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Page 1 of 3 Archive - June 2010

A bad day for anti-software patent groups, so what happens next?

Florian Mueller is a prominent anti-software patent campaigner based in Europe. Until a few years ago, he was the leader of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign, an organisation he founded and which proved itself very effective in fighting the EU's proposed CII directive relating to the protection of software patents. Yesterday I posted an immediate reaction from Mueller to the Bilski decision. Today he has produced a new piece of work that identifies who he considers to be the top 10 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 June 2010 @ 5:26PM
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Mixed reactions to the Supreme Court's Bilski decision

Analysis of the Supreme Court's decision in the Bilski case is now coming in thick and fast. Most people think it is good news for business method patents (though not all good news) and bad news for those who do not like such patents or those which protect software. Many comment that the court has actually chosen to do very little. I am particularly intrigued by the comments of Nicholas Groombridge from Weil Gotshal (see below), who ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 June 2010 @ 7:16PM
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Supreme Court rules that there is a future for business method patents in the US

The US Supreme Court has finally handed down its judgment in the Bernard L Bilski and Rand A Warsaw v David J Kappos case that some thought may lead to a fundamental redrawing of the US patent regime as it affects business methods and software. In a decision that was delivered over seven months after the nine justices heard oral arguments, the court has affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and ruled that the invention ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 June 2010 @ 3:19PM
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Some thoughts on an outstanding IP Business Congress

The IP Business Congress, which took place earlier this week in Munich, was the biggest and best of the three that we have so far held. Over 450 delegates were at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel. We had chief IP officers from all kinds of industry and from all sizes of company; there were policy makers; patent office heads, past and present; IP deal makers and service providers; people from the finance community; a smattering of university folks; not forgetting senior law and attorney firm ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 June 2010 @ 9:36AM
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IV seals deal with French company to guarantee largest satellite order of the decade

A joint press release issued by Intellectual Ventures and French company Thales Alenia Space announces that the former has sold the latter: "A significant patent portfolio describing hundreds of inventions related to satellites communication systems, as well as additional patent rights." This will allow Thales to get "access to the intellectual property rights required to build the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites, under contract recently awarded by Iridium ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 June 2010 @ 10:17AM
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"Patent quality is not where I want it to be," says USPTO Director in exclusive IAM interview

In an exclusive video interview with IAM recorded at the IP Business Congress in Munich, USPTO director David Kappos has acknowledged that the office still has plenty of work to do to improve the quality of the patents that it grants. Responding to the findings of the recently published IAM/Thomson Reuters benchmarking survey that show issued US patents are thought to be of lower quality than those granted by the EPO and the JPO, Kappos admitted that he's not happy that the USPTO ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 June 2010 @ 8:30AM
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A single EU patent looks dead in the water as member states seek alternatives

Attempts to create a single EU patent could be heading to yet another failure, according to Margot Fröhlinger, Director of Knowledge Economy inside the Internal Markets DG of the European Commission. Speaking today (Monday) at the IP Business Congress in Munich, Fröhlinger, who is closely involved in the negotiations surrounding the patent, as well as a single litigation system in the EU, told delegates that the project "is not in the best shape". Proposals about ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 June 2010 @ 2:17PM
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European pharma leads the way on access to medicines

GlaxoSmithKline leads the pharmaceutical industry in ensuring access to medicines for people in the developing world, according to the second Access to Medicines Index that is published today. The UK company - which has been a prominent proponent of ensuring that the pharmaceutical industry does more in this area - is ranked above Merck & Co and Novartis, in a table which indicates European companies tend to make access to medicine a higher priority than their US counterparts.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 June 2010 @ 5:40AM
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IAM launches new CIPO site and heads off to Munich

The role of the chief IP officer is one that IAM has followed closely for a number of years now. CIPOs - individuals with overall responsibility for creating and implementing all aspects of an organisation's IP strategy - can, we believe, play a key role in ensuring that IP moves to the heart of corporate decision-making in a way that increases value and enhnaces bottom line returns. With all that in mind, we are today launching a specific CIPO portal within the IAM website.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 June 2010 @ 3:38PM
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Intangible values at record high in the US, but falling elsewhere, new research claims - update

The US is the home of intangible value, according to a report just released by Ocean Tomo. Research published by the intellectual capital merchant bank (it used to call itself an IP merchant bank, when did that change?), claims that the implied intangible asset value of the S&P 500 reached 81% in 2009. This compares to 70% in EU markets, 73.5% in China and just 35.8% in Japan. While the US figure is at a record high, those for the non-US markets have declined since 2007 - ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 June 2010 @ 6:37PM
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