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Some reflections on the IP Business Congress

The IAM team is now back home in the UK after a week on the road in the US for the IP Business Congress. There will be an extensive review of what happened at the meeting in the next issue of the magazine, which comes out at the end of July, but I thought I would share a few things with you now. • First of all, the turn-out was excellent. We had 370 people with us at the Four Seasons which, given the economic situation, was really pleasing. Clearly there are a lot of people out ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 June 2009 @ 5:55PM
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Get involved in Chinese IP policy making if you want to make a difference

During the presentation on China he made at the IP Business Congress, Intellectual Property Institute chairman Ian Harvey stated that there is no point in worrying about IP protection in the country, or complaining about it, if you do not engage with it. He observed that a recent Chinese government delegation to the UK came in the hope of getting comments from British businesses about proposed amendments to the Chinese Patent Act (now introduced and due to come into force on ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 June 2009 @ 11:29PM
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Video interviews with IP Hall of Fame inductees now online

Three more video interviews conducted at the IP Business Congress are now available to view. These are with three of the five people inducted into the IP Hall of Fame at a special Gala Dinner, which took place on Monday evening at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The three individuals concerned are: Dolores Hanna, the first female president of the INTA; Michael Kirk, the former executive director of the AIPLA; and Niels Reimers, the former head of the technology licensing operation ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 June 2009 @ 4:50PM
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Ocean Tomo does ratings deal with France's state bank

Those who may have thought that Ocean Tomo's sale of its transactions business to ICAP last week signalled the beginning of the end for the firm are going to have to think again. The Chicago-based merchant banc has agreed a working protocol with Caisse des Dépôts, the development bank owned by the French state, that is expected to lead to the creation in the autumn of the first ratings platform for European patents. This would be an OT/Caisse des ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 June 2009 @ 12:13PM
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An interview with AIPLA executive director Todd Dickinson

During the IP Business Congress, we conducted a number of video interviews with speakers and delegates. Over the next few days we will be uploading these and putting them on both the IAM and IPBC websites. To kick things off, I am linking to an interview with AIPLA executive director Todd Dickinson. In this, he talks about David Kappos's nomination as the next Director of the USPTO; the progress of the proposed patent reform legislation through Congress; the changing environment for ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 June 2009 @ 5:05PM
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Seen and heard at the IPBC ....

There were 370 people on the at the IPBC yesterday. They were treated to an action packed day. I am not going to give a full summary as this post would just be too long. So here are a few titbits for you instead: • Ciarán McGinley, the head of the controlling office at the EPO, told delegates that applications to the office were down around 8% this year. This has had an effect on income, as has the fact that the grant rate was below 50% for the first time. Basically, by ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 June 2009 @ 12:55PM
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Swiss IP chief emerges as candidate to be new EPO President

One of the great things about going to conferences is that I get to speak to a few people and find out things that otherwise would have past me by. Yesterday at the IP Business Congress - after a truly fascinating afternoon at the CIPO Manifesto Working Group meeting (which I will report on later this week) - I was told that Roland Grossenbacher, the head of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 June 2009 @ 12:06PM
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IP Business Congress starts today in Chicago

After months of preparation, the IP Business Congress kicks off this afternoon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The first item on the agenda is the inaugural meeting of the CIPO Manifesto Working Group. Some of the world's biggest IP hitters from the corporate world are going to be getting together to look at the challenges and issues involved in the establishing the chief intellctual property officer role, what responsibilities the role should include and how it might develop in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 June 2009 @ 3:02PM
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Is it time to make law firms pay for representing patent trolls?

Jackie Hutter, a member of the IAM 250, recently put together a thought-provoking blog about the possible emergence of a new way to fight patent trolls. The whole thing is well worth a read, but essentially she reports on a conversation she had with a head of IP at a major technology company who has recognised that traditional litigation tactics are not going to work against trolls, so new methods have to be tried. One of these could be to look at which law firms are ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 June 2009 @ 11:41AM
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Overtime ban at the USPTO; more problems with patent reform legislation in Senate

The USPTO has imposed a paid overtime ban in all patent business units, according to a memo written by Bruce Kisliuk, the acting deputy commisioner for patent operations, which was leaked to The Legal Times. The ban comes into force tomorrow, 21st June. The memo was sent out to staff last Wednesday, before the news broke that David Kappos is to be nominated as the office's next Director. It underlines the challenge he will face when he takes up the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 June 2009 @ 12:46PM
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