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post image European Parliament demands to be informed on ACTA negotiations from

Yet another installment in the ongoing saga of and secrecy surrounding the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) negotiations (see the IPKat's ACTA posts here). The European Parliament has now published a press release in which ...

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post image Princeton's Pi day on March 14, 2010 from

Note Princeton's upcoming Pi Day celebration on March 14 (3.14). From an email LBE received:

Einstein was born on March 14th...3.14...? Pi! The entire downtown of Princeton celebrates with pie judging ...

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post image Grounds of challenge narrow for Comptrollers' Opinions from

In a ruling last week by Mr P. Thorpe on behalf of the Comptroller of Patents in the UK, Lundberg & Son VVS-Produckter AE v ZGP Ltd BL O/080/10, the request of Lundberg that ...

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post image Do We Really Need to Compare the Value of Patent Portfolios? from

It is the maiden voyage on these blog pages for this new Kat. My view of maiden voyages was shaped by the scene in the movie Titanic, when the skipper of the doomed ship is ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

Thank you again, say the IPKat, Merpel and the rest of the crew, for your continued support of this weblog. According to our web counter, we have oh-so-nearly welcomed today our two millionth visitor ...

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House Bill Seeks to Codify President's Stem Cell Order from

By Donald Zuhn -- On Tuesday, Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced legislation (H.R. 4808) that would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research. H.R. 4808 would codify ...

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Biotech/Pharma Docket from

By Suresh Pillai -- DC District Court Remands Pfizer PTA Suit to USPTO Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia remanded Pfizer Inc.'s challenge of the USPTO's calculation of ...

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How much is the use of "Lindsay" worth? from

"Lindsay Lohan wants $100M over E-Trade ad" is the headline of an article by Kieran Crowley in the NY Post (thanks, Miri Frankel, for the link). The article reports that actress, model, singer and general ...

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Mailings Are Not “Offers For Sale” And Don’t Trigger Jurisdiction from

2010-1158 Dustcap Products v. J&S; Fabrication D/MN 09-cv-1179 Judge Ann Montgomery Patentee/plaintiff Dustcap appeals to the Federal Circuit from the order of Judge Ann Montgomery dismissing its action for lack of personal ...

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AIDS Patients Protest EU-India Trade Agreement from

Patients with HIV/AIDS today protested in New Delhi against negotiations for a European Union-India free trade agreement that they say will restrict access to cheaper versions of critical medicines in developing countries. Médecins Sans ...

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In re TS Tech and In re Genentech do not Apply Where the Requested Venue is a Neighboring District from

In denying defendant's motion to transfer venue, the court rejected defendant's argument that In re TS Tech USA Corp., 551 F.3d 1315 (Fed. Cir. 2008) and In re Genentech, 566 F.3d ...

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Another Bill Impacting Patent Reform from

Last week, we learned that the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached a compromise on a number of issues and had reached the point where they introduced an updated version of the bill (S. 515).  Presumably ...

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Cost of the Patent Backlog and the Proposed Solution from

The UK Patent Office has released a commissioned study examining the "economic impact of delays in processing patents." The report (prepared by the consulting company London Economics) suggests that the delays (1) reduce the incentive ...

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"Broadest reasonable interpretation" and Frye from

Note the outcome in the BPAI decision Frye (with Director Kappos sitting on the BPAI panel!) and the 271Blog post Time To Do Away With "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation [BRI]?" Paper Says "Yes!".

Ex parte NANCY ...

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Fostering Canadian Innovation from

Today's Globe and Mail has another op-ed piece arguing that Canada needs to do better at promoting innovation and investing in R&D.; ("Innovation is Our Hidden Deficit") It's probably true that Canada ...

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Apple v. HTC Offers Opportunity to Examine the Nature of Computer Programs from

Brandon Evenson is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Technology blogs are still buzzing over Apple’s recently filed lawsuit against HTC for patent infringement. In their filing, Apple claims that various HTC ...

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The Word From The USPTO Trenches. from

Conducting interviews with Patent Examiners is quite a large part of my practice .  In my opinon, interviewing is an extremely effective tool that applicants can use to further prosecution of their patent application.  Interviews can ...

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Punishment for Web Piracy Crimes in Russia May Become Tougher from

In a recent article in The Moscow Times (available HERE), Russian authorities are seeking to punish internet providers in connection with illegal downloading of content by their customers. As noted within the Article, "[a]nti-piracy ...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes: Federal Circuit Judicial Nominees from

President Obama recently announced KATHLEEN O'MALLEY as his nominee for the open position on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Next Opening: Chief Judge PAUL R. MICHEL has announced that he ...

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They Invented What? (No. 162) from

U.S. Pat. No. 5,934,226:  Bird diaper.   We claim: 1. A sanitary apparatus for use with a bird comprising:            a front section of fabric including a top surface and a bottom surface;           a ...

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A Rare Event for Biotechnology: Two Anjimoto Patents Struck for Violation of the Best Mode Requirement from

In Ajinomoto v. ITC, decided March 8, 2010, the Federal Circuit affirmed the International Trade Commission's determination that two patents claiming methods for producing the amino acid L-Lysine in E. coli are invalid for ...

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The online retailer obtained Patent #5,960,411 for its 1-Click online ordering system in September 1999. The patent is directed towards a method of placing a purchase order online, wherein the customer ...

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Show Me the IP! Venture Capital Success Based on Patents from

Earlier today Dale Halling, of Halling IP and State of Innovation Blog, brought to my attention an article on the IAM Magazine Blog from a few weeks ago. Joff Wild of IAM blogged about a ...

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The Rewards of Increasing Patent Quality from

Article One continues to thrive and we could not be happier with the progress.   Of course, we could not be growing and exceeding expectations without the active participation of our amazing Advisors. 

We have distributed ...

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Viral transmission of patent re-exam results from


The Reexamination Center Executive Interview: Richard Levick on “Reexaminations and the Media” -- Rambus Management, please read and note highlights-->

If you are challenging a patent, and the outcome is positive for you, the same ...

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"Equal protection" a no-go for HP at BPAI from

The blog 12:01Tuesday has a great post on an equal protection argument made by (former) Coalition for Patent Fairness member Hewlett-Packard, with the post titled BPAI to HP: Equal Protection Clause doesn't save ...

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Darby & Darby Dissolving after 115 Years in Business from

Earlier today Darby & Darby, one of the oldest intellectual property boutique firms in the United States, announced that they are dissolving. The announcement, which seems to have come without much warning, confirms rumors that started ...

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Early-Stage Patent Disputes: A Closer Look from

There is ample media coverage of certain patent cases and daily aggregations of suits recently filed in US Courts.  We will regularly provide the IP community with a closer look into recent legal cases centered ...

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Goodbye and Thanks to Sam Darby from

The son of James T. and Ellen Doran (Dunman) Darby, Sam Darby was born in Falcon, Arkansas, February 4, 1867. In the fall of 1882, he went to Annapolis, Maryland, as a cadet in the ...

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FICCI to organize Sensitization Programme on IPR from

The role of MSMEs to our country’s socio-economic development is enormous, considering its contribution in providing employment, manufacturing products, exports, etc. In today’s competitive economy, for enterprises, both big and small, it is ...

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