Patent & IP news for August 31, 2009

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post image Strange Twist in the Novartis Glivec Case: Justice Katju Recuses Himself from

The Novartis Glivec saga took a rather strange twist at the Supreme Court, with Justice Markandey Katju recusing himself from hearing the matter.

As noted in a previous blog post, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board ...

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post image Letter from AmeriKat: Part II (copyright and trade marks) from

Can copyright save the newspaper industry?

Ever since reading Landes and Posner’s 2002 article “Indefinitely Renewable Copyright”, the AmeriKat has been sympathetic to Posner’s rationale that the strength and duration of copyright protection ...

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post image Bifurcation Ruling Highlights Divergent Approaches to Patent Case Management from

As reported here and in the August 28, 2009 edition of the Docket Report, Judge Sue Robinson of the District of Delaware issued an order bifurcating liability from remedies in a patent case. While the ...

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post image BPAI Construes "Pharmaceutical Compound" as a Compound that "Achieve[s] Any Discernable Physiological Effect" from

Ex parte Pickar (BPAI Aug. 31, 2009)

Today, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences ("BPAI"), in an opinion by Administrative Patent Judge Lebovitz, affirmed a rejection of claims relating to pharmaceutical composition comprising an ...

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"More of a business"? from

A post Wolverines blow the whistle on Michigan's 'absurd' workouts contains the words:

Three returning offensive linemen quit the team [before the first spring practice in 2008], including starting guard Justin Boren, who blasted ...

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Superluminal propagation: nine years later from

In a post on 12:01Tuesday titled Patented: Formula for Computing Wind Chill about US 7,578,615, there is a comment about a DIFFERENT patent, US 7,126,691:

I like to think of ...

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Fraud in Trademark Prosecution: Should Have Known Standard is Insufficient from

In re Bose Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2009) When renewing its trademark registration for the word-mark WAVE, Bose stated that the mark was still be used in commerce on various goods "including audio tape recorders and ...

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IPWatchdog Fantasy Football Draft Results from

In a story that is totally off topic, but intended to continue to develop a sense of community that reaches beyond intellectual property, we had our IPWatchdog Fantasy Football Draft yesterday, online via ESPN, at ...

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Drummond Joins American Innovators for Patent Reform from

Mike Drummond, the Editor-in-Chief of Inventors Digest Magazine and a decorated journalist, has just joined the Board of Directors of American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR). AIPR, headquartered in New York, represents a broad constituency ...

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Court rules that exclusive licensee did not have standing to enforce patents where patent owner retained rights to non-commercial, educational use of the patents from

A recent case from the Northern District of Texas illustrates several issues that licensees should consider when licensing patents from universities and other research institutions. In Resonant Sensors Inc. v SRU Biosystems, Inc., No. 3 ...

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One Method Feature in Apparatus Claim Destroys Validity from

Rembrandt Data Technologies, LP v. AOL LLC et al., No. 08-cv-1009 (E.D. Va., August 2, 2009, order) (B. Lee)

Notorious NPE Rembrandt sued AOL and a host of other companies over patents relating to ...

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Count System Reform from

Well, the Office has kicked off its formal effort to reform the examiners' production system.

The PTO sent the following email this morning to its employees:

Joint Union and Management Task Force Begins Work of ...

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Trademark rights as to Cuban products from

Trademark issues concerning Cuban products are a big deal.

From Rum, cigars Cuban in name only [AP]:

Cuba said it registered the Havana Club trademark in the United States in 1976 after the Arechabalas let ...

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