Patent & IP news for April 25, 2011

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post image How Failing to Secure Your Wireless Router Can Get You Thrown Face-Down On Your Family Room Floor With an Assault Weapon Aimed at Your Head from

Unsecured Router = As reported in Reason, at 6:20am seven federal agents broke down the door of a Buffalo homeowner, waking him and his wife. Shouting “pedophile!” and “pornographer!” the federal agents trained their assault ...

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post image Spain: Modification of EP translations (2) from

In the first post of 2011 we made reference to 3 rulings of the Spanish Supreme Court, granting the appeals filed by Pfizer and Warner-Lambert (here).

The Spanish Supreme Court has granted a fourth appeal ...

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post image An Open Letter to the Patent Bar on the Patent Reform Act from

[An open letter from David Boundy, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for a well-known financial services firm] Dear fellow patent attorney: I need your immediate assistance to help defeat a particularly bad patent bill ...

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post image World Intellectual Property Day - April 26th from

Inventors, lawyers, researchers, and others interested in IP will be gathering around the world tomorrow for World Intellectual Property Day!  In 2000, World IP Day was designated by the member states of the WIPO (World ...

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post image Book Review Moday: Carbon Trading Law and Practice from

Carbon trading has become a multibillion dollar business that appears to be on a future growth trend despite the uncertainties in the United States at the national level and about the international treaty under the ...

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post image Federal Circuit Prefers Construction that Harmonizes Claim Elements to Define a Workable Invention from

Lexion Medical, Inc. v. Northgate Technologies, Inc. (Fed. Cir. Apr. 22, 2011)

In this case, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's claim construction as it harmonized the elements of the claim to define ...

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post image Invent for Humanity – A Transparent Marketplace for Humanitarian Tech Transfer & IP Licensing from

It has been some time since I have posted, but I thought that this matter is of high interest and importance to the technology transfer community and its profound impact on global development and humanitarian ...

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Brighton Collectibles Sues Pedre Watch For Watch Design Copyright Infringement from

San Diego, CA – Brighton Collectibles designs and manufactures fashion accessories, including a watch sold under the Laguna trademark. Brighton registered the copyright in its Laguna watch design in March of 2000. Defendant Pedre Watch Company ...

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15 Years of TRIPS: Rethinking IP and Development from

The Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) has been at the forefront of driving national IP and trade policy in India. The reins of this institution passed on recently from noted scholar Biswajit Dhar to Abhiijt ...

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USPTO Budget Cuts Halt Track I & Other USPTO Initiatives from

On April 22, 2011, USPTO Director Kappos announced the impact of the budget reductions embodied in the fiscal year 2011 budget that finally was enacted on April 15, 2011. (Fiscal year 2011 runs through September ...

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Facebook Sues for Trademark Infringement from

By: Mark R. Malek According to an article on, Facebook has filed suit against for trademark infringement.  According to another article on, this is related to the FriendFinder issue ...

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WiFi from

Within an article about an incident in Buffalo, NY on 7 March 2011 involving ICE, a homeowner, and WiFi, one finds the following text:

"I think it's convenient and polite to have an open ...

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Patent infringement suit dismissed based on two faults in patents’ chain of title from

A recent court decision from the Southern District of New York dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit based on two issues with the patents’ chain of title.  In Picture Patents LLC v. Aeropostale Inc. (S.D ...

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Infringement Warrants Permanent Injunction But With 15-Month "Sunset Provision" to Allow Defendant Time To Introduce Noninfringing Product from

The court granted plaintiffs' motion for a permanent injunction, but imposed a 15-month "sunset provision" to "allow [defendant] time to introduce a new, noninfringing . . . product prior to any injunction taking effect." "There is little reason ...

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Congress Creates PTO Budget Crisis from

Just when we thought things were looking up at the PTO, Director Kappos announced on Friday in a blog post that the newly passed 2011 budget allocates $2.09 billion to the PTO, about $100 ...

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Two Unique Fashion Patents - Revealing Pants and Life Expectancy Watch from

By Catherine Zielinski


From bottom revealing pants to mortality-measuring watches, these patents remind us that fashion is constantly changing, and even the wackiest items of clothing can never be ruled out!


Life Expectancy Timepiece

US ...

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Remembering Norman Latker: The Passing of a Friend from

If you're in the profession of technology transfer, you just lost a close friend. Whether you knew him or not, you are a beneficiary of Norman J. Latker who passed away last weekend. Concerned ...

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Ruling Against Google Could Affect Open Source Use from

A new ruling from Texas against Google found patent infringement in some of its use of open-source Linux code, a decision that could affect the use of Linux and other open source systems that build ...

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Hamilton, NJ-patentee prevails at CAFC in Radio Systems v. Accession from

The case related to jurisdiction in a declaratory judgment action,
and the outcome was that the Hamilton, NJ-based patentee (one Thomas Sullivan )
was NOT hauled into a Tennessee court:

This is another in a series ...

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The fate of COPA at the USPTO? from

Recall in February 2011:

** From a USPTO press release on 2 Feb. 2011:

The USPTO also announced today a new effort to eliminate the “tail” of backlog applications that were more than 16 months old ...

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Guest Post: David Boundy – Defeat the America Invents Act from

The following is a guest post of David Boundy who is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Cantor Fitzgerald.  The views he expresses here are not those of Cantor Fitzgerald ...

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New Jersey leads the nation in new legislation area concerning employment ads from

In the story on a recently passed New Jersey law, it was the comments that were most interesting.

The news is that the state of New Jersey now has a law that prohibits employers from ...

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USPTO Budget Cuts Affect Patent Operations from

On April 21, 2011, USPTO Director David Kappos announced that several patent-related USPTO operations will be suspended or slowed down due to funding cuts. The cuts amount to approximately $100 million in fees that the ...

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Ex Parte Contact with USPTO Examiners from

Radio Systems Corp. v. Accession, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2011) Accession is a small private New Jersey corporation. Its owner, Thomas Sullivan, is also the sole employee and named inventor of the company's patent. Accession ...

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New US Tech Industry Lobbyist In Geneva from

The technology industry - including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook - has a new lobbyist in Geneva. Related Articles:

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DOE Offers Deep Discount on Patent Licenses to Speed Tech Transfer from

In a previous post, I wrote about the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Innovation Portal, an online tech transfer tool designed to link energy technologies developed by U.S. national laboratories and ...

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USPTO to host “Trademark Electronic Filing” seminar on Thursday from

Thursday, April 28th, the USPTO is hosting a seminar on electronic filing tips. The USPTO website says: USPTO Seminar on Trademark Electronic Filing On Thursday, April 28, 2011, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in ...

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Invent for Humanity from

Today the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) and the Center for Applied Innovation (CAI) Announced the Invent for Humanity™ Technology Transfer Exchange Fair, a first-ever event bringing together a renowned collection of technology leaders ...

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Update: RIM and Fractus Settle Antenna Patent Litigation from

Law360 reports in an article dated April 22, 2011, that Research in Motion and Fractus filed a motion to dismiss in Texas federal court because of a settlement deal in the Fractus antenna patent litigation ...

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Event Announcement: New Building Blocks for Jobs and Economic Growth from

I am pleased to announce that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be giving the opening keynote address at an exciting event on May 16 that Athena Alliance is co-organizing. The event -- "New Building Blocks ...

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Tech Transfer: University of New Mexico Honors Innovators from

I was extremely impressed by what I saw at the University of New Mexico. There are two federal laboratories in New Mexico - Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories - so I knew there was ...

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AstraZeneca and POZEN File Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Dr. Reddy’s from

The following is excerpted from an April 25, 2010 press release from POZEN published by Business Wire: POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN), a pharmaceutical company committed to transforming medicine that transforms lives, today announced that it ...

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Makeup of the CAFC: Update 4/25/11 from

I have been wondering about the number judges on the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit who were practicing patent attorneys.  I was surprised that I could not easily find this information.  Here is ...

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BPAI subsantially small quantity from

BPAI finds that 67% more is "substantially equal" to 0.15 mL since quantity is small (Ex parte Pavich)

Takeaway: Ex parte Pavich involved a marking pen for surgical sites on the body.  The claim ...

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