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Page 1 of 3 Archive - September 2012

Applications down as grant rate exceeds 60% at the JPO

The Japan Patent Office has published its annual report for 2012. As ever with the JPO it is an extremely detailed piece of work, chock-full of statistics. Among the data you can find the following: • The overall number of patent applications the office receives is continuing to fall. The high point was reached in 2005, when 427,078 applications were filed. In 2011, the figure was 342,610, down by just under 2,000 on the 2010 amount. • Applications from non-Japanese ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 September 2012 @ 11:44AM
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ICAP continues to see value in patent auctions, as others focus on trademarks

The next ICAP patent auction is scheduled for 28th and 29th November in San Francisco. As yet there is no catalogue, but a few press releases have been put out announcing that specific portfolios are being put up for sale. I have not been to the firm’s auction website for a while and there did seem to be something different about it when I looked today – then I realised all mention of OceanTomo, at least in any prominent way, has been dropped. Even after ICAP bought the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 September 2012 @ 1:35PM
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Fear and loathing in Las Vegas as Nevada makes a pitch for NPE litigation business

When NPE Unwired Planet filed suit for patent infringement against Apple and Google in the US District Court for the District of Nevada last week, it also announced that it would be relocating its business to the Silver State. According to AllThingsD, the firm’s CEO Mike Mulica said it is moving east from its current HQ in Redwood City, California because: “Nevada has been chosen as one of 14 districts across the United States as a patent pilot district and it has ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 27 September 2012 @ 11:38AM
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The earnings of the UK's top patent litigation law firms

Following on from last week’s post on the revenues and profits of some of the UK’s top patent and trademark attorney firms, I thought I’d have a look at how this country’s top patent litigation law firms are doing. To choose the top firms, I went to the IAM Patent 1000 and selected the Gold, Silver and Bronze firms for patent litigation listed in the UK section; I then went to the annual ranking of the UK’s top grossing law firms, printed in the 13th ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 September 2012 @ 2:07PM
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Intellectual Ventures announces first ever patent litigation settlements

Intellectual Ventures has announced that it has reached settlements with SK hynix Inc and Elpida Memory Inc in litigation the firm had commenced against both concerning memory device patents.  The two companies had been named as defendants in a case that IV filed in December 2010 in Delaware and were then named as respondents in an ITC case, along with some of their customers, in July 2011.  Following the settlement, IV will seek to have all actions against the two ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 September 2012 @ 4:29PM
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Let's look more closely at the other side of the NPE story

On Friday Aware Inc, an R&D-based company which develops and licenses software for the biometrics, telecommunications and healthcare industries, closed a $16 million sale of DSL patents and applications with TQ Delta LLC. Aware is a company that has been around since 1986. According to its most recent annual report it generated $24.6 million in revenues in 2011, and as of 31st December of that year it had 77 employees, well over half of them engineers. In January 2012, the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 September 2012 @ 12:27PM
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The Pirate Party in Germany goes into freefall as hypocrisy and lack of political nous bite

It’s not a great surprise when a published author with a big advance takes action to ensure the removal of unauthorised copies of his or her work from the internet. But when the author happens to be a senior member of a political party whose manifesto not only advocates the legalisation of copying for non-commercial purposes, but also states that it should be “actively promoted to improve the public availability of information, knowledge and culture”, then perhaps a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 September 2012 @ 12:30PM
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Progress has been made, but the greentech patent debate is not over, warns GE counsel

At last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Randall Rader delivered a provoking speech. In it, he warned of the potentially dire consequences of weakening the patent system to placate its critics. One pertinent example of current anti-patent sentiment can be found in the greentech sector, where IP advocates face a strong and vocal opposition which claims ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 20 September 2012 @ 3:10PM
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More joy for Indian generics as Roche loses major infringement case

Indian company Cipla has triumphed over Roche in Delhi’s high court in a decision that is likely to delight India’s booming generics manufacturing industry, while causing considerable alarm for multinationals in the pharma sphere. The Swiss company had sued Cipla for infringing its cancer treatment Tarceva with a generic version called Erlocip. But while the court upheld the validity of Roche’s patent, it also found that Cipla had not infringed, as its product does ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 20 September 2012 @ 8:11AM
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Filings of patent litigation suits in the US jumped by 22% in 2011

More actions for patent infringement were filed in the US in 2011 than in any previous year, according to PWC’s 2012 Patent Litigation Study, which was published last week. The report states that the number jumped to 4,015, representing a 22% increase on the 2010 figure. Overall, patent litigation has grown by 6.4% year on year since 1991, PWC states, as compared to an annualized increase in USPTO grants of 4.5%. That said, the median damages awards for the period between 2006 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 September 2012 @ 4:23PM
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