Patent & IP news for June 25, 2010

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post image How the Northeastern Indiana Amish Serve as a Business Lesson about Patents from

The Amish can serve as a lesson for business about patent strategy

I have been spending time in Northeastern Indiana–the land of my roots–to introduce my children to their aunts, uncles and many ...

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post image Bringing Inventions to Life: The Magic of 3D Modeling from

BraBall® the patented bra saver. A project Richardson did for a client.

Ideas are first created in the mind’s eye and then sketched out on paper. Then the creator of the idea quite often ...

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post image The History of Software Patents IV: State Street Bank from

When last we left off our History of Software Patents series we were talking about In re Alappat, which by implication did away with the Freeman-Walter-Abele test for patentable subject matter by not mentioning the ...

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post image IP Risks in Perspective from

A recent press release from the parent company of Cambridge nanotech company Owlstone serves as a useful reminder to IP managers that IP risks represent only a fraction of the risks facing the IP-dependent technology ...

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post image Whooping for joy! Medeva's SPC applications book a trip to Luxembourg from

Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) for pharmaceutical patents don't get much column space on this weblog, mainly because it is a reputedly nerdish subject that only SPC addicts are interested in and, more importantly, because ...

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post image Switzerland: World-Class Chocolates, Watches, and IP Tax Benefits from

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but, when I reach for chocolate, I want it to be Swiss. Yum! But Switzerland is not only home to great chocolate, reliable watches, defenders of ...

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post image Is Blue the New Green?: Bollore Wins Allowance of BLUECAR Eco-Mark from

Bluecar is a small electric car designed by the French conglomerate Bollore Group (Bollore) and produced in cooperation with Pininfarina, an Italian car design company.

Bollore applied for a U.S. trademark registration for BLUECAR ...

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post image Application Guidelines Released for the Therapeutic Discovery Tax Credit from

The IRS has released guidelines for applying for the new Therapeutic Discovery Tax Credit!

The tax credit targets projects that show significant potential to address unmet medical needs, produce new therapies, reduce the long-term increase ...

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post image Creative Stars and Video Games: John Grisham or John Doe? from

Is there a star aspect to the video games industry? If so, who, or what, exactly is the star and what it its role? These questions came to me in reading a recent account of ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

A special bonus for visitors to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events list is that there are actually fewer events to check out than there were last week. This means less interruption to a work-week which ...

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post image Q. Todd Dickinson: Patent Reform from

I was at an AIPLA conference in Denver on Thursday, June 24, 2010, and Mr. Dickinson did a presentation on the Patent Reform bill.  There has been a push to get patent reform back on ...

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Biotech/Pharma Docket from

By James DeGiulio -- Graceway's Injunction and Nycomed's Dismissal Denied In Aldara Suit Graceway Pharmaceuticals' suit against Nycomed alleging infringement of a patent for skin lesion treatment Aldara continues to move forward, after a ...

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Owner Initiated Patent Reexamination Backfires in Ex parte Yasukochi et al. from

Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical requested ex parte reexamination of only claims 1, 3 and 6 of its own U.S. Patent No. 7,034,083 (the “’083 Patent”) based upon certain prior art.  However, the USPTO ordered ...

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Name Choices Spark Lawsuits – Wall Street Journal Article misses part of the story from

The good news is that today the Wall Street Journal reports on trademark infringement.  See “Name Choices Spark Lawsuits” here.  The article focuses on the pressure small businesses face in defending – or deciding whether to ...

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Bilski, Kenny Rogers and Supreme Court Rule 46 from

by Professor John F. Duffy, George Washington University Law School

You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away, know when to run                       
                                       -- Kenny Rogers in ...

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"Scrivener's Error" in Infringement Contentions Warrants Summary Judgment of Substantive Infringement Claim from

The court granted plaintiffs' motions for summary judgment of no induced infringement where defendant did not include indirect infringement allegations in its contentions and the court denied its motion to amend infringement contentions. "[Defendant] contends ...

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GDP revised downward from

This morning, BEA released its "third estimate" (what used to be called "final") data on 1st Quarter GDP. The number has been revised downward to a growth rate of 2.7% - from the advanced estimate ...

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Patent Potboilers for Plaintiff’s Counsel from

While we––and the rest of the patent world––await a decision in Bilski v. Kappos, we briefly update you on the latest developments in two legal disputes we’ve blogged about in the past ...

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Eastern District of Virginia Rocket Docket from

Two of theVirginia ip Law bloggers, Dabney Carr and Robert Angle, have published an article this month in the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal titled “Litigating Patent Infringement Cases in the ‘Rocket Docket’ of ...

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Other ways to protect your intangibles - and is it an asset? from

Here is an interesting story in today's Wall Street Journal -- IBM Sues To Block Oracle Management Hire. According to the story IBM claim that Joanne Olsen violated a one year noncompetition agreement when she ...

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IP professional now talking about intangible from

In Joff Wild's summary of the the recent IP Business Congress, he made the following point:

There is more to IP than patents. And there is more to intangible value than IP. At previous ...

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PLI Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop from

Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be holding a two-day seminar entitled: "Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2010: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing" on July 26-27, 2010 in New York, NY and on August 16-17, 2010 in San ...

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ABA 2010 Annual Meeting from

The American Bar Association (ABA) will be holding its 2010 Annual Meeting from August 5-10 in San Francisco, CA. During the Annual Meeting, various ABA sections and divisions will be offering more than 250 CLE ...

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Inequitable Conduct Audioconference from

Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering an audioconference entitled "Protect Your Patents from Inequitable Conduct Charges" on July 22, 2010 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EDT). Jack Cook of Quarles & Brady and Stephanie Whitehorse ...

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FDA Boot Camp from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding the next session of its FDA Boot Camp conference on August 25-26, 2010 in San Francisco, CA. ACI faculty will help attendees: • Master the complexities of pharmaceutical iP ...

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