Patent & IP news for February 22, 2011

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post image Global IP Index survey: still time to participate from

There are only a few days to go for you to participate in the survey from which the third Taylor Wessing Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI3) will be compiled.  For those readers who are not ...

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BPAI says Background discussion of shortcomings of art is not admission that feature exists from

Takeaway: In Ex parte Burdgick, the Applicant appealed in a case related to steam turbines. The Applicant's background stated that "Conventional turbine casing design techniques were not particularly helpful in identifying those key pipe ...

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Oracle alleges Google derived code from hundreds of Oracle's copyrighted Java files from

Just before Washington's Birthday weekend, U.S. District Judge William Alsup gave Google short shrift, ruling on Friday that he does not even want to give consideration at this stage to an envisioned motion ...

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Product placement inventions from

The UK is about to introduce product placement on its television programmes. The concept is about trade marked products being prominently seen in many programmes in return for payment. It will be...

(From Steve van ...

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Trans Tasman IP harmonising – patents from

Prime Ministers Gillard (Australia) and Key (EnZed) have reaffirmed their countries’ respective commitment to closer co-operation in (industrial) IP matters between the two countries as part of the Trans Tasman Single Economic Market. Apparently, over ...

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Pepsi Max – love it or leave it? from

During recent weeks I have seen a lot of commercials for Pepsi MAX soft drink. Is this a good brand name choice for Pepsi? Pepsi MAXis another mistake from Pepsi in my opinion. As I ...

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Patented Group Discounts Are Only Logical from

The good men and women of Vulcan are but one part of a significant enterprise devoted to bringing various innovations to light, including apparently misunderstood stuff like specific processes for collaborating interests to provide contextually ...

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State manufacturing centers - and managing intangibles from

My friends over at the Brookings Institution released a new paper earlier this month on Accelerating Advanced Manufacturing with New Research Centers. As the full paper states: To strengthen their manufacturing bases, states must go ...

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Updating IP tax book - what would you like it to include? from

The 3rd edition of Taxation of Intellectual Property has been commissioned and will be appearing in all good bookstores later this year – in the meantime, I have to write it. Let me know what you ...

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New Wealth of Nations is Focus of Int’l IP Gathering from

550+ to Participate in 2011 CIP Forum The New Wealth of Nations is the focus of a gathering to be hosted May 29-June by the Center for Intellectual Property Studies in Sweden. It’s the ...

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Researcher Brian Reese Wins Article One Essay Contest from

In preparation for the upcoming Patent Quality Connection newsletter, Article One ran a contest looking for the top Researcher essays about patent quality.  We received many fantastic submissions providing a wide variety of perspectives.  As ...

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Reach of the Bayh-Dole Act to be Considered by the Supreme Court from

On February 28, 2011, the United States Supreme Court will hear Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., which will determine  whether under the Bayh-Dole Act, a university ...

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Are Patent Damages "Excessive?" New Study Suggests That They Aren't from

As part of the ongoing debate over patent reform, Michael Mazzeo, Jonathan Hillel and Samantha Zyontz set out to empirically analyze damage awards from 1995 to 2008 and establish if a systematic or pervasive problem ...

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