Patent & IP news for July 2, 2010

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post image Friday fantasies from

Friday again -- time to check the IPKat's Forthcoming Events sidebar. Whether you do or don't, the IPKat, Merpel, Tufty and the AmeriKat all wish you a lovely weekend.

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post image Is rebranding the key to reversing BlackBerry's fortunes? from

Last month here we observed that there is a chasm between the world of trade marks and branding. There is no industry where branding appears more front-and-centre in the efforts of each of the leading ...

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post image Senator Leahy Uses Bilski to Push Patent Reform from

In an effort to push forward patent reform,  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) posted a press release using the highly publicized Supreme Court decision in Bilski v. Kappos (.PDF) as a reason as ...

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post image You’ll like this one—Handy Humper stopped at the border from

A nice spicy story in the New York Daily News today. It would be an easy and cheap shot to follow the editor of the ...

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Biotech/Pharma Docket from

By James DeGiulio -- Midland Settles with Life Technologies in Fluorescence Probe Infringement Suit Midland Certified Reagent Co. Inc. has resolved an infringement suit brought by Applied Biosystems LLC and parent company Life Technologies Corp. over ...

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Bilski v. Kappos: What Effects on Biotechnology Patents? from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Although long-anticipated, the Supreme Court's opinion in Bilski v. Kappos did not provide much in terms of "pellucid" teachings regarding the metes and bounds of patent-eligible subject matter. Against this ...

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Stautory Guidelines for Inequitable Conduct from

In TheraSense, the en banc Federal Circuit is looking to rewrite the rules of inequitable conduct. By both its name and historic precedent, inequitable conduct appears to stem from non-statutory doctrines of equity. However, as ...

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EPO, EU Presidencies Shift; Translation Plan Proposed from

On 1 July, the same day the presidency of the European Patent Office (EPO) transferred to Benoît Battistelli and the EU presidency shifted from Spain to Belgium, the European Commission presented the EPO with a ...

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Prometheus Bilski'd from

Courtesy of Bilski, the Federal Circuit gets to look at Prometheus again:

The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The
judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United
States Court ...

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Immigration, not education? from

From Zakaria's post-American world:

The United States is currently ranked as the globe's most competitive economy by the World Economic Forum. It remains dominant in many industries of the future like nanotechnology, biotechnology ...

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"There's a level of sophistication government can't always match" from

No, the quote was not about antiquated computer facilities at the USPTO.

It was about piracy operations.

On June 30, 2010, Federal authorities seized the domain names of nine websites accused of letting users watch ...

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June employment from

At first glance, this morning BLS data on employment looks bad -- a loss of 125,000 jobs. However, that was mostly due to a 225,000 decrease in the number of temporary Census employees workers ...

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ACTA Negotiators Vow To Mesh With National-Level Rights; Withhold New Text from

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND - There was progress during the ninth round of negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) this week in Lucerne, negotiators said over the last day, and in their final press communiqué they made ...

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In re Kite and Hatton from

If you are interested in KSR issues, you will probably find the oral argument from In re Kite and Hatton, 2009-1579 (Fed. Cir. June 21, 2010)  interesting.  The appeal from the BPAI dealt with a ...

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IPhone formula wrong from the beginning! from

An AP story begins: Apple Inc. said Friday [July 2] that it was "stunned" to find that its iPhones have for years been using a "totally wrong" formula to determine how many bars of signal ...

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AstraZeneca CRESTOR® Patent Not Invalid, Not Unenforceable from

Following a bench trial the court found that plaintiffs' patent was not invalid as obvious based in part on secondary considerations of nonobviousness. "The evidence demonstrates that there was much skepticism in the industry concerning ...

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Chief Judge Rader: Losing Plaintiff's Failure to Dismiss Following Claim Construction Does Not Warrant Award of Attorneys' Fees from

Successful defendants' motion for attorneys' fees under Section 285 was denied, notwithstanding defendant's letter following claim construction requesting that plaintiff dismiss its infringement claims. "[Defendant] points to a letter that it sent to [plaintiff ...

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Bilski CLE from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar on the "Bilski Decision" on Thursday, July 8, 2010 beginning at 2:00 PM (EDT). The IPO webinar will present a panel of experts ...

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Biosimilars & Biobetters Conference from

SMi Conferences will be holding its inaugural "Biosimilars & Biobetters: Aligning Business & Science for Success" conference on September 22-23, 2010 in London. SMi faculty will discuss the latest developments in legislation, regulation, technology, and emerging commercial ...

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