Category Patent Policy

Innovation and IP mandarins

How can innovation and IP contribute to weather Europe through a severe economic downturn? China, and other Asian countries will not sit on their hands while developing high tech industries to fight recession and to keep up economic activity and…

Lobbying does pay off

Financial Times reported last Saturday that the EU Commission is expected to push ahead with a proposal to extend the copyright protection for performing artists (singers, musicians) from 50 to 95 years. Two EU commissioners are said to have opposed…

Peer-to-Patent Community Patent Review

One would assume that easier access to information worldwide that internet provides would make it easier for Patent Offices to find prior art against a patent application so as to ensure that only real inventions are passing the patent process…

A Marriage for 20 years

In Europe the heated discussion on business method patents and software patents basically died after the European Parliament rejected the controversial draft directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in July 2005. This vote ended more than three years of…

New European Patent Convention in force

Yesterday, December 13, 2007 the revised European Patent Convention (“EPC2000”) came into effect. It simplifies the patent application procedure before the EPO by eliminating unnecessary requirements and generalizes the BEST system (Bringing Search and Examination Together). It further makes the…

Mobile, mobile, mobile

Tony Fish of AMF Ventures commented in his blog on Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, who spoke about “mobile, mobile, mobile” as the next opportunity at the O’Reilly Web2Expo in San Francisco last month. It’s funny – you could pretty…

IP as trade barrier

Interested in the use of Intellectual Property as a trade barrier? Listen to an interview on China Radio international with Jasper Helder, of Simmons & Simmons at