Patent & IP news for February 3, 2010

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post image CAFC: Law Firm Disqualified On Appeal from

2009-1171, -1558 Outside the Box v. Travel Caddy The Federal Circuit has granted Outside the Box Innovations' (aka Union Rich) Motion to Disqualify King & Spalding from representing Travel Caddy on appeal. Travel Caddy hired lawyers ...

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post image USPTO Fees 2011: Justifying the Fee Increase from

It is clear that the USPTO needs funding to address its backlog of yet-to-be-examined patents and to revitalize its information technology infrastructure. An increase in funding is largely in the interest of the patent community ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

The IPKat thanks his friend André Heitz for drawing his attention to Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation, Six Continents Hotels, Inc. v. Daniel Kirchhof WIPO Case No. D2009-1661, a domain name dispute resolution decision involving the grand ...

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USPTO FY2011 Budget: Part II from

Read Part I [Link] USPTO Press Release: [LINK] Goals: A significant reduction in patent pendency periods and the existing patent inventory backlog; improvement in patent quality; enhanced intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement; global IP ...

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AULR Federal Circuit Panel Discussion from

Event Title: A First Look at the 2009 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Date: Feb 4, 2010 Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM ET Location: Washington College of Law ...

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Allegation That Plaintiff "Buried" Prior Art in IDS is Sufficient to State a Claim for Inequitable Conduct from

The court denied plaintiff's motion for judgment on the pleadings as to defendant's inequitable conduct claim based on the theory that plaintiff buried relevant prior art among 597 other prior art references. "Defendants ...

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China Experienced 18% Increase in Patent Applications Last Year from

It was recently announced that China received more than 976,000 patent applications last year, representing a nearly 18% increase in the number of applications received by the State Intellectual Property Office of the Peoples ...

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EPO Suspends Decision On New President from

An extraordinary session of the European Patent Organisation Administrative Council intended to help elect a replacement for outgoing president Alison Brimelow today was again unable to come to a conclusion between the three remaining candidates ...

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You Choose: Four Years of Litigation or Taking Care of the Copyright Portfolio from

As one of my daughters has discovered Calvin & Hobbes cartoons, I wonder whether she'll be inspired to try some of Calvin's outlandish ideas such as barreling down a steep hillside and over the ...

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Myriad case on Feb. 2 in SD NY from

The headline at USAToday on Feb. 2's Myriad case in SD NY was Medical groups assail patenting of human genes and there was text:

The suit is supported by groups such as the American ...

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Reengineering the MPEP from

Ever since I started at the Agency (in fact, even before I started), examiners and practitioners from all over the country have been saying, "You need a major rewrite of the MPEP.  And while you ...

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Court Stays Ruling Pending Supreme Decision in Bilski from

On January 21, 2010, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a ruling in Big Baboon, Inc. v. Dell, Inc. et al, staying further consideration on the motion for summary ...

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AwakenIP: Helping to Reignite Recognition of the Value of Intellectual Property from

Jeff Kuester, a technology attorney with Taylor | English in Atlanta, Georgia, has started AwakenIP, a web site devoted to intellectual property law. As noted on the site: This website is an attempt to help reignite ...

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NCIS Feb. 2 "Masquerade" brings back M. Allison Hart from

The 2 February 2010 episode of NCIS titled "Masquerade" returned the "M. Allison Hart" character. Of interest in the plot was the role of outsourcing of intelligence services. The ultimate "bad guy" was the private ...

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Fee diversion: from a fortune cookie to Joff Wild from

A comment from Joff Wild to an IPBiz post ended with the following text expressing surprise that AIPLA, IPO, and AUTM did not express outrage at the latest fee diversion from the USPTO by Congress ...

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Patent Trolls: Acacia is One Company Tech Giants Like to Avoid from

The following is excerpted from a February 2, 2010 article by Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor: An intense look around any industry is likely to turn up companies that seem to operate on a ...

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