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TomTom agrees settlement with Microsoft, which gets the licensing income it was after

Microsoft and TomTom have reached a settlement in their patent dispute just over a month since the former threatened to take the latter to court and to the ITC over alleged infringements of eight of its patents. The action caused a considerable stir because it involved several TomTom products that were Linux-based. TomTom countersued Microsoft and last week also joined the Open Invention Network, which was interpreted as a move that would give it ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 March 2009 @ 5:03PM
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Lowest ever total raised at Ocean Tomo IP auction, but firm can bounce back

The total amount raised at the Ocean Tomo auction in San Francisco on Friday was $2.75 million, excluding any buyers' or sellers' premiums. I got this figure from Ron Laurie, who is chairman of the Inflexion Point Group. As Ron is not connected to Ocean Tomo this is an unofficial figure, but knowing Ron as I do I am very confident that it is accurate. It is the lowest amount that any public OT auction has ever raised. This is Ron's take on why it turned out that way: • The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 March 2009 @ 8:29AM
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Ocean Tomo auction falls flat as bids dry up

The latest Ocean Tomo IP auction held yesterday in San Francisco does not seem to have been a success, according to a report I picked up from the San Francisco Chronicle. The article does not state how much was raised in total, but what it does say is that only six of the lots sold and eight others attracted bids. More than 80 were on offer. Although a few more may go in post-auction deals, just six months ago in Chicago, OT generated over $11 million in sales and sold 48 lots ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 March 2009 @ 10:55AM
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US Energy Secretary drops an IP bombshell

Here's a quote from Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary: You don’t build a power plant, put it in a boat and ship it overseas, similar to with buildings. So developing technologies for much more efficient buildings is something that can be shared in each country. If countries actively helped each other, they would also reap the home benefits of using less energy. So any area like that I think is where we should work very hard in a very collaborative way — by very ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 March 2009 @ 5:03PM
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Patent application figures falling in Japan, slightly up in China

The Japan Patent Office is not immune to the drop off in patent applications that offices across the world currently seem to be experiencing. According to information I have just received from the country, in November 2008, the office experienced a decline of 15% in applications compared to 2007's figures; in December 2008, the decline was 0.5%; and in January 2009, the decline compared to January 2008 was 6.2%. These figures represent a continuing trend at the JPO. Its latest annual ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 March 2009 @ 11:19AM
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New US Commerce Secretary sworn in. USPTO Director next?

Gary Locke has been confirmed as the new US Secretary of Commerce. His department is the one which oversees the US Patent and Trademark Office. Locke's assumption of office may now free up the way for the appointment of a new Director for the USPTO. The post is currently helod by acting Director John Doll. Watch this space. 

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 March 2009 @ 5:10PM
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Commission move could speed up patent court negotiation progress

The European Commission has asked EU member states for a mandate to set up a European patent court that would hear disputes relating to patents issued by the European Patent Office and future Community patents. In a statement released yesterday, Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said: "European businesses find the current patent litigation system complex, slow and costly. Once agreed, a unified system with a dedicated unified ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 March 2009 @ 12:06PM
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No skullduggery involved in pharma equiry submission switch says EPO

On Monday, the IP Kat blog ran a worrying story about apparent changes to the European Patent Office's submission to the DG Compeition's on-going enquiry into the pharmaceutical sector. IP Kat co-author Jeremy Phillips, who many of you will recognise as one of Europe's most well-known and distinguised IP commentators, noticed some significant differences between what had been reported to be the original submission and what finally appeared on ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 March 2009 @ 5:25PM
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Latest LES licensing survey results now available

The LES Foundation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LES USA & Canada, has published the results of its latest Annual Survey of the Licensing Industry. Among the highlights identified in a press release I received about it yesterday were the following: Licensing and the Courts Respondents were asked a series of questions related to recent high-profile court decisions, such as Medimmune v. Genentech; Scandisk v. STMicroelectronics; and, eBay v. MercExchange, and their ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 March 2009 @ 2:27PM
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Reasons to be happy ...

As the recessionary storm clouds grow ever darker and the news pages are filled with deficits, lay-offs, broken banks, closing companies and scandalous bonus payments, it is understandably hard to look on the bright side. But sometimes it is probably worth doing just that. So, in this spirit of optimism, IAM columnist Bruce Berman, CEO of Brody Berman Associates in New York, has penned a piece for our next issue called "Don't worry be happy". In it he ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 March 2009 @ 12:31PM
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