Patent & IP news for October 4, 2009

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post image Notes from a GI Seminar from

This post emerges from the National Seminar on Geographical Indications held in New Delhi recently which I had the opportunity to attend in part. That 'part' extended only to the first day, but shed some ...

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post image Indian innovation: Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta on the Cross Pollination of innovation and its promotion from

Recently, Sumathi pointed the SpicyIP team to this article in the Wall Street Journal about Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta and I grabbed the chance to post about him before anyone else could. I first heard ...

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post image ! is not a trade mark says the CFI from

On Friday 30 September 2009 the Court of First Instance decided that two trade mark applications for exclamation mark symbols (as shown on the left) are not distinctive enough to qualify for Community trade mark ...

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Victoria Espinel from

Dow Jones reported:

President Barack Obama on 25 Sept 09 named Victoria Espinel to be the new U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, an administration position created last year by Congress.

The intellectual property coordinator ...

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SPH/Foley matter from

Jordan Weissmann writes of the dismissal motion filed by SPH:

On Sept. 28, Virginia-based SPH America, formed in 2008 by former Fish & Richardson associate Choongsoo Park, filed a voluntary motion to dismiss its complaint against ...

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Borisov flap at University of Michigan from

A lawsuit filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court (Michigan) in August 2009 alleges that one Mark Russell began to pass Andrei Borisov's publications as his own in progress reports to the funding agencies that ...

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Edwards case: interchangeable use amounts to equating from

The CAFC noted:

Although the construction of a claimed term is usually controlled by its ordinary meaning, we will adopt an alternative meaning “if the intrinsic evidence shows that the patentee distinguished that term from ...

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Bilski Briefs: Supporting the Government (In Name) from

The final round of amicus briefs have been filed in the pending Supreme Court case of Bilski v. Kappos. Mr. Bilski is appealing the Federal Circuit's en banc rejection of his patent application. In ...

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Why All Small Businesses Need Software Patents from

Over the last week a heated debate has been raging here on regarding whether patents should exist at all. See Reality Check: Anti-Patent Patent Musings Simply Bizarre and Responding to Critics: My View ...

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Review form intellectual property assignment documents in view of these two new cases from

Two recent court decisions involving interpretation of patent assignments may have a significant effect on companies, research institutions, and others who acquire intellectual property rights. The first decision illustrates the importance of indicating whether or ...

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Nanosolar’s Patent-Pending PV is Encapsulated But Boxless from

Nansolar, a San Jose, California thin-film solar company, has made a lot of press announcements lately for various news items, including opening a solar panel assembly facility in Germany, boosting its CIGS cells’ efficiency and ...

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