Intellectual Property

Why not go the whole 9 yards?

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If the proposed Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act will generate savings for the US of $4.8 billion over 10 years (which is much less impressive when calculated on an annual basis, and that is without calculating the costs to the US economy by the negative implications of this legislation), why not go the whole 9 yards and axe the 180 days of market exclusivity to the first generic drug? After all, such a step could generate far greater savings ...

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Defensive patenting the answer?

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Amazon is the latest in a long line of technology companies to see a marked increase in the number of patent and IPR lawsuits launched against it. Last week the BBC reported that the global retailer’s Kindle and online sales system is being accused of infringing other companies’Def IP.

Will Amazon, like Google, now start a patenting spree of its own to better protect itself from future claims?

To read more, see http://tinyurl.com/5w6n7pt.

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Patently engaged – Microsoft vs. Google – a commercial clash or a philosophical one?

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The dispute between Microsoft and Google over the Android operating system appears to have entered a new phase. Microsoft is reported to have signed licensing deals with 10 manufacturers who now pay a user fee for every smartphone and/or table that is sold. Google disputes the validity of Microsoft’s claims and the patents that underpin it.

The broader question remains whether or not these disputes are solely based on legal and commercial grounds, or are they part of a deeper philosophical ...

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