Patent & IP news for January 31, 2011

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post image Smart Meter Patent Suit Survives Silver Spring’s Indefiniteness Challenge from


Mesh Comm is an Atlanta, Georgia, company and the owner of U.S. Patent No. 7,379,981 (’981 Patent) relating to a system for enabling wireless communication between meters so utilities can remotely monitor ...

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Stay of Parallel Litigation Denied Due to Lack of Estoppel?

When implementing a patent reexamination strategy, a threshold determination is whether or not to initiate ex parte or inter partes patent reexamination, or both. This ...

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post image USPTO Perspectives on Patent Reexamination Petition Practice from

As a final reminder, registration remains open for PLI’s Reissue & Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation 2011. The last stop on this year’s program is in New York this coming Friday, February ...

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post image Which U.S. city has the best trademarks? from

A lot of cities have many creative brands based in them. New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and many others come to mind. But those cities also have a lot of boring brands.

Having just returned ...

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Issues to consider when deciding which affiliate will own a patent from

Companies that have multiple affiliates may consider several options when deciding which corporate entity will own the organization’s patents.   Often, tax considerations and royalty structures are a driving factor in deciding whether an operating ...

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Why Is RPX Going Public? Ask Willie Sutton from

Last week, we learned that RPX Corporation (which stands for “Rational Patent Exchange) will soon have an IPO, offering up to $100 M worth of stock to the public. A lot has been written by ...

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Objectively Speaking – Obviousness Requires Objective Evidence from

In Ex Parte Judy Hattendorf and Steve Carlson, Appeal 2010-010918 decided December 24, 2010, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) reversed an Examiner’s obviousness rejection of claims of the application because the ...

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More on government reorganization from

In an earlier posting on the State of the Union Address, I drew attention to the President's plan for government re-organization. Yesterday, the White House announced that Deputy OBM Director Jeffrey Zients to head ...

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PCC PAge 14: Threats loom larger than the PCC from

In this, the 14th in the series of Patents County Court (PCC) Pages, we continue the sage of the litigation between Cautious Co and its arch foe IPOff Ltd, which Cautious accuses of infringing various ...

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BPAI obvious finite number choices from

BPAI unimpressed by Applicant's argument that "finite number of choices" is too large

Takeaway: The BPAI affirmed an obviousness decision based on a single reference, where the only limitation missing from the reference was ...

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