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Samsung announces record profits in teeth of patent war

South Korea25-01-2013

Samsung posted record profits for the last quarter of 2012 on Friday, in the wake of another year of patent battles with main smartphone rival Apple Inc.

Cameron EU speech could threaten Unitary Patent

EPO, EU24-01-2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron has given a speech on the UK’s relationship with the European Union, which could have grave implications for the future of the proposed Unitary Patent and its associated court.

Hadopi strikes at the heart of online piracy

France24-01-2013

Despite its recent budget cut of 25 percent, French anti-piracy agency Hadopi will increase efforts to clamp down on online piracy by sending 1.1 million "strike" warnings to Internet users this year, up from the 668,000 sent in 2012.

IV resolves patent dispute with Microsemi

23-01-2013

Non-practising entity Intellectual Ventures (IV) resolved its two-year patent infringement case with chip manufacturer Microsemi on Monday.

Hogan Lovells promotes pair to partnership

23-01-2013Movers & Shakers

Hogan Lovells has promoted two lawyers from its IP, media and technology practice to the firm’s partnership.

China to open IP mediation centre

China23-01-2013

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is to open a mediation centre to deal with intellectual property and online piracy disputes, it was revealed at a conference last week.

Deloitte publishes Trademark Clearinghouse fees

23-01-2013

Deloitte has revealed that IP owners will pay $150 to file their trademarks into the centralised trademark database – but they can pay discounted fees under an alternative pricing model.

German court rejects Via Vadis patent suit against Skype

Germany22-01-2013

The Dusseldorf District Court has rejected patent infringement claims brought by non-practising entity (NPE) Via Vadis Controlling against Internet video and voice calling service Skype.

General Court backs AB InBev in EU Bud dispute

EU22-01-2013

The General Court of the EU has ruled today that beer-manufacturer AB InBev can register its Bud trademark across the EU, the latest decision in a long-running dispute with Czech rival Budějovický Budvar.

PatentScope on track to become world’s largest free database

22-01-2013

In a speech given at the Global Technology Impact Forum on Monday, WIPO director general Francis Gurry announced his hopes to make PatentScope the largest free public database of technology disclosures in the world.

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