Patent & IP news for February 4, 2010

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post image Open licensing: the word according to DPat from

Today the IPKat attended a talk by D. Patrick O'Reilley (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner), which rejoiced in the formidable title "Implementing Open Innovation: Research, Collaboration and Pooling Arrangements". D. Patrick is President of ...

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post image Attorney Ethics: Disqualifying a Law Firm from

Outside the Box Innovations, LLC v. Travel Caddy, Inc., (Fed. Cir. 2010)(order) In a non-precedential order, the Federal Circuit has disqualified the law firm of King & Spalding from representing Travel Caddy on appeal. At ...

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post image The Haitian Plight and Traditional Knowledge: A Promise Unfulfilled? from

As we watch with horror at the plight of many in Haiti, the last thing on our minds is the nexus between traditional knowledge and the sad events that unfolded in the wake of a ...

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post image Firm Disqualified From Representing Party on Appeal Where Partner Served As Opponent's Expert at Trial from

Outside the Box Innovations, LLC v. Travel Caddy, Inc. (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2010) (nonprecedential)

In this case, a partner for King & Spalding had served as an expert witness in support of plaintiff's motion ...

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post image Buckuchurbu and (re) Hydrating Indian Traditional Knowledge from

In an earlier post, I highlighted the alleged potential of Crofelemer, a drug to mitigate some of the sufferings in Haiti. This drug for tackling dehydration was based on ancient shamanic wisdom and is allegedly ...

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post image Brands and a museum with a time tunnel - the British Brands Groups' Annual Reception from

The IPKat was invited to attend British Brands Groups Reception last night, which was held at the Museum of Brands in London's fashionable Notting Hill. Although she prefers water (still - not sparkling) to Champagne ...

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post image So How Much Do Questions about IP Assignments Really Matter? from

I am going to talk about"plumbing" in this blog post. I don't meet the system of pipes, valves and fixtures that always seem to leak up at exactly the wrong time. Rather, I ...

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GSK Announces "Open Innovation" Strategy to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases from

By Donald Zuhn -- In January, GlaxoSmithKline announced a series of initiatives for developing new medicines to combat diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poorest countries. The initiatives, which comprise GSK's "open innovation" strategy ...

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Google, Verizon: Adversaries in Net Neutrality debate join forces for future of Internet Openness from

Nathan Fan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. The debate on network neutrality between network providers and content providers saw a moment of consolidation when the internet’s big name adversaries, Google ...

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Third-Party Oppositions to PTA Calculations? from

Section 154(b) of the Patent Act includes an odd provision indicating that a "third party" may not appeal or challenge the USPTO's patent term adjustment determination before the patent issues: 35 U.S ...

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Indian "Bayh Dole" Problems: Some Resources from

In an earlier post, I linked up to an editorial in the Mint highlighting some of the key problems with the Indian Bayh Dole bill. I also referred to a paper where I elaborate on ...

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THE China IP litigation resource? and its free from

Another great podcast in the can tonight.  On the call were Neil WilcofNick Redfearn and of course Jeremy Philips.

Nick reminded me about an incredible resource that the team at Rouse have been building ...

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Plaintiff's Failure to Entertain Settlement Negotiations Supports Award of Attorneys' Fees from

In granting in part defendant's motion for attorneys' fees under § 285, the court found that defendant's earlier offer to settle merited an award of fees. "The Court also considers the tactics of counsel ...

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Avoiding Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction from

Patentees now proceed with caution when approaching a potential licensee. The Supreme Court's 2007 MedImmune v. Genentech decision broadened the availability of declaratory judgment actions even when the potential licensee has no apprehension of ...

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USPTO FY 2011 Budget Request Announced from

On Monday, David Kappos announced President Obama’s FY 2011 budget request for the USPTO of just over $2.3 billion. According to the USPTO announcement (available HERE), this budget request will support a new ...

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IPR Summit 2010 from

In an effort to enhance education in the filed of intellectual property law ,George Washington University Law School in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has been hosting the IPR Summit since 2004.The ...

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NFL blinks on "Who dat" trademark claim from

From NBC New York via USA Today: On Tuesday [Feb. 2] night, the NFL appeared to bow to pressure by admitting, in writing, it did not have exclusive rights to the "Who Dat" phrase, fleur-de-lis ...

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Justice Thomas recalls "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman from

In comments related to President Obama's comments on the Supreme Court during the State of the Union speech, Justice Thomas gave some details on the first federal campaign finance law, the Tillman Act:

[Thomas ...

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The Flip Side of ‘Reverse Payments’ from

The following is excerpted from an article by Steven Seidenberg in the February 2010 issue of the ABA Journal: For the second time in three years a case about “reverse payments” is before the 2nd ...

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USPTO Wants YOU for the Patent Examing Corp from

The United States Patent and Trademark Office wants YOU, at least if you are an intellectual property professional willing to apply for a rewarding and challenging position as a US patent examiner. Yes, the USPTO ...

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