The European Patent Convention (EPC) has been revised for the first time since its inception in 1973. The revised version of the Convention, known as EPC 2000, will come into force on December 13, 2007.These changes will bring the EPC into line with recent developments in International Law. These changes will affect European patent applications […]

Substantial Cost Reductions for Validating European Patents The cost of obtaining patent protection in Europe is set to reduce significantly early next year thanks to the imminent implementation of the London Agreement. At present a European patent application must be prosecuted before the European Patent Office in any one of the three official languages, English, […]

patent troll (PAT.unt trohl) n. A company that purchases a patent, often from a bankrupt firm, and then sues another company by claiming that one of its products infringes on the purchased patent.. —adj.  In a follow-up to our previous story about lawyer Raymond Niro, from the plaintiffs’ IP firm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, and his […]

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cal) introduced the Non-Prescription Drug Modernization Act of 2007 (H.R. 4083) legislation in the House. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Allen (D-ME) and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill will “amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the amendment or repeal […]

A law blog on intellectual property worth noting is the IP Thinktank Blog by Duncan Bucknell, an independent IP consultant.  Hailing from Victoria, Australia, IP Thinktank provides one of the best round-ups of IP law from across the globe.  This is a very thorough, well-laid out blog that provides good insight into strategic lifecycle management for […]

Blawg Review #138 is up at de novo for Human Rights Day. In a serious vein, this week brought the oral arguments in the Boumediene case in which Guantanamo inmates challenge their detention. The Petitioners in these cases have all have been confined at Guantanamo for almost six years, yet (apparently) not one has ever […]

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit against the Secretary of Commerce for hiring an allegedly incompetent person to office. See Gregory Aharonian, et al. v. Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce (07-1224) . Patent antagonist Greg Aharonian complained that the appointment of Margaret Peterlin to the position of Deputy Under Secretary […]

Robert J. Ambrogi at Legal Blog Watch reports on the strange unfolding of a spat between lawyer Raymond Niro, co-founder of Chicago plaintiffs’ IP firm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, and the anonymous author of the blog Patent Troll Tracker. In an article in IP Law & Business, Niro offered $5,000 “to anyone that can […]