Patent & IP news for March 23, 2011



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post image “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, Too Long to Read ..." from

The judge affirmed that artistic copyright vested in this
device, notwithstanding that Westwood might have
borrowed the slogan from a biker's jacket
The IPKat has mentioned from time to time (and PatLit has mentioned ...

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post image Article One Featured Researcher: S.P. Ragupathy from


This week’s Featured Researcher is S.P. Ragupathy, an Informational Consultant with a specialty in Internet Marketing. Currently living in Chennai, India, his native language is Tamil yet he is fluent and conducts all ...

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MARQUES's Class 46 weblog has finally published the full programme and list of speakers for its seminar, "Future Plans: next steps for trade marks in Europe", which will be held at the London offices ...

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post image Using Foreign Infringement Judgment to Prove Infringement in the US from

Quad/Tech v. Q.I. Press Controls (Fed. Cir. 2011) Quad/Tech sued QI, alleging infringement of its U.S. Patent No. 5,412,577. The '577 patent is directed to a "color registration system ...

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US 7,912,915: the "Google Doodle" patent from

On March 22, 2011, US 7,912,915, titled Systems and methods for enticing users to access a web site , issued to Sergey Brin of Google. The underlying application, 09/843,923 , was filed April ...

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BPAI finds that "incorporating information in a single screen for simultaneous display" reads on a series of screens presented on a single display from

Takeaway: In Ex parte Schwartz, the Applicant appealed an anticipation rejection for a claim to a method of operating an ATM. The claim involved simultaneous display of information from multiple institutions: "incorporating the items of ...

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Google Books Settlement Rejected from

In a decision sure to have important implications for antitrust, copyright law, digital archiving and class action issues, a federal district court in New York rejected the settlement that Google had reached with layers of ...

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Judge Denny Chin rejects Google Books deal on 22 March 2011 from

Of the proposed settlement agreement among authors, publishers, and Google about digitizing books, the New York Times reported:

But citing copyright, antitrust and other concerns, Judge Denny Chin said that the settlement went too far ...

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Pharma Industry Seeks To Bring A Fresh Face To Public Health Policy from

The research-based pharmaceutical industry is working to bring a fresh face to the international public health policy arena in Geneva, most recently through a new initiative on technology transfer. Working through the industry’s Geneva-based ...

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Techies, Artists and Collective Societies Weigh in on Bill C-32 from

Leslie Chong is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Members from various communities impacted by the current copyright reform had a chance to voice their praise and concerns with the proposed amendments in ...

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Using an intangible asset from

Here is an upbeat story to contrast with yesterday's downer of a posting. As I've mentioned before, President Obama has called for a re-organization of government trade functions. Which brings me to this ...

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But still losing an intangible asset from

Back to our theme of losing an intangible asset, here is this story from the Wall Street Journal - Public Employees Rush to Retire. And here is the story's tag-line: "Governments Save Money, but Lose ...

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Filing claims with provisional patent applications? from

In a post on 16 Sept 2005 titled Including Claims in Provisional Patent Applications?, Patently-O suggested including claims in provisionals was advisable because of the CAFC decision in Phillips v. AWH. The thinking here is ...

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Patently Ignorant: Business Insider Article on Google Doodle Patent from

The anti-patent crowd purposely misleads public by mischaracterizing the claims and technology involved. The Business Insider story Google Gets An Absurd Patent For Its "Google Doodles", by Matt Rosoff, is a perfect illustration of this ...

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Google, Authors, Will Need To Rethink Digital Book Settlement from

Google’s efforts to resolve questions of copyright infringement in its digital library project did not yield the hoped-for result as a district court judge yesterday rejected the agreement. But the judge left open the ...

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The IP wonders of the UK Budget from

The good stuff:
  • R&D; tax relief increased for SMEs to 200% in 2011 and 225% in 2012 - excellent news, assuming that the EU don't demand something significant in return (because the SME relief ...

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Google's impending IP disaster? from

Note a post at bnet titled Google Android: the IP Litigator’s Full Employment Act with text:

Google has been cavalier with the intellectual property of others, as is clear from the number of times ...

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If A Google Doodles A Patent In The Woods, Does It Get A Laugh? from

All across the internet, folks are quickly making Google (and its “doodles” patent) the butt of jokes.  But patents are no laughing matter (usually), and the responses, though diverse, are generally consistent about one thing ...

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Why "first to file" is wrong from

In a piece titled Patent system reforms could squeeze out start-ups , the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says this about "first inventor to file":

One of its most controversial provisions is a "first to file" rule, which ...

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Vistaprint decision/distinction leads to mandamus grant/transfer in Verizon from

The CAFC in the Verizon case cited Vistaprint:

We recently advised
against such ironclad rules in In re Vistaprint Ltd., 628
F.3d 1342, 1347, n.3 (Fed. Cir. 2010) and we heed that
advice ...

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Do Patents Disclose Useful Information? from

I recently uploaded a revised draft of my current working paper, Do Patents Disclose Useful Information?, on SSRN. I am grateful for all the feedback I have received on this paper so far, and I ...

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Apple Sues Amazon for Trademark Infringement of “App Store” from

By: Mark R. Malek I recently found out that Amazon has launched its own “App Store” focused, of course, on android apps. As you can imagine, this must have given Steve Jobs much heartburn as ...

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Re-examination: a Dagger and a Shield for Impacting on IP value from

Intellectual Asset Management's "IP Value 2010 - An International Guide for the Boardroom" provides numerous articles related to general intellectual property issues that span the world and by region/country. The above-titled article by Patrick ...

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Patent Office To Act On Older Applications This Year from

Patent office delays are getting ridiculous. As I’ve previously reported, the 35 month total pendency is misleading, but the 24+ month delay to until first action is disastrous.  Today, the an Examiner’s blog ...

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The Disappearance of Deceptive Intent in S. 23 from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Nestled unobtrusively in a section of S. 23 called "Technical Amendments," S. 23 (the "America Invents Act") has done something that neither Congress nor any court has been able to do ...

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