If you can’t beat them, join them! A $414M patent infringement lesson

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After LG’s infringement of Kodak’s patents in 2009, the company has signed a deal with Intellectual Ventures for access to their patents. IV is considered a giant in the intellectual property database arena and has 35,000 patents to access. With such a broad scope of patents, LG can now join RIM, Samsung and HTC and position itself in the growing and competitive cellular market. Patents are often a hidden aspect of technology, where treading on someone else’s patent toes is very likely.

With access to ...

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Demand Side Innovation in Europe? Dream on!

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Demand Side Innovation in Europe? Dream on! A recent seminar organized by the Polish EU Presidency emphasized the need for supporting demand-side innovation policies in Europe, arguing that “without effective and coordinated demand-side innovation policies, Europe will find it hard to survive in the tightening competition over future business investments.” Yet at the same time, more than a decade after it was launched, many EU Member States have still not hit the basic Lisbon Agenda target of 3% of GDP ...

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On numbers and access to medicines

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Will the proposed Preserve Access to Affordable Generics (PGGA) Act actually generate the $4.8 billion savings over 10 years that the Congressional Budget Office suggests it will? How realistic are its assumptions about generic competition or healthcare costs over the next ten years?

The CBO’s savings estimate of a new bill restricting the use of patent settlement agreements which reward generic manufacturers for delaying market entry and avoid litigation under the ANDA approval pathway is exaggerated. It assumes that savings from ...

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Historically confused? Google’s lawyer accuses Microsoft of abusing the patent system

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Yet his arguments (especially about the era of steam traction innovations) are historically inaccurate. History suggests that early 19th century (and even late 18th century) patent blocking and inventing around were typical practices. Indeed the fact is that there is nothing new under the sun…just different players – read Machlup, F. An Economic Review of the Patent System, Study of the Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 85th Congress, Second Session, ...

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Cap and Innovate?

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California’s introduction last month of a cap-and-trade system to limit and reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants may mark a new phase in the American climate change debate. The decision by the California Air Resources Board to put a price on heat-trapping pollution and allow polluting industries to trade carbon credits adds to California’s already substantial number of climate changes related laws and regulations.

The key question is, of course, if it will lead to an increase ...

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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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China turning up the heat?

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International R&D collaboration is on the rise as China sets out to meet its smart grid goals.

French energy company Alstom signs a new R&D partnership with CET, a subsidiary of China’s State Grid Corporation and one of the largest electrical equipment companies in China. Under the terms of the agreement, CET and Alstom will cooperate on the development and manufacture of key technologies for future ultra high voltage electrical grids.

Is this a signal that China’s R&D efforts will become increasingly ...

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On the grid? China thinks big on smart grid technology

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Chinese officials have outlined plans to invest nearly $500 billion in electric power infrastructure — including roughly $90 billion in smart grid technologies — by 2020. According to a report by the Center for American Progress, Chinese leaders view smart grid technology as “the next industrial revolution”.

What does the regulatory landscape need to look like in China for this to be possible, and will it also open unsolicited opportunities for foreign competitors?

To read more, see http://tinyurl.com/62zdtcf.

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European biomedical innovation has left the building (much like Elvis)…

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European Court Bans Patents Based on Embryonic Stem Cells.

Oliver Brüstle, director of the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology at the University of Bonn, Germany, who had a patent on a method for generating neurons from human embryonic stem cells rejected by the court, called the ruling “the worst possible outcome”, and “a disaster for Europe”.

He and other scientists worry that the ruling will cause European companies and scientists to miss out on commercial applications for embryonic-stem-cell research.

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