Patent & IP news for November 29, 2009

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post image BGH: misleading use of the symbol ® - the "Thermoroll" case from

In a notable decision of 26 February 2009 (case reference I ZR 219/0 “Thermoroll”) - which was only recently published in its entirety - the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) decided that it is “significantly misleading ...

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post image OSDD still well on track from

Readers may remember the Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) programme launched by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which we had blogged about a little over a year ago here. Started in September ...

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post image Design Law: Protecting Copyrighted Designs from

Design Ideas v. Things Remembered, 3:07-cv-03077 (C.D. Ill. Filed March 16, 2007) Perry Saidman is a frequent contributory to Patently-O -- especially when the topic turns to design patent law. In a recent case ...

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post image Inventive step: another nuance from

In Teva UK Ltd v Merck & Co, Inc [2009] EWHC 2952 (Pat), 20 November 2009, Mr Justice Kitchin had to consider Teva's claims that (i) a Merck patent for an ophthalmic preparation for the ...

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post image Letter from AmeriKat from

Giving thanks for one’s blessings can sometimes be a difficult feat - one that the AmeriKat was struggling with, this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving took place this past Thursday, and on every fourth Thursday of November, to ...

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Bilski and the origin of method claims from

Eben Moglen writes on the Huffington Post:

Only in 1953, after the industrial transformation of the American economy was long since complete, did Congress amend the Patent Act to permit "process" as well as "product ...

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Alfred E. Beach and New Jersey's other Bill Bradley from

There is a section of Bridgewater, New Jersey named "Bradley Gardens," which name derives from William Bradley (1852-1924).
Of relevance to recent discussion in Bilski oral argument about horse training methods, Bradley got his start ...

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CII Workshop on Patent Strategies from


Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre (APTDC) in its IP Capacity Building Series’ IX is organizing a Workshop ...

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Obscure Patents: These are SO much better than software from

It should come as no surprise, but I think software and business methods should be patentable, assuming of course that they are new and non-obvious. There is simply no justifiable reason to carve out an ...

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Invention of the push-pin from

CBS Sunday Morning on 29 Nov 09 had a short piece on art with colored pushpins. The piece did not mention Georges Seurat or pointillism. The piece did mention the invention around 1900 of the ...

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The perils of collaborative peer review from

Christopher Booker writes:

Back in 2006, when the eminent US statistician Professor Edward Wegman produced an expert report for the US Congress vindicating Steve McIntyre's demolition of the "hockey stick", he excoriated the way ...

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Kappos: "But the truth is the USPTO is struggling." from

An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ends with a quote of David Kappos, USPTO Director: "But the truth is the USPTO is struggling."

The article is mainly about a company co-owned by Dick Capstram ...

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Article in Guardian by Sulston criticized from

Further to an earlier IPBiz report, the blog IPKat reports criticism of a report by John Sulston, Sarah Chan and Professor John Harris published in the Guardian. [see Manchester misleads on patents ]

The Chartered Institute ...

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