Patent & IP news for September 21, 2009

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post image SpicyIP Tidbits: GI Events in Delhi and Goa from

There are two sets of events for GI enthusiasts in India, both of which promise to offer exciting discussions on the dramatic changes that are happening right under our noses in the IP community here ...

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post image In force soon, the new Part 63 in England and Wales from

On 1 October 2009 the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2009 will come into force in England and Wales. Among other things, the new rules will introduce a new version of CPR Part 63 governing intellectual ...

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post image If you liked the Rule, you'll love the Practice Direction from

Following on from today's earlier post here about the new version of Part 63 CPR, on 1 October 2009, the 50th Update to the CPR will introduce a new Practice Direction to Part 63 ...

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post image Growth in IP rights before economic crisis from

A new WIPO report monitoring recent trends in demand for IP rights relating to patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs shows that before the onset of the global economic crisis, overall demand was continuing ...

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post image Be circumspect about your salami from

Back in May, as readers of this weblog will surely remember, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC gave her Opinion to the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Case C‑446/07 Alberto Severi ...

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post image Schott Publishes "An Appeal to the New Patent Office Director: Repeal the Single Sentence Rule" from

Last Friday, Dennis Crouch's Patently-O blog published an article by Stephen Schott of Volpe & Koenig entitled "An Appeal to the New Patent Office Director: Repeal the Single Sentence Rule."  Stephen Schott, An Appeal to ...

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Trouble among the ranks: "Big Daddy" PhRMA speaks out against seizures of drug consignments from

SpicyIP has been following the interesting developments surrounding the seizures of legitimate consignments of generic medicines.

With all our posts have reported the indignation of the generics, customs regulations and even India's options at ...

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Letter from AmeriKat II: this'n'that from

Veoh still safe in harbour
Last Monday a Los Angeles federal judge threw out the 2007 copyright infringement claim brought by Universal Music Group against online video site Veoh for distributing videos that incorporated music ...

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Microsoft Calls for a Single Global Patent System from

In a recent post Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Horacio Gutierrez, articulated the need for a global patent system calling it “a necessity, if national patent authorities are to overcome the ...

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DOJ Says Google Copyright Book Settlement Not Appropriate from

The United States Department of Justice on Friday filed papers with the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, challenging the settlement reached by Google and the plaintiffs in the ...

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Obama to talk about innovation, but what about the USPTO? from

At a talk at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY on 21 Sept 09, President Obama will talk about

developing an advanced information technology system,
restoring U.S. leadership in basic research,
improving education ...

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CAFC: Method for Calibrating Drug Dosage Is Transformative from

Legend has it that Zeus punished Prometheus by binding him to a rock while having his regenerating liver eaten daily by a great eagle. After the case of Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services ...

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Sept. 2009: the New York Times discovers the world of patent auctions from

In an article on 20 Sept 09 titled Now, an Invention Inventors Will Like, Steve Lohr "discovers" the concept of buying and selling and licensing patents:

Other players in the emerging patent marketplace are specialized ...

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ClaimMaster patent drafting plugin for Microsoft Word from

stumbled on a new Microsoft Word plugin for patent attorneys last night – ClaimMaster. ClaimMaster has an amazing set of features: Identify Errors in Claims. Find Missing Antecedents. Identify Inconsistent Element Numbers. Find Claim Terms Missing ...

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Use of Web Browser to Display Accused Thumbnail Images Did Not Implicate Divided Infringement from

The court denied defendants' motion for summary judgment of noninfringement on a divided infringement theory. The court rejected defendants' argument that the accused software did not infringe a patent claiming a system and method for ...

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IP Authorities Pay Homage To PCT, Call For Action On Harmonisation, Backlog from

Improved searches and application quality and a focus on backlog reduction are necessary to improve the patent system, patent authorities concluded at a World Intellectual Property Organization symposium last week. This will require patent offices ...

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Woolworths’ Woolly IP Agreements Don’t Hold Value from

Case Digest: Butters and others v BBC Worldwide Ltd and others [2009] EWHC 1954 (Ch), 20 August 2009

A dispute between the Woolworths administrators and the BBC, born of the failure to agree an appropriate ...

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Article One makes more awards from

From a press release of Sept. 21, 09 by Article One:

Article One Partners, LLC has discovered new prior art impacting the validity of two Minerva Industries, Inc. patents for mobile entertainment and communications devices ...

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Litigation over U.S. Patent No. 5,302,021, a patent with one claim from

The single claim of U.S. Patent No. 5,302,021, which reads

A method of preventing the formation of an air pocket around
rotating blades positioned in a pitcher of a blender, the air ...

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SpicyIP Tidbits: Bharat Matrimony Sues Google for Trademark Infringement from

According to news reports, Consim India Pvt. Ltd, a Chennai-based entity which owns has sued for infringement of its trademark by showing search results of its competitors through the search provided ...

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The NY Times is Wrong: Patent Auctions Do Not Provide Indendent Inventors with “Protection” from

Patent auctions will do little to help independent inventors sell their patents Those seeking ways to generate revenue from their patentable ideas will find the recent NY Times article entitled “Patent Auctions Provide Protections for ...

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President Obama's Strategy for American Innovation from

President Obama's speech today focused on its newly formed "strategy for American innovation" -- his "strategy to foster new jobs, new businesses, and new industries by laying the groundwork and the ground rules to best ...

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WIPO Report 2009: Recession Hits Patent Filings (But Not So Much In Asia) from

WIPO held a two-day international symposium that concluded on September 18, 2009, where over 40 heads of IP offices participated in various discussions on IP issues. One primary focus of the event was to address ...

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