Patent & IP news for January 6, 2011

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post image Federal Circuit Rejects Request to Review Infringement De Novo from

Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation (Fed. Cir. Jan. 4, 2011)

Perhaps lost with the focus on major pronouncements on patent damages, Uniloc nevertheless touches on an important claim construction issue as well.  In this ...

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post image Renault: the secret is out -- it's war! from

Mata Hari: shot by the French for espionage.
In modern times, would she have been an
interchangeable mistress?
"Three executives suspended by Renault for suspected industrial espionage" is the exciting title of a bit of ...

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post image Natco seeks license from Pfizer to manufacture a low-cost version of HIV drug from

The new year seems to have ushered in with some news for compulsory licensing in India.
As ET reports, Natco Pharma has sought a voluntary license from Pfizer to manufacture and sell Pfizer's HIV ...

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post image CAFC Reverses Rejection in Patent Reexamination from

Substantial Evidence Found Lacking in Rejection of Means-Plus-Function Claim

Yesterday, in In re Glatt Air Techniques, Inc (here), the CAFC reversed the rejection of claim 5 of U.S. Patent 5,236,503. The reversal ...

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post image Tracing the Quote: Everything that can be Invented has been Invented from

Charles H. Duell was the Commissioner of US patent office in 1899. Mr. Deull's most famous attributed utterance is that "everything that can be invented has been invented." Most patent attorneys have also heard ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

The IPKat team just wants to say "thanks" to those kindly souls who felt that this weblog was worthy of inclusion in the ABA Journal's 4th Annual Blawg 100 Awards, among all those ...

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post image Microsoft Petitions PTO to Reverse Refusal to Grant Reexam in i4i Dispute, Could Moot Supreme Court Appeal from

The main front of the on-going war between Microsoft and i4i regarding the latter’s U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449 is certainly the Supreme Court. There, Microsoft has asked the Court to reverse ...

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post image Unrepresented patent applicants: a little thought from

Babes in the Wood? Or can
unrepresented patent
applicants manage alone?
Last Friday, in "Rule 141 and UK IPO spin" (posted on the IPKat here), a sensitive topic that was raised was the issue of ...

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Top Stories of 2010: #4 to #1 from

By Donald Zuhn -- Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its fourth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2010, we identified a dozen stories that we covered ...

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An Ounce of Prevention Can Be Patentable Over A Pound of Cure from

In In re Glatt Air Techniques, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a decision of the U.S. Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that held a claim obvious. The decision is remarkable in that it ...

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Starbucks and its logos from

Starbucks is going to change its famous logo to reflect its moving beyond its core product. The logo shown below is very well-known and is protected in numerous countries as a trade mark. If you ...

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Love it or Leave it: THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK trademark from

Earlier this week the new “Oprah Winfrey Network,” a new cable television channel, launched. The channel has been in the work for quite some time and has been the subject of much publicity. Oprah is ...

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Organizations create (and are) intangible assets from

In case you missed it, Ronald Coase turned 100 late last month. A Schumpeter column in the Economist (Why do firms exist?) explains and celebrates Coase's work on why economic activity gets organized in ...

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Patent Connections: New Year’s Patent Resolutions: Bulk Up Or Trim The Fat? A Humble Suggestion Is To Try Both from

Yesterday my latest column over at Patent Calls, New Year’s Patent Resolutions, was posted, which dovetails somewhat with the provocative “Don’t File A Patent” discussion from a few days ago, as well as ...

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Roche Exec Takes Over At Medicines For Malaria Venture from

A top Swiss company executive on pandemic influenza and HIV/AIDS research took the reins of the Geneva-based Medicines for Malaria Venture this week, just weeks after MMV was given international organisation status by the ...

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Special Report: Music Industry’s Lavish Lobby Campaign For Digital Rights from

The music industry has spent tens of millions of dollars to lobby government officials worldwide during the past decade, but whether or not the initiative has helped to shape a viable legal and commercial framework ...

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The Logo Soon-To-Be-Formerly-Known-As Starbucks from

By Philip Zies Remember when Prince, the Twin City tunester who partied like it was 1999, changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol?  Well fast forward to 2011, and move over to the home of ...

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Wishes for 2011! from

First off we would like to wish all our readers a very happy, prosperous and peaceful 2011 and hope all of you had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas and New Year. We apologize for not ...

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Central Iowa Bloggers Meeting Downtown Des Moines This Friday from

Come join the newest Central Iowa Bloggers (#CIB) at Panera in Downtown Des Moines 215 10th Street “First Floor of the Davis Brown Tower)) this Friday morning. The event runs from 7-9am, but you can ...

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Diligence Asserting Inequitable Conduct Measured from Date Prior Art was Known to be Relevant, not Date Prior Art was Known to Exist from

Defendant's motion to file amended pleadings to add claims of inequitable conduct and false marking was granted following plaintiff's amendment of its pleadings. "[Defendant] makes the convincing counter-argument that even if it knew ...

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SAP does deal with Intellectual Ventures [IV] from

A press release notes:

Intellectual Ventures (IV) and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced 6 January 2011 they have entered into a long-term license agreement. As part of the agreement, SAP will obtain a right to ...

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Logo copying? from

A story on the copying flap concerning the possibility of the logo for the Rio de Janeiro-based 2016 Olympics being copied from something of Telluride Foundation ends with the text:

Essentially, a research and design ...

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Judge Moore Weighs In on Vacatur of Invalidity Opinions from

By Jason Rantanen

The Ohio Willow Wood Company v. Thermo-Ply, Inc. (Fed. Cir. Order 2011)
Panel: Rader (author), Newman (additional views), Moore (concurrence)

When a patentee is faced with an judgment of invalidity or inequitable ...

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The “Latent Code” Cases from

Standing in my garage a few weeks back, I was kicking myself for having just locked my keys inside the house.   I had the flu and wanted to get back inside to get some rest ...

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Haunted by inventions? from

An AP story titled Scientist haunted by misuse of drugs he invented notes that David Nichols is haunted by how humans hijack his work to make street drugs, sometimes causing overdose deaths.

Although the title ...

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Courts Continue to Grapple with False Marking Cases from

Courts continue to wage a valiant effort to create consistency and provide guidance in the numerous false marking cases launched in the aftermath of Bon Tool. Defendants accused of false marking may seek dismissal on ...

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Thursday Shorts from

CHINA PUBLISHES AMBITIONS "NATIONAL PATENT STRATEGY" FOR NEXT DECADE:  If you thought China's ascendance in the patent world was impressive over the last ten years, wait 'till you see the next ten, according to ...

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Ed Rendell goes ballistic on "60 Minutes" from

KYW-3 gave a preview on Jan. 6 of the Rendell interview with Lesley Stahl to be broadcast on Jan. 9. People with gambling problems don't get any sympathy from the soon-to-be ex-PA guv.

Channel ...

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