Patent & IP news for April 1, 2011

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post image Friday fantasies from

As usual, the IPKat reminds readers of his Forthcoming Events page, which is replete with delicious seminars, lectures, conferences and other excuses for a get-together. Do remember to check them out!

Among next week's ...

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post image A new Kat is born, while WIPO clamps down on dissident IP weblogs from

The IPKat is pleased to announce the appointment of a seventh member of its team, and a very special member he is too. Now that the formal approval of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO ...

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post image Patent Examiners Not Required to Make On-The-Record Claim Constructions from

In re Jung (Fed. Cir. Mar. 28, 2011)

In this case, which was appealing a rejection of claims in a pending patent application, the Federal Circuit stated that patent examiners are not required to make ...

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6,848,875 and continuation 6,935,826 claim beer or soda pop cans. Hot off the USPTO press, owner Crown tried to seal competitor Ball into an infringement can. Ball burst out by summary ...

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post image Are we ready for Baby Googles? from

In "Minnow Microsoft v the Google Giant", posted on the BBC website today, Rory Cellan-Jones writes on the competition-based complaint lodged by Microsoft with the European Commission. He explains:
"It's a familiar story - a ...

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Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins from

Google signs deal to Translate European Patents The European Patent Office (EPO) and Google signed an agreement, in which the EPO will use Google's Translate technology to offer translation of patents on its website ...

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Trademark Synergy: Dwight Howard and Superman from

by Aaron Thalwitzer Having grown up in Central Florida, I’m a huge Orlando Magic fan. For a while now, I’ve been wondering how it is that Dwight Howard manages to keep calling himself ...

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Reaction to House Patent Reform Bill from

By Donald Zuhn -- On Wednesday, the House introduced its own version of the "America Invents Act" (H.R. 1249). Although the legislation introduced in the House and the bill that was passed in the Senate ...

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Another Step Forward For Patent Reform from

I'm still not writing about patent reform—really, I'm not! But on March 30, 2011, the House Judiciary Committee introduced its own version of a patent reform bill. Like the bill passed on ...

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Jabba the Hut coming to CBS? from

On 31 March 2011, Jabba the Hut was invoked first in CSI's "Hitting for the Cycle" and then in the Mentalist's "The Red Mile," both of which were heavy on deaths. "Cycle" even ...

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IPwars in Belorussia from

Mr Bohdan Zograf has very kindly translated the IPwars post on Telstra v PDC into Belorussian for the benefit (one hopes) of everyone in Belorussia interested in IP! Those of you with the appropriate linguistic ...

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Concerning patent reform in H 1249 from

With the patent litigation damages issues of previous reform attempts removed, what's left of patent reform is more a big guy/little guy showdown (rollover?) than a debate between the different technology areas of ...

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A Special Day: WIPO’s Vision Gets A Little Fuzzy from

In a surprise and fully uncorroborated development, it appears that World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Francis Gurry has been named a new contributor to an illustrious IP blog. The announcement came at the same ...

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Australian IIA to Create Code of Practice for ISP Industry from

Ivy Tsui is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. The Australian Internet Industry Association (IIA) is currently formulating a “code of conduct” for the Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry in order to clarify ...

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FSF Offers Cutting-Edge Analogue Printer from

In yet another sign that this day is full of surprises, the Free Software Foundation Europe has announced that it is offering a special cutting-edge "analogue printer" device, which can print any colour, 3D, underwater ...

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Top Patent Owners Offer Discount Licenses Via Groupon — Today Only! from

Gametime IP has received an exclusive advanced look at an offer that will debut later today featuring licenses and covenants not to sue for valuable patent portfolios targeted at top operating companies around the world ...

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March employment from

As far as employment went, March looked a lot like February -- a small improvement. The employment data for March showed nonfarm payroll increased by 216,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped slightly 8.8 ...

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Rising Patent Application Abandonments from

Over at PatentlyO, Dennis Crouch posted some updated statistics about patent allowances, which projects another record year of allowances.  In response to last year’s 200,000+ patent allowances, Techdirt‘s Mike Masnick claimed that ...

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Top 5: Celebrity Patents and Inventions from

By Catherine Zielinski

1) Charlie Sheen’s Chapstick Dispenser

Patent No .: US 6,283,658

Issue Date: September 4, 2001


While Charlie Sheen recently displayed his entrepreneurial spirit by launching a line of shirts capitalizing ...

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Response to competitiveness RFI - the innovation process from

In the final installment of this series of comments on the questions posed by the Commerce Department's Competitiveness study RFI (see here, here, here, here, and here), we have saved the best -- or at ...

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Breaking News: Spike in Indian IP Filing Numbers and Revenues from

A very reliable source at the DIPP informs us that 2010-2011 has seen a sharp rise in IP filings (patents, trademarks and designs) at the Indian Patent Office. And importantly, a sharp turn in the ...

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Is an API of USPTO trademark data coming soon? from

Via an email from the USPTO [subscribe link]: On or about April 1, 2011, Trademarks is planning to move Trademark Document Retrieval (TDR) 2.0 from a beta system to a full production system. As ...

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FTC Report Gives NPEs a new name (PAE), Recommends That Courts and the PTO improve Patent Notice and Damages from

This is a guest Post by Professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University School of Law. The FTC relied heavily on Professor Chien's empirical work in several parts of the report. While most of ...

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Auction of Covenants Not to Sue Attracts Attention, Suspicion from

Dan Whalen is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. At the end of March 2011, intellectual property brokerage firm, ICAP Ocean Tomo, is planning to auction off four “covenants not to sue” covering ...

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Rutgers: Snooki gets more than Toni Morrison! from

First, there was some controversy when Rutgers decided to give Toni Morrison $30,000 for the commencement address (for example, Costly Commencement addresses: Toni Morrison gets big bucks while Obamas go gratis

Now, Snooki is ...

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Written description found in Crown; reversal and remand from

Judge Ronald M. Whyte, sitting by designation, penned the opinion in Crown Packaging v Ball Metal, with the punchline:

Because the '826 and '875 patents' common specification conveys to one of ordinary skill in the ...

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Databases accessible by scientists in different countries from

At the end of an AFP post titled Google CEO wanted political donation removed: book, one finds the text:

In addition, Google blocked software engineers in China from having access to its code base used ...

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