Patent & IP news for September 8, 2010

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

The Jewish New Year begins tonight and the IPKat team wishes every reader, regardless of their religious persuasion (or lack of it), political preferences, brand allegiances and domestic copying habits, a happy and prosperous year ...

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Per this recent post at the Director’s Forum: David Kappos’ Public Blog, the USPTO has just launched a beta version of a Data Visulation Center that introduces the patents dashboard.  The patents dashboard is ...

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post image A Layman's Narrative of Patents, TK and Biopiracy from

As many of you may know, SpicyIP has been around for about 5 years now (since 2005). Since then, we've mainly conveyed the latest in Indian IP through the medium of "text". Often times ...

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The PTO has a new Data Visualization Center to make it easier to see information regarding pendency and other data.  Here is a summary of some of the data of note as of August 2010 ...

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The United States Parent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just launched the beta version of a USPTO Data Visualization Center in a web page that looks like a bunch of speedometers on dashboard. This patent dashboard ...

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Goeddel v. Sugano (Fed. Cir. 2010) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Today the Federal Circuit reversed a priority determination in an interference over claims to human beta-interferon, in an opinion teeming with irony, déjà vu, anachronism, and the peculiar effects on outcome ...

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Death by Amendment, Practical Impacts of Patent Reexamination Pendency from

Cellectis Patent Surrendered by Operation of Inter Partes Reexamination Pendency

Last week, the litigation between Cellectis S.A. and Precision Biosciences Inc., (E.D. N.C) No: 5.08-CV-00119-H was stayed pending the outcome of ...

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Love it or Leave it: Nissan LEAF from

Nissan’s LEAF electric car will be available in the next few months. Expect a lot of publicity and media coverage. I previously blogged here about the Chevy VOLT which will also be coming to ...

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Judge Lamberth maintains preliminary injunction from

See commentary on Volokh: Judge Denies Stay on Stem Cell Research Injunction.

Lost in Korobkin's comments is the fact that Judge Lamberth DENIED standing the first time around, and got overruled.

Ex ante, the ...

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Too many cooks and not enough leadership? from

Some of the greatest inventions in U.S. history were the result of very small groups. Chester Carlson and the Wright Brothers come to mind. On the other side of the coin, one can have ...

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How innovation works from

One of the more interesting aspects of looking at the innovation process is understanding where innovations come from. What drives the process? It is not just the standard popular image of some technological breakthrough (in ...

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Location of Court -- Not Counsel's Office -- Determines Reasonableness of Billing Rates from

Defendants' motion for sanctions for plaintiff's failure to comply with case deadlines and obligations was granted in part, but the amount of fees awarded as a sanction was reduced because counsel's rates were ...

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Suit filed over Posner's copying; inadvertence invoked! from

In an article titled Gerald Posner sued over alleged "Miami Babylon" plagiarism, the New York Post discusses a copyright infringement case filed in SD NY against Posner and his publisher.

Within, the "inadvertent plagiarism" theme ...

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Treaty Negotiators Turn To “ACTA Lite” In Hopes Of Closure from

Everyone you ask this week about the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA) tells you that they’re just about to work their way through the new draft version to understand the implications of changes made during the ...

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US 7,736,892 to Kansas State from

Note US 7,736,892 titled: Cultures, products and methods using umbilical cord matrix cells.

The first claim recites:

A method for obtaining a population of cells from an umbilical cord matrix comprising: a) enzymatically ...

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Maia Davis Mixes Music Biz Morality and Economics from

Stuart Freen is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. The Montreal Gazette recently published an op-ed piece by musician Maia Davis discussing the music industry and lost profits due to file sharing. In ...

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They Invented What? (No. 182) from

  U.S. Pat. No. 5,076,029:  Helium-filled shades.

Having fully described and disclosed the instant invention and alternately preferred embodiments thereof in such clear and concise terms as to enable those skilled in the ...

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Fiddling While The Internet Grew from

Laches is legalese for sleeping on one’s rights—a defense raised when a suit is stale with age before it is even filed. In its recent opinion in Seller Agency Council, Inc. v. Kennedy ...

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Measuring Pendency and Allowance Rate – The Role of RCEs from

I like the fact that the USPTO appears to be moving away from its fictional notion that a request for continued examination (RCE) should be counted as an abandoned and then re-filed patent application.  Over ...

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The Equally Ugly Sibling of the Patent Troll from

By: Philip Zies The intellectual property world is pretty familiar with patent trolls. For those of you who aren’t familiar with patent trolls, however, I should make clear that I am not talking about ...

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Lemley on Fixing the U.S. Patent Office from

What WON'T work:

Preventing Fee Diversion:  "[S]topping fee diversion is hardly a panacea. In the last several years, the UPTO has been fully funded – that is, Congress didn’t divert fees.  Nonetheless, the ...

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European Commission Tells Parliament ACTA Must Be Minimal from

European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today told the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that it has become clear the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) could only be concluded by sticking to a minimum ...

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CHALLENGE.GOV: Prizes as an Additional Incentive Layer from

In my patent law course last week, we had discussion of the role of a patent system as compared with other potential governmental pro-innovation initiatives such as grants or prizes.  Our current patent system does ...

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Off Topic: IDIA and Legal Reasoning Competition from

For those of you blessed with the talent to craft clever questions on legal reasoning, there's a competition being run by the IDIA project.

IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) seeks ...

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Does your database deliver patents “plus”? from

Patents don’t exist in a vacuum.  We need corporate hierarchy and financial data to help us with assignee searching,  literature databases in which to research non-patent citations, and legal information to help us figure ...

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Exclusive Interview: Former USPTO Director Todd Dickinson from

As you will read in Part 1 of the interview (see below) Dickinson was not only the first Director of the USPTO, but he was the last Commissioner. The American Inventors Protection Act shuffled the ...

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