Patent & IP news for September 3, 2009

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post image Disney bids -- but is the deal a Marvel? from

Via Miri Frankel (Beanstalk) comes this link to this piece in the New York Times, "Disney to Pay $4 Billion for Comic Giant Marvel". The salient features of this deal and the background to it ...

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post image Google’s Patent on its GOOGLE.COM Home Page from

Earlier this week, the USPTO issued a design patent to Google that covers the "ornamental design for a graphical user interface [GUI] … as shown and described." Pat. No. D. 599,372. The coverage of design ...

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post image Next Commissioner for Patents: Robert (Bob) Stoll from

The USPTO has released a press release indicating that PTO Director Kappos has nominated "longtime USPTO executive Robert ("Bob") Stoll" for a five year term as Commissioner for Patents and has appointed Margaret ("Peggy") Focarino ...

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Fraud On The Patent And Trademark Office Isn't What It Used To Be: In re Bose Corp. from

With the stroke of a quill pen pulled from their cap or with the tap of a keyboard, the Federal Circuit may have relegated an intensely litigated and debated line of fraud cases to the ...

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Gutierrez On Patent Harmonization from

Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft, posted the following on Microsoft's official blog on Tuesday:

Big challenges certainly confront the global patent system: Escalating patent application backlogs; lengthening pendency ...

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Company Pushes Debate On Implementing WTO TRIPS Cross-Retaliation from

A website providing unlimited music and movies for a token price is seeking to take advantage of a 2007 World Trade Organisation ruling between the Caribbean nations of Antigua and Barbuda and the United States ...

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John Doll Announces Retirement from USPTO from

I have been saying for months that the logical thing would be for John Doll to retire, and earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that after 35 years at the USPTO ...

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Amicus Briefs Supporting Plaintiffs in Gene Patent Case from

As a follow up to yesterday’s post on the ACLU’s gene patent case, several organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs’ position. March of Dimes Brief The March of Dimes ...

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Google Granted Design Patent on Search Webpage from

On Tuesday, September 2, 2009, the mighty 1600 pound gorilla in the room, also known as Google, was granted a design patent on the look of its search webpage found at Yes, the ...

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Syngenta Misleads Indian Court on "Data Exclusivity" and Article 39.3 of TRIPS from

In a very interesting matter concerning the protection of regulatory data, Syngenta, a Swiss MNC argued before Justice Ravindra Bhat of the Delhi High Court that Article 39.3 of TRIPS mandates data exclusivity.

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Federal Circuit Expanded Panel from

Martek Biosciences Corp. v. Nutrinova, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2009) (expanded panel) Sitting in as an expanded five-member panel, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has largely affirmed a jury verdict finding Martek’s ...

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"Senior Management Changes" at the USPTO; Doll Retires from

Today the PTO announced that, after 35 years at the USPTO, Commissioner for Patents John Doll has intends to retire from the agency on October 2, 2009. As a result, David Kappos has nominated longtime ...

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