Patent & IP news for July 16, 2010

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post image SpicyIP Tidbit: TM Registry to be better staffed from

Soon the Trade Marks Registry will no longer be over worked/ over burdened with the excessive backlog of applications.

Bar and Bench reports that to tackle the "backlog of about one lakh contested matters awaiting ...

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post image SpicyIP Tidbit: Roche-Natco to be heard daily from July 27 from

The Delhi High Court will be hearing the Roche-Natco matter on a daily basis from July 27, 2010 onwards. The case was up for hearing today, but the court adjourned the matter.

So, for those ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

Friday -- not just the name of one of the characters in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but a time to reflect on the future. To aid this process, don't forget to consult the oracle ...

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post image EPO: English version of notice concerning communications under amended Rule 161 EPC from

The European Patent Office has issued today an English version of its notice of 29 June 2010 (previously available only in German) concerning communications under amended Rule 161 EPC (thank you, Birgit Clark and Simon ...

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post image Eating Pie and Trade Secret Theft - What's the Use? from

It is not often a case hits upon two of our favorite topics: Trade secrets and pie. But when it does, mmmmmmmm, it’s good to be an attorney.

And for this reason, we are ...

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post image Patent Reform Identified as Component of New Obama Stimulus Agenda from

During an interview with ABC news this past Sunday, “This Week” Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod fielded questions on the administration’s plan for economic growth. With the deficit growing, and the Obama White ...

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Audio Interview with Tshirt Riches from

I was recently interviewed by Cartess Ross of Tshirt Riches and discussed many aspects of trademarks and copyright protection. In particular, we discussed creating a strong brand; and the value of identifying, protecting and registering ...

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Provisional Patent Applications from

A provisional patent application is a patent application that may be filed at the PTO that can be used to establish a filing date or date of invention.  The application expires 12 months from its ...

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False Marking Complaint Sufficiently Pleads Intent to Deceive from

The magistrate judge recommended denying defendant's motion to dismiss a false marking claim for failure to sufficiently plead an intent to deceive the public. "It is unclear whether Rule 9(b)’s heightened pleading ...

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Score Two for the Little Guys from

Two recent decisions from two different areas of intellectual property law (copyright and trademark), two different regions of the country (Massachusetts and California), and by two different levels of the federal court system (district and ...

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OECD Sees New Angle On Innovation For Growth, Social Challenges from

Innovation is a key factor in economic growth but is not only about research as it is a system with many different interacting parts including R&D; as one of those elements, a senior developed ...

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Hopes Of Concluding Access And Benefit Sharing Negotiations Fading? from

The clock was ticking with only a day to go in this week’s meeting of a UN working group on biodiversity trying to reach an agreement on a draft protocol text on access and ...

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Thinking about open design from

This piece, hosted by IP Finance, has been written by IP blogger Nikos Prentoulis. It reads as follows:
“Open” has taken the tech world by storm and Open-“anything” seems to be the synonym to ...

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ECJ rejects Monsanto’s patent claim over imported soy meal from

Nathan Fan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School On July 6th, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in favour of importers of soy meal from Argentina, soy meal that was produced ...

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Avid ID v. Crystal Import: En Banc Request Denied On Issue of Inequitable Conduct by Non-Inventor CEO from

Avid Identification Systems v. Crystal Import Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2010).

In its original decision in this case, the Federal Circuit held that the president of Avid ID Systems was "substantially involved" with the prosecution of ...

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Some Answers Are Not So Hard In The Copyright Debate. Or Are They? from

One of my favorite sports columnists is Joe Posnanski who writes for Sports Illustrated and periodically, for the Kansas City Star.  But, as insightful and funny as he is about sports and life, he's ...

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Patent Grant Dates and Serial Oppositions: A Timely Clarification from

Inventors have a lot to thank Justice Muralidhar for!

In one fell swoop, this erudite judge of the Delhi High Court has injected efficiency and timeliness into the patent grant process. In a batch of ...

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Webcast on Bilski v. Kappos from

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Continuing Legal Education and ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law will be offering a teleconference and live audio webcast entitled "Bilski vs. Kappos: When Is a 'Process' Patentable ...

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BioPatent Design Conference from

Pharma IQ will be holding its BioPatent Design conference on September 7-9, 2010 in Munich, Germany. The conference will allow attendees to: • Gain first time patent approval by implementing global patent office best practices, with ...

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Webinar on Bilski v. Kappos from

Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "Bilski: Implications of the Supreme Court's Long-Awaited Ruling: Strategies for Prosecuting or Challenging Patent Process Claims Going Forward" on August 11, 2010, 2010 from 1:00 - 2 ...

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