Great stories about patents and other IP
Russia and Canada – two countries failed by their patent systems?
Jul08

Russia and Canada – two countries failed by their patent systems?

Russia’s patent system is notorious. It barely works; in fact, if it does anything at all, it makes the process of patenting an innovation more difficult. Why? Because in Russia – and only in Russia – patents don’t earn the inventor any money. That’s why many of the country’s innovators file their patent applications abroad. However, as it turns out, Russia is not the only country with such a problem. Canada is arguably facing a...

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Russia plans to subsidize applications for patents abroad
Jul05

Russia plans to subsidize applications for patents abroad

Russian inventors may soon find it easier to apply for patent protection around the world, thanks for a proposal by the Moscow government to subsidize their applications. The government has built in a number of safeguards, though, to prevent abuse of the system. Russian companies that want to protect their intellectual property abroad will have to apply for patents in other countries through so-called “operators” – firms that...

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Russia’s Army deploys its latest weapon: patents
Jun28

Russia’s Army deploys its latest weapon: patents

It is an open secret that weapons made in Russia are selling well. Ever since Soviet times, both science and industry have been working for the military. Any new technology will always be assessed for its military application. No wonder that Russia manufactures plenty of high-tech weapons that are in great demand. Russia is the world’s number two in terms of arms exports (after the United States, but way ahead of China, France and...

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Rospatent won’t be a monopolist after all
Jun22

Rospatent won’t be a monopolist after all

Rospatent won’t be the patent agency to rule them all, at least for now. Last week, Russian media had reported that the government was planning to set up a United Agency to take charge of all aspects of intellectual property protection – from copyright issues to patents. The journalists even reported a name for the new agency, dubbing it the Federal Intellectual Property Service. However, the story turned was quickly called out to be...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: The real deal, or a mirage?
Jun16

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: The real deal, or a mirage?

One of the most prominent of President Obama’s initiatives, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), may come to nothing. If Obama fails to secure ratification of the agreement by Congress this fall (during the so-called “Lame Duck” season), we may quite as well forget about it. Indeed, the two remaining candidates for the Presidency have said that they are strongly opposed to the agreement. Speaking during a CNN debate, Hillary...

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European Patent Office censors its employees
Jun09

European Patent Office censors its employees

The European Patent Office (EPO) is apparently stopping all its employees from having access to the popular IPKat blog, The Register reports. The IPKat blog is famous in the patent world, but earning the displeasure of the EPO leadership has clearly had the so-called Streisand effect, named after the Hollywood star who tried to ban publication of pictures photo of her Malibu villa. As soon as she tried to obtain an injunction,...

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Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker in Russia
Jun09

Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker in Russia

The concept of ownership of intellectual property in Russia is very unclear. People of all sorts advocate and protect the rights of authors. Usually, not without a selfish motive. For example, they protect the honor and dignity of such giants like Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe and other developers of popular software. Although these corporations know nothing about their valiant defenders and what’s more, they even lose money on such...

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