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Wolters Kluwer bags Avantiq as consolidation continues


US-based Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services announced on Wednesday that it has acquired trademark research specialist Avantiq, the latest in a string of transactions in the IP service provider sector.

Obama announces action against patent trolls


US President Barack Obama has come out swinging against “patent trolls”, calling for swift policy changes to deter frivolous litigation and uphold patent quality.

EPO looks East with partnering initiatives

China, EPO, Japan05-06-2013

The European Patent Office has announced machine translation of patents to and from Japanese, the day after it signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s State Intellectual Property Office.

Samsung lands Apple blow with US import ban


The International Trade Commission slapped a US import ban on five Apple products on Tuesday, after ruling that the company infringed one of rival Samsung’s patents.

Finnegan lawyers form Kelly IP

04-06-2013Movers & Shakers

David Kelly, former partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner LLP, and four colleagues have left to form a new IP firm.

UK IPO rejects Chanel ‘JERSEY’ trademark


Fragrance company Chanel has lost its bid to register a UK trademark for the word ‘JERSEY’ in class 3, after the channel island of the same name objected.

Samsung stung by fan site in UDRP case


Technology company Samsung has failed to convince a panellist at the World Intellectual Property Organization to transfer the domain name ‘’.

Standard-setting bodies urged to introduce patent policies


The American Antitrust Institute has urged the US government agencies overseeing competition laws to create joint patent guidelines enforced by standard-setting organisations.

US court confirms $5 million Coach counterfeit ruling


The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a $5 million damages award against a flea market owner who knew that counterfeit Coach goods were sold at his site.

Microsoft and Vringo shake hands in $1 million patent deal


Microsoft will pay US tech company Vringo $1 million plus further damages based on a separate lawsuit in a deal that ends a four-month patent dispute.

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