Patent & IP news for June 17, 2011

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post image Nokia v IPCom - Round Two of the English Leg of the International Patent Battle from

The tussle between Nokia and IPCom has reached the courts once again and is, in the mind of this Kat at least, beginning to appear a little like the legal equivalent of UK TV uber-serial ...

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post image P.H. Kurian - the Patent Office's 'Knight in Shining Armour' - resigns as the Controller General from

As most of you may have already heard, the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks & Designs Mr. P.H. Kurian has resigned from his post despite completing only half of his five year term. The new ...

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post image Of Rags and Richemont: Chloé goes to court from

Chloé's legal team give a whole new meaning
to the concept of making an appearance in Court
As a great believer in the old-fashioned virtues of spelling, punctuation and grammar, and as a great ...

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post image Federal Circuit Reverses District Court's Finding That Claim Terms Not Using "Means" Were Subject to § 112 ¶ 6 from

Inventio AG v. Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Corp. (Fed. Cir. June 15, 2011)

In this case, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's finding that two claim terms, "modernizing device" and "computing unit", were terms ...

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post image BPAI Judicial Diversity and Appeal Win Rate from

I recently created a database of 10,000 recently released ex parte decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) with dates ranging from November 2009 to June 2011. These ex pare BPAI ...

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post image What Would You Say to Research and Development Types About Patents? from

This Kat has been "away on assignment", as they say, and settling back into his frenetic version of routine has proved to be a challenge. We're getting there, though.

As periodically happens, I was ...

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The Problem with Patent Keyword Highlighting from

Highlighting is normally your friend, helping your brain sort through a jumble of words on a whitespace. Plenty of search engines (of any type) have it in some form, some providing more advanced features than ...

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ITunes Match and making Prof. Lessig’s case from

Recap: Prof. Lessig’s argument. You will remember that Michael Speck from Music Industry Piracy Investigations was outraged by Apple’s pending iTunes Match service and, in particular, the part where the service would in ...

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Apple amends complaint against Samsung, asserts more intellectual property rights against more products from

Apple has already put its inevitable defeat against Nokia behind it and is in attack mode again. Yesterday (Thursday, June 16, 2011), Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung, asserting more patents and other ...

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USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations from

By: Mark R. Malek In a press release dated June 15, 2011, the USPTO announced the appointment of Mary Boney Denison as deputy commissioner for trademark operations. Ms. Denison will oversee the examination and processing ...

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Top 5: Pet Patents and Inventions from

While many inventions and ideas are designed to improve our lives, there are also many that help out with our pets as well.  Today, we look at some of the unique patents that relate to ...

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Oracle sues Google over Sun/Java from

The San Francisco Chronicle story begins: Oracle Corp. is seeking billions of dollars in damages in a patent- and copyright-infringement suit against Google Inc., claiming the search-engine company's Android software uses technology related to ...

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Stamps case revisits In re Klopfenstein: webpage as prior art? from

The nonprecedential case of Stamps v. Endicia covers a lot of ground,
but its treatment of a webpage as prior art (with a dissent by Bryson)
is informative. The issue of webpages as prior art ...

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Copyright Vital For Authors, Adaptable For Wide Access, WIPO Panellists Say from

Copyright is necessary to allow authors to live from their trade and to guarantee their independence, and exceptions should be decided by authors and publishers, according to panellists on a copyright dialogue held at the ...

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Infringement Contentions Must Disclose Not Only The Result of Allegedly Infringing Process, But Also The "Product Configurations and Additional from

End User Programming" Used to Generate Such Results

Defendant's motion to compel plaintiff to disclose how it configured the accused products to produce alleged infringement was granted. "[Defendant] complains that neither the screenshots provided ...

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IP – the value and risks to a fast growing business from

- was the title of a seminar recently held at the London office of insurance company MunichRe.In addition to launching a new IP insurance product, the seminar also presented the findings of a survey of ...

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Common Text Emerges On Copyright Exceptions For The Blind from

A cross-cutting group of major World Intellectual Property Organisation members today produced a “non-paper” on limitations and exceptions to copyright for visually impaired readers at a WIPO meeting on copyright. The group had met in ...

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Friday fantasies from

Friday -- time to reflect, take things easy, and check out all those exciting events on the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page!

In "Some Light Reading", Cat the Kat reviewed a lovely little book entitled In ...

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PatentScope Mobile from

PatentScope now offers a mobile search interface. As far as I know, this is the first patent office database optimized for mobile devices.

Also read that WIPO is planning to add "the bulk" of patent ...

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The first claim states:

A computer-implemented method, comprising: receiving from a first mobile device a first request to participate in social networking; within a time window of receiving the first request, receiving from a second ...

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Federal Circuit introduces strict new Inequitable Conduct standard in Therasense from

Recently, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion, Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson, & Co., that will have a extensive impact on the standards used to determine when a patent must ...

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Too many lawyers with technical degrees, or too many underemployed scientists? from

Within a post titled Lawyers & engineers: too many, too few, just right?by Bill Schweber is the text:But what really has me ambivalent is that so many of the lawyers at top IP firms ...

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“You have to look at all the tradeoffs" from

The comment could be about patent reform 2011, but in fact it related to the AARP disclosure to the Wall Street Journal on June 17, 2011 about being open to cuts in social security. The ...

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Guest Post: Gaston Kroub on the UKIPO “Green Channel” Initiative Two Years In (Part II) from

In a previous post, this author provided background on the UKIPO’s “Green Channel” for expedited examination of patent applications drawn to environmentally-friendly technologies.  As noted in that post, the program’s two-year anniversary recently ...

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Federal Circuit to Sit in Colorado in Fall of 2012 from

Each fall the Federal Circuit usually visits a city across the country to hold session and hear oral arguments.  You might recall that last fall the court sat in Atlanta.  I suspect that Chief Judge ...

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Oracle expert says Google owes between 1.4 and 6.1 billion dollars from

Finally the cat is out of the bag and the numbers are on the table: the Oracle expert report on damages Google vehemently opposes arrived -- according to a Google filing that has now become available ...

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Patent Owner Vindicated As Winston Drives Hyundai Off A Cliff from

Just this afternoon, a Tyler, Texas jury decided that four different claims of US Patent 7,606,739 were infringed by Hyundai, and none of the claims were proven invalid by clear and convincing evidence ...

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