Patent & IP news for January 3, 2010

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post image Supervisory Patent Examiners: Rethinking their Role from

In his most recent blog post, USPTO Director David Kappos addresses problems and potentials of the USPTO's SPE system. A SPE or Supervisory Patent Examiner serves as the direct manager and trainer for around ...

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Sometimes the system didn't work from

Back in 2002, after the Jan-Hendrik Schon / Bell Labs fraud was exposed, a number of scientists proclaimed that the manner of exposure proved the "system worked."

For example, David Goodstein wrote in Physics World:

In ...

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Was 1959 the year that changed everything? from

In the lead story on the 3 Jan 10 "CBS Sunday Morning" titled 1959: The Year That Changed Everything, Jeff Greenfield obliquely got into issues relating to the differences between innovation (an alteration which changes ...

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Obviousness in Ex Parte Hughes at the BPAI from

The blog 12:01Tuesday discusses the BPAI decision Ex Parte Hughes.

Of the obviousness component, from KSR:

“Common sense teaches . . . that familiar items may have obvious
uses beyond their primary purposes, and in many cases ...

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Cornell Spin Out Catalyzes CO2-Based Plastic Wrap from

Novomer, Inc. (Novomer) is a Cornell University spin out that makes green plastics, polymers and other chemicals from carbon dioxide and other renewable raw materials. Novomer uses catalysis systems invented by Cornell professor Geoffrey Coates ...

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