Patent & IP news for January 25, 2010

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Charming Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog is running a hot streak. An anonymous comment crowning Quinn "the King of Douchebags" put him enough out of sorts to change his web site to admit only registered supplicants ...

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post image InventHelp Sues Gene Quinn (IPWatchDog) from

Invention Submission Corporation v. Gene Quinn & IP Watchdog (N.D.N.Y.) Plaintiff, “InventHelp” is the most recent DBA name of the Invention Submission Corporation. Defendant, Gene Quinn runs the website and works ...

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Secure IPR essential for China’s Growth from

Virgil Cojocaru is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Google recently surprised the world by announcing it may pull out of China. In the meantime, it would no longer enforce China’s information ...

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Obama’s Likeness Used to Sell Rain Coats from

Stuart Freen is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama found himself in a strange place: Plastered across a 30-foot billboard in Times Square, hawking rain coats ...

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Claiming Analogs Unknown to Inventors Renders Patents Invalid for Lack of Written Description and Enablement from

The court granted plaintiff's motion for summary judgment of invalidity for lack of written description as to claim elements directed to "macrocyclic lactone analogs" of rapamycin. "Besides the requirement that the compounds be 'structur ...

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CLE Event: Legal Off-shoring and In-shoring in the field of Intellectual Property – February 3, 2010. from

The Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) is proudly presenting a program titled: Legal Off-shoring and In-shoring in the field of Intellectual Property. The program will be held at the University of Toledo College of ...

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Recent USPTO Roundtable – Proposed BPAI Ex Parte Appeals Rules Modifications from

On January 20, 2010, the USPTO moderated a public roundtable discussion to obtain public comments on the proposed rules modifications in connection with ex parte appeals before the USPTO’s Board of Patent Appeals and ...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 314: Defective Appeal Briefs from

PTO's Top Eight Reasons Appeal Briefs are Non-Compliant [PDF] PTO’s Checklist for Notice of Appeal Filed Under 37 CFR 41.31 [PDF] PTO’s Checklist for Appeal Brief Filed Under 37 CFR 41 ...

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Resurgence of the Need for Opinions of Counsel from

As a direct consequence of overruling the affirmative duty of due care to avoid infringement upon learning of a patent, the Federal Circuit expressly instructed in Seagate that “there is no affirmative obligation to obtain ...

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Faking DNA testing? from

Within discussion of the National Enquirer reporting of the Edwards affair is a reference to a plan "to fake a DNA test." Some of the concern over ClimateGate relates to the possibility of manipulating or ...

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WHO Lashes Out As Council Of Europe Preps Hearing On Flu Pandemic from

The World Health Organization today defended its declaration of a global influenza pandemic, and saying any allegations that it is fake are “wrong and irresponsible.” The statement comes as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council ...

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Bimbo Bakeries goes after former exec on secrets of Thomas' English Muffins from

Not everyone in the United States may be familiar with the extent of the brands held by Bimbo Bakeries USA. They hold Entemann's. Of relevance to a recent trade secret case, captioned Bimbo Bakeries ...

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Tips for Confidentiality Agreements from

Many transactions begin with each party handing the other a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), and each party battling over whose “form” controls. However, it’s common for both parties to overlook the fact that there is ...

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Calculating PTA: PTO to offer "guidance for expediting requests." from

The USPTO has announced it will not seek further review of the Wyeth v. Kappos decision. In that case, the Federal Circuit held that the USPTO has been under-calculating the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) owed ...

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Espacenet Enhancements from

This morning I discovered several nice enhancements in esp@cenet:

1. Expanded search terms
For years the maximum number of search terms you could input in any esp@cenet field was four. This limitation appears ...

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CAFC: Terminal Disclaimer Not Valid When Underlying Patent Expired from

Boehringer Ingelheim Int'l v. Barr Laboratories, Inc., No. 2009-1032 (Fed. Cir., January 25, 2010)

Boehringer is the record owner of the '812 patent, which stemmed from a divisional application and was the third in ...

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USPTO Issues Guidance Docs For Minimizing Non-Compliant Briefs from

According to the USPTO, the top 8 reasons why briefs are considered non-compliant:

(1)  Missing or defective statement on related appeals and interferences
(2)  Missing/defective "Status of Claims" - status of all claims AND an ...

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USPTO Reorganizes Classes 210 and 707 from

The USPTO has published two more classification orders affecting Class 210, Liquid Purification and Separation, and Class 707, Data Processing: Database and File Management or Data Structures. (#1890 and #1893)

Approximately 83,767 patents and ...

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