Patent & IP news for January 21, 2011

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post image Patentability of traditional knowledge-capsicum this time from

The USPTO had introduced an information sharing program with the Government of India designed to prevent the improper patenting of traditional knowledge.  The information being shared expanded the class of publications under 35 U.S ...

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post image Larry Kudlow: Chinese Economy Relies of Stealing US Intellectual Property from

Larry Kudlow in an article titled How to Combat an Arrogant China, suggests that China’s economy is based on the theft of our intellectual property.

They’re stealing our technology, violating all sorts of ...

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post image Mobile Business Tools for Apple iPad, iPhone & iPod, Pt. 3 from

My brother-in-law has been a lover of all things Apple for as long as I can remember.  In fact, on the first day the iPad was released, he waited in line several hours just to ...

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Per this recent report from MSNBC, a Washington inventor named Josh Springer has invented a machine and cup system that allows one to fill a beer cup upside down.   The invention includes a thin magnet ...

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post image Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) Update for January 2010 from

Trademark Public Advisory Committee (“TPAC”) held a public meeting via telephone yesterday, and I listened it.  Other than the participation of three new members recently appointed and sworn in the committee, there was little news ...

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FTC v. Cephalon (E.D. Pa. 2010)

Peter Loftus at the Wall Street Journal has written a short article titled “Drug Firms Want Patent Documents Kept Secret.”  At issue is a large cache of brand-generic ...

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post image German trade mark case law laid bare - again from

This Kat has been reviewing German trade mark scholar and practitioner Dr Ulrich Hildebrandt's book Marken und andere Kennzeichen. Already in its second edition the book offers 782 pages of (predominantly) German trade mark ...

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The IPKat regrets to inform readers that one of the weblog's treasured contributors, Dr Neil J. Wilkof, lost his mother earlier this week.  All the Kats offer their sincere condolences to Neil and to ...

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Glycol a killer in Mentalist Bloodhound episode from

After bodies of two young women are found in a junkyard, the FBI sends in a profiling specialist (Dr. Montague a specialist in pattern analysis and decision science) to evaluate the possible return of a ...

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Biotech/Pharma Docket from

By James DeGiulio -- PDL BioPharma Synagis Patent Invalidated MedImmune gained major ground in its infringement and licensing dispute with PDL BioPharma after its last patent on antibodies used in the respiratory drug Synagis was found ...

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Here We Go Again from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- To quote Lawrence (Yogi) Berra, "It’s déjà vu all over again" -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (at right), joined by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are planning to ...

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New evidence supports Oracle's case against Google from

Google faces a steep challenge in its defense against Oracle's lawsuit over seven Java patents and some copyrighted material. More than five months after Oracle's complaint, Google appears unable to countersue Oracle over ...

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A visit to Belfast from

A few days ago I went to Belfast at the invitation of Invest Northern Ireland. I gave presentations on searching free Web databases in patents, designs and trade marks. As always is was stimulating,...

(From ...

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Argentina Offers Application Swapping Program from

The Patent Office of Argentina recently announced a temporary program which permits applications to swap places in the examination queue, such that a later-filed application can be examined sooner by taking the place of an ...

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The first claim of Apple's application titled COMPUTER INPUT DEVICE INCLUDING A DISPLAY DEVICE is

A processing system input device, comprising:a first mechanism configured to receive a user input to the processing system ...

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Power Play: Are Trade Secrets More Powerful Than Patents? from

The California Employment Lawyer blog alerts us to an ABA-Landslide article discussing the possibility that trade secrets provide more powerful protection than patents. The lawyer’s answer, like the answer to so many questions, is ...

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New White House competitiveness council from

This afternoon, President Obama gives a speech at a GE plant in Schenectady NY. According to numerous press reports, he will announce the creation of a new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness -- to ...

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Release of False Marking Claims Applies to All Products Marked with Patent Numbers from

Plaintiff's motion to amend his qui tam complaint for false marking to add a new defendant was denied as futile because two other relators had already settled their false marking claim against the proposed ...

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Top National Stage Entry Countries for 2010, By Industry from

In an earlier blog post, we ranked our clients’ top national stage entry countries for 2010.  Here, we break down the top countries by industry type. 



1.     China

2.     Brazil

3.     Canada

4 ...

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On The Qwest For A Single Actor – Infringement Of Distributed “Systems” from

Yesterday, the CAFC offered another look into how your patents will be interpreted years after they’re drafted.  As I noted earlier regarding the Akamai decision, “there is a world of difference between the use ...

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Patent Reform 2011 from

Here we go again. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has announced that he plans to introduce his latest bill on patent reform next week. The bill is also being pushed by ...

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Fountain female faces felony flap from

Cathy Cruz Marrero, now famous for failing into a fountain in a mall in Reading, PA, apparently has had a status hearing on five felony charges -- including theft by deception and receiving stolen property from ...

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Call In The Mounties – We Have A Trademark Fight from

By Daniel Davidson Target, a leading retail store in the United States, is kicking down the door of our neighbor to the north, not for prescription drugs, but to try their hand at the Canadian ...

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“We want an economy fueled by what we invent and what we build." from

President Obama speaking at GE in Schenectady :

“We want an economy fueled by what we invent and what we build. We’re going back to Thomas Edison’s principles. We’re going to build stuff ...

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