Patent & IP news for May 17, 2011

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post image PCC Page 27: Two more bricks in the wall from

In an effort to make things
clearer for litigants, every
brick is labelled "brick" ...
Masterfully managed by by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), the PCC Pages seek to explain how litigation works in ...

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post image INTA Special Report: A Century of Trade Mark Law from

As Day 197 (or so it feels) of INTA 2011 enters the afternoon lull between the early morning breakfasts and the late evening cocktails, the AmeriKat has stolen herself away to her hotel room to ...

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post image Report Speculated to Have Done What it Was Asked to Do from

The Hargreaves Report (or Gowers II, as it is affectionately known in some parts) is expected to be released into the wild tomorrow (Wednesday 18 May). Unsurprisingly, the IPKat has been keen to get his ...

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post image Guide to the Patents County Court now available from

The keenly-awaited Guide to the Patents County Court, which will help litigants make the most of their opportunity to litigate before England and Wales's revamped bargain basement litigation forum, has now been approved by ...

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post image Article One Most Valuable Researcher Rewards and Contest from

The research done by the AOP community is tremendous and we try to reward as many researchers as possible for their time and effort.  The biggest rewards available are the Study Rewards, ranging from $5 ...

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post image 2011 USPTO National Trademark Expo from

The 2011 National Trademark Expo will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, October 14th, and Saturday, October 15th.

The free two-day event is intended ...

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post image Person(s) Skilled in the Art: Should the Now Established Model of Team-Based Inventing Impact the Obviousness Analysis? from

By Dennis Crouch A claimed invention is unpatentable if, at the time the invention was made, the invention as a whole would have been obvious "to a person having ordinary skill in the art to ...

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post image INTA Special Report: Sir Robin Jacob's Speech from

Sir Robin Jacob was the final speaker of the concurrent session ( see previous report here) and opened by stating that
"This is my first time at INTA and I have been told that it involves ...

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Federal Circuit Reverses Rejection Based On Board Conjecture from

The recent Federal Circuit decision in In re Huai-Hung Kao addressed obviousness rejections in three separate patent applications assigned to Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The court affirmed the Board's rejections in two of the applications ...

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JNDC, engineering and product consultants from

I recently posted about attending the opening day of the Invention Centre at Norwood Junction, London. One of the stalls there was for JNDC, a company from Kingston which is an engineering design...

(From Steve ...

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WIPO Members Discuss Patent Quality, Public Health, Exceptions from

World Intellectual Property Organization members this week are discussing potential new policies on patent law related to patent quality, patents and health, and exceptions and limitations to patents. Related Articles:

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Non-Lawyer Legal Services: You Get What You Pay For – Part 3 – The Guarantee (Or Lack Thereof) from

By Scott Nyman   When speaking with potential client, I often get asked, “So why shouldn’t I just use a service like LegalZoom?” This is a big question, and requires a big answer. So big ...

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PTO Expands Pre-Office Action Interview Program from

The PTO has expanded the program where it grants examiner interviews to applicants prior to the first Office Action.  Normally, an interview prior to a first Office Action is within the examiner’s discretion.  This ...

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“Separating Hype from Reality in Alternative Fuels” from

Note the event on May 19, 2011: “Separating Hype from Reality in Alternative Fuels”

Confirmed participants:

Luke Timmerman, National Biotechnology Editor, Xconomy
Nitin Baliga, Professor, Institute for Systems Biology
Kristina Burow, Arch Venture Partners; Co-founder ...

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In re Kao: Important Decision Controlling BPAI Obviousness Holdings from

In re Kao, ___ F.3d ___ (Fed. Cir. 2011) In an important decision for patent prosecutors, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially overturned a PTO obviousness decision. The question on ...

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Top 10 Features of The German Patent Office’s DEPATISnet: Part 1 from

DEPATISnet has many more useful features than your average free patent search system.  According to Stephen Adams in Information Sources in Patents, 2nd edition (see left sidebar), DEPATISnet is a “multi-country portal providing search access ...

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What app developers need to know about Lodsys and the in-app upgrade button patent problem from

I previously commented on the fact that Lodsys contacted various iOS app developers with claims of patent infringement and published a rebuttal of Lodsys's defense of its business model. This issue is still making ...

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BorgWarner Announces Resolution of Its Patent Lawsuit Against Honeywell from

The following is excerpted from a May 16, 2011 BorgWarner press release published by PR Newswire: BorgWarner and Honeywell have settled their lawsuit resolving BorgWarner's patent infringement claims in the U.S. District Court ...

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US Supports WHO Reforms, Backs Director General Chan from

The United States fully supports the programme of reforms proposed by the World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan, the US health minister said today. Related Articles:

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Trademark Settlement Agreement Tips from

This afternoon I will be hosting a discussion (‘table topic’) at the INTA (International Trademark Association) conference in San Francisco.  The discussion will be about settlement agreement tips for trademark disputes. A great majority of ...

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Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of False Marking Case Without Leave to Amend from

Juniper Networks, Inc. v. Shipley (Fed. Cir. Apr. 29, 2011)

In this case, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's dismissal of a false patent marking cases for failure to state a claim.  The ...

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Medical Justice or an Unjust Medical Practice? from

Dan Whalen is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Since 2002, at least one company, Medical Justice, has been offering physicians the opportunity to quiet the online voices of dissatisfied patients through a ...

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Ravicher on Rambus from

From a piece by Dan Ravicher on seekingalpha:

The critical issue now is how badly Rambus will be punished by the California and Delaware courts for destroying documents. On that, it's interesting to note ...

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Bill Gates Calls For “Vaccine Decade;” Explains How Patent System Drives Public Health Aid from

Microsoft legend Bill Gates is impassioned about helping to save lives as head of a large-scale foundation. Today, he explained to Intellectual Property Watch how intellectual property rights help drive that process forward and make ...

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USPTO Expands Patent Pre-Examination Interview Program from

The USPTO has announced a one-year pilot program that allows patent applicants to request an interview with the examiner prior to the first office action.  This new pilot expands on previous programs that only covered ...

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CAFC delivers more messages on obviousness from

Because of problems at blogger/blogspot, there were no posts on May 13, 2011. In the meantime, the CAFC decided IN RE HUAI-HUNG KAO, ANAND R. BAICHWAL, TROY MCCALL, AND DAVID LEE, with the result ...

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Circuit Judge Alan Lourie to Receive Distinguished Public Service Award from

The Boston Patent Law Association will be presenting Circuit Judge Alan Lourie with its Distinguished Public Service Award on June 10, 2011.  You can see more details on the announcements page of the Federal Circuit ...

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Blather in the San Jose Mercury News from

Two commentators to the San Jose Mercury News took an odd approach in pushing patent reform:

Unfortunately, the act fails to address the crux of the problem, particularly for pharmaceuticals: raising the bar on patent ...

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Security Crack-Down Not Enough to Stop Syria’s Cyber Activists from

Danny Titolo is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. When a land is riddled with violence and government oppression, the more common reaction from its citizens is to counter the violence with guns ...

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