Patent & IP news for May 31, 2010

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post image Facebook in Pakistan: some sensitive issues from

The IPKat's friend Arpan Banerjee has drawn his attention to this piece in The Telegraph concerning the launch in Pakistan of a "rival Facebook" under the name MillatFacebook, taking its name from the Urdu ...

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post image CAFC Judge Plager Says Definiteness Requirement Needs Teeth from

As I’ve said before, no one could rightly accuse me of being biased against patents.  See Judge Rader Doth Protest Too Much in Media Technologies.  But, as I also pointed out in this article ...

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post image Full speed ahead for fast-track patents from

The IPKat notes with approval that the new British coalition government has been quick off the mark, announcing "a new fast-track procedure for approving international patent applications that will cut waiting times by more than ...

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post image Women Ace India's Patent Agent Exam..and Equally Well Too from

It gives me great pleasure to profile the toppers of this years' patent agent exam, namely Disha Jeswani and Aditi Nadkarni.

I am particularly pleased that both of them belong to the fairer sex...more ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

Responses to the IPKat's latest poll have been a bit sluggish, what with this being a public holiday weekend in some jurisdictions, but he's pleased to see that at least some of his ...

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post image Account of profits against non-combatant defendants from

An extempore decision of Mr Justice Vos (Chancery Division, England and Wales) last month addressed the question of whether it was appropriate for an IP owner to seek an account of profits against an alleged ...

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post image European patents and patent applications - statistics 2009 from

The EPO last week published its statistics on patents applied for and granted in 2009. The top ten applicants in 2009 were:

RankCompanyCount1.PHILIPS25562.SIEMENS17083.BASF16994.SAMSUNG13375.ROBERT BOSCH12846.LG CORP.12217.PANASONIC10208.QUALCOMM9699.TOYOTA92610 ...

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Roche's Patent Rejection: A Numerical Quantifier for Section 3(d)? from

Rajiv Choudhry, who'd already featured on this blog earlier for having taken the pains to give us a terrific statistical preview of the results of the patent agent exam, now explores the Roche Valcyte ...

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DFAT ACTA consultations from

DFAT (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) will be holding “whole of government” consultations on the draft ACTA text on 11 June 2010 in Canberra, commencing at 10.00a.m.

If you’re a ...

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I fear for Brand Britain-something of genuine national interest from

It’s hard not to watch the news this morning (on that fantastically British medium, the BBC, we do that so well don’t we, the Royal Family, the Open, the Championships) without some fear ...

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Dot “brand” TLDs from

ICANN is looking at introducing new top level domains where, instead of .com or .net, it would be .[brand] e.g., .sony (of course, I have no idea whether or not Sony would be thinking ...

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Drug Access Waiver Debate Looms For June TRIPS Council Meeting from

Following weeks of consultations, World Trade Organization members are set next week to discuss a proposal to review a little-used amendment of WTO intellectual property rules aimed at boosting availability of affordable medicines in developing ...

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IP rights in sounds from

In its Almanac feature on 30 May 2010, CBS Sunday Morning noted aspects of the life of Mel Blanc [ May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989]. One thing that wasn't noted was Blanc's break-out ...

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OBA – Entertainment, Media & Communications Section to Launch Journal from

The OBA Entertainment, Media & Communications Section is accepting submissions for the launch of the OBA Entertainment, Media & Communications Section Newsletter – Journal Edition (”Journal”). The Journal will provide OBA members, their clients and the academic community ...

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DMass ruling in Aranesp case from

The issues in the district court in Massachusetts were:

First, the Plaintiffs claim that the Defendants used various types of kickbacks to induce providers to purchase Aranesp, a drug manufactured by Amgen intended for treatment ...

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Recent Trademark Registrations from

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 trademark name ...

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New EU E-Communications Regulatory Body Based In Latvia from

The new Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) will establish its office in Riga, Latvia, it has been announced. The regulatory body,, is made up of the heads of the ...

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Obvious requires explanation common sense from

Takeaway: In the recent decision In re Vaidyanathan (2009-1404, Fed. Cir. 2010), the Federal Circuit reviewed a BPAI decision and vacated an obviousness rejection because of insufficient fact finding and reasoning in the record. The ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

June 1, 2010 - Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical (BCP) Customer Partnership Meeting (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) - Alexandria, VA June 10, 2010 - "Patents and the Written Description Requirement: Meeting Section 112 Disclosure Obligations After Ariad v ...

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Patent an Idea? from

Can you patent an idea? No.

Many potential inventors say to me “I have an idea I would like to patent” but what they do not understand is that the invention itself is patentable, not ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Wyeth LLC v. Intervet Inc. et al. 1:10-cv-00435; filed May 25, 2010 in the District ...

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Nature Biotechnology and More Anti-gene Patenting Myths from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Sadly (you'd expect they would know better), the editorial board of Nature Biotechnology has decided to get on-board the anti-gene patenting bandwagon. The editors are entitled to their opinion, of ...

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