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Page 1 of 4 Archive - May 2007

France to ratify London Agreement by year end, probably

Whisper it quietly, but we could be getting quite close to seeing the ratification of the London Agreement; something that would significantly reduce the cost of patenting in Europe. I am currently attending a conference in Paris - Propriéte Industrielle: Les Entriens de Paris – which is being co-hosted by INPI, the French Intellectual Property Office. After one of this morning’s session I grabbed a few words with Benoît Battistelli, the Director General of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Ridiculous yoga patents dispute deepens, pharma company makes HIV move

The yoga, patents and India story is getting worse and worse. The Indian government’s protest has now been picked up by newspapers across the world. Here’s what The Times in the UK is saying about it, for example. I particularly like the quotes from Verghese Samuel from the Ministry of Health. “How can you patent yoga – something that has been in the public domain for thousands of years? … It’s a ridiculous decision … We’ll have to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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IP no impediment to scientific research, report concludes

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced the completion of a project looking at how far the existence of patents and other types of IP right has affected the ability of scientists to conduct research. One of the claims of those who want to limit current IP rights is that the proliferation of patents, licensing agreements and the like is a bar to academic discovery because researchers either fear being sued for infringement or are denied access to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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British recording industry victorious but at what price?

Record companies in the UK have won a huge payout from a company which flouted an order imposed in 2004 to cease the import of CDs sourced in low cost jurisdictions to sell at discount prices to consumers in Britain. Today, the High Court in ordered Hong Kong-based CD-Wow to pay £37 million plus £4 million in interest to companies represented by the British Phonographic Industry organisation and stated that it should cease selling imported CDs immediately. CD-Wow has said ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Shoot the messenger but understand why he commits his crime

The Spicy India IP blog is essential reading for all those who want an Indian perspective on developments in the world of IP. Over recent days, it has been looking at the uproar created in the country over reports that the USPTO is granting patents relating to yoga. Of course, the blog points out, the USPTO is doing no such thing – instead, there are some issues around whether it may be possible to gain copyright protection for certain types of yoga position; something that all ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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On the value of IP auctions

The IP Geek blog carries an article looking at the role that auctions play in the creation of IP value. It raises a number of important points. Why, it asks, would people buy rights at auctions without the substantial due diligence that is done around a private patent sale or licence agreement? Why buy a right without knowing that it will enhance your business? Why go for the patent alone when you will not get access to the know-how which will help you to work it effectively in quick ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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New TV rules for Europe

A new European directive regulating the provision of television services in the European Union, which for the first time covers satellite and cable TV as well as traditional terrestrial services, has been approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The Audiovisual Media Services Directive will have to be implemented into the national laws of all 27 member states of the EU by the end of 2009. Among other things the directive will allow only one advertising break ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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India's legal market to open up to foreign firms?

The Times is reporting today that the Indian government is about to introduce legislation that would allow foreign law firms to open full offices in India. Until now, non-Indian firms have not had the right to offer legal services, though they are able to give advice on a consultancy basis. The last time a rumour of this nature surfaced was in 2005 and the reaction from the Indian legal profession was overwhelmingly hostile. This, of course, happens in every country where legal ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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The European Parliament does it again

The IPjur blog is reporting that a plenary session of the European Parliament has today approved a resolution entitled: Putting Knowledge into Practice: a Broad-based Innovation Strategy for Europe. As you would expect, there is a lot about intellectual property – and patents in particular – contained within the document. Before reading the rest of this blog entry, however, do not panic: such a resolution binds no-one and will not directly lead to any law changes or ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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A little snippet about Intellectual Ventures

A rumour doing the rounds earlier this week at the CIP Forum in Gothenburg was that Intellectual Ventures had bought 75% of the patents sold at the Ocean Tomo auction in Chicago. I don't know if that's true, but I was there and I know they snapped up at least two lots from the floor; there were also a lot of successful telephone bids where no names were revealed so anyone could have been on the other end of the line. They'll be more phone bids at OT's London event next week and ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 May 2007 @ 12:00AM
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