Category Patent Policy

World Intellectual Property Day 2010

Tomorrow, Monday April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day. Initiated by WIPO in 2000, the 10th anniversary of this day coincides with the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention establishing WIPO (the WIPO Convention).  There are…

WIPO statistics – how useful are they?

The World Intellectual Property Organization  (WIPO) in Geneva published its “World Intellectual Property Indicators 2009”. It provides – among others – statistics on how many patent applications have been filed via WIPO’s PCT. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an…

Are NPE’s the New Patent Plutonomies?

Recently we blogged about Patent Plutonomies. The expression was coined following Ajay Kapur, (former) global strategist at Citigroup, who described countries which are defined by massive income and wealth inequality as “Plutonomies”. Translated into IPR, especially to the patent system,…

Copenhagen Climate Conference and Patents

This week, 34000 people gather in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Conference to meet delegates from every corner of the world and to negotiate pressing climate issues. So what have patents to do with this? The conference builds on the…

China drafts all-out national standards IPR policy

China’s standard setting organization (Standardization Administration of China, or SAC) posted a draft new patent regulation (“Regulations for the Administration of the Formulation and Revision of Patent-Involving National Standards (Interim) (Exposure Draft)”. Industry concerns, mostly from outside China have been…

Patent Plutonomies

Michael Moore’s movie, “Capitalism – A Love Story” provided us the inspiration to blog about Patent Plutonomies. Ajay Kapur, (former) global strategist at Citigroup, and his research team came up in 2005 already, with the term “Plutonomy” to describe a…

Patent Morality

Is there morality in the way patents are being enforced? Has morality to do with IP and if so how does that exactly work out? It crossed my mind reading Netherlands’ morning newspaper “de Volkskrant” heading on the front page…

Patent Blogs, chatter, or do better?

Patent blogs are now all over, on the right side of our blog you can find some of the best, we believe. Not every blog is as interesting, informative or even complete. But blogs are like all conversations, chatter and…

IP Shift Happens

The “Did You Know” video clip created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod, on globalization and the information age, got massive attention in blogs and on YouTube. The reason, I guess , is that old-school thinking must make…

The need for IP Governance in the Pharma Industry

In November 2008 the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on it’s “Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry”. Some of the conclusions are pretty harsh and can hardly be seen as friendly towards the pharmaceutical industry: “The preliminary findings of the inquiry also…