Patent & IP news for October 28, 2009

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O death, where is thy sting... ? If your internet connection dies on you, before you check that your cable is still plugged in, that your router is twinkling away and that your server is operational ...

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There was a colourful ruling of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (CFI) today in Case T‑137/08, BCS SpA v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, Deere & Company, an ...

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Grape Tech. Group, Inc. v. Jingle Networks, Inc., Case No. 08-408 (GMS) (D. Del. Oct. 20, 2009)

In this case, Judge Sleet of the District of Delaware struck the parties joint claim construction chart from ...

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IPCC: Behind The Scenes Look At Patent Cases from

At the BIO’s IPCC Conference today, attendees were treated to a look at pending cases that concern biotech. John Dragseth, a Partner at Fish & Richardson, gave an overview of the Mayo v. Prometheus case ...

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The Puzzling Difference Between Schmutz X and Compound 24028 in AstraZeneca from

Determining what compounds are obvious under the doctrine of “structural similarity” can be a daunting challenge, even for those of us with a chemistry or pharmaceutical background. Add the doctrine of “inequitable conduct” to the ...

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"Ten tips for start-up valuation" from

Intellectual Property Marketing Advisor has just circulated this feature entitled "Ten tips for start-up valuation", penned by Martin Zwilling (CEO & founder of Startup Professionals, Inc., and Managing Partner of Southwest Software Ventures & and Consulting). The ...

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For Inventor of 21 Patents, Patent Troll Litigation Not Very Lucrative from

Recently, I wrote a post on why I think that patent litigation is not a viable business model for inventors. Given a realistic deconstruction of the costs and possible damage awards, I concluded that, in ...

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Counsel Asserting and Later Withdrawing Privilege Objections Ordered to Pay Costs of Additional Deposition from

The court ordered plaintiff's counsel to pay defendant for all costs associated with taking another deposition of a witness. "[The witness'] deposition is ninety-seven pages long. [Plaintiff] asserted privilege and/or work product ninety-seven ...

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Decision to Deceive Mismarking Products with Bogus Patent Numbers Can Cost You from

False marking is a statute in the Patent Act that imposes civil liability for intentionally marking a product as patented when it isn’t. We’ve all come across a product marked with the phrase ...

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The new website Found Persuasive looks to be an excellent addition to the online patent discussion. The authors promise a practical discussion of "patent prosecution strategies and templates for the patent practitioner. Patent attorneys Michael ...

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Patent Officials: "Worst Is Yet To Come" from

From today's
Gerard Torres of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) said an analysis of patent filings at his organisation suggests there is usually a lag of about one year ...

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They Invented What? (No. 152) from

U.S. Pat. No. 5,878,931: Halloween backpack. JMW Note: Wishing all a Happy and Safe Halloween 2009! What is claimed is: 1. A Halloween backpack for a child comprising: a hollow container having ...

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Study: Industry/University Partnerships Critical to Economy from

A study released today by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) provides first-of-its-kind data on the importance of university/industry research and development partnerships to the U.S. economy. The study of university technology licensing from ...

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Adwords and Trademark Law from

We have earlier blogged on the Consim-Google Adwords controversy here and here. In this post, I shall try to make sense of the issues involved in the dispute. But first, what exactly are Adwords? Adwords ...

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Mayo v. Prometheus: Medical Methods and Patentable Subject Matter at the Supreme Court from

Mayo v. Prometheus Labs., (on petition for writ of certiorari 2009) The Mayo Clinic has filed its petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its case challenging the patentable subject matter of Prometheus Labs' patents ...

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Congress Urges Strong IP Stance in UN Climate Change Talks from

As first reported by Bartholomew Sullivan of The Commercial Appeal, last week, on October 22, 2009, thirty-four members of Congress wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to steadfastly support strong ...

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