Patent & IP news for November 2, 2009

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post image WIPO says it with flowers (among other things) from

A press release from the World Intellectual Property Organization, "WIPO & Donor Community to Explore Ways to Enhance use of IP for Development", was issued today and it makes interesting reading. The text reads as follows ...

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post image Will the sci-fi franchise continue? from

Will we yet see more Terminator movies? The Financial Times reported on the weekend that the rights to the Terminator film franchise will be auctioned this month. The rights are being sold by Halcyon, the ...

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post image Court reform: nothing to avail those in the middle? from

Writing in the November 2009 issue of Informa's ten-times-a-year Patent World, PatLit team member Michael Burdon pens the journal's 'In Closing' back page feature. The title, "Court reform is of critical importance", reviews ...

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post image Haiku competition: best ineligible efforts from

Apart from the serious entries to the Copying Without Infringing competition (here), the IPKat received some hilarious and not always entirely publishable material from a number of creative readers who felt (i) unduly restricted by ...

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post image Haiku competition: the best entries from

The IPKat has been sifting through the entries for the haiku competition, for which the prize is complimentary entry to the Copying without Infringing conference, organised by CLT in Central London on Tuesday 24 November ...

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Now For Something Completely Different: Mattel Licenses "Barbie Girl" From Aqua from

commercial that played this Halloween promoting a new line of Barbie Fashionista dolls reminded me of an earlier blog post in which I wrote about some of the legal lessons learned from Barbie.  One ...

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Prior Art Teachings May be Combined to Show Obviousness Even if Prior Art Structures Cannot be Physically Combined from

In granting defendants' motion for summary judgment of invalidity for obviousness, the court rejected plaintiff's argument that it "would not have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art to combine ...

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Case Not Exceptional In Light of Prevailing Defendant's $1.9 Million Post-Markman Attorneys' Fees from

Following a grant of summary judgment of noninfringement, the court denied defendant's motion for attorneys' fees incurred after the court's claim construction ruling and rejected defendant's arguments that discovery disputes and plaintiff ...

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Choosing The Right Corporate Structure For Your Business from

In recent years the Limited Liability Company, which is typically referred to simply as an LLC, has become the darling of entrepreneurs and small businesses around the country. But the LLC is not always the ...

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Canada Finds Patents No Help For Poorest In Need Of Medicine from

Canada’s National Bureau of Economic Research today released a report on the relationship between patent protection for pharmaceuticals and investment in development of new drugs since the negotiation of the 1994 World Trade Organization ...

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altitude capital partners altitude nines v deep nines from

This week: DeepNines collected $25 million when it won an infringement suit against anti-virus software giant McAfee Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas two years ago. But after paying off its Fish & Richardson lawyers ...

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Quinn and Koepsell Discuss Gene Patents on GritTV from

Last Monday, October 26, 2009, I had the opportunity to discuss gene patents on GritTV with host Laura Flanders. I appeared on the show via Skype video along with David Koepsell, the author of Who ...

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Rest in Peace Friend: Robert H. Rines, 1922 – 2009 from

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform that Robert H. Rines passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Bob was a patent lawyer, an inventor and the founder of Franklin Pierce ...

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District Court Rules ACLU Gene Patent Challenge May Proceed from

In one of the worst opinions I have ever read from any federal court, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled earlier today that the ACLU challenge against the ...

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IP Osgoode Speaks: Graeme Dinwoodie “A Comparative Analysis of Liability for Keyword Advertising” from

Nathan Fan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. This past Thursday, IP Osgoode hosted Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Oxford Professor and Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, who gave a lecture ...

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IP Osgoode Speaks: Justice Marshall Rothstein on Business Method Patents from

Nirav Bhatt is an LLM Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Last Friday, IP Osgoode hosted a guest lecture by Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada as part of IP Osgoode’s ...

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Challenging the Constitutionality of Gene Patents: Ass'n for Medical Pathology v. USPTO from

Association for Medical Pathology & ACLU v. USPTO & Myriad, 09-cv-4515 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) Earlier this year, a group of organizations and individuals filed suit against the USPTO, Myriad, and individual directors of the University ...

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