Patent & IP news for October 25, 2010

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post image Leonard Boswell Backs Internet Companies Over the People of Iowa from

I recently wrote that Senator Charles Grassley is no friend to the Internet, choosing instead to run “roughshod over freedom of speech on the internet.” To be fair, Republicans hold no monopoly on using elected ...

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post image Battistelli update from

A bit of a quicky this one.
As the IPKat mentioned in an earlier post, Benoît Battistelli (right), the new President of the European Patent Office, will be giving a public lecture at UCL on ...

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post image Keeping Busy from

The last few months have been even busier than usual here at Erik M Pelton &Associates.; Thanks to exciting clients and new speaking opportunities, there has been little time to stop and reflect on all ...

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post image Google sued for patent infringement (Street View) from

Last week CHRISTIE, PARKER & HALE stated that they have sued Google on behalf of their client Vederi LLC, for patent infringement based on Google street view (here). They tell us that “the complaint alleges that ...

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post image European IP Leaders Meet at 4th Summit from

Vision is Focus for Brussels IP 2010

Leading figures in European intellectual property business, regulation and finance, as well as several prominent Americans, will be on hand for the 4th Pan European Intellectual Property Summit ...

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post image EchoStar Debates TiVo Patent Reexamination Result from

EchoStar Seeks to Exploit Examiner Comments in Letter to CAFC

A few weeks back, I reported on the second emergence of the TiVo Time Warp Patent (U.S. Patent 6,233,389) from patent reexamination ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

"Working together" is one
 of the new President's themes
Antonio Campinos has now made his first speech to industry since taking over as President of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM ...

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post image Patent limericks competition: now for the winner! from

The previous post gave readers a sample of the entries received in the IPKat's Patent Limerick competition.  Now for the winner ...

The number of entries received was very large.  Getting on for a hundred ...

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post image Book Review Monday: Insidious Competition from

solipsism – n. – the theory that the self can be aware of nothing but its own experiences.

You already know they exist — out there somewhere — waiting to bash your company.  Just look at websites such as ...

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post image The PCC Page, no.3: The biter bitten? – Watching your pre-action steps from

In this, the third in the series of PCC Pages, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) takes us through the next stage when contemplating using the Patents County Court for England and Wales for ...

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AIPLA Panel Discusses Blogging and IPWatchdog Lawsuit from

Friday afternoon I attended the second day of the AIPLA annual meeting. I got to the Marriott Wardman Park hotel at 9:00 am and was there until after 11:00 pm, for a full ...

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USPTO extends and expands peer review program for patent applications from

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has announced an additional one-year pilot of its “Peer To Patent” pilot program, which invites public participation in the patent application process.  The new program launches on October ...

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Describing the transformation from

Tom Friedman's column on Sunday was about the election and economy. But it contains a great description of the transformation. He conceds the point that areas are doing well, such as new technologies.

But ...

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European Ruling Could Reshape Collective Copyright Levy System from

In a ruling expected to rock Europe’s controversial copyright levy system, the European Court of Justice held on 20 October that governments may impose fees on digital reproduction equipment to compensate rights holders only ...

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"South Park" guys admit copying from

TV Guide noted:

The South Park episode, titled "Insheeption," and a CollegeHumor video both featured the same lines that mocked the complexity of the film, but were not actually from the film. One line in ...

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Gemalto sues Google (and others) from

Gemalto SA v. HTC Corporation, HTC America Inc., Exedea Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Samsung Telecommunications America LLC, Motorola Inc., and Google Inc. was filed in ED Texas (Tyler) on 22 October 2010.

The allegation ...

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"Thankfully the Patent Office and the Courts have chosen to largely ignore the Supreme Court test " from

Of KSR v. Teleflex, IPWatchDog writes:

The “common sense” test urged by the Supreme Court, however, ignores that fact that after one learns of something it is always common sense. In essence, the Supreme Court ...

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Failure to Object to Prior Art Evidence at Summary Judgment Bars Objection at Trial from

Plaintiff's motion in limine to exclude physical examples of allegedly unauthenticated prior art was denied. Defendant's "Statement of Uncontroverted Facts and Conclusions of Law" filed in support of summary judgment claimed that the ...

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Can Pharma Patents Benefit From The Peer-To-Patent Program? from

Last week the USPTO announced a new peer-to-patent pilot program that will include patent applications in the fields of biotechnology, bioinformatics, telecommunications, and speech recognition, in addition to the software and business methods applications that ...

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Senate Gridlocked on Judicial Nominations from

Congress is again causing problems for the Federal Judiciary.  The crisis is a lack of judicial resources due to the fact that Congress refuses to confirm Federal judges.

We know that there are currently 3 ...

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USPTO and EPO Work on Joint Patent Classification System from

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to work toward the formation of a joint patent classification system. Unlike other major patent document classification systems, the ...

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Farouk Systems Wins $300 Million Damages Award Against On-Line Chinese Counterfeiting Ring from

On October 14, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted what is reportedly the largest judgment ever awarded in an action involving on-line counterfeiting. In Farouk Systems, Inc. v ...

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USPTO, EPO Work on Establishing Common Patent Classification System from

The USPTO's classification system has been different from the International Patent Classification System (IPC) because (a) the USPTO's classification system came first, and (b) WIPO decided to take a different classification path when ...

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Praveen Raj files rectification petition with GI Registry against the 'Tirupati Laddu' GI from

One of our frequent readers Mr. Praveen Raj, a scientist with the CSIR has filed a rectification petition with the GI Registry requesting the cancellation of the 'Geographical Indication' status granted to the Tirumala Tirupati ...

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Peer To Patent Starts with 11 New Applications from

Today marks the next step in patent research innovation.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office blog announced the official start of the Peer To Patent 2011 Pilot.  Peer To Patent allows individuals to submit ...

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Copyright and Innovation from Yoga to Football from

Leslie Chong is a J.D. Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School In their thought-provoking New York Times article, Kal Raustiala (professor at UCLA Law School) and Chris Sprigman (professor at Virginia Law School) discuss ...

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Construing the phrase “optical signal” from

The oral argument in Cheetah Omni v. Samsung Electronics, et al., 2010-1169 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 12, 2010) is interesting in that it dealt with the construction of the term “optical signal” and whether in view ...

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Myriad Files Brief in AMP v. PTO from

Myriad filed its brief with the Federal Circuit last Friday in its appeal of the district court decision in AMP v. PTO, which found Myriad's gene patents to be patent ineligible. The brief is ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Sandoz Inc. v. Boehringer Ingelheim 1:10-cv-01767; filed October 19, 2010 in the District Court of ...

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