Patent & IP news for March 22, 2011

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post image Infographic: 37 Android-related patent lawsuits (since 2010) from

With yesterday's patent infringement suits filed by Microsoft against Motorola, Foxconn and Inventec with a US district court and the ITC, the total number of Android-related patent lawsuits has reached 37. Yes, thirty-seven. More ...

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post image The sleep of reason? Baby you CA drive my KA from

From the day of its launch, this Kat has always disliked the Ford KA trade mark.  He has remained uncertain as to how to pronounce it: is it "Ka" to rhyme with "car", which is ...

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post image PCC Page 21: Offering to settle can be a strong tactic from

The PatLit PCC Series, informatively drafted by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), seeks to explain how litigation works in the recently-revamped Patents County Court (PCC) for England and Wales, taking as its theme ...

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post image Crowdsourcing Series: Wikipedia - The Godfather of Crowdsourcing from

This is the fifth post in our seven-part series titled “The Invaluable Contribution of Crowdsourcing.” We’ve learned about topics including the history of crowdsourcing to its incorporation into popular culture and practical use. Stay ...

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post image Getting Real from

Real Estate Alliance (REAL) faced a declaratory judgment action by a large herd of realtors, who were very afraid of 4,870,576 and CIP 5,032,989, claiming "a graphical user interface for finding ...

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post image Federal Circuit rejects Narrow View of Analogous Arts Test from

by Dennis Crouch Innovation Toys v. MGA Entertainment and Wal-Mart (Fed. Cir. 2011) Download 10-1290 Panel Judges Rader, Lourie, and Whyte In KSR v. Teleflex, the Supreme Court held that common sense should be The ...

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post image Knut, 2006 to 2011 from

The innocence of youth:
Knut in happier times
The IPKat regrets to inform readers of the sad and untimely death of Knut, the celebrated polar bear who took the world of intellectual property by storm ...

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post image Delhi High Court to hear the 'Nexavar' patent infringement suit tomorrow from

Bayer's patent infringement suit against Cipla, for the Nexavar patent is now slated for a hearing tomorrow the 23rd of March, 2011 before the Delhi High Court. Regretably Justice Ravindra Bhat will, in all ...

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Few "Reform" Provisions Remain in S. 23 Relating to the Judiciary from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Seante bill S. 23 (the "America Invents Act"), as passed on March 13, 2011, contains few provisions related to aspects of patent law administered by the judiciary. This is ironic, in ...

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Biotech Industry Losing Interest in the Therapeutic Potential of RNAi from

By James DeGiulio -- When Andrew Fire and Craig Mello (at right) unraveled the mechanism of RNA interference (RNAi) and were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2006 for their efforts, RNAi was predicted to become the ...

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More evidence of Google’s habit of GPL laundering in Android: the BlueZ Bluetooth stack and the ext4 file system from

On Thursday I reported on what is very likely a violation of the GPL (the license under which Linux and many other open source programs are published) by Android, Google's mobile operating system in ...

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Edison Nation Wants YOU(r Patent) from

Louis Foreman, co-founder of Edison Nation, recently announced the availability of $25 M in capital to invest in finding and bringing innovations to market.  While this is an interesting idea, I explored the program a ...

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Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble over Nook eReader from

A post titled Microsoft Alleges Android Patent Infringement by Nook eReader by Tony Bradley of PCWorld ends with the text:

Obviously, Barnes & Noble. Foxconn, and Inventec disagree that Android, or the Nook and Nook Color ...

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5 years of Twitter: A case of mismanaged trademarks from

Twitter turned 5 years old this week. It is amazing how technologies penetrate our daily lives and how news is now created by and on and with Twitter all the time now – and many use ...

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Tomorrow's UK budget from

Tomorrow UK tax-payers of all types will be turning their attention to the Chancellor, George Osborne, who will be presenting his 2011 Budget. This year the emphasis is likely to be on tackling the UK ...

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Microsoft Sues Over Android Patent Infringement from

The following is excerpted from a March 21, 2011 article by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet: Microsoft has taken legal action against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec over five patent infringements involving Android. Microsoft also has ...

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On the i4i/Microsoft case from

The question presented in the i4i case is as follows:

Whether, when the defendant in an infringement suit
asserts as a defense that the relevant patent is invalid,
the defendant must prove invalidity by clear ...

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Cox Is New Staff Attorney At KEI from

Knowledge Ecology International, an influential Washington, DC-based non-governmental group working on public health and knowledge access issues, has added a new staff attorney. Related Articles:

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Ignoring patents ignores the purpose of the patent system from

From the brief of Mark Lemley in GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES INC:

In the fast-paced industries of the current economy,
the quantity of patents, the almost glacial process of
patent prosecution, and the uncertainties surrounding
patent scope ...

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Chemical Patent Practice: Resources for Drafting Chemical Patents from

Chemical patents pose a number of unique challenges. Many times significant additional work is needed to help the inventor understand the scope of the invention. A successful reaction with a few chemistries could lead to ...

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REAL wins remand in patent litigation over US 5,032,989 from

The technical area of the patent involved in the appeal to the CAFC
was real estate and claim 1 of US 5,032,989 stated:

A method using a computer for locating available
real estate ...

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Top Infringers Agree – Patents Waste (Y)our Money! from

I recently became aware of an outfit called QuikPitch, which offers this advice about seeking patent protection for your inventions: If you’re a entrepreneur, save your two most important assets, time and money. Instead ...

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‘The Arrow Principle’ and Fictional Trademarks from

Leslie Chong is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Benjamin Arrow’s article “Real-Life Protection for Fictional Trademarks” addresses the issues that arise when real-life companies attempt to exploit trademarks established in fictional ...

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Web of Science vs. Scopus: Which is better? (Part 2) from

As a student, I enjoy the extreme privilege of being able to access almost any information resources I need for research purposes, thanks to the extensive university library network.  But for those of us in ...

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Losing an intangible asset from

There was an important op-ed piece tucked away in the Sunday New York Times -- The Frustrations of the Educated and Unemployed American. Written by a "24-year-old American" Matthew Klein, it goes to the heart of ...

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Sxsw Attracts One Cool Kappos from

By Daniel Davidson South by Southwest is a festival held in Austin, Texas every year in the month of March and has been doing so since 1987.  The festival has grown into a Mecca of ...

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Clearing the Oldest Patent Applications (COPA) from

A memo was distributed to the corps last week regarding a new backlog-fighting effort. [The Office's latest Strategic Plan includes the goal of reducing first action pendency to 10 months by 2014; pretty darn ...

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Old Reliable v. Cornell: Federal Circuit Again Rejects Award of Attorneys' Fees from

The following is excerpted from a March 21, 2011 post by Jason Rantanen at Patently-O: For the second time this year the Federal Circuit has issued a precedential decision reversing an award of attorneys' fees ...

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Good, Bad & Ugly: Truth About Provisional Patent Applications from

There is a terrible injustice done by those non-attorney and/or non-agent services, and it amazes me that individuals are so ready to believe inventors and scientists who have a handful of patents and haven ...

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"Reform" at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Senate bill S. 23 (the "America Invents Act") contains several provisions changing the statutory authority of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (falling short, fortunately, of giving the Office substantive ...

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