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July 07

Describing the US patent system as "world class" when there is no certainty around eligibility is surely a stretch. http://t.co/Lpz3WbNlue

July 07

Can the US patent system be called "world class" when there is no clarity on something as basic as patentability? http://t.co/Lpz3WbNlue

July 07

China's approach to IP valuation and financing may well help to explain current market turmoil in the country. http://t.co/MTNfEXEH77

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07 Jul 2015
Lee hails the US’s “world class patent system”, but concedes greater clarity is needed on eligibility. Hmmm ….

USPTO Director Michelle Lee underlined her support for Congress to pass “targeted” patent reform legislation in a speech in Washington DC yesterday. She insisted that there was a role for all three branches of government to play in preserving a balance between “maintaining strong patent protections that provide necessary incentives to innovate, and ensuring a more efficient...

07 Jul 2015
IP-backed lending activities may have had a role in creating China’s current financial malaise

As Europe reels from deepening financial turmoil, another potential economic catastrophe is unfolding on the other side of the world. For several months now, China’s capital markets have been experiencing chaos the likes of which has rarely been seen. In the past three weeks, close to $3 trillion in Chinese company stock value has been wiped out. Back in May, China’s richest...

06 Jul 2015
Major European telecoms player puts over half its patent assets up for sale

A small note on a Swedish intermediary firm’s website could herald one of Europe’s largest ever patent sales. Posted on 24th June, the announcement from AWA IPro states that it “has signed a letter of engagement with TeliaSonera to monetize a portfolio containing 1,700 patents and patent applications in 237 patent families covering several technology areas”. This looks...

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