Patent & IP news for May 4, 2010

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post image Removable Features of Operating Systems from

The IPKat is no expert when it comes to the software industry but, like many IP enthusiasts, he tries to keep up with the major issues and thought-trends as and when they crop up. One ...

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post image Black Hole Swab from

Allegra D. Hemphill was granted 4,557,720 for a "vaginal swab." "Ms. Hemphill has prosecuted a number of actions and appeals based on the '720 patent, none of which has been successful." She tried ...

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post image Gary Locke: Patent Office Needs Self-Control of Funding and Enhanced Post-Grant Review from

The following essay was written by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and originally published in Politico. Locke is the former Governor of Washington and former partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. As you may know, the ...

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post image Two new IP references for CJEU: any news? from

The IPKat and his colleagues are buzzing with excitement at the chance to read the questions contained in a fresh reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling from ...

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post image Director Kappos Pushes “First to File” from

Director of the Patent Office, David Kappos, provided the following explanation for why we should convert from a “first to invent” to a “first to file” system at the BIO International Convention.

“Kappos’ explanation of ...

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post image Happy Star Wars Day! from

May 4th is apparently Star Wars Days.  Who knew?  An interesting article on the unofficial holiday can also be read at Wikipedia here.

Probably a worthy holiday to bring to the attention of our readership ...

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post image Brand Recalls: How Can We Measure Their Effects? from

Product recalls are a common enough feature of modern life. More rare, however, are those product recalls that seem to pose a risk to the value of the underlying product brand. In this vein, the ...

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post image An Exclusive Interview with Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General from

Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General at BIO Convention

Yesterday I had the honor of spending 30 minutes interviewing Francis Gurry, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The interview was conducted on ...

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post image Recent Trademark Registrations from

Here is another sampling of recent registrations our clients have received from the USPTO, so readers can see real examples of brands and marks which are being protected. (These are all public records – click on ...

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post image She Negotiates Blawg Review #263 from

She’s She Negotiates, the newest blawg on the block, taking the baton from The Public Intellectual’s brilliant Blawg Review #262, and getting ready  to host Blawg Review #263 for Mother’s Day 2010 ...

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post image Where to sue and be sued in the US: some real research from

Thank you, Natalie Nathon, for news of this draft article which has recently been posted on the SSRN website, Mark A. Lemley's "Where to File Your Patent Case" (April 29, 2010). This 39-page document ...

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China’s Growing Confidence in Domestic Patent Enforcement from

When we hear about China and intellectual property we like to think China is predominantly a source of counterfeit. China is still among the 5 countries where most seized counterfeited goods originate from[1]. More ...

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Health Initiative Proposes Rewarding Innovation On Impact Results; Some See Hurdles from

An alternative initiative to promote access to medicine with a method mimicking market mechanisms means to create additional incentives for health innovation, authors of the proposal said yesterday. But other health actors have reservations. A ...

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Patent Information is a Necessary Calibration Tool: How the Pilgrims’ Journey is a Metaphor for the Innovation Process from" title="Post to Twitter ...

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SpicyIP Tidbits: Housefull producer to sue music label for defamation? from

According to two reports from Subhash K Jha which appear separately in the Bangalore Mirror and the Times of India, the producer of Housefull, which film's soundtrack included a controversial reworked version of a ...

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SpicyIP Tidbits: Centre refuses MontBlanc permission to use Gandhi image from

In what promises to end the Montblanc-Gandhi dispute once and for all, we have news that the Centre has refused permission to MontBlanc to use the image of Mahatma Gandhi on their pens.

According to ...

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Early-Stage Patent Litigation: Shire and Teva from

Here's our latest close look into a recent patent litigation case.

Shire LLC et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. et al.

Case number 10-cv-00329- U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ...

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Patent Litigation Forum Shopping from

Professor Mark Lemley has released a draft of his new study on patent forum shopping titled "Where to File Your Patent Case." Professor Lemley suggests three primary factors that influence a patentees choice of forum ...

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Copyright and Technology 2010 from

Gotham Media Ventures has announced the above-titled, day-long event on June 17, 2010 in production with GiantSteps Media Technologies. It will be the first event of what will be a major initiative for Gotham Media ...

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A tale of two Virginias on science policy from

The Commonwealth of Virginia has one of the more active technology-based economic development (TBED) programs. The Center for Innovative Technologies was an early leader in TBED. Universities, such as the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech ...

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Comment Period for Commercialization of University Research is Extended from

In an earlier posting, I described the National Economic Council's announcement Request for Information on Commercialization of University Research. Now comes word that the comment period has been extended until May 26, 2010 at ...

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Search Engine CEO arrested on copyright infringement charges from

An Indian search engine’s CEO Mr Anurag  Dod, along-with  someother executives, were arrested on 29th April on charges of making available the copyrighted musical works owned by T-Series.

News reports quote ...

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Biotech Convention Pays Homage To IP, Pledges To Increase Access To Medicine from

Intellectual property rights and access to medicines were on the agenda at the first day of a biotechnology industry group’s annual convention yesterday. The group held a panel on IP rights and also released ...

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Osgoode Students to Participate in Copenhagen Competition from

Osgoode has been invited to participate in a biannual international treaty negotiation competition hosted by The Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen. This year, the subject of the Copenhagen Competition is international IP ...

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FOSS - Engaging to Clear Out Bad Patents Is a Good Thing from

At Article One, we appreciate all perspectives relating to patents, and are grateful to Mark Webbink for writing this guest blog post on the free and open source software community.  Enjoy his perpsective.

Patents related ...

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Startups Push Congress to Maintain One-Year "Grace Period" for Patent Reform from

A group of 100 startup companies sent a letter petitioning the U.S. Congress to support the current one-year grace period for filing a patent application.   Current reform measures directed to a "first-to-file" regime arguably ...

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At a Loss for Words—When a Loss is Just a Loss from

Sticking to the theme of results–oriented analysis of jury verdicts, we read with interest a recent press release from Acacia Research Corporation. The press release announced that two Acacia subsidiaries, IP Innovation, LLC and ...

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Indian Official: ACTA Out Of Sync With TRIPS and Public Health from

By Monika Ermert for Intellectual Property Watch All the “noble announcements” made by EU and US officials about respect for the Doha Declaration on intellectual property trade and public health when negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade ...

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Nominee Edward C. DuMont’s Oral Argument at the Federal Circuit from

Edward C. DuMont of WilmerHale is President Obama’s nominee to replace Chief Judge Michel.  I posted previously that I had not been able to find any cases where Mr. DuMont had argued before the ...

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Patent Reform Act of 2010: An Overview from

Is the United States patent system broken and does it need to be fixed? Can our governmental leaders fix the patent system through legislation? Patent reform legislation has been introduced in each of past three ...

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