Patent & IP news for August 17, 2009

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post image Airport rebranding shock from

The BBC has reported today that tiny little Oxford Airport, 60 miles from London, has changed its name to London Oxford Airport in the hope that the rebranding would "raise its international profile". The airport ...

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post image Guess who’s coming to dinner? from

With most of our movers and shakers escaping from the stresses of the workplace to holiday in many exotic locales across the globe, the world of IP is generally quiet in August. That is of ...

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post image Dependent Claim Improperly Held Obvious (When Independent is Nonobvious) from

Callaway Golf v. Acushnet, 2009–1076 (Fed. Cir. 2009) Inconsistent Verdict: The jury found eight of Callaway’s golf ball claims valid – all except for dependent claim 5. According to the jury, that claim was ...

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Awaiting Kappos’ Decision on Claims and Continuations from

On Thursday, August 13, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke conducted a ceremonial swearing-in of Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. In his remarks before ...

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Who is Rick Clark? from

In a nearly throw-away line at the end of a post on resume-writing, one had the text:

When a job opening gives you a chance to write a cover letter, write a good one! Take ...

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Single Box of Block Diagram Did Not Describe an Algorithm Sufficient to Support Means-Plus-Function Claim Limitation from

Claim containing the term "means for individually cueing said callers of said select subset to prompt digital signals" was invalid as a means-plus-function limitation lacking structure beyond a general purpose computer. "[Plaintiff] argues that the ...

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Acushnet gets new trial in Callaway infringement assertion from

In a story on 17 August, AP brushed aside the impact of the 14 August CAFC decision in the Callaway case:

KeyBanc analyst Scott W. Hamann, who rates the stock "Buy," also said investors will ...

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"Where does inspiration become plagiarism?" from

In a post on the latest Stephenie Meyer flap, Tim Martin asks the question Where does inspiration become plagiarism?
Mike Masnick at TechDirt would likely answer Never!

Martin also asks And most importantly, can the ...

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Revisiting the Presumption of Validity from

Of all the proposed reforms in patent law, one of the most controversial reform measures involves the level of deference courts should give to PTO decisions. More specifically, ever since the Federal Trade Commission's ...

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True, Patriot Love of the Canadian Maple Leaf - at Home and Abroad from

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. But, do other nations stand on guard for Canada? When it comes to protecting official Canadian marks, such as the Canadian maple leaf, apparently Paris Convention Union ...

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Making a Federal Circuit Case of That? from

Not every appeal passes the laugh test. Guest Post By Andrew J. Dhuey Welcome to the first installment of Making a Federal Circuit Case of That? – an occasional peek at some unusually entertaining cases before ...

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Frost Brown Todd Named a Top Fifty Law Firm for Women from

We are pleased to announce that Frost Brown Todd has been selected both by Working Mother magazine and the Flex-Time Lawyers organization as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women. Law firms throughout ...

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Fixing America’s Health Care System from

On Thursday morning, August 13, 2009, CNBC aired a segment titled Fixing America’s Health Care System on Squawk Box, which is CNBC’s longest running program. Appearing on the program were Dr. Scott Gottlieb ...

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The USPTO and the US Patent System: Great Reporting in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from

(Cross-posted at, but with a different title.)

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen a post last night pointing to a newly published resource about the US patent system ...

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And the misinformation campaign continues.......... from

Early this morning, PharmaBiz, carried a news item on the Government accepting the Technical Expert Group’s (a.ka. the Mashelkar Committee Report a.k.a TEG Report) conclusions. We had carried a post on ...

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Book Review Monday: Intellectual Property in Government Contracts from

OK, I admit it. I judge a book by it’s cover. There, I said it. I’m not proud of it but I’m very visually oriented and there is something about a beautifully ...

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Gold-plating, again from

To the 271 blog, concerning Revisiting the Presumption of Validity

Your link to the Lichtman/Lemley work takes one to an SSRN abstract. Note that this Lichtman/Lemley work appeared in the Stanford Law Review ...

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More Work, Less Money for the PTO is a BIG Problem from

Something came up in the comments to a post earlier today and I want to address it and definitively debunk the rewriting of history that seems to already be started with respect to who is ...

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Copyright Collectives: Good Solution But for Which Problem? from

Ariel Katz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. Ariel holds the Innovation Chair in Electronic Commerce and is the Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and ...

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