Patent & IP news for August 19, 2009

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post image PRS to hold a Bill Analysis competition from

PRS is holding their annual ANALYSIS competition in which the participants are to take and analyse one of the draft bills that will be coming up for debate in the Parliament. We take a special ...

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"Pirate music lovers voice political aims" is the title of an article in the Sunday Times which was spotted by the eagle-eyed Glen Gibbons, who kindly tipped the IPKat off (readers will know that the ...

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post image Is Pakistan worth patenting in? from

I received a email recently from Danish cats Tono and Scala, who were surprised by a rather thought-provoking email from Pakistan.

(right: one of Pakistan's most famous exports, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, has a ...

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post image All you need to know about Bilski in a 30 min podcast from

Here's an effective way to get to grips with Bilski without piling through the briefs and precedent. 

(Though, for those that want them, here are the CAFC opinion, Questions, Petition for Certiorari and Amicus ...

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post image After a few drinks, perhaps they do look alike from

Now that the temperature in England has soared to fresh and unexpected summer heights, the IPKat's readers have turned their thoughts once again to drink. This is presumably why the Kat's email in-tray ...

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post image Proof of Actual Fraud on the Patent Office from

US v. Reid, 09-cr-00320-CMH (E.D. Va. 2009) Michael Reid has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud with a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment after being caught stealing almost $500,000 from ...

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RFID Tracker sued Wal-Mart and others for infringing 6,967,563, claiming an RFID reader. The district court judge construed the claim to exclude the RFID reader from also being a transmitter, owing to prosecution ...

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Examiners: “We’re the ones who put ‘no’ in innovation” from

A rambling story by John Schmid and Ben Poston titled Patent rejections soar as pressure on agency rises includes the text:

“We’re the ones who put ‘no’ in innovation,” goes a joke that circulates ...

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What Should a CEO Know About Patents? from

Last week I gave an interview to Mark McCarty at Medical Device Daily, which published on Monday, August 17, 2009. We had a good conversation for almost two hours about all kinds of patent topics ...

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Top Patently-O Posts from the Past Year from

The following is a list of the top Patently-O posts based on the number of web-visits in the past year. You'll notice that Bilski and patentable subject matter are the focus of over half ...

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Google’s Open Source Strategy and the U.S. Patent Reform Act of 2009 from

Brian Prentice of the Gartner Blog Network raises an interesting possibility in his post about Google’s long-term business strategy. He speculates that Google’s advocacy for the Patent Reform Act of 2009 coupled with ...

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Plaintiff's Late Disclosure of Infringement Contentions Bars Claims Against Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers from

Plaintiffs were precluded from asserting infringement against wireless controllers for Microsoft's Xbox 360 game system because plaintiffs failed to identify the controllers in their interrogatory responses. "Plaintiffs contend that they properly supplemented their interrogatory ...

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Judge versus Jury: Who Should Decide the Question of Obviousness? from

Medela AG v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (on petition for a writ of certiorari 2009) Following their success in KSR, James Dabney and John Duffy have combined again to challenge the law of obviousness. This time ...

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Merck Wins Singulair Victory Over Teva from

Earlier today, Judge Garrett Brown of the United States Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, issued an Order and Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in the dispute between between Merck ...

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En Banc: Export of Components of Process Claims Do Not Infringe Section 271(f) from

Cardiac Pacemaker v. St. Jude __ F.3d ___ (Fed. Cir. 2009) (En Banc) In an en banc decision, the Federal Circuit has ruled that 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) "does not cover method ...

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8/25/09 webinar to discuss soon-to-be-implemented breach notification requirements of the HITECH Act from

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included the HITECH Act, a law supporting the development of a nationwide health information technology (HIT) infrastructure for the use and exchange of health information for patient ...

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Ten Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Copyrights and Trademarks from

I’m speaking tomorrow for AIGA Idaho on “Ten Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Copyrights and Trademarks.” Details can be found on the AIGA Idaho website. I’ll be using this post as ...

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The Music Compulsory Licensing Wars: Copyright Board Chairman Likely to be Replaced? from

Continuing from an earlier post which laid some tentative doubt on the competence of Dr Raghbir Singh to be appointed as Chairman of the Copyright Board, I've now posted a more detailed constitutional law ...

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Indian "Bayh Dole" Conference at NUJS in September from

Details of a Conference that the IP Chair at NUJS (along with IPTLS and Share) is organising on the 12th of September at the NUJS Auditorium, Salt Lake Kolkata. Registration is free. However, if you ...

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Bits and Bytes: Hot News from

Today's Posts that may have been lost in the shuffle: Proof of Actual Fraud on the Patent Office En Banc: Methods do not have Exportable Components and Therefore Method Claims Cannot be Infringed Under ...

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Law Professors Debate Bilski from

Two law professors, both with substantial practical patent law experience, recently debated Bilski.

Michael Risch, Associate Professor of Law at the West Virginia University School of Law, takes the position that essentially any applied, non-abstract ...

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Florida Power & Light Accused of Infringing Smart Grid Patents from

Sipco LLC (Sipco) is an Atlanta, Georgia-based developer of wireless mesh technology. Last month Sipco sued Florida Power & Light Co. and FPL Group Inc. (collectively “FPL”) in federal court in Miami, alleging that the wireless ...

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Lessons from Magic and Innovation: Extracting Value from Inventions from

As an amateur magician (one of my hobbies), I've tried to apply some magical concepts to the world of innovation and intellectual assets. Though I'm just learning how to work with video and ...

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