Patent & IP news for May 12, 2011

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post image Determination of prima facie validity of registered mark from

The Delhi High Court once again examined the prima facie validity of a registered mark in its judgment in Bhole Baba Milk Food Industries Ltd v. Parul Food Specialities (P) Ltd. The Court had to ...

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post image Capable of being confused with the trade mark from

Jessup J has ruled that Idameneo’s use of: does not infringe Symbion’s registered trade mark for: (As registered, the trade mark is not coloured; it was generally used in the colours depicted. See ...

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Patent Reform News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- H.R. 1249 Could Reach House Floor in June In Friday's IPO Daily News, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) reported that "[m]any observers" believe the House version of the ...

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European Court of Justice Considers Embryonic Stem Cell Ban from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is poised to make a decision regarding the patent-eligibility of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in Europe, and that decision will be "no" if the ...

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Introducing the Trademarks Dashboard from

Guest Blog by Commissioner for Trademarks Deborah Cohn

The USPTO launched its first Data Visualization Center Dashboard in October to provide access to patent application and pendency. This month, we are pleased to announce the ...

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Lukes Engineering's innovative products from

I recently attended the opening of the Round Table of Inventors' Invention Centre at Norwood Junction, and posted about it. This is the first posting on one of the companies I came across in the ...

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Sen. Blumenthal invokes patent application against Google from

Proving that some senators (or their staff) reads patent applications, Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) invoked a patent application against Google. From Grant Gross:

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, pointed to a November 2008 patent application ...

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SMEs can leverage their IP to facilitate R&D financing from

A recently published paper by Dr. Gaetan de Rassenfosse explains how firms can use their patents to finance innovation [1]. He argues that patents aimed at monetization of IP is more important for SMEs than ...

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ITC ruling in Analog Devices/Knowles dispute over MEMS technology from

A Bloomberg/BusinessWeek post begins:

Analog Devices Inc. said Wednesday that the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in its favor in a patent case. But its opponent, Knowles Electronics LLC, sought to tamp ...

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Something new to fear from bed bugs? from

Conventional wisdom has been that bed bugs do NOT transmit diseases to humans. Humans merely got irritating bites.
Now that may change.


Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting ...

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The IP Bubble from

If you’re interested IP issues from an asset perspective, there are not many sources better than IAM Magazine’s Joff Wild, and IP Finance author Jeremy Phillips.  From Jeremy’s recent post, it seems ...

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Custody Over the Bratz: Mattel v. MGA, Round Two from

Leslie Chong is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. The legal battle between Mattel and MGA Entertainment, Inc. has come one step closer to ending. Despite the seven-year legal saga between Mattel (owner ...

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Do Wikileaks on Federal Election Match the Results? from

Kalen Lumsden is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. On the eve of Canada’s federal election, the CBC published two U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks on federal party leaders. Both ...

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Aristocrat v. IGT: Attorney Negligence, Revival, and Inequitable Conduct from

Aristocrat Techs. v. Int'l. Game Tech. & IGT (N.D. Cal. 2011) (File Attachment: AristocratIneqCond.pdf (125 KB)) The Aussie slot-machine manufacturer Aristocrat missed its US national stage patent filing deadline by one day. The ...

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Prosecuting Counsel's Inequitable Conduct Is Not Attributable To Plaintiff Where Counsel's Actions Are In Direct Conflict With Plaintiff's Instruction from

Following a bench trial on inequitable conduct the court determined that plaintiff's patent was not unenforceable even if prosecution counsel had intended to deceive the PTO. "Although any failures by [counsel] to carry out ...

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Educational Tools For Seed Treaty Actors from

The international seed treaty has launched a capacity building campaign under the form of educational modules to help a range of stakeholders better understand the treaty and its implementation. Related Articles:

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Nagoya Protocol: Key Signatories Take it Closer To Goal from

The protection of genetic resources from misappropriation, institutionalised in October 2010 by the Nagoya Protocol, is getting nearer to realisation as eight new countries ratified the protocol yesterday. Related Articles:

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Rea pushes "America Invents Act" from

From a guest post by Teresa Stanek Rea at the Kappos blog:

In order to hear ideas directly from entrepreneurs, senior Administration officials have traveled to cities throughout the Nation, holding Startup America: Reducing Barriers ...

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Brazil’s Copyright Reform: Are We All Josef K.? from

Discussions are heating up as never before on Brazil's copyright reform, and controversies involving the new administration as well as the collecting society (ECAD)'s alleged wrongdoings, are jeopardising the last eight years of ...

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They Invented What? (No. 202) from

U.S. Pat. No. 4,625,468: Temporary/portable nuclear fallout shelter. I claim: 1. A portable shelter for placement over a hole in the ground comprising in combination, a tent enclosure having a floor ...

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Free Patent Alert Services: US Patents and Applications from

In a previous post, we discussed free patent search sites that allowed users to browse and view the full text of US patents and applications.  While reading Information Sources in Patents (2nd edition) by Stephen ...

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Google Takes $5 Million Hit in Linux Patent Infringement Lawsuit from

Matt Lonsdale is a JD candidate at Dalhousie University. On April 15, 2011, a Texas court ordered Google to pay $5 million to Bedrock Computer Technologies for patent infringement. The patent covers a method of ...

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Trademark Office Launches Trademark Dashboard from

By: Mark R. Malek You may recall that I posted a couple of articles (see here and here)regarding the new Patent Dashboard that was launched by the PTO.  The Patent Dashboard was a visualization ...

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Common themes among the world’s most valuable brands from

Millward Brown‘s 2011 BrandZ study of the most valuable global brands is out. From a trademark perspective, there are several common themes among the leaders: - Distinctive names and much more prevalent than descriptive names ...

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Is The Dot Future Now? The ABC's of the New gTLDs from

Last week, the House Judiciary Subcommitte on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet held a hearing on ICANN's new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, which would greatly expand the number of Internet suffixes to ...

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Microsoft v. Odom: Using Your Patents as Prior Art from

Odom v. Microsoft (Fed. Cir. 2011) By Dennis Crouch I previously wrote about the Federal Circuit affirmation of the lower court's summary judgment ruling that Odom's claims are obvious when judged against a ...

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New Texts In Play In WIPO Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources Talks from

Negotiators trying this week to advance talks for UN World Intellectual Property Organization treaties on traditional knowledge, genetic resources, and folklore have made progress on draft texts, but are facing sharp criticism from indigenous groups ...

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Invidi Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Visible World, Cablevision from

The following is excerpted from a May 11, 2011 article by Steve Donohue published at Interactive TV Today: Invidi Technologies Corp. filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Visible World and Cablevision Systems Corp., igniting a legal ...

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Tivo v. Echostar: En Banc Opinion Stands from

By Jason Rantanen TiVo Inc. v. Echostar Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2011) (en banc nonprecedential order) Download Tivo 2009-1374 5 10 11 adl order to aso_new Before Rader, Newman, Mayer, Lourie, Bryson, Gajarsa, Linn, Dyk, Prost ...

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District Court Decides Amrix (Cyclobenzaprine) Litigation in Favor of ANDA Filers, Finding Claims of Patents-in-Suit Invalid for Obviousness from

In Re: Cyclobenzaprine Hyldrochloride Extended-Release Capsule Patent Litigation, No. 9-md-2118-SLR (D. Del. 2011) In an Opinion and Order issued today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware found in favor of ANDA ...

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America Invents Act Update: Patent Reform Takes A Partisan Twist from

Patent reform continues to stay in the news, as the IPO reports that the House of Representatives could vote on H.R. 1249 as early as June.  The House bill also appears to be significantly ...

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