Patent & IP news for August 4, 2009

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post image Are US copyright industries doing poorly? from

Apparently not! According to a recent report from the International Intellectual Property Association US copyright industries are in fact booming compared to US GDP. Ars Technica picked up the issue and highlighted it in this ...

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post image SpicyIP Tidbits: Anjali Prasad to be new DIPP JS from

It's all in the family: The incoming Joint Secretary (JS) of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), is going to be Anjali Prasad, who also happens to be the wife of the ...

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post image Net profit saved though springboard loses its spring? from

A few short but busy weeks have passed since the IPKat first received word of Vestergaard Frandsen A/S and others v Bestnet Europe Ltd and others [2009] EWHC 657 (Ch) and its sequel at ...

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post image More talent on offer! from

Another individual bubbling with talent and enthusiasm has invoked his friendship with the IPKat in order to cadge a handy plug with a view to a bit of career development. He writes:
"I have a ...

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post image Trumpet's Patent Attorney Website Framework from

The folks at Trumpet Marketing, in their 10th year in business, have a new Patent Attorney web framework that can be viewed at, and a full list of features can be ...

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post image Michael Jackson's trade mark troubles from

The IPKat was interested to read an Associated Press piece about the aftermath of Michael Jackson's death in IP terms. His passing, common with other celebrities who have died young, such as Elvis Presley ...

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Patent Quickie: Getting a Quick Patent Can Help from

It is no longer news that the United States Patent Office is hopelessly behind, and many inventors and the companies they work for are waiting extraordinary periods of time to even get a patent examiner ...

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Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel does not Arise Until Reexamination Certificate Issues from

The court denied plaintiff's motion for summary judgment that defendant was "estopped under 35 U.S.C. § 315(c) from asserting in this action that the ‘605 patent is invalid based on grounds that ...

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Sun, Medimmune settle over amifostine (ETHYOL) from

Sun Pharmaceuticals has settled with Medimmune (Astra Zeneca ) concerning the (Hatch-Waxman) patent dispute over Ethyol (amifostine), a drug which is used to reduce toxicities associated with chemotherapy and radiation in head and neck cancers. Sun ...

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BPAI Reverses Rejection of Metabolite Claim from

Last week, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the PTO reversed a rejection that the claims in a reexamination proceeding were invalid for obviousness in Ex parte Competitive Technologies, Inc. Normally, this ...

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Inventor Pitfalls: What is the Patentable Feature? from

As you can probably imagine, over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many inventors. In fact, over the years I have worked with or advised literally thousands of inventors, the overwhelming ...

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"List of troubled agencies" from

An AP story of 4 Aug 09 titled Post office looks at changing hundreds of offices noted

Just last week the Government Accountability Office [GAO] added the Postal Service to its list of troubled agencies ...

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Patent Statistics and Economic Development: Pros and Cons from

Patent attorney Stephen Nipper and fellow blogger Chris Blanchard make some interesting comments on the use and misuse of patent statistics as measures of economic development and technological innovation. Both point to the case of ...

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Cooper Cameron: First Inter Partes Reexam Appeal to the Federal Circuit from

Cooper Cameron v. SAFOCO (Fed. Cir. 2009) (2009-1435) (Reexam No. 95/000,017) The Cooper Cameron case looks to be the first inter partes reexamination appeal heard by the Federal Circuit. In a recent filing ...

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Green Patent Acquisitions: Rentech Buys SilvaGas Gasification Technologies from

Rentech, Inc. (Rentech) is a Los Angeles company that provides clean energy solutions including biomass gasification technology and processes for converting synthetic gas (syngas) into synthetic jet fuel and diesel fuels. Last month Rentech announced ...

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Another chapter in TiVo versus EchoStar, and another chapter in bad reporting of patent matters from

In a post titled US Patent Office Initially Rules For Dish In TiVo Patent Case , Roger Cheng of the WSJ wrote:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office initially ruled that TiVo's claims that ...

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CAFC Pushes Back on PTO Actions from

In Re McNeil-PPC, Inc., 2008-1546, July 31, 2009

McNeil owns a patent claiming a tampon for feminine hygiene with a solid fiber core in which the core is denser than the radially projecting "ribs" and ...

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