The U.S. is expected to surpass Germany as the top filer of international trademark registrations after the country ratified the Madrid protocol of the World Intellectual Property Organization in November of last year.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a forum at Stanford University that the U.S. economy’s shift from commodities to intangible products has made intellectual property a major issue that will need to be addressed by economists and policy makers.
Canada’s competition watchdog sent a probe over price gouging by drug companies back to the federal government, suggesting it review the country’s current patent laws.
Last year’s decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit 30-month stays in pharmaceutical patent challenges isn’t likely to ease the pathway to the market for generic makers, according to a new study.
The European Union’s controversial new legal framework for intellectual property enforcement is headed for final approval by mid-March, following months of delays amid protests from consumer advocates and civil-liberties groups.
Advocacy groups have asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke a patent granted to the University of Texas for a procedure for animal testing.
In a historic move, Malaysia’s government has issued the world’s first compulsory license, allowing a local firm to import patented anti-HIV/AIDS drugs from an Indian generic maker under fixed prices.
The European Parliament has postponed a vote on the controversial Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Directive until early next week amid drawn-out negotiations between the Irish presidency and the European Commission.
The European Council is circulating a “working paper” that would allow unlimited patentability and patent enforceability for computer software in the European Union, according to an advocacy group.
India’s Supreme Court has asked the government to file a petition at the European Patent Office challenging the granting of patent rights to U.S. agro-biotech multinational Monsanto on traditional Indian wheat landrace, Nap Hal.
A labor organization representing examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is urging Congress to reject a bill that would raise patent fees for small businesses.
The World Health Organization has set up a commission to review how intellectual property rights affect the creation of new drugs against “diseases of poverty” in the developing world.
The European Parliament is expected to vote on the controversial Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Directive on Monday, following several months of delays as trade groups and consumer advocates sought to soften what they say are the bill’s draconian measures.
For the first time in over a decade, Japan outpaced Germany to rank second in the number of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in 2003, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization.
In another sign that India is moving toward data protection for drug patents, the government has formed a high-level panel to explore whether the country should legislate a ban on unfair use of data furnished to regulators.
Combinations of descriptive words may qualify as European trademarks, but only when those combinations amount to more than the sum of their parts, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
The Food and Drug Administration is laying the early groundwork for approving generic versions of biotechnology medicines, a policy move riddled with controversy, according to a published report.
Members of the Appropriations and Judiciary Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives have reportedly reached an agreement on legislation that would increase user fees for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and rebate filers for any funds that exceed the agency’s appropriation.
Canada’s federal government has reintroduced to Parliament proposed changes to drug and patent laws that will make it easier for developing countries to obtain cheaper generic drugs.
The World Intellectual Property Organization on Thursday launched electronic filings of international patent applications, in a move expected to speed processing and reduce costs for both the U.N. agency and applicants.