Patent & IP news for September 22, 2010



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post image Wednesday whimsies from

A happy juxtaposition of the concepts
of 'steering', 'chair' and 'dummy'
If he didn't have to fill in an application form, the IPKat would do this job with pleasure: under the heading "Non-Executive opportunity ...

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post image Say it the way it is ... from

The IPKat's respected friend Gwilym Roberts has written to tell him:
"If you phone the Hague EPO on 0031 703 404500 you get a message saying "Welcome to the European Paytent Office". Does ...

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post image Were the Recessions of 2000 & 2008 Both Cause by Easy Money? from

It is common for pundits to declare that the last two recessions were due to easy money on the part of the Federal Reserve.  Both free market proponents, such as Austrian economists, and Keynesians agree ...

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post image Jumping to the Head of the Line in Ex Parte Patent Reexamination? from

Proposed Patent Reexamination Pilot Program Touted as Pro-Business

In Monday’s Federal Register, a pilot program entitled Incentivizing Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System was introduced (here). The notice requests comments from ...

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post image Article One Executive Team on Patent Quality from

Along with growing Article One, delivering exceptional service to our clients and mingling with our community, our Executive Team has been busy writing this month on the topic of patent quality.   


Our CEO, Cheryl Milone ...

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post image "Dangerous" Intellectual Property Myths from

The Cabbit, or Rabbit-Cat:
myth or reality?
The IPKat is grateful to his sometime student, scholar and gentleman Tim Pinto (Taylor Wessing) for the following, which he penned together with well-known European trade mark cowboy ...

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post image Apple Patent Application Hints at Phone Calls With Your iPod? from

According to Patently Apple, Apple’s newly published patent application reveals a new “Accessory Transceiver” which allows an iPod to make phone calls. The iPod may connect to the Accessory Transceiver either wirelessly or via ...

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post image They Invented What? (No. 183) from

U.S. Pat. No. 3,402,485:  Animal track footwear soles.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. A ...

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post image CASHING IN ON IP: Guest Post by Robert Brands from

What’s in your IP cupboard?

Progressive companies create innovation teams. They invest countless man-hours, dollars and other resources in investigating and pursuing innovation. Yet they often leave their intellectual property untouched, thereby failing to ...

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Follow-on Biologics News Briefs - No. 13 from

By Donald Zuhn -- Biosimilar Approval Pathway: Who Will Be First? Since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in March, thereby establishing an approval pathway for biosimilar biological products, interested ...

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Trends in 'Oppositions' against Pharmaceutical Patents from

The amendments to the Patent Act, 2005 created a dual opposition mechanism before the Patent Office i.e. the pre-grant opposition mechanism and the post-grant opposition mechanisim. Thanks to the digitization of the Opposition decisions ...

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Spanish Collecting Society Targets Group Proposing Alternative Royalty System from

A Spanish group lobbying for alternative ways to protect and promote creative production has been asked to cease activity or face a lawsuit for damages, unfair competition and infringement by the Spanish collecting society SGAE ...

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The rise of Asia in patenting from

The rise of Asia in innovation has been swift and dramatic in recent years. This is the first of a series of postings discussing the role of major Asian patenting countries and ways of finding ...

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Coherence Needed To Avoid Multilateral Legal Swamp, WTO Told from

The multilateral system with its different agencies dealing with specific areas is sometimes seen as incoherent in global negotiations and norm-setting as there are overlaps in competency, definition and scope, according to speakers at a ...

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The range of intangible intensive work from

One of the important features of the I-Cubed Economy is its range of skill-intensive activities. It is not just a bunch of folks thinking great thoughts or the classic BOGSAT (bunch of guys sitting around ...

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Solar Bacterium – Massachesetts Biotech Company Granted Patent to Convert Sunlight into Diesel Fuel from

By Aaron B. Thalwitzer Petroleum. From the ground to my gas tank. Well, kind of. There’s refinement. And the millions of years of pressure and heat. And the cartels. But really, hydrocarbons like gas ...

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Global Internet Governance Work At A Turning Point from

Five years after the tale began in Athens, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum returned to Europe last week to ask itself what has been achieved. The answer was encouraging enough to prompt a range ...

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Academics still running amok in IP: VCs and patents from

In a post on Sept. 20, 2010 titled Patents, Entrepreneurial Performance and VC Financing , the 271Blog pushes a paper by two assistant professors titled Patent Signaling, Entrepreneurial Performance, and Venture Capital Financing . This is another ...

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Draft Opinion Letter Sinks Induced Infringement Claim from

Defendants' motions for summary judgment of no induced infringement were granted because defendants reasonably relied on a draft opinion letter of noninfringement and therefore could not have possessed the requisite intent to induce infringement. "[Counsel ...

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SpicyIP Tidbits:Zandu to for out-of-court settlement? from

Readers will remember the tid-bit on Emami serving a legal notice alleging copyright infringement on the makers of Dabangg for the use of word Zandu in the song Munni badnam hui. Turns out that the ...

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Private: Searching USPTO Assignments on the Web from

Acquiring correct assignment data can necessitate more effort than just looking at the assignment field in your favorite patent search system or on the face of the patent in question. If you choose either of ...

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Inventors don't get re-do's from

Some attention has been placed on a headline in the Philadelphia Daily News which references Michael Vick's elevation to Eagles starting quarterback with the text:

Top Dog. In a Shocking Turnabout, Reid Names Vick ...

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Reconsidering Driveway Privacy from

In a decision with “big brother” dimensions, the 9th Circuit on August 12, 2010 affirmed a ruling that the Fourth Amendment right is not violated when law enforcement agents enter a driveway without a warrant ...

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Hot Off the Press: Festschrift in Honour of David Vaver from

Giuseppina D’Agostino is the Founder and Director of IP Osgoode, and an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School About 3 years ago, when I decided to join forces with Catherine Ng and Lionel ...

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IPWatchdog Social Networking Diva Presents at Association of Patent Law Firms Annual Meeting from

The Association of Patent Law Firms (APLF) will present its 2010 Annual Meeting in Chicago from September 29 to October 1 at the Hyatt Regency. The event will bring together lawyers and professionals whose practices ...

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PTO Seeks to Incentivize Release of Humanitarian Technologies from

On Monday, September 22, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced via Federal Register Notice that the Office is considering pro-business strategies for incentivizing the development and widespread distribution of technologies that address ...

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Bombshell Study: Heavily Litigated NPE Patents Overwhelmingly Lose at Trial from

To date, litigated patents were viewed as "strong" patents - the types that defendants were supposed to avoid taking to trial.  Moreover, litigated patents were seen as more valuable, since they managed to survive an all-out ...

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