Apple unable to get exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark in Brazil

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A recent ruling by Brazil’s intellectual property regulator, Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial, requires Apple to share the iPhone brand with a local company. The company, Gradiente Eletronica, registered the rights 7 years before Apple, although it did not release its first handset under the brand until a few months ago. Based on the decision, Apple is also subject to litigation from Gradiente, if it elects to sue for exclusivity.

Gradiente’s position on the matter is unclear, but it has ...

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Are software patents ‘a bit of a mess’?

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In 1968, Martin Goetz was awarded the first patent on his code solution for sorting data. As smartphone wars are inclining and many patent infringements are being filed in the US, Martin thinks that the field is now “a big mess” and hopes that “it will get straightened out in time”.

As patent-frenzy goes out of control, are patent examiners overwhelmed to a point inventions aren’t checked thoroughly? Read more at the Guardian

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New Innovation Barometer and Scorecard

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Earlier this month GE released its third annual “Innovation Barometer”, a global survey of business leaders around the world. The survey seeks to understand how over 3,000 executives in 25 countries view innovation and how the state of innovation in their country is influencing their business decisions. Interestingly, the survey is solely of senior executives engaged in their businesses’ innovation strategies and management.

Overall the survey found that business executives are suffering from “Innovation Vertigo” – an uneasiness at the rapid ...

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Coverage of GIPC-Pugatch Consilium International IP Index

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Reuters has published coverage of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center and the Pugatch Consilium’s new international, cross-sectoral intellectual property index, which was released today in Washington DC. The first edition of the GIPC Index scored 11 countries based on 25 indicators, with the US and UK ranking at the top and India and China at the bottom.

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ITU meeting revives the net debate

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This week’s meeting of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Dubai, aimed at revising its international communications treaty, has revived the debate on “network neutrality” and management of Internet traffic.

Although management of the flow of online content is not a stated objective of the meeting or revision efforts, the intention to enhance the framework for encouraging investment in network infrastructure inherently raises these issues. On one hand, telecoms argue that the costs of facilitating a free flow of Internet ...

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Pugatch Consilium at the Life Sciences Invest conference in Russia

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Pugatch Consilium is organizing a panel discussion on IPRs at the Life Sciences Invest conference and partnering forum taking place November 29 and 30 in St Petersburg, Russia.

The panel discussion, titled “Intellectual property rights and pharmaceuticals – possibilities and limitations”, will focus on economic functions and benefits of pharmaceutical IPRs and the current IP-related opportunities and challenges in the Russian market. Speakers include local and international experts from from academia, industry and government.

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If it’s not my innovation it’s not worth protecting, although certainly worth using! India declares war on foreign pharmaceutical innovators?

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Bayer, Novartis, Roche and Pfizer all stand to lose from the current Indian philosophy towards biomedical innovation generated by foreign firms.

The recent patent revocations of Roche’s hepatitis C drug, Pegasys and Pfizer’s cancer drug, Sutent; the issue of a compulsory license on Bayer’s Nexavar; and the on-going patent dispute with Novartis over its oncology drug, Glivec, are symptoms of a much more fundamental philosophical gap between India (and some other emerging economies) and the west.

It would seem that the antiquated ...

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International conference in Moscow explores innovation-based improvements for the Russian health care system

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The conference, entitled “Efficient Health Care: Innovation-Based Development”,  will be held on Tuesday October 30, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. It will focus on new models for developing an efficient health care system and innovative management technologies aimed at improving the quality of social services and increase the efficiency of budgetary spending.

Participants and speakers include representatives from academia, international and Russian organizations, federal and regional ministries, foreign medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies.

Professor Meir Pugatch will speak on leveraging and enhancing biopharmaceutical ...

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Tempered Optimism Towards Chinese Business Environment – Protection of IPRs and Market Access top issues

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Earlier this month, The US-China Business Council (USCBC) released its annual survey results about China’s business environment.  The survey is conducted annually amongst USCBC’s member companies to gauge the business climate in China and assess the top challenges of doing business there.  According to the survey data, 94 percent of respondents rank China as either their top global market priority or among their top five priorities.

However, the report reveals that although US companies continue to experience sales growth and profitability ...

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Small is better? New World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report puts smaller countries on top

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Earlier this month the Word Economic Forum released its annual Global Competitiveness Report. The report ranks 144 countries across a number of areas of socio-economic performance including: macroeconomic environment; strength of public and private institutions; infrastructure; education quality; market size; and a host of others.

In terms of the rankings there are relatively few surprises; the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Singapore and Northern Europe do quite well with Switzerland, Singapore and Finland grabbing the top three spots. As in other indices presented this ...

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