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11 November 2016

Co-opetition, commercialisation and much more discussed at the first-ever IPBC Down Under

The IPBC brand came to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time yesterday. Hosted by IAM at the Sofitel in Melbourne, IPBC Australasia attracted around 200 delegates and speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Reflecting…

13 June 2016

It's time for IP owners to start giving serious consideration to the possibility of Brexit

With under two weeks to go until the UK holds its referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or to leave, the outcome still looks to be on a knife-edge. The latest batch of opinion polls generally seem to indicate a move to the Leave camp…

15 March 2016

Microsoft’s multi-billion-dollar man Horacio Gutierrez departs for Spotify

Microsoft’s current general counsel and former head of IP Horacio Gutierrez, who was one of the major players in the company’s lucrative multi-billion dollar per year Android licensing campaign, is leaving his role to take up the corresponding…

23 February 2016

Pressure grows on WIPO DG Gurry after submission of UN report and further explosive Pooley claims

The long saga that has unfolded since then WIPO deputy director-general James Pooley made a number of serious allegations against the organisation’s director-general Francis Gurry in a report of misconduct filed in April 2014 may be drawing to an…

18 December 2015

Big buck Chinese investors, changing attitudes and antitrust actions – the Asia-Pacific’s IP market in 2015

It has been a busy 2015 for IP owners operating in Asia, with the region continuing to challenge Europe as the world’s second major IP marketplace (and, with things the way they are in the United States at the moment, first place may even be up for…

01 December 2015

USPTO Director Michelle Lee – “I firmly believe the US has a world-class, quality patent system”

Yesterday we ran the first part of our interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee. Today we’re publishing part two which covers the position of America’s patent system in the world, IP relations with China and the sense that recent developments mean…

11 June 2015

IAM ’s unique guide to the world’s top IP strategists now online and features in-house experts for first time

The latest edition of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists is now available online. As in previous years, it lists individuals that in-depth research has shown to possess world class skills in the development and roll-out of…

01 June 2015

China’s jaded judges underscore why the country is yet to fulfill its patent market potential

Chinese judges are reportedly quitting the bench in their hundreds as they grow increasingly disenchanted with perennially low pay and political interference in their work. The disillusionment of the judiciary underlines one of the significant…

15 May 2015

WIPO assembly chair calls in central UN unit to investigate the explosive claims against DG Francis Gurry

Päivi Kairamo, chair of WIPO’s General Assemblies, has asked the United Nations’ Organisation of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to investigate the claims made by James Pooley, the former deputy director general of the organisation, in a Report…

28 April 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case –…

20 April 2015

The case for IP can only be fully made if its institutions are transparent and subject to independent oversight

With intellectual property under more scrutiny than it has ever been before, problems at three of the world’s top IP agencies could not have occurred at a worse time. The major controversies besetting both the European Patent Office and the World…

17 April 2015

An independent investigation of WIPO DG allegations halted last November; unclear when (or if) it will resume

An independent investigation into the allegations of serious misconduct made by former WIPO deputy director James Pooley against the UN agency’s Director General Francis Gurry was initiated last October, but stopped the following month, IAM can…

10 April 2015

A WIPO whitewash of the allegations made against Francis Gurry would damage the standing of the United Nations

It is now a year since James Pooley, then the deputy director for innovation and technology at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), made a series of explosive allegations about the UN agency’s Director General Francis Gurry. Detailed…