Patent & IP news for December 20, 2010

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post image Who will comment to USPTO about trademark “bullies”? from

As noted in this blog previously, and on many other blogs including the excellent TTABlog, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as part of a study mandated by Congress, issued a request for comment ...

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post image Will WIPO wither and die on the choking vine of ... development? from

A new lobbying tactic from the
pro-patent group in WIPO?
One of the keenest observers of the international IP scene is Intellectual Property Watch's William New.  In "US Ambassador: Over-Focus On Development “Will Kill ...

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post image USPTO Chief Lists Challenges at Columbia Gathering from

Kappos: Make Patents More Relevant

United States Patent and Trademark Office Commissioner David Kappos said last week at a Columbia University Technology Ventures gathering that the USPTO is getting more involved in facilitating the use ...

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post image Auctions and the Trademark Troll: A Coda from

On 8 November ("Meet the Trademark Troll") here, we reported on the contemplated auction by Brands USA Holdings of various trademarks and corporate names that are no longer in use. Exactly one month later, the ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

There's still time to vote in the IPKat's poll to choose a name for the proposed patent that will cover only part of the Community. You can find the poll at the top ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

January 1-5, 2011 - 28th Annual National CLE Conference (Law Education Institute, Inc.) - Vail, CO January 5, 2011 - Patent Infringement Claims, Opinions of Counsel and Attorney-Client Privilege (Technology Transfer Tactics and Strafford) - 1:00 - 2:30 ...

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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. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. v. Nycomed US Inc. 1:10-cv-01099; filed December 15, 2010 in the District ...

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Federal Circuit Upholds Personalized Medicine Claims from

The Federal Circuit decided for the second time that the personalized medicine claims at issue in Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services satisfy the requirements for patent-eligibility set forth in 35 U.S.C ...

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Overview of smartphone-related ITC investigations: who complains against whom over which products? from

On Friday (17 December 2010), the US International Trade Commission announced the launch of an investigation "of certain gaming and entertainment consoles, related software, and components thereof" based on a complaint filed by Motorola against ...

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Marking Warranty Cards Within Product Packaging Does Not Support False Marking Claim from

In granting plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on defendants' false marking counterclaim, the court determined that plaintiff's warranty cards contained within its product packaging were not "used in advertising" as contemplated by 35 ...

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New PCT Fees Effective January 1, 2011 from

An important update from our friends at the PCT Learning Center:

Important New Fee Changes

The International Bureau of the WIPO has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that due to changes ...

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CAFC Sides with USPTO in Patent Reexamination Declaration Dispute from

In re Meyer Denies Late 1.131 Declaration Evidence

Due to the limited prosecution window in patent reexamination compared to regular patent application prosecution, submission of declaration evidence under 37 CFR § 1.131 and/or ...

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Expanding our Communications and Public Engagement from

As the end of the year approaches, I’d like to reflect on our accomplishments in the areas of communications and outreach.  I am particularly proud of the work we have done to inform the ...

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Both Sides Of US Copyright Wars Reloading For 2011 from

Two sides of the ongoing struggle to balance stronger copyright protection and access to knowledge in the United States are re-arming themselves for battle in 2011. By the looks of it, it could be a ...

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Obama Urged to Sign ‘Anti-Troll’ Patent Bill from

President Obama is being pushed to sign into a law a bill passed by the United States Congress that would create six pilot programmes nationwide aimed at increasing expertise among district court judges in dealing ...

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