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The latest issue ofLegal Times’ IP explores the changing tides of world trade as they write and rewrite the IP docket at the International Trade Commission. Als Proposed reforms won’t shift the focus off of patent litigation; India strives to welcome inventors; plus more.
Editor’s Note A few words from Managing Editor Elizabeth Engdahl about the latest issue of IP. • Everybody Comes to the ITC In the past it was caulking guns and plastic bags. Today it’s Viagra and flash memory circuits. Once the trouble hailed from Europe and Canada. Now China is the big target. But over time, most of America’s intellectual property concerns get run through the Section 337 docket at the U.S. International Trade Commission. • Here We Go Again The proposed Patent Reform Act aims to raise the quality of patents and reduce the costs of IP litigation. Well and good. So why does it also undercut patentees’ rights and create more work for their lawyers? • What Did the Board Know? Giving the board of directors the full story on the company’s IP position is more important than ever. Under threat to the attorney-client and other privileges, it’s also riskier than ever. • Overseas Stretch When shouldn’t you export a tool? When the Federal Circuit will see a component of a patented product instead. With Eolas v. Microsoft, the court has stretched the terms of patent law to cover overseas activities never anticipated by Congress. IN THE NEWSIndia Alters Patent ViewsFesto’s Long, Unhappy LitigationWhat’s the Market Power of a Patent?

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