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A network of specialist IP courts for China gets government go-ahead

China’s legislature has approved a proposal for an IP specialist court with pilot venues in the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the province of Guangdong. This comes after the ruling Communist Party suggested that it would explore options for establishing such courts back in November last year. The Beijing News – in a story later quoted here by China IP Magazine (in Chinese) – reports that the country’s Supreme People’s Court last week ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 02 September 2014 @ 11:38AM
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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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IAM names the world's leading IP strategists

The  IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists, which identifies the world’s leading IP strategists, is now available online. The guide lists individuals that in-depth research has shown to possess the skill-sets necessary to work with IP owners to maximise the value of their patents, copyrights, trademarks and other rights. IAM researchers in the United States, Europe and Asia spoke to a wide range of senior corporate IP managers, as well as third-party ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 June 2014 @ 10:27AM
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New online platform attempts to plug crowdfunding’s IP protection gap

Last month saw the launch of KarmaKrowd, a new online crowdfunding platform that will offer IP and marketing expertise to inventors, start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The website’s inclusion of these services alongside its funding platform could significantly reduce some of the IP risks that the crowdfunding model presents both for SMEs looking for capital and for investors. Crowdfunding platforms act as online portals between those seeking ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 1:49PM
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New IP reporting obligations for listed companies in India could be very good news

A recent development in India may be a catalyst for domestic companies in the country to begin engaging with intellectual property in way that up to now most of them have failed to do. A note I have just received from Safir Anand, a senior partner in the leading New Delhi IP law firm Anand and Anand, details recent moves by the Indian Security and Exchange Board to ensure greater transparency in, and reporting of, IP-related issues among publicly-quoted companies in the country:  ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 March 2014 @ 5:41PM
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HP makes good on its mobile misadventure in patent deal with Qualcomm

At the end of last week Qualcomm announced that it had acquired around 2,400 mobile-related patents and applications, including 1,400 US assets, from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed sum. Commentators covering the deal have tended to emphasise what the acquisition means for Qualcomm and have wondered what amount of money the telecoms chip maker may have paid for the patents. But from an IP strategy perspective, HP’s side of the story is just as interesting. What can be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2014 @ 2:32PM
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$1 trillion-plus per year – copyright’s contribution to the US economy

Recent research from Washington DC-based trade group the International IP Alliance (IIPA) has found that industries based on the production and commercial exploitation of copyrighted content added over $1.01 trillion in value to the US economy during 2012. According to the latest edition of the IIPA’s ‘Copyright Industries in the US Economy’ report – authored by Stephen E Siwek of Economists Incorporated – ‘core copyright industries’ ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 November 2013 @ 12:06PM
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The patent system has helped to make open source the success it is

A recent article over at Infoworld outlines several strategies for participants in open source software projects to mitigate the risk of having patents asserted against them. The piece is entitled ‘Four ways open source protects you against software patents’. But it would make just as much sense to have called it ‘Ways IP protects you against software patents’, since at least three of the four suggested solutions – which include defensive patent pooling, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 15 November 2013 @ 10:32AM
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Europe’s multi-trillion euro IP economy revealed; now it’s time to spread the word

The findings of a two year study into the economic impact of IP in the European Union were released today at a press conference held in the European Commission’s Brussels headquarters. The study is impressive in its scope and provides some powerful indications of the value of IP to the European economy – but industry stakeholders now face the challenge of passing on the message to the wider public, portions of which have given pretty high levels of support to avowedly ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 30 September 2013 @ 7:16PM
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The USPTO needs a permanent leader once more. And it needs one now.

Next Monday is Labor Day in the US. Once that is done and dusted the summer is officially over and everyone is supposed to get back to work. But one person who won't be doing so is the permanent Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Nearly nine months after David Kappos left that position, we still do not have one. That’s an awful long time, especially given that it was in November 2012 that Kappos actually stated he was going to leave. Of course, there is an acting ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 August 2013 @ 4:10PM
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