Patent & IP news for September 11, 2010

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post image Backbreaker Broken from

Spine Solutions, Inc. (SSI) sued Medtronic for infringing 6,936,071, which claims a spinal implant, "used to replace discs between vertebrae in the spinal column that have degenerated or become diseased." Summary judgment of ...

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post image Could Congress Abolish Patent and Copyrights? from

Some people are suggesting that Congress has the power to abolish patents and copyrights in the United States.  The argument is that Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution states “The Congress shall ...

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Concerning self-plagiarism from

See --When is self-plagiarism ok? -- which concludes:

Even with these programs, however, editors must be careful, Bailey warned -- even high degree of text similarity can sometimes be legit. "It really is about context," Fennell agreed ...

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Appellate ruling on Lamberth's order from

The AP reported: The government may resume funding of embryonic stem cell research for now, an appeals court said Thursday, but the short-term approval may be of little help to research scientists caught in a ...

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Do consumers buy what they dislike the most? from

IPBiz recently commented on the takeover of sickly Burger King [ Consumer disconnect at Burger King? ], wherein the linked story contained the quote:

"McDonald's is just eating their lunch," said Bob Goldin, an analyst at ...

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Mike Sorrentino fails to get trademark on "The Situation" from

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino failed to get trademarks to --The Situation-- or to --Mike Sorrentino.--

Harkening back to Bill Clinton's exposition on the meaning of "is," and more recently the government's definition of ...

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"CBS Sunday Morning" does bed bugs on 12 September 2010 from

Back during the August 29, 2010 episode, "CBS Sunday Morning" promised an upcoming piece on bed bugs. The bed bug story will in fact be the "cover story" on August 12, 2010:


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Guest Post: In Defense of Software Patents – Part 2 from

Guest Post by Martin Goetz

 Back on November 30, 2009, PatentlyO published my article "In Defense of Software Patents" in response to the editorial "Abandoning Software Patents" by Ciaran O'Riordan, Director of End Software ...

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European Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law Boot Camp from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding its European Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law Boot Camp from November 15-15, 2010 in New York. The conference will allow attendees to: • Master the essentials of the different modes of ...

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Guest Post on Case involving Distinctiveness of Trademark: Manjal Mystery from

Suchita Saigal, a name familiar to the Spicy IP readers, brings yet another piece of her refreshing and analytical reasoning to the fore for us, that has been presented as follows:

Ø Case history:
This ...

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News, Notes & Announcements from

In this edition of News, Notes & Announcements, patent attorneys asked to participate in an inequitable conduct study, BIO seeks session proposals for 2011 Convention, Huffington Post and other popular press starting to report that patent ...

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2009 WIPO-ARIPO Patent-Drafting Workshop Video from

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From the African Regional Intellectual Property Office in Harare, Zimbabwe, this video includes a slideshow depicting the patent drafting workshop with participants from across Africa and a clip of ...

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Oral Arguments for the “2010 KSR Guidelines Update” from

The USPTO recently published its 2010 KSR Guidelines Update  in view of case law that has developed since KSR Int’l, Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. was decided by the US Supreme Court. Listed below are ...

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