Patent & IP news for November 23, 2009

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post image Breaking News -- Delhi HC on jurisdiction and the Banyan Tree case from

A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court today made some key observations on jurisdictional issues in matters where the cause of action lies in that nebulous space called the World Wide Web. The judgement ...

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post image Ecuador's Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights from

Under the TRIPS agreement member Nations can force compulsory patent licenses at their discretion. The 2001 Doha declaration clarifies this point: "Each member has the right to grant compulsory licences and the freedom to determine ...

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Quantity over quality is expressed in the quintessential American hanker of wanting to know who's number 1, which is the surmised measure of who is best. If there ever was a justifiable bifurcation between ...

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post image "Tips for minimizing dispute settlement costs": can you help? from

In a moment of inspiration or folly some weeks ago, I suggested the following title, "Keep it cheap: ten tips for minimizing dispute settlement costs everywhere", for a short article in an forthcoming issue of ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

The IPKat, Merpel, Tufty and the AmeriKat wish all their readers a very happy new week!

Coming soon. This Tuesday, 24 November, is the annual "Copying Without Infringing" conference (programme here), with IPKat team member ...

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post image Top 150 "Customers": Increasing Domination of the Patent System from

Today, Hal Wegner and I have released a new study of patents granted over the past ten years as well as industry-specific "top ten" lists.  This study reflects a trend of increasing concentration of patenting ...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes from

Jobs Postings from the Past Week: Patent Portfolio Manager - Small Corporation - Mississauga, Ontario IP Attorney - Large Corporation - Holmdel, N.J. (Updated Link) Patent Agent - Large Corporation - Ardsley, N.Y. Patent Attorney/Agent - Small Corporation - San...

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WTO GI Register Draft Report Sees Areas Of Convergence from

The outgoing chair’s draft report on progress at the World Trade Organization toward establishing a mandated register for geographical indications praises recent work and sees hope for convergence on outstanding issues such as legal ...

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Advanced Google Scholar on legal literature from

Further to an earlier IPBiz post on citation [
Most cited law profs
], IPBiz notes that Google Scholar can rank publications according to number of citations [for example, on LBE]. The citation numbers tend to be ...

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Evidence of Pending Reexamination Proceeding Excluded from Trial from

Plaintiff's motion in limine concerning evidence of a pending reexamination was granted. "[E]ven if the reexamination proceedings are somehow relevant on the issues of obviousness or willfulness, they are nevertheless unfairly prejudicial. . . . [B ...

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Quality lacking in HP laptops? from

Although Hewlett-Packard has been complaining about "lack of quality" in US patents, it seems that there may quality issues with their laptops.

A recent post on notes:

The least reliable [laptop] brands? Acer ...

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Guest Poster David Boundy of Cantor Fitzgerald: A Detailed Examination of What the Proposed First to File Legislation Means to Business from

(Editorial Note: Last week, I posted my thoughts on the proposed changes to the US patent laws from a first to invent to a first to file system. In response to my post, I received ...

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"New Jersey as paradise" from

In an interview on "60 Minutes" on 22 Nov. 09, Maziar Bahari noted of his detention in Iran --

"...a member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, thought New Jersey was paradise on Earth."

Maziar then ...

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Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel to Retire from

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel announced on Friday that he will retire from the Federal Circuit on May 31, 2010. Judge Michel was the keynote speaker at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s ...

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Time’s 50 Best Inventions of 2009. from

Annually, TIME picks the best new gadgets and breakthrough ideas of the year. This year’s list was recently published here. According to TIME, the top 5 inventions in 2009 include: 1) The NASA’s ...

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Michel Announces Retirement; Rader Era Set to Begin from

I am just getting back from a week in San Francisco, California teaching the PLI Patent Bar Review Course at PLI’s California Headquarters in downtown San Francisco. I am back in the office after ...

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Should Green Technology Be Subject To Compulsory Licensing? from

“I really don’t think they have thought this through. A world without intellectual property rights would be a pretty horrible place to live. There would be no investment in new technologies.” ~Michael Taylor of ...

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Book Review Monday: Gray Markets: Prevention, Detection, and Litigation from

gray market n. a market employing irregular but not illegal methods; especially : a market that legally circumvents authorized channels of distribution to sell goods at prices lower than those intended by the manufacturer. ~Merriam-Webster’s ...

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