Patent & IP news for July 23, 2010



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post image Sources of growth - Part 4 from

(This is part 4 of a 4-part series. If you want to view the series from the start, click here.)

In previous parts, I have described 2 sources of growth from IP commercialisation activity, namely ...

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post image How Long Does Patent Reexamination Really Take? from

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One of the threshold questions in considering patent reexamination, whether a patent owner, or third party is:

How long will it take?

This question is also the subject of significant debate when ...

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post image Former Judge Paul Michel Discusses Proposed Changes to US Patent System from

A Message from the Chair, David E. De Lorenzi:

"Congress Needs to Act" is the first article published by Judge Paul R. Michel since his retirement from the Federal Circuit, where he served as the ...

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post image Wyers v. Master Lock from

Is "obviousness" a question of law or fact?  The rote answer is that it's both: it's a question of law based on underlying findings of fact.  Drawing that line, however, can be  tricky ...

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post image O Canada: The Canadian Patent Act Contains No Reference to Invalid Selection Patents from


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Lilly sued Novopharm for infringement under Canadian Patent No. 2,041,113, a selection patent for the compound olanzapine (sold under the brand name Zyprexa), owned by Lilly. Olanzapine is used to treat ...

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post image Patents in the Supreme Court: Bilski v. Kappos – Podcast from

On the final day of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court released its long-anticipated decision in Bilski v. Kappos.  Experts discuss the implications of the decision, and give keen insight into the case.

To ...

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post image 2010 National Trademark Expo from

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting the 2010 National Trademark Expo.

The deadline for trademark owners to apply for exhibit space at the Trademark Expo has been extended to August 16 ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

Friday comes but once a week,
The day all readers take a peek
And check the list of days ahead
For "Forthcoming events", it's said.

The wise ones come from near or far
For ...

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NVCA Reports 34% Increase in Venture Funding for Second Quarter from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter ...

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Biotech/Pharma Docket from

By James DeGiulio -- Teva and Novartis Settle Patent Dispute over Zometa Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. and Novartis Corp. have reached an agreement to settle their patent suit over a generic version of Zometa, a drug ...

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Federal Circuit Review of Patent Term Extensions from

By Jason Rantanen

During the summer, the Federal Circuit is a relatively quiet place.  The judges often take their non-sitting months during this time, and the pace of opinions tends to drop.  Thus, for the ...

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Post-Judgment Rejection of Asserted Claims During Reexam Warrants Termination of Permanent Injunction from

Defendants' motion to stay execution of judgment, to stay post-judgment discovery, and to terminate a permanent injunction was granted where the judgment in the case was on appeal and the PTO issued a post-judgment Advisory ...

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They Invented What? (No. 177) from

U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,917:  Musical instrument support.

JW Note:  We make note of the inventor named on the patent – Mr. Edward L. Van Halen.  Rock on!


What is claimed is:

1. A ...

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Register your .CO domains now from

The .CO domain is now live.  I recommend protecting your major brand and domain names by registering the corresponding .CO domains. Yes, this is highway (internet superhighway) robbery, but it is better than losing traffic ...

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Ozzy Osbourne And Tony Iommi Settle Their Trademark Dispute Over The Black Sabbath Name from

by Mark Malek The lawsuit between Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi over the Black Sabbath trademark has been “amicably resolved” (source).  Ozzy filed a lawsuit in May of 2009 after finding out that Iommi filed ...

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System Component Used to Practice Claimed Method is not an "Unpatented Article" For Purposes of False Marking from

Following a bench trial, the court found that defendant did not violate the false marking statute, 35 U.S.C. § 292 by marking the "primary packaging and outer packaging" of a contact lens cleaning system ...

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Patent Plugin for FireFox from

Kenneth Yip at Apsator e-mailed me to point out that they have a new version of their FireFox plugin available.  See:  He notes:

…the new version introduces ...

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Mattel v. MGA Entertainment from

The Ninth Circuit yesterday decided the appeal in the Mattel v. MGA Entertainment case concerning a dispute over the Bratz line of dolls. While not a Federal Circuit case, I thought the oral argument might ...

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Bilski Podcasts from

A couple post-Bilski podcasts to link to:

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