Patent & IP news for September 25, 2009

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post image Paris not so hot in the Ninth Circuit from

In 2007 Paris Hilton, the heiress who is “famous for being famous”, sued Hallmark Cards alleging that one of the greeting card company’s birthday cards constituted misappropriation of publicity and trade mark infringement, under ...

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Kara Technology owns 6,505,179 and 6,505,179, claiming verifying the authenticity of documents, such as postage stamps and airline tickets. Kara sued erstwhile business partner for infringement. Kara got a ...

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post image The "Spuriousness" of Indian Law: Delinking IP from Drug Regulation from

The Indian Express published an editorial of mine, where I argue that India needs to urgently amend the definition of "spurious" drugs and delink drug regulation from IP.

Saying No to the Wrong Drugs

The ...

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post image How many ministers does it take to make a High Level Segment? from

Someone is being paid to come up with all of this, and someone else is being paid to turn it into another World Intellectual Property Organization press release. Is it, though, a far-sighted move to ...

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post image Friday fineries from

It's surprising how quickly Friday comes round again -- and with it the golden opportunity to check on all those exciting forthcoming IP events that are listed in the sidebar.

A WIPO press release informs ...

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SpicyIP Gets New Leader from

My sincere thanks to all of you who have written such wonderfully supportive messages, upon hearing of my decision to take a small break from SpicyIP.

I am now thrilled to announce that after much ...

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India's Bayh Dole: A Blind Legal Transplant? from

The hard hitting editorial from the Mint, that was referred to in an earlier post. For the earlier article in this regard by CH Unnikrishnan, on which this editorial was built, see here.

An ...

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BPAI Statistics from

The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences has seen a tremendous upswing in its workload over the past couple of years. The swing was largely triggered by the prospect of rules limiting the filings of ...

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How Much Time and Effort Does It Take To File Sequence Listings? from

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment regarding the Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures (74 Fed. Reg ...

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WIPO Approves CHF64 Million Conference Hall; Intensive Informals Held On Traditional Knowledge from

How to handle the deadlocked negotiations on traditional knowledge remains a sticky decision at this year’s World Intellectual Property Organization General Assemblies, with four proposals on the table and informal meetings ongoing in advance ...

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USPTO-African Regional IP Organization Agreement from

The US Patent and Trademark Office today announced a bilateral agreement with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), the mainly English-speaking regional IP group in Africa. The agreement is focused on enforcement and protection ...

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Former USTR Official Espinel Nominated US IP “Czar” from

A variety of industry and nongovernmental groups today applauded the Obama administration’s announcement that Victoria A. Espinel would be nominated to be the first White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Espinel is a former ...

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Using Reexaminations to Avoid Willfulness Damages from

Most patents currently being reexamined at the PTO are also being litigated in parallel proceedings in district court. This rise in importance of parallel reexaminations leads directly to both Constitutional controversies and practical problems. Although ...

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Customer printing a secured document (such as a stamp or an airline ticket) from

A note to Quillen and Webster from the CAFC in KARA TECHNOLOGY v. STAMPS.COM :

The claims, not specification embodiments, define the scope of patent protection.
The patentee is entitled to the full scope of ...

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