Patent & IP news for June 6, 2010

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post image Overconfidence leads to innovation from

Economists Alberto Galasso and Timothy S. Simcoe explore the relationship between CEO's overconfidence and the level of innovation (measured by patenting) of the company they lead. They hypothesize that overconfident CEOs, who underestimate the ...

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post image Letter from AmeriKat - New York Times v Wall Street Journal from

Yesterday morning while the rest of London was awakening to a beautiful summer morning, the AmeriKat was feverishly writing about money laundering and conflict of interests in the first of her final LPC exams. Battling ...

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post image NPEs find a friend in the ITC from

It seems to be the topic du jour: NPEs are on their way to becoming downright respectable. In April the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) delivered a boon to these once-scorned entities. The Commission ...

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Japan-based Funai Electric, by virtue of 6,115,074, own a piece of the U.S. digital TV broadcast standard. "At the suggestion of the lead inventor of the '074 patent and after the '074 ...

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Innovations are Key in Economic Dowturn from

Thomas L. Friedman reminded us that “Invent, Invent, Invent” is the mantra to get us out of economic downturn. A surprising number of great companies, like General Electric, IBM, Kraft, McDonald’s, Walt Disney and ...

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"CBS Sunday Morning" does branding from

"CBS Sunday Morning" on 6 June 2010 had its cover story on zappos shoes. The boss Tony Hsieh (Harvard grad) was featured and observed that he viewed his call center (in Las Vegas, not Patna ...

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Improving the Reexamination Process from

I’d like to focus today on our efforts to improve the reexamination process. Reexamination is an incredibly critical function of our Agency, I have commented, exaggerating only slightly, that the best way to identify ...

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SpicyIP Tidbit: Formula One, Chess and IP from

This probably comes a tad bit too late because the mainstream media has already reported it. Force India, the Formula One racing team owned by the chairman of United Breweries Group, Mr. Vijay Mallya, has ...

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Biogen Launches Submarine Patent against Competing Providers of Interferon-Beta Products from

Biogen sells AVONEX, an interferon-beta product used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. On May 27, Biogen filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Pfizer, Serono, Bayer (formerly known as Berlex) and Novartis for the production ...

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Canadian lawyers launch class action lawsuit against Thomson Reuters for copyright infringement from

Nathan Fan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. It has been just over six years since the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in CCH Canadian v. LSUC, the seminal ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

June 10, 2010 - "Patents and the Written Description Requirement: Meeting Section 112 Disclosure Obligations After Ariad v. Lilly" (Strafford) - 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EST) June 11, 2010 - "The Future of U.S. Patent Law ...

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A plea for argument rather than boilerplate from

A few months ago, the Patentably Defined blog added a post titled "A Few Ways To Get On The Bad Side Of Your Examiner". From a list of eight, these two in particular resonate with ...

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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. Shire LLC et al. v. Anchen Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. 1:10-cv-00484; filed June 2, 2010 ...

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Venter Denies Synthetic Cell Discovery Is Artificial Life, Vatican Agrees from

By James DeGiulio -- Last week, we reported that a research team led by Dr. Craig Venter had developed a "synthetic cell" controlled by purely synthetic DNA (see "Dr. Craig Venter Creates First Cell Controlled Entirely ...

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Multi-Track Examination: Enhanced Examination Timing Control Initiative from

The USPTO has published a request for comments that provides more detail on the potential multi-track examination timing initiative. (75 FR 31763). A public meeting will be held on July 20, 2010, 1:30 pm ...

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