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If US patent reformers are successful they will create a regime that only benefits the big boys

Over on the IP Watchdog blog Gene Quinn has published a fascinating interview with Ray Niro, one of the US’s leading patent litigators and the senior partner of a firm that has won a particularly strong reputation for winning big awards for its clients – many of which are non-practising entities. Because of the types of client that Niro represents a lot of people do not like him or his firm. Do an internet search for either and the term “troll” pops up with ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2014 @ 11:23AM
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Europe’s UPC transitional provisions mess means complete uncertainty for one and all

We learned last week from Bristows partner Alan Johnson that the transitional provisions relating to Europe’s forthcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime are something of a mess. This week, we find out that things could be even worse than previously explained. Basically, at this stage no patent owner in Europe – actual or prospective – can plan with any certainty, because as yet there are just too many issues up in the air. Simply put, as of now no-one can say ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 2:26PM
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New research confirms that Intellectual Ventures is busy buying patents once again

The most recent fund established by Intellectual Ventures has bought 16% of all publicly-available patent packages sold in the first half of 2014, according to research undertaken by the Richardson Oliver Law Group. The work done by the California-based law firm, which published the article “What’s inside IV’s patent portfolio?” in the last issue of IAM, estimates a $25 million run rate for IV in terms of acquisitions of publicly brokered patent deals in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 July 2014 @ 11:42AM
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The USPTO Director fiasco reflects a failure of leadership at the White House

While the heads of most of the globe’s major issuing authorities are civil servants who often do not have any background in IP, the post of Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office is different. It comes with the title of Under-secretary of Commerce and is very much a political appointment that by and large is handed to someone with long experience of working in senior IP positions in private practice, industry, or both. USPTO directors are not only expected to oversee ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 July 2014 @ 11:18AM
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The transitionary regime for Europe's new patent litigation system - a dangerous mess

Up to now those reading the articles on Europe’s unified patent court (UPC) on the IAM blog, put together exclusively for us by Bristow’s partner Alan Johnson, might have assumed that the new system is going to be a very favourable one for plaintiffs. But while this may turn out to be the case, there is one big elephant in the room that could change the picture completely. In the article below Alan looks at the transitional provisions that will apply as the new regime ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 July 2014 @ 2:12PM
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Google, Canon and the other LOT Network founders deserve high praise for their new initiative

Thanks to information provided by the License On Transfer Network (LOTNet), I now understand that patent assertion entities want to make money; they “clearly seek to generate a return by enforcing patent rights against operating companies”, LOTNET explains. “They acquire patents from other companies and are motivated by profit.” Whoever would have thought it - commercial enterprises interested in generating a return? Heaven forbid that LOTNet’s current ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 July 2014 @ 4:08PM
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Patent values are below peak, but the next big move could be up not down

Over on the IP Kat blog Neil Wilkof has written a piece on an article by Terry Ludlow that we published in the most recent issue of IAM. Entitled “Signs of the times: trends in technology IP licensing”, Terry takes a look at the major issues currently affecting technology (read patent) licensing, principally in the US, including a number of recent Supreme Court, CAFC, district court and ITC cases which he believes have helped drive down the value of patents. Terry’s ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 July 2014 @ 6:24PM
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The top 30 IAM blogs of 2014

It's a quiet weekend and as close to the middle of the year as makes no difference, so below are the blog stories posted so far in 2014 that have attracted most reads. Our exclusive on Judge Rader explaining what he will do after quitting the CAFC has been by far the most popular - probably because it was linked to by so many other outlets. That one and the second placed Gurry/WIPO polemic aside, though, what is clear is that the stories that generally ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 06 July 2014 @ 1:44PM
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Forum shopping in Europe's brave new patent world - bad news for defendants (probably)

In his latest bulletin on some of the issues raised by the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe, Bristows partner Alan Johnson takes a look at the potential for forum shopping under the new regime. Previously he has written on preliminary injunctions and final injunctions/bifurcation. While the degree to which forum shopping will be an attractive and feasible option for plaintiffs is still not entirely clear, what does seem certain is that a defendant will have only ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 03 July 2014 @ 8:18AM
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Gutierrez leaves Microsoft's IP group to oversee legal issues in company's move to the cloud

After eight years in charge of Microsoft’s worldwide IP group Horacio Gutierrez is today starting a new job at the company. Following an internal reshuffle instigated by general counsel Brad Smith, Gutierrez takes charge of the Products and Services Group in the Legal & Corporate Affairs (LCA) Department, where he will be responsible for overseeing the big move the company is currently making into the cloud. He will be replaced at the Innovation and IP Group by Erich ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 01 July 2014 @ 12:16AM
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