Patent & IP news for August 19, 2010

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post image Transocean v. Maersk: Speeding Up Deepsea Drilling from

By Jason Rantanen

Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. v. Maersk Contractors USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2010)
Panel: Gajarsa, Mayer, Moore (author)

Transocean brought suit against Maersk for infringement of three patents relating to an improved ...

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post image The Big Red Book Review from

Red is obviously the fashionable colour for this summer's intellectual property titles. Here the IPKat welcomes three new tomes on to his increasingly colourful bookshelf, in the order in which he received them.

EU ...

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post image Letter from AmeriKat: No Trade Mark Infringement, No Defendant , No Problem! from

Due to technical difficulties experienced earlier in the week the Letter from AmeriKat has been unduly delayed. The AmeriKat's laptop is on holiday at the moment and will hopefully be back in time for ...

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post image Concerning ARPA-E from

In the New York Times, Matthew L. Wald wrote:

A lot of problems could be solved with a renewable replacement for oil-based gasoline and diesel in the fuel tank -- either a new liquid fuel or ...

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post image USPTO Patent Grant Numbers from

The count of patents granted each week continues to remain at an all-time-high. If the trend continues for the last three months of the year, the USPTO will likely issue more than 220,000 utility ...

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IPO Comments on Proposed Changes to Restriction Practice from

By Donald Zuhn -- In June, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 33584) seeking comments regarding a number of changes to current restriction practice that ...

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TruePosition Wins Appeal in Its Patent Infringement Suit with Andrew Corporation from

The following is excerpted from an August 18, 2010 TruePositionpress releasepublished at Business Wire:

TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider ofwireless location technologies and solutionsand a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, today ...

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Guest Post: Businessworld article on the 'Charge of the IPR Brigade' from

Mathews George, a final year student at NUJS, who has previously sent in guest posts on a number of issues, has sent us this excellent piece summarizing a well-written Businessworld article on the IPR firms ...

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Five Requests For Examiners from

I'd like to respond to Director Kappos' blog posts on "Five Tips for Practitioners" and "Ten Tips for Streamlining Patent Prosecution." First, I want to emphasize that I believe that patent prosecution should be ...

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Sun's "goofiest patent" contest? from

An article in The Register begins with the text:

Sun engineers once ran an unofficial competition to see who could get the "goofiest" invention past the US patent office, according to former Sun man and ...

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Michigian State plagiarizes? from

A post by MICHAEL VAN BEEK begins with the paragraph:

A recent study commissioned by Booth Newspapers and conducted by Michigan State University's Education Policy Center concludes that Michigan would save $612 million by ...

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The citations found in patents: do references cited by the applicant matter? from

Patently O has a discussion of a manuscript by Mark Lemley et al [ “Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of Validity. ] with noted to be:

(1) That it likely does not make ...

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Innovation as going against the grain? from

Businessmen take innovation as something which changes the way we live. The Wright Brothers and Chester Carlson definitely did create innovations. But what about something that changes the way some of us live? Apple vs ...

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Bedbugs invade Times Square while EPA sleeps from

An August 18 news report:

The AMC Empire 25 movie theater complex in the Times Square area shut its doors Tuesday [Aug 17] night to deal with a bed bug problem.

AMC said it has ...

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Valuable links website from

There is so much on the Internet that the sites that select the best, or list relevant sites, in their field perform a valuable service. For the field of searching inventions, designs and trade...

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District court rules Internet advertising patent invalid under Bilski from

This week a California court used the U.S. Supreme Court’s analysis in Bilski v. Kappos to find invalid a patent covering a method of delivering media products (film, music, etc.) to consumers over ...

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An Innovation Expert Sticks Up for IP Lawyers! from

Regular readers of this blog know that I strongly believe that IP lawyers can do a whole lot more to better serve the needs of innovation teams.  Much of the disconnect between what IP lawyers ...

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GM's intangibles from

Yesterday, General Motors filed for an IPO . As the Wall Street Journal notes, "The 734-page document is the most detailed portrait yet of GM post-bankruptcy." (See also stories in the New York Times and the ...

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BPAI's "Administrative Estoppel": Untraversed PTO Findings May Be Barred in Later PTO Proceedings from

Ex Parte Smith, Appeal No. 2009-014595 (BPAI, Aug. 17, 2010)

Smith filed a patent application in 1998 directed to a method and system for securing passwords and personal identification numbers.  In 2001 a continuation was ...

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The Passing of a Great Inventor from

by Mark Malek This is a departure from my typical article, but very important to the Intellectual Property Community nonetheless.  I received some news late last night that deeply saddened me.  A great inventor, Dr ...

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Private: Spotlight on the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Website from

Today we look “North of the Border” (or South, if you’re in Detroit) at the intellectual property office of the country that brought us Kids in the Hall and Rush. The Canadian Intellectual Property ...

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Novartis loses DULERA patent in India from

Earlier this month, the Swiss Multinational Novartis lost DULERA post-grant opposition to Mumbai-based Cipla as the Chennai Patent Office revoked Indian Patent Number 202350 on the ground of obviousness/lack of inventive step. The ‘350 ...

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Trade Secrets v. Patents: The New Calculus from

The following is excerpted from the above-titledarticleby R. Mark Halligan (Nixon Peabody) in the July/August issue of Landslide (a publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law):

There are four types ...

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Cipla knocked down key patent blocking i-pill from

In another post-grant opposition decided earlier this month, the Mumbai Patent Office revoked Indian Patent Number 202297 issued to Richter Gedon protecting emergency contraceptive pill containing 1.5mg Levonorgestrel, the active ingredient of Cipla’s ...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes from

  • Rational Ignorance at the PTO: I received many interesting comments on The Lemley-Cotropia-Sampat article yesterday.  Many of the comments pushed-back against the authors’ conclusions with reasons why applicant-cited art is more-rarely asserted in prior art ...

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Knopp Neurosciences deal shows how IP strategy can build value for licensing from

In a deal spotlighting the value that can be created when a strong research team implements a strategic intellectual property protection strategy, Pittsburgh-based Knopp Neurosciences, Inc. recently signed an agreement worth $80 million in which ...

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United States Risks Losing Global Leadership in Nanotech from

For now we can be thankful that the U.S. enjoys dominance in an important and growing field like nanotechnology. Even though China does not receive high marks yet, it seems only a matter of ...

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An exclusionary definition for the term 'efficacy' under section 3(d) of the Indian Patent Act from

An exclusionary definition for the term 'efficacy' under section 3(d) of the Indian Patent Act:  continuation of “numerical quantifier to section 3(d)”
In an earlier post, I had discussed about a numerical quantifier ...

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The Prime Minister's Office enters the 'Pharma-IPR' debate from

The Economic Times, the Financial Express and the Business Standard have all carried reports on the fact that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has entered the debate on India's IPR policy after having ...

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“Each of a plurality” from

Karen Hazzah noted on her All Things Pros blog on July 21st, the results of the Ex Parte Jourdan (Intel) appeal.  It is worth highlighting  again as it concerned the language “each of a plurality ...

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Ombudsman Pilot Program of the USPTO from

The USPTO announced an Ombudsman Pilot Program in the Federal Register on April 6, 2010. The Federal Register announcing the Program may be viewed here. The USPTO Ombudsman webpage may be accessed here. The webpage ...

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Science doesn't generally bend to the will of CEOs or planning documents from

Shelley DuBois begins a piece on patent problems at Eli Lilly with the paragraph:

In 2009, Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter introduced a new drug development strategy called the Development Center of Excellence. The center ...

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