Patent & IP news for June 15, 2010

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post image The Sir Hugh Laddie Chair from

The IPKat is delighted to learn that his learned friend Sir Robin Jacob, the senior British intellectual property appeal judge and the scourge of the European Court of Justice, is first to take the ...

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post image No $5.4 Trillion Bounty for False Patent Marking Bounty Hunter from

Bounty hunters make their living by capturing fugitives from justice for a monetary reward (bounty).  A more recent, modern day version of the bounty hunter is one who pursues patentees for false patent marking under ...

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post image Expiration Challenge II from

Today Symbol Technologies -- the company that revived the doctrine of prosecution laches to bring down Lemelson's patents -- received U.S. Patent No. 7,738,865.  On the surface, it appears that this patent, like ...

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post image Tafas and GlaxoSmithKline Awarded Jefferson Medal by NJIPLA from

Dr. Triantafyllos Tafas at Jefferson Medal Award Dinner

On June 4, 2010, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association presented the 2010 Jefferson Medal in honor of exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property ...

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post image Member of the Month – Society for Advancement of Consulting from

I am proud to have been selected the “Member of the Month” by the Society for Advancement of Consulting founded by the esteemed Alan Weiss.

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post image Dow "Bags" a $62M Verdict From Nova Chemicals -- But Will it Hold Up on Appeal? from

Dow Chemicals convinced a Delaware jury today to award it $61.7 million in damages in its patent infringement lawsuit against rival Nova Chemicals in a lawsuit which involved Dow's patents for super-strong thin-film ...

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post image Twilight Saga: Bella And Twilight Clothing Unleashes Trademark And Copyright Infringement Lawsuit from

Los Angeles, CA – Summit Entertainment is the producer and distributor of the highly successful Twilight motion picture franchise, including The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and the soon to be released Eclipse. The movies are about ...

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post image Confusing the Property Right with the Implementation of the Property Right from

Many  entrepreneurs, inventors, and economists complain about the Patent System and intellectual property rights.  However, when you examine their complaints they are often concerned about how the patent system is implemented as opposed to the ...

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post image The requirement for an invention from

The IPKat has been taking a look at a new title on an old subject --The Requirement for an Invention in Patent Law, by respected Oxford academic Justine Pila. Justine Pila, an Official Fellow of ...

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Assessing the Probabilities of Obtaining a License from

I never met an inventor who didn’t want to know the value of his inventions. Accounting rules allow intangible assets to be recorded on balance sheets at their ‘highest and best uses’. The highest ...

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USPTO Publishes Notice Regarding Enhanced Examination Timing Control Initiative from

By Donald Zuhn -- In a press conference held earlier this month, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos presented a proposal for a new patent examination initiative -- the "Three-Track" program -- for which the ...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes from

  • In a study of 9,500 patent applications that had received a notice of allowance, I found that about 2.3% were abandoned rather than paying the issue fee.
  • Recent Patent Law Job Postings:

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EDA moves into the technology commercialization business from

In yesterday's posting on EDA and incubators, I noted that EDA needs to move beyond a focus on bricks and mortar. They understand that and last month, EDA, along with NIH and NSF, announced ...

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Conduct a global literature search in seconds! from

I came across the news today that the folks behind the free federated search engine have launched a new (beta) search interface for the tool that will automatically translate keyword queries into multiple ...

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ITC to Investigate Apple for Infringement from

The ITC is now going to investigate HTC's claim to determine if Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) infringe on HTC's patents.  This comes after Apple sued HTC for alleged infringement of 20 ...

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10 resources every IP professional should take advantage of from

    1. NAPP’s Patent Practice YahooGroup – “A Patent Practice Forum exclusively for Members of the National Association of Patent Practitioners.  Learn more about NAPP and join today at” (Note:  in my opinion ...

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    Failure to Assert Invalidity Defense Undermines Request for Stay Pending Reexam from

    The court denied defendants' motion to stay pending reexamination in part, because defendants failed to raise invalidity as a defense and therefore a reexamination would not simplify any issue in the pending litigation. "[T]he ...

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    Interbrand released its 2010 Report on Best Canadian Brands from

    Ashlee Froese is an Osgoode Hall alumnus and currently practices intellectual property at the law firm of Keyser Mason Ball LLP. Introduction Interbrand, a well reputed international company whose modus operandi is to analyze global ...

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    More news on the Micron patent: what is really happening behind the curtains? from

    On June 1st Darren Oliver relayed an interesting news item (click here and here for the original article) about the acquisition by Round Rock Research LLC of a portfolio of 4,500 patents from Micron ...

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    The Three-Track Proposal: Putting Applicants in Control of Examination Timing from

    Today, I’d like to share some perspectives on the USPTO’s “Three-Track” proposal for patent examination, which was released for public comment earlier this month.  This proposed examination initiative would allow inventors to choose ...

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    Likelihood of Office Action Rejections from

    The following table is based on the file histories of 20,000 published patent applications that have been disposed-of.

    Technology Center

    Non-Final Rejection

    Final Rejection

    Request for Continued Examination

    Restriction Requirement

    1600 - Biotechnology and Organic ...

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    Bill C-32: Clarifying the Roles and Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers and Search Engines from

    Amanda Carpenter is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. On June 2, 2010 the Federal Government of Canada introduced the Copyright Modernization Act (or Bill C-32) that proposes to amend the Copyright Act ...

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    Judicial Confirmation Hearings from

    The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have not yet been set for Federal Circuit nominees Judge Kathleen O’Malley and Edward DuMont.  However, looking through the C-Span video archives, I did run across the confirmation hearing ...

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    Continuation, Divisional , Continuation In Part Applications from

    Continuation, divisional and continuation-in-part (CIP) applications are related to the filing of the prior filed patent application by a claim of priority.  The prior filed patent application may be referred to as the parent or ...

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