science companies doing most to promote access to medicine in the developing world, a recently released study has found. According to the Access to Medicine Index, published by the Access to Medicine Foundation, the top three are spearheading efforts in the pharma industry “to provide millions of people in low-income countries with better access to affordable drugs and vaccines”.  According to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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It's a mad idea, but it just might work ....

On his blog, Sun’s general counsel Mike Dillon provides an explanation as to why his company took the decision back in 2005 to reduce the number of patent applications it files: … Part of the reason is financial. On average, it costs more than $20,000 to obtain a US patent and this figure grows significantly when you file around the world. Also, this amount does not include annual annuities required to keep a patent in effect. Being selective in what you patent can ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Why CEOs should be chief IP officers

The IP Business Congress is now fast approaching. On Monday I am flying out to Amsterdam to work on the final preparations. Having never been involved in organising a conference before, I did not realise how much work it involves. I do now! Anyway, we are going to be more or less at capacity with around 450 delegates at the Grand Hotel Krasnopolsky and we know that many more people would like to have been with us. The problem that CIPOs and other senior IP executives have ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Further details emerge on the challenge to Francis Gurry's position as new WIPO DG

Thanks to Benny Spiewak, a lawyer with Brazilian firm Koury Lopes Advogados in São Paulo, I now have translations of the two articles from the Brazilian press concerning Francis Gurry’s future that I linked to in my blog about WIPO earlier this week. It is worth noting that they are from the Agência Estado, which is Brazil’s leading financial news agency, and the Folha de São Paulo, one of the country’s most widely-read and highly-respected ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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More mutual recognition talk as patent harmonisation efforts intensify

Alison Brimelow has been speaking about mutual recognition again. Following on from the exclusive interview she gave to IAM in May, when she first raised the issue, the President of the EPO has now spoken to the BBC about the same subject. “I note that people I talk to in the business of seeking patents are increasingly happy to speculate on whether the time has come for mutual recognition, a patent examined in one major institution should be recognised by another,” she ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 June 2008 @ 12:00AM
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