Patent & IP news for September 30, 2009

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post image Should we really care about definitions? from

Perhaps we should just ignore definitions such as 'Intellectual Capital', 'Intangible Assets' and just get on and do stuff and see what happens (a la Tom Peters).

Even today there are no unified definitions for ...

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post image Compulsory licences for all? Latest Community patent plans ... from

Does nothing miss the eagle eye of the IPKat's friend and guru Axel H. Horns, the German patent attorney and blogger whose IP::JUR weblog has provided a valuable and welcome education for so ...

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post image Money mountain: Famous Five plan the ascent of a financial Everest from

Just over a year ago, the IPKat was raging about the fate of the vast mountain of money [now renamed "The Cooperation Fund"] held by OHIM, through over-high Community trade mark fees, which that organisation ...

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EU Advocate General: Google’s AdWords system does not violate trademarks from

Nathan Fan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Luís Miguel Poiares Maduro, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), concluded in a recent recommendation to the ECJ that Google ...

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Double standards for Business method patents? Drug dosage calibration v. Hedging risks in commodities trading from

Nirav Bhatt is an LLM candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Recently the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services held that Prometheus’ patent claim ...

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The journal "Engineering with Computers" publishes plagiarized article, retracts from

IPBiz has covered plagiarized texts which have appeared in science journals (eg,
British science paper on "sperm from stem cells" retracted!
). There's another one out, this time
involving plagiarism by Kamran Daneshjou, Iran's ...

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Rhode Island patent jury "“lacked a grasp of the issues before it"; Microsoft gets win in Uniloc case from

Bloomberg notes that U.S. District Judge William Smith in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sept. 29 vacated an April 2009 jury verdict of patent infringement of a Uniloc patent by Microsoft.

In his order, Judge ...

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Role Of WIPO In Question from

Failure to resolve the deadlock over traditional knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Organization would call into question the organisation’s role, some member states said this week, as the chair of the General Assemblies ...

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Easy peasy from

Is it an accident that the acronym for the latest version of the proposed European and Community Patent Court is ECPC, a close homophone of "easy peasy"? Document 13607/09 published yesterday ahead of next ...

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Responding to Critics: My View on Patents & Innovation from

I seem to have started a firestorm by writing a post openly questioning how a patent attorney (i.e., Stephan Kinsella) could be of the opinion that it is preferable to have weak patent rights ...

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IJLT - Call for papers on topics about the "interface between law and technology" from

The IPKat has been informed that Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is currently calling for submissions for its Volume No. 6 of 2010 IJLT is a law journal which is published annually by ...

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Two Motions To Transfer Venue From EDTX -- 1 Granted, 1 Denied from

Defendants' motion to transfer venue for convenience was denied due to the existence of a related case even though all but one of the other private and public interest factors were neutral or weighed in ...

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Patent Office Would Like Your Opinion 101 Interim Examination Instructions from

The USPTO has prepared interim examination instructions for evaluating patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 (Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions) pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Changing the USPTO Count System: Incrementally from

USPTO Director David Kappos has announced a set of proposed changes to the patent examiner count system. The proposed changes are not dramatic, but they may have some incremental benefit of reducing RCE churning (see ...

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