Monthly Archives: January 2009

Commercialization: An Investor’s View of Intellectual Property

My neighbour, Edward French, a venture capitalist, has produced a rather good slideshow entitled TechGain: An Investor view of Intellectual Property which I thoroughly recommend. I spent a very congenial evening in his presence at the Venturefest dinner some years ago and seem to … Continue reading

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Robert Burns: Born 250 years ago today

“The man o’ independent mind, He looks an’ laughs at a’ that”.   A very tenuous connection with intellectual property, I know, but I could not let the day pass without reproducing one of my favourite poems: “Is there for honest PovertyThat … Continue reading

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Copyright: The Mark of McCain

Shortly after I started this blog in 2005 I reported on a spat between Angela Merkel and the Rolling Stones over her use of their classic Angie as their campaign anthem (see “Stoned! The Difference between Copyright and Rights in Performances” … Continue reading

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500th Post – Patents: Actavis UK Ltd v Novartis AG

This was a claim by Actavis for the revocation of a Novartis’s European patent for a preparation which released fluvastatin (a cholesterol inhibiting drug) gradually rather than in an immediate burst on grounds of obviousness and insufficiency. There was also a counterclaim by … Continue reading

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Copyright: IFPI Digital Music Report

“Pirates win music download battle” screamed the headline on the BBC website. “Oh Goody” I thought, “an end to the litigation drought perhaps.”  I am not sure that it is when you actually read the report. Considering the state of consumer confidence and … Continue reading

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Software Patents: January Patents Limited’s Application

As I have to present a talk for our seminar on Software Patents after Symbian and Bilski in Liverpool on 5 Feb 2009 I thought I would have a look at the Comptroller’s decisions since Symbian Ltd v Comptroller-General [2008] EWCA Civ … Continue reading

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Practice: Large US Businesses plan to cut Spending on Outside Lawyers

During November 2008 the well known legal consultants, Altman Weil Inc., polled 1,292 general counsel (in-house legal advisors) in the USA as to whether they faced budget cuts in 2009 and, if so, what they planned to do about them.   … Continue reading

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