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Senate judiciary chief seeks fast track of patent reform legislation to President Obama

According to a report on The Hill website, Patrick Leahy, chairman of the US Senate's Judiciary Committee, is seeking to have the version of the America Invents Act (the Patent Reform Act as was) recently passed by the House of Representatives sent to President Obama for signature. This would be as opposed to initiating a process of reconciliation between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, which differ in several important ways. The Hill states: In an email to members ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 June 2011 @ 6:19PM
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No news from Nortel is no big surprise

It’s not a huge surprise that we have not heard anything from the Nortel patent auction which began yesterday. Bearing in mind that there may be as many as five or six parties involved in the bidding (including Microsoft, some reports say) and bearing in mind the rules of the auction, some of which were helpfully set out by Tangible IP, it may be a while before we discover the final outcome. As I understand it, yesterday would have begun with the unsealing of the opening ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 June 2011 @ 1:16PM
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EU patent deal agreed by 25 of 27 member states

The following press release has been issued by the European Commission and the Hungarian government, which currently holds the presidency of the European Council: Today the Council took a crucial step in improving the European patent system. Member States have agreed on the two regulations implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection. Securing a breakthrough in this difficult dossier has been a top priority of the Hungarian Presidency. Minister of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 June 2011 @ 3:20PM
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Tobacco trademarks move towards oblivion in Australia

Philip Morris is taking legal action in Australia in an attempt to get compensation for new packaging rules which the company says will significantly reduce the value of its brands. Legislation that is due to come into force in January 2012 will prevent cigarette makers from printing their logos, any kind of promotional text or colourful images on cigarette packaging. Under the new law, to be phased in over a six-month period, brand names can only be printed in a small, uniform font ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 June 2011 @ 1:16PM
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China's banks lend cash against IP, but are they right to do so?

There is an interesting snippet from China about the creation of the country’s first “State-level demonstration zone for intellectual property financing and investment”. According to an article published by China Daily: The district in South China’s Guangdong province will now be home to a zone “that combines intellectual property with financial capital to better regulate management of intangible assets and also optimize the IP structure of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 June 2011 @ 4:42PM
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Google and Apple the favourites to win Monday's Nortel patent battle

With both Apple and Intel now cleared by the US Department of Justice to bid on the Nortel patent portfolio, it looks almost certain that the once-delayed, greatly anticipated auction of the assets will go ahead on Monday at the New York offices of law firm Cleary Gottlieb. In anticipation, over on the Tangible IP blog they have put together a couple of very handy pieces focusing on the event. The first takes a look at the rules under which the auction will operate; the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 June 2011 @ 8:42PM
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Diversion -the other side of the story, as the House approves amended patent reform bill

On the day that the House of Representatives voted in favour of patent reform legislation that did not put an end to fee diversion from the USPTO, I received the following email from someone whose views I respect. He has much less problem than most with Congress wanting to continue to have control over how much the USPTO spends. This is what he has to say: The reason congress won't end fee diversion is that there is no nexus between the USPTO getting it's fees and patent pendency or ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 June 2011 @ 12:44AM
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Maybe American politicians just do not have the brains to understand ...

This blog generally does not do politics, but sometimes politicians behave so bizarrely, so irrationally and so stupidly that something just has to be said … I am not a US citizen, I have no profound insights into the US political system and I recognise absolutely that it is completely up to the US to decide how it wants its patent system to be structured and funded. But that does not stop me looking on in amazement as US legislators seriously contemplate denying the US ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 June 2011 @ 12:32PM
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NYSE closing bell rang at the IPBC - see you next year in Lisbon

We rang the bell to close trading for the day on the New York Stock Exchange this lunchtime at the IP Business Congress. You can see all the action here. Check out those cheesey grins! Many thanks to all the 500 delegates who took part in this year's congress. Don't forget to reserve your place at next year's event in Lisbon, Portugal, from 24th to 26th June. Further details will be forthcoming very soon.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 June 2011 @ 2:17AM
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Kappos urges the US IP community to "see the bigger picture" on patent reform

David Kappos, Director of the USPTO, has issued a brief statement on the current state of play with regard to the patent reform legislation to be voted on by the House of Reprsentatives this week. This follows a decision to drop provisions from the proposed act to ensure a permanent end to fee diversion. In a message sent to delegates attending the IP Business Congress, Kappos states: We’re making progress, we know that USPTO funding is a core concern but the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 June 2011 @ 9:14PM
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