Patent & IP news for July 13, 2011

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

Getting fresh.  The SPC Blog has traded in the phoenix logo which it has used since its launch in 2008.  In place of the old bird -- a rather tired piece of clip-art which some other ...

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post image Patent Malpractice Litigation: State versus Federal Jurisdiction from

Magnetek, Inc. v. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, 2011 Ill. App. LEXIS 708 (Ill. App. 2011) In 2005, Ole Nilssen and Magnetek settled their lawsuit with an agreement to arbitrate the final award. The arbitrator awarded $23 ...

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post image Article One Featured Researcher: Sandy Patent from

This week’s featured researcher is Sandy Patent.  He is an Intellectual Property analyst from India with a Master of Science in Pharmacy.  He does not have a large background in patent research.  However, he ...

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post image Apple’s APP STORE trademark enforcement: more backlash than good? from

Apple has several trademark battles currently (see Samsung and iCloud issues for example). It is currently lodged in a tangled dispute with several others over its claimed rights to “APP STORE” as a protected trademark ...

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post image A thank-you from the IPKat from

Time for Kats to party (available here) About an hour ago the IPKat weblog received its three millionth visitor to the site. Well, it may not actually be three million visitors, since some folk may ...

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Does Introduction Of A Utility Model Protection Regime Make Sense In India? from

India has at least seven diverse intellectual property (IP) legislations related to protection already in place. Its focus should therefore arguably be directed - along the lines of many other IP jurisdictions - on more stringent enforcement ...

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Patent Reform News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- Reports Suggest Senate Action on Patent Reform Bill Could Be Weeks Away In Monday's IPO Daily News, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) suggested that H.R. 1249, which the House ...

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First Office Action Backlog Dips Below 700,000 from

Guest blog by USPTO Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll

You’ll catch a major milestone on our updated patents dashboard in the USPTO Data Visualization Center. Our June numbers will show you that the backlog ...

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Judge doesn't share Apple's sense of urgency about Samsung case from

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the District of California has put a damper on Apple's hopes of speeding up its federal lawsuit against Samsung.

While an order she issued ...

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El Patent Pool estimula las perspectivas de medicamentos anti-VIH con una primera Licencia from

El Medicines Patent Pool y la compañía farmacéutica Gilead Sciences ha anunciado hoy un acuerdo de licencia para permitir la producción medicamentos clave para el combate contra el VIH a un menor costo y en ...

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The Doctrine of Claim Differentiation: Who Got It Right in Retractable Technologies? from

Whether the term “body” encompassed “multi-piece” structures became the crux of the claim construction issues in Retractable Technologies. The District Court for Eastern Texas, apparently applying the doctrine of claim differentiation, construed independent Claims 1 ...

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Failure to Disclose Infringing Sales Warrants $600,000 in Sanctions and Additional Damages from

The court found defendant in contempt for failing to disclose sales made to one customer before trial and imposed $500,000 in sanctions. "[Defendant] argues that these sales were irrelevant because these letter agreements contractually ...

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Chinese Intellectual Property News from

Our friends at AFD China recently informed us of news from the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO):

SIPO releases five year plan for patent examination
In SIPO's latest five year plan, covering China's patent ...

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Using the Patent Prosecution Highway for Faster Patents from

Hardly a month passes without there being yet another Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) announcement from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The PPH is lauded by the USPTO with great frequency, and for good ...

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Wacky Wednesday from

Danie Roy Assuming you didn’t live out your childhood days under a rock, you are at least marginally familiar with Dr. Seuss. His work “Wacky Wednesday” depicted a world turned upside down for a ...

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They Invented What? (No. 206) from

U.S. Pat. No. 6,817,032: Garment for preventing muscle strain. What is claimed is: 1. A garment for releasably securing a user’s hand at a fixed location along the user’s body ...

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Patent News Sources: Patent Information News from the EPO from

The patent information industry is a swift and deep river of information. There’s so much new info every day that one needs to come up with a plan just to stay abreast of the ...

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Philip Morris Lawsuit Alleges Australian Anti-Tobacco Legislation Violates Trade-mark Rights from

Michael Gilburt is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. On June 27, 2011, the tobacco giant Philip Morris issued a press release announcing its decision to commence legal action against Australia over proposed ...

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