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Novartis fails to obtain patent in India

Novartis AG`s effort to patent an updated version of the company`s leukemia - treating drug Glivec was denied by the decision of the Supreme Court of India. According to the Court the ingredient in Glivec, beta crystalline form of Imatinib Mesylate, fails in both the tests of invention and patentibility and therefore the appellant`s appeal would be an attempt to obtain patent for Imatinib Mesylate which is prohibited under India Patent law.

THX sued Apple for infringing Speaker Patent

In California Federal Court IPNews® - THX, Ltd. lodged a complaint in March 2013 against Apple, Inc. claiming that the Apple Corporation is infringing its patent for narrow-profile speakers.

THX, a cinematic acoustics company founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, filed the complaint in San Francisco claiming that Apple is selling and importing products that infringe its narrow-profile speaker patent.  THX is seeking damages and an injunction prohibiting Apple from continuing the infringement.

ITC Sides with Microsoft in its Patent Claim dispute with Motorola

March 28th, 2013 the International Trade Commission through the  Administrative Law Judge David P. Shaw announced decision  that Microsoft was not in violation of Motorola's wireless connectivity patent, No. 6,069,896. This decision may soon end the long, on-going battle between Microsoft Corp. and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (owned by Google) over the Xbox 360 gaming console.

EPO welcomes historic signing of the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The signing by EU ministers dated 19th 2013 in Brussels of an international agreement establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC) was welcomed by the European Patent Office (EPO). This paves the way for the implementation of a unitary patent system in Europe.

Kenyan Boy's Invention Scares Off Lions

Kenyan boy Richard Turere (13 years old) faced a serious problem: Hungry lions were attacking his family’s precious herd of cattle. So the inventive boy came up with an ingenious, low-tech solution to keep them away.

Two years ag Turere, was charged with protecting his family’s cows, sheep and goats. He noticed that the lions stayed away when he moved around at night with a flashlight.

IntelliCell have received U.S. Patent allowance for its ultrasonic cavitation method

On January 17, 2013 the Company IntelliCell BioSciences, Inc. ("Company") (SVFC) announced that have received a notice of allowance regarding its U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 13/323,030 entitled "Ultrasonic Cavitation of Adipose Tissue to Produce Stromal Vascular Fraction Regenerative Cells."

New record number of fillings at the European Patent Office in 2012: 258 000 filings (+5.7% over 2011) and 65 700 granted patents (+5.8%)

According to the preliminary figures at EPO, in 2012 the European Patent Office (EPO) achieved new record number of fillings with received 258 000 patent applications. This represents a 5.7% increase over 2011 (244 000). In 2012 , the EPO published 65 700 granted patents, 5.8% more than in 2011 (62 115).

At WIPO, A Complex Fight Against Counterfeiting, Piracy

The fight against counterfeiting and piracy was at the heart of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on enforcement.

USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) dated Janyary 2nd 2013 announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global new classification system for patent documents that includes best classification prcatices from USPTO and EPO.

EU-wide unitary patent rules approved by the European Parliament

The European Parliament has at December 17th, 2012  approved the so-called “EU patent package” (unitary patent, language regime and unified patent court).
Some formalities remain, but the path is clear for the system to come into effect on 1 January 2014.
According to the new regulation  the inventors across the European Union will soon be able to get a unitary patent. After long talks of over 30 years, a new regime will cut the cost of an EU patent by up to 80% This will make European patent  more competitive compared to the US and Japan.


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