Patent & IP news for August 27, 2010

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post image Interval Licensing v. AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, etc. from

Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo!, and YouTube (W.D. Wash. 2010).

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started Interval Research in 1992.  During the 1990’s, the ...

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post image Smar(tm)ark newsletter 1.6 from

1.6 : August 2010


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post image Consumer Watchdog Quashes Solar Greenwash Down Under from


In a case of successful public enforcement against greenwashing, two solar panel retailers have amended their ads after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found their marketing statements potentially misleading and deceptive (see the ...

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post image Facebook’s “Trademark Bullying” Should Serve as Yet Another IP Strategy Lesson for Startup Entrepreneurs from

Like other forms of bullying, Facebook's aggressive trademark activities can be attributed to "poor parenting"

This week, Facebook’s trademark action against a small online teaching company has been all over the news.  In ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

"Tom, Tom the piper's son
Stole a tune and away he ran.
But now he's in a dreadful plight --
He forgot about the copyright!"
IP and Music is among the conference topics you ...

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post image For those who read this weblog religiously ... from

This weblog doesn't have a regular religious column, and doesn't intend to start one now. But every so often the Kats are concerned with religious topics -- two of which are mentioned here.

Several ...

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post image HR 5980 Distracts From Patent Reform Efforts from

If you are one of the foolish people out there under the impression that the U.S. banking and real estate crash has led to the current economic state, heightened unemployment, etc, you would be ...

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Rolls Royce Files Patent Suit Against UTC from

The following is excerpted from an August 26, 2010 Associated Pressarticle published at 

Jet engine maker Rolls-Royce said Thursday that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against United Technologies over the ...

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The Realities That Interfere With Streamlining Patent Prosecution from

In "Ten Tips for Streamlining Patent Prosecution," Director Kappos outlines ten steps that he would like practitioners to take in order to promote compact prosecution. While I agree with most of these steps in principle ...

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Taxation of royalties between associated companies: time to give your views from

The European Commission has launched a consultation on extending the scope of Council Directive 2003/49 on a common system of taxation applicable to interest and royalty payments between associated companies of different Member States ...

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SpicyIP Guest Post: From “Hire” to “Commercial Rental” Scope, Inadequacies, Implications & Recommendations from

Sai Vinod Nayani, a third year student at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkotta has sent us this very interesting guest post on the proposed amendment in the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010 inserting the ...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes from

If you are a law professor teaching a general course on intellectual property, you might consider a cheap text-book alternative:

  • Franklin Pierce Professor Tom Field freely gives-away PDF versions of his 470 page book titled ...

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Another New Patent Reform Bill is Introduced in the House from

On July 29, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), along with Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), introduced a bill entitled “Bring Jobs Back to America:  Strategic ...

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India fares badly in IPR Protection Report by PERC from

In a report titled " A review of  intellectual property rights risk in Asia" by Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), India has been rated to be pretty bad in terms of protecting intellectual ...

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GDP data from

This morning's downward revision of 2nd quarter GDP numbers by the BEA is a shock, but not a surprise. Almost everyone expected such a revision given the recent bad trade numbers. In fact, some ...

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Can The Actions of a Blog Be a Basis for Getting Costs in an EPO Opposition? from

Mikkel Hippe Brun, who operates the blog Schemaworks, writes about various technical, policy and patent issues issues surrounding the IT industry.  Recently, he became aware of a patent directed to a "Communication Routing Apparatus."  In ...

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Fast tracking of green patent apps not working well? from

In a piece titled Green-tech patent program off target pace , Martin LaMonica begins:

A trial program meant to speed the pace of innovation in green technology hasn't unleashed the torrent of activity as hoped ...

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Nike "Back to the Future" Patent Application from

Recently I authored a blog post regarding whether or not you can patent an idea? Remember you can get a patent for the" thing" you make not the idea.

In order for an idea to ...

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Bed bugs shut down NJ movie theater on 25 Aug 2010 from notes that bedbugs were found in three of the Eatontown, NJ-Monmouth Mall movie theater's 15 auditoriums on August 25, 2010 and the theater closed down.

Meanwhile, in Somerville, Somerset County (adjacent to ...

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"Let's go to the videotape": Christie dumps Schundler from

In the patent biz, evidence of who did what when can be quite important.

A Newark Star-Ledger piece illustrates that videotape will beat human memory/spin in the evidence game:

On Wednesday [August 25], Christie ...

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Patent Auction- Now in India from

On a day when we just reported a bad rating for IPR protection for India, the news of India's first patent auction rolled in.
Tech Transfer 2010,a one day patent technology showcase will ...

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Copyright Complaints Copycat Low-Content Patent Claims from

In another development in which copyright law appears to be following the lead of patent law, we see evidence that it may be just as easy to file a bare–bones copyright claim as it ...

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USPTO's "Green" Technology Fast-Track Program Off to a Slow Start from

Last December, the USPTO launched a pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications.  Under the pilot program, for the first 3,000 applications related to green technologies in which a ...

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Arti Rai Departing From The USPTO from

Hal Wegner has just broke the news that Arti Rai, Administrator for External Affairs, is leaving the PTO to an unspecificed position that has not been announced by the government.

As Administrator for External Affairs ...

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Patent Buddy’s Top Patent Prosecutors Recognition from

The Patent Buddy’s blog is looking for nominations for America’s Top Patent Prosecutors.  Do you have what it takes?

Who is a Top Prosecutor?

A Top Patent Prosecutor is any patent attorney who ...

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Plaintiff's Marking of Packaging Instead of Products Precludes Pre-Suit Damages from

The court granted defendant's motion to limit damages in part because plaintiff marked its product's packaging and not the product itself. "[N]o reasonable jury could find that [plaintiff's] choice to mark ...

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Converting Your Inventions to Dollars and Cents from

How often have you felt you had a great invention that was just what the world was waiting for. Unfortunately, many would-be entrepreneurs are under the illusion that that is all they need for someone ...

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Paul Allen v. The Internet from

Former Microsoft executive and billionaire Paul Allen sued several major Internet companies and three large retailers for patent infringement today, asserting that four patents originating at Interval Research, Allen's dot-com era think tank, cover ...

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Lemley suggests Allen is a troll from

A company of Paul Allen sued Apple Inc., Google Inc. and nine other companies on Friday, August 27.

An online.wsj story included quotes from Mark Lemley:

"It sounds like the classic patent troll case ...

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Cybor Watch from

It has been almost four years since the Federal Circuit declined to take en banc review of the case Amgen, Inc. v. Hoechst Marion Roussel that would have allowed the court to review its en ...

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An inventor at the root of the New York mosque matter? from

In previous posts, IPBiz has discussed "American Inventor" and similar television shows.

In 2006, one Francisco Patino was a contestant on "American Inventor," presenting a dual-passenger bicycle. Although encouraged by a guest appearance by Lance ...

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