Patent & IP news for May 4, 2011

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post image No Inverter Required: Analyzing Array’s Patented PAM Current Converters from

Array Converter (Array) is a Sunnvale, California, company that designs inverter-less solar power systems to directly convert the direct current (DC) electricity produced by solar modules into alternating current (AC) for the grid. Array owns ...

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6,034,423 claims a semiconductor chip package lead frame. But it didn't claim enough to satisfy inventors Shahram Mostafazadeh and Joseph O. Smith, who framed themselves into less patent coverage than they thought ...

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post image Article One Featured Researcher: Thomas Fitzpatrick II from

This week, we interviewed AOP Researcher Thomas Fitzpatrick II.  Thomas lives in Tacoma, Wa and “stumbled across Article One while doing some research for a friend”.  He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgia ...

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Trade marks in Europe: the future.  Last month's rapid response seminar, "The Future: next steps for trade marks in Europe: a  review of the long-awaited Study on the Overall Functioning of the European Trade ...

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(Not) a case of PBR from

Caithness applied for the grant of plant variety rights for the potato variety ‘Nadine’ on 21 May 1992. That application was accepted by the Registrar on 28 May 1992. On 10 November 1994, the Plant ...

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World Health Ministers Pledge To Fight Noncommunicable Diseases from

A pledge against the spread of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other noncommunicable diseases was made last week by health ministers adopting a “Moscow Declaration” to prevent, and treat such illnesses. Related Articles:

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Super-Injunctions v. Freedom of Speech: An Ongoing Battle in the UK from

Leslie Chong is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls, recently gave a speech to the Judicial Studies Board Annual Lecture entitled “Open Justice Unbound?” where he ...

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Absent Participation in Common Transaction or Occurrence, Defendants Accused of Infringing the Same Patents Should Not be Joined in a Single Suit from

Defendants' motion to sever plaintiff's suit involving eleven defendants and four patents was granted. "Plaintiff has not alleged that the Defendants have engaged in the same transaction or occurrence or series of transactions or ...

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They Invented What? (No. 201) from

U.S. Pat. No. 4,599,071:  Adjustable beach-shoes. I claim: 1. An adjustable beach-shoe, comprising: a platform with four straps adjustable in length secured thereon, including a peripheral wall projecting downwards with a recess ...

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RPX Announces Price of IPO from

RPX Corporation, which bills itself as a defensive patent aggregator and aims to neutralize NPEs (aka patent trolls) by buying up patents and licensing them to clients for an annual subscription fee, announced today that ...

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Montz Wins Ghost Hunters Idea Submission Case At Ninth Circuit (en banc) from

The Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling and found that Montz’s idea submission/breach of implied-in-fact contract claim was not preempted by the Copyright Act. Montz v. Pilgrim Films & Television, Inc., (9th ...

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Billups-Rothenberg v. ARUP: Genetic Testing Patents Found to Be Anticipated and in Violation of Lilly Written Description Requirement from

Robert Cook-Deegan and I filed an amicus brief in AMP v. US PTO (the Myriad gene patent case) essentially arguing that with respect to gene patents we should not throw out the baby with the ...

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Tasini Takes on Huffington Post over Compensation for Blog Posts from

Ivy Tsui is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. After the Huffington Post was sold to AOL for $315 million in February, former HuffPost blogger Jonathan Tasini filed a lawsuit against AOL/Huffington ...

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Applicants loses at CAFC in In re MOSTAFAZADEH from

As to impermissble scope of reissue:

It is well established, however, that a patentee may not “regain[ ] through reissue the subject matter that he surrendered in an effort to obtain allowance of the origi-nal claims ...

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United States to Commemorate World Intellectual Property Day from

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will belatedly commemorate World Intellectual Property Day on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. The ...

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Managing Intellectual Property: Trade Mark Bullies Report Dubbed Dissappointing from

I was quoted in an article today from Managing Intellectual Property (subscription required) about the recent release of the Department of Commerce / USPTO Trademark Litigation Tactics Study. Here is an excerpt from the quotations in ...

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How to Manage Patent Research Projects: Tracking from

There are many aspects to patent searching that are important, yet non-obvious (pardon the pun). As I discussed in the “Top 5 Worst Mistakes in a Patent Search” post, two of the foundations to a ...

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Driving up the costs of patent litigation from

In the recent oral argument of Juniper Networks, Inc. v. Shipley, 2010-1327 (Fed. Cir. April 29, 2011),  Chief Judge Rader asked Juniper’s counsel if a court should take into consideration a party’s motives ...

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WIPO Members Renew Debate Over Development Agenda Implementation, Coordination from

A debate has arisen this week among World Intellectual Property Organization members over a WIPO secretariat report on implementation of the 2007 Development Agenda, which was intended to infuse a stronger development dimension into the ...

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RPX IPO Update from

Contrary to my earlier update (relying on a MarketWatch article), RPXC began trading around 11:30 AM (NY time). Trading opened at $24.10 per share and is currently hovering a little over $23. As ...

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Texas court adopts early summary judgment hearing on damages to streamline patent litigation from

In a recent opinion, Judge Davis of the Eastern District of Texas approved an unusual procedure that the parties believed would streamline patent litigation and narrow issues trial.  In AdjustaCam LLC v., the ...

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