Patent & IP news for September 29, 2010



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post image The role of the Examiner and the Controller in the Patent Office; Pages from History from

Given the intense debates we've been having on the state and status of the Patent Office staff, I thought it would be interesting to browse through the following pages from the historical, Biblical Ayyangar ...

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post image Brand Licensing: Kat on the prowl finds ... cats from

Pip the Cat Yesterday the IPKat took a detour from his usual prowl and found himself in one of London's shabbier corners, the Grand Hall, Kensington Olympia, which housed the Brand Licensing Europe 2010 ...

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post image What to do with an Interfering Patent in Patent Reexamination? from

This past Monday the BPAI pointed out that a Patent Holder may not swear behind a patent that claims the same invention, the proper forum for such a priority contest being a patent interference proceeding ...

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post image LED Litigation Goes Tubular: Altair Targets LED-O Light Tubes from

Altair Engineering (Altair) is a Michigan-based company that sells energy efficient solid state lighting products, particularly LED lamps, through its subsidiary, Ilumisys

Altair owns U.S. Patent Nos. 7,049,761 (’761 Patent) and 7 ...

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post image "No comments", but plenty of comment: more on "genuine use" in Europe from

Not just a European debate: even "outsiders"
from the old colonies are welcome to have their say
"No news is good news", according to the proverb, but "no comment" gives less ground for celebration.  The ...

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post image G 1/09: When is a patent application pending? from

Once a patent application has been filed, and before it has been granted, refused or withdrawn, the application is considered to be "pending", i.e. awaiting some further action before a final decision is taken ...

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post image Contract appeal won't get to Federal Circuit where infringement is not an issue from

"No infringement dispute, no appellate jurisdiction in hypothetical breach of contract claim" is the title of a note by Finnegan attorneys John J. Thuermer and Bart A. Gerstenblith which will soon be published in the ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

The 1709 Blog, which is dedicated to all things copyright, is running a competition to mark the launch of CLT's "Music and Intellectual Property" conference, which will be held in Central London on 8 ...

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post image They Invented What? (No. 184) from

  U.S. Pat. No. 5,491,007: Thumb guard novelty device.


What is claimed as being new and desired to be protected by Letters Patent of the United States is as follows:

1. A thumb ...

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post image Patents Critical Indicator of Success from

Another study shows that start-up company success is tied to patenting success.  The authors of the study are a pair of professors of  finance, Jerry Cao of Singapore Management University and Po-Hsuan Hsu of University ...

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post image Are Your Facebook Postings Private? It Depends Upon Where You Live. from

Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill has noted some discrepancies in just how judges around the country treat the information you post on Facebook and other social media platforms for purposes of discovery at trial. In California ...

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post image Premium VOD--Have Studios Found the Answer? from

I am about to show my age. When I was a child, the movie business was a simple matter. Studios made movies and people like my brother and I went every weekend afternoon to one ...

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Apple Sues Nokia in U.K. in Ongoing Patent Fight from

The following is excerpted from a September 28, 2010articleby Susan Decker and Diana Ben-Aaron published by Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. said it filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nokia Oyj in the U.K., part ...

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WIPO Report Shows Signs of Recovery Following Economic Crisis from

By Donald Zuhn -- Earlier this month, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released a report on intellectual property trends in 2008 and 2009 showing that innovative activity and demand for IP rights dipped during the ...

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The British Invention Show from

This year's British Invention Show is at Alexandra Palace, London. It is on from the 14th to the 16th October (the 13th is designated as a "media and preview" day from 4 to 7 ...

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Legal Education: 3 vs 5 years? from

We bring you a guest post from Kshitij Malhotra on a topic close to my heart.

As Kshitij rightly argues, we need to create more 3 year programs of a quality that matches up to ...

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Interval Research: a patent battle from

A patent battle has erupted in the United States. Interval Research was founded in 1992 by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, and David Liddle, also in the computer industry. The idea was to...

(From Steve ...

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Intellectual Property Spotlight leaves small businesses in the dark from

The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator(“IPEC”) recently recently the 1st issue of its Intellectual Property Spotlight newsletter (PDF).  The IPEC is an position that was created by Congress in 2008 ...

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How to Keep Patent Costs Down and to Get Better Patents from

One thing that inventors often do not realize is that simply getting a patent on a product or service does not mean that the inventor will make money.  Even if you get a patent for ...

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Box Office In Your House, Rumored To Cost Your House from

By: Scott Nyman There’s no secret that the current model for the movie industry is becoming outdated. Gone are the days where moviegoers are willing to tolerate sticky floors and uncomfortable seats for the ...

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Spotlight on GenomeQuest from

Recently I was able to attend a demo of the GenomeQuest sequence searching tool, which is designed to support sequence searching for prior art investigations.   GenomeQuest provides access to proprietary patent database collections which have ...

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Frost Brown Todd Recognized for IP Litigation Excellence in 2011 BTI Litigation Outlook from

Frost Brown Todd has been named one of eight “standout” law firms in IP litigation in the Litigation Outlook 2011 report published by Law360 and conducted by The BTI Consulting Group.

According to BTI’s ...

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Inovia Upgrades its Foreign Filing Platform from

If you're reading this article on our blog, you've seen the new design we've applied to, our new home on the web.

More importantly, we've upgraded our foreign ...

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Datatreasury Awarded Enhanced Damages of $26 Million but Denied Attorneys' Fees from

The court granted plaintiff's motion for enhanced damages following the jury's finding of willful infringement and increased damages by $26 million, a 100% increase, based on the following Read Corp. v. Portec, Inc ...

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Is It Time to Privatize the Patent Office? from

Saying that Congress controls the Patent Office is something of a misstatement really. It would be far more accurate to say that Congress starves the Patent Office and is constantly demanding more and more with ...

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Acquiring Correct Patent Assignment Data from

The following is excerpted from a September 22, 2010postby Christopher Jagalla at Intellogist:

Acquiring correct assignment data can necessitate more effort than just looking at the assignment field in your favorite patent search ...

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INTA Seminar on Trademark Filing Strategies in Chennai and Kolkata from

International Trademark Association is organizing a seminar on Trademark Filing Strategies in Chennai and Kolkata on October 29 and 30, 2010, respectively.
Who Should Attend This Seminar?

  • In-House Counsel 
  • Lawyers / Outside Counsel 
  • Business Development Managers ...

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USPTO Seeking Public Assistance In Training Patent Examiners. from

Per this Federal Register Notice published September 15, 2010:

The USPTO is seeking public assistance in providing technical training to patent examiners within all technology centers.  The Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP) is intended ...

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"The 25 Most Influential People in IP" from

The list in is based on "Interviews with dozens of professionals who work in the field." Most of the 25 most influential are in industry. Justice Kennedy made the list (he could be ...

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On the Record with Mark Lemley: The Presumption of Validity from

On Friday, September 17, 2010, I had the opportunity to chat with Professor Mark Lemley, who is the William H. Neukom Professor at Stanford Law School and partner in the San Francisco law firm Durie ...

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