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European Inventor Award finalists 2015

European Inventor Award finalists 2015

The EPO announced the 15 finalists for the European Inventor Award 2015. With this prestigious annual award, the EPO honours scientists and engineers in five categories whose inventions have been patented by the EPO and have contributed to technological progress, social development and economic growth. The 10th edition of the award will be held in […]

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The EPO announced the 15 finalists for the European Inventor Award 2015. With this prestigious annual award, the EPO honours scientists and engineers in five categories whose inventions have been patented by the EPO and have contributed to technological progress, social development and economic growth. The 10th edition of the award will be held in […]

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US Senate Approves Michelle Lee as USPTO Director

US Senate Approves Michelle Lee as USPTO Director

The US Senate has approved Michelle Lee, the Deputy Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office and former Deputy General Counsel at Google, as the new Director of the USPTO. In large part because of hostility between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, the position of Director has been vacant since the resignation […]

Japanese and Korean patent data now available in Global Dossier

Japanese and Korean patent data now available in Global Dossier

The EPO announced that it has extended its Global Dossier service to include data from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). The announcement came at the Fédération Internationale des Counseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) World Congress, which is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa this week. The project […]

"Get up, Stand Up. For Music." - World IP Day 2015

“Get up, Stand Up. For Music.” – World IP Day 2015

People around the world celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day every year on 26 April. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to […]

International standard proposed for plant breeders 'rights

International standard proposed for plant breeders ‘rights

A joint paper proposing an International System of Cooperation (ISC) for plant breeders’ rights (PBR) was presented to the UPOV Consultative Committee for consideration on 27 March 2014. Invited by UPOV in October 2014, the paper is the collaborative output of three associations: the International Seed Federation (ISF), CropLife International (CLI) and CIOPORA. An ISC […]

Competing Patent Reform Bills In US Congress

Competing Patent Reform Bills In US Congress

Senate Democrats have introduced a patent reform bill in the US Senate that aims to reform the USPTO’s post-grant proceedings established by the America Invents Act. This bill, abbreviated the STRONG Act, aims to bring the practices of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board in line with those of district courts. Under the bill, […]

Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective - Part III

Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective – Part III

Legal and intellectual property text books typically describe intellectual property and patents in particular in somewhat negative terms. For example, a patent is not a right to practice or use the invention, rather, a patent provides the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale or importing the patented invention for the […]

Orphan Works Database – Meeting with the Competent National Authorities

Orphan Works Database – Meeting with the Competent National Authorities

On 14 April OHIM is holding a first meeting with the competent national authorities designated for the Orphan Works Database and for the Orphan Works Directive. A competent national authority is an organisation designated in each EU Member State and EEA country which is responsible for forwarding information about orphan works to the Orphan Works […]

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On 14 April OHIM is holding a first meeting with the competent national authorities designated for the Orphan Works Database and for the Orphan Works Directive. A competent national authority is an organisation designated in each EU Member State and EEA country which is responsible for forwarding information about orphan works to the Orphan Works […]

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Orphan Works Database – Meeting with the Competent National Authorities

Orphan Works Database – Meeting with the Competent National Authorities

On 14 April OHIM is holding a first meeting with the competent national authorities designated for the Orphan Works Database and for the Orphan Works Directive. A competent national authority is an organisation designated in each EU Member State and EEA country which is responsible for forwarding information about orphan works to the Orphan Works […]

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On 14 April OHIM is holding a first meeting with the competent national authorities designated for the Orphan Works Database and for the Orphan Works Directive. A competent national authority is an organisation designated in each EU Member State and EEA country which is responsible for forwarding information about orphan works to the Orphan Works […]

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Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective - Part II

Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective – Part II

The challenge dealing with IP The challenge I see is that many Sourcing / Procurement people do not have the skills, experience, process or methodology to properly access the IP maturity and sophistication of suppliers (either hardware or software) and properly assess the supplier from an IP value and risk perspective. They lack a broad […]

Novartis Wins Appeal for First Biosimilar to Go On Sale in US

Novartis Wins Appeal for First Biosimilar to Go On Sale in US

Novartis International has won FDA approval for a biosimilar of an existing drug. The drug, a copy of Amgen’s Neupogen, is designed to boost white blood cell counts in certain patients. An abbreviated FDA approval pathway for biologic medical products that share most of their properties with an existing, approved biologic product was created by […]

Italy implements eLearning for SMEs, UK implements USS

Italy implements eLearning for SMEs, UK implements USS

The Italian National Office has implemented the e-Learning for SMEs tool developed by the Cooperation Fund administered by the Office for harmonization in the internal market. This implementation marks the final implementation of the tool in all 21 EU national and regional intellectual property offices which expressed their intent to use it. Meanwhile, the UK […]

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The Italian National Office has implemented the e-Learning for SMEs tool developed by the Cooperation Fund administered by the Office for harmonization in the internal market. This implementation marks the final implementation of the tool in all 21 EU national and regional intellectual property offices which expressed their intent to use it. Meanwhile, the UK […]

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Italy implements eLearning for SMEs, UK implements USS

Italy implements eLearning for SMEs, UK implements USS

The Italian National Office has implemented the eLearning for SMEs tool developed by the Cooperation Fund administered by the Office for harmonization in the internal market. This implementation marks the final implementation of the tool in all 21 EU national and regional intellectual property offices which expressed their intent to use it. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual […]

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The Italian National Office has implemented the eLearning for SMEs tool developed by the Cooperation Fund administered by the Office for harmonization in the internal market. This implementation marks the final implementation of the tool in all 21 EU national and regional intellectual property offices which expressed their intent to use it. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual […]

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Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective - Part I

Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective – Part I

Supplier Relationship Management Good supplier relationship management is the discipline of strategically planning for, and managing, all interactions with third parties that supply goods and/or services to an company in order to maximize the value of those interactions. In practice, it entails creating closer, more collaborative relationships with key suppliers in order to uncover and […]

Important Trademark Decision May have Implications for Patent Law

Important Trademark Decision May have Implications for Patent Law

In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a decision from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) can prevent a district court from re-judging issues that have already been decided by the TTAB’s decision, if the “ordinary elements” of issue preclusion are met. This is despite the fact that the […]