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25 March 2018

Trump may have postponed his IP trade war with China, but both sides are still playing for very high stakes

Last Thursday, President Trump set out a series of measures that the US is set to pursue against China over alleged violations of American-owned intellectual property. They were wide-ranging, but perhaps not as deep or as far-reaching as some may…

28 January 2018

Dolores Hanna RIP

As the 2018 IP Hall of Fame induction process gets underway, we are sad to report that Dolores Hanna, one of the Hall's 2008 inductees, died earlier this month at the age of 90. The first female president of the International Trademark…

23 January 2018

DC insiders predicting Iancu confirmation vote before mid-February

Almost two months since his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington DC insiders are predicting (and, for many, hoping) that there will be a full Senate vote to confirm Andrei Iancu as the next head of the USPTO by the…

17 January 2018

Creating a world class innovation infrastructure – lessons from the best of the best

When companies invest to ensure their innovation is of the highest quality, the goods and services they provide ultimately become the better for it - with us all as the beneficiaries. The most successful innovators stand out from others by…

08 January 2018

Barcelona court issues fast-track injunction protocol for Mobile World Congress 2018

The Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering of companies in the mobile communications industry, is taking place in Barcelona this year from 26th February to 1st March. Businesses from around the world will be there, exhibiting current…

02 January 2018

The IAM IP personalities of 2017 - part one

The mince pies have all been eaten, the decorations are down, the hangovers have been slept off, just about – and now the IAM blog is back for 2018. We get things going as we always do at the start of a new year by naming our IP personalities for…

22 December 2017

The most read IAM blog stories of 2017 revealed as we take a break. See you at the start of 2018!

We are taking a short break on the IAM blog to celebrate the Christmas and New Year, and to recharge our batteries after what has been an extremely busy 2017. Since the start of January, Google Analytics tells me, we have had just over 154,000…

21 December 2017

Top patent market players and IAM's editorial team make their predictions for 2018

In a patent world as uncertain as this one - characterised by turmoil in the US, a lack of clarity over the UPC in Europe and China’s inexorable rise as an IP super power - predicting what will happen in 2018 seems almost destined to end in failure…

30 November 2017

Asian IP threats and opportunities high on the agenda for corporate Australia and New Zealand

Corporates from Australia and New Zealand ignore IP issues in Asia’s developing countries at their peril, delegates to IPBC Australasia heard today. Speakers from both local and international companies made clear that it hardly matters whether…

13 October 2017

Australia’s listed companies neglect intellectual assets at their peril, claims new report

Next month, the IAM team will be returning to Melbourne for another edition of IPBC Australasia. The speaking faculty we have lined up includes a wide range of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), including Treasury Wine Estates,…

26 September 2017

Microsoft expands Azure IP Advantage to China, where it may be an even more unique offering

Last week, Microsoft announced that the suite of IP protections it offers cloud customers will become available in China for the first time beginning on 1st October. In a blog post, corporate vice president and chief IP counsel Erich Andersen…

12 September 2017

Preparing for Brexit - analysis of the European Commission's position paper on key IP issues

Last week the European Commission published a Brexit position paper on dealing with intellectual property issues raised by the UK’s departure from the European Union – which is scheduled to happen at the end of March 2019. The paper focused on…

04 September 2017

After four years in the role, Brian Hinman set to stand down as Philips chief IP officer

Brian Hinman, chief IP officer at Philips, will be leaving the company in the middle of this month, IAM can reveal. The departure is entirely amicable and has been driven by Hinman’s desire to be closer to and spend more time with his family. Since…

04 July 2017

The EPO's Battistelli era will soon be over; perhaps the EUIPO boss is being lined up to succeed him

UPDATE - This blog was updated on 5th July to include figures from the EPO on support for strikes which had been called for 30th June and 3rd July 2017. The next President of the European Patent Office will not be required to possess any previous…

06 June 2017

Lee stands down as Director of the USPTO; the battle to succeed her will be long and potentially bloody

Michelle Lee, Director of the USPTO, has submitted her resignation after four years in the role. The story was originally reported by Politico quoting unnamed sources and then confirmed to IAM by a USPTO spokesman earlier this afternoon. It’s not…