Patent & IP news for June 2, 2011

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post image Lessig at e-G8 or Le civilised Internet vs gales of creative destruction from

While we’re having our dark mutterings about what might be in a “Convergence Review“, the Leaders of the Free World (or at least the Western Hemisphere) meeting at Deauville have declared: 5. We discussed ...

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post image Microsoft's dispute with Motorola streamlined in Washington state; Southern Florida case might be transferred from

Since Microsoft filed its first Android-related patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola in October, many people's attention has shifted to some of the other smartphone patent complaints that have been filed in the meantime, including ...

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post image Draft RTI application - Administer with care from

In response to some of the comments requesting for pointers on filing Right to Information applications for photocopies of the answer sheets of the patent office examination, I've pasted below a draft RTI application ...

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The 64.2m CHF price-tag is a bargain -- it would
cost three times as much if it had a roof ...
While intellectual property is a concept best expressed in terms of intangibles, the World Intellectual ...

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post image This Trademark is Expressly Ours, says IE from

Trademark troubles have emerged yet again between two media groups in India -- this time between The Indian Express (IE) and The New Indian Express (NIE), owned by different members of the family of the late ...

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post image EPO: Filings rebound after crisis from

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced its statistics for 2010 last Tuesday. After a slump in filings in 2009, the number of filings has rebounded and surpassed the pre-crisis level; in fact, the 235,000 ...

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BIO and PhRMA Commend Commerce Secretary for Resisting Proposed Changes to Global Patent System from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) sent a letter (and accompanying Appendix) to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, expressing their appreciation and support for ...

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A2K Standards Proposed for UN Consumer Guidelines from

Consumers International today invited comments and proposals for a set of proposed amendments to include access to knowledge standards in the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection. Related Articles:

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Lodsys's infringement theory could work against Apple (and Google) from

Lodsys disagrees with Apple's position that its patent license covers app developers and has already sued the first seven app developers, accusing mostly iPhone and iPad apps, but also one Mac app and one ...

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Changes at PatentScope from

Patent searching at WIPO changed around May 31, 2011. The site noted some details.

In line with the nature and purpose of the PATENTSCOPE portal, the 2005 logo included the image of a magnifying glass ...

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Kimberly-Clark v. First Quality: preliminary injunctions from

In Kimberly-Clark v. First Quality, the legal issue related to granting a
preliminary injunction. The subject matter involves training pants used by toddlers to
assist in toilet training. Kimberly-Clark, a major partici-
pant in the ...

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Identity thefts related to income tax up a factor of 5 in last two years from

An AP story notes:

Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less.

The IRS is grappling with a nearly five-fold increase ...

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Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins from

Apple iPhone Developers Sued Lodsys has filed a patent infringement suit against several developers of applications for Apple. [Complaint] Lodsys claims that patent numbers 7,620,565 and 7,222,078 were used by the ...

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"We call that plagiarism. But in business it’s called competition.” from

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason comments on those copying the GroupOn approach to daily business deals:

We are proud of the idea in the way anyone would be if they invented something. All the clones were ...

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Insurance Claims Processing Patents Declared Invalid Under Bilski from

Defendant's motion for summary judgment of invalidity of plaintiffs' insurance claim processing patents was granted under Bilski v. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010). "[Defendant] contends that the claims of the [patents-in-suit] contain abstract ...

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Experts Share Foreign Filing Tips in IP Clinic from

In Managing IP magazine’s recent IP clinic, IP professionals, including inovia’s own Jeff Shieh, discussed different approaches to handle the questions, "How should I file patents abroad?" and "When is it worth using ...

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Article One VP Eric Baer Attends Crowdsortium Symposium 2011 from

Last month, representatives from top crowdsourcing companies gathered in Mountain View, CA at the Crowdsortium Symposium to discuss the world of crowdsourcing.  The Symposium was based on “relevant data and hot topics about the ever ...

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False Marking: "The Court does not need to be notified every time a judge makes a decision in one of those cases" from

"The issue involved in this case is now pending before hundreds of judges in the federal court system. The Court does not need to be notified every time a judge makes a decision in one ...

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The Colour Orange: Hershey And Mars Settle Trademark Dispute from

Amelia Manera is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. In the world of candy, Reese’s distinct shade of orange tells the consumer that a tasty peanut butter and chocolate treat resides within ...

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Toyota Soon To Enter The Social Network World from

Danny Titolo is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Toyota, Microsoft and recently announced a partnership to build a social network for Toyota customers. The network is called “Toyota Friend” and ...

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G8 declaration includes intellectual property references from

The G8 (Group of Eight) met last week. It produced a declaration entitled “Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy.” The declaration includes several references to intellectual property rights and the members pledged to take “effective ...

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Only in America ... "Permanent Injunctions as Punitive Damages" from

"Permanent Injunctions as Punitive Damages in Patent Infringement Cases" is the provocative title of a piece penned by Professor Paul J. Heald (University of Georgia Law School) and posted on the SSRN website here.  According ...

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Google Patents Cover View Disappears from

Introductory Note: The Gear Grinder with Danny Rooney is taking a week off, as Danny recuperates from his Man U boys taking it on the chin from FC Barcelona in the Champions League final. Don ...

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Obama Administration Outlines Administration Support Of The America Invents Act from

Scott Nyman   As you may recall, I wrote a series of articles (here, here, and more) about the America Invents Act, formerly known as the Patent Reform Act of 2011. In the articles, I outlined ...

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Congressional News Briefs from

By James DeGiulio -- H.R. 2015 Introduced in House to Improve System of Federally Funded Research On May 26, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) (at right) introduced The American Discoveries - American Jobs Commission Act of 2011 ...

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Not Necessarily Patent "Reform" from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The seeming legislative juggernaut that is the America Invents Act (S. 23 and H.R. 1249) is reportedly going to come to a floor vote in the House of Representatives this ...

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