Patent & IP news for July 18, 2011

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post image Monday miscellany from

The programme is no longer
under wraps ...
Will you be attending the half-day seminar on 7 September on Initial Interest Confusion? It's held in the pleasant and congenial Lincoln's Inn home of barristers ...

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post image Plastic Bag Makers Accuse ChicoBag of Reverse Greenwashing from

Greenwashing has come to mean making false or deceptive representations about environmentally friendly aspects of products, services or practices.  The vast majority of greenwashing legal actions target product or service providers touting their wares in ...

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post image Falling in Love with Your Lawyer from

What can you say about a five-year old company that died? That it was honest and worked hard? That it never fell in love with a good lawyer? Finding a lawyer to love may be ...

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post image Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins from

BPAI's Backlog Currently the BPAI receives about 1,200 new cases every month, but only decides around 600 cases per month. As shown in the graph below the BPAI's backlog has been increasing ...

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post image TV Catchup case goes to Europe from

Cast your mind back to last December and you might recall, though the midst of winter's murky memories, a bright and cheeky interlude in which the recently-promoted Mr Justice Kitchin starred, ITV Broadcasting Ltd ...

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post image Android and iPhone Apps Now Available from Article One from

Article One is proud to announce that we have released our Android OS mobile application.  This application joins the Article One iOS app, which launched last August.  Together, these applications are a great way to ...

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post image Patent invalidity in Singapore – is it a black and white issue? from

With thanks to Kin Wah Chow of Rouse Indonesia for this update.

Singapore is fast becoming a choice venue for IP owners to set up R&D; facilities and file test cases in court. Because ...

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post image USPTO trademark applications increase 4% in first half of 2011 from

Now that the year is just over half over, I was able to review the USPTO filing numbers for the first six months of 2011 compared with the same period of 2010. 1st half of ...

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post image BIO 2011: Remarks by Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos from

At an event co-sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office, The Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Biojudiciary Project,  David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States ...

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post image Interview With PTIS Co-founder Brian Wagner from

One of the things I enjoy about law blogging is my opportunity to interview thought leaders in the intellectual property arena. Recently I had the opportunity to be introduced to Brian Wagner who is a ...

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Tanning through your swimsuit invention from

There have recently been newspaper advertisements headed "Get an all-over tan through your swimwear!" The copy goes on to say that their "revolutionary world patented Transol® fabric has millions of...

(From Steve van Dulken's ...

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Battlemap: Apple's heavy patent artillery against HTC's guerilla warfare from

On Friday (July 15, 2011) an Administrative Law Judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an initial determination that HTC's Android-based products infringe two Apple patents. If affirmed, this can result in ...

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Inadequate Pre-Filing Investigation, Unsupportable Claims Construction and Unreliable Infringement Opinion Justify Award of Attorneys' Fees from

Defendants' motion for attorneys' fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 following summary judgment was granted. "Plaintiff’s claim interpretation found no support either in the plain language of the claims or the intrinsic record ...

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Six Years of Talks Fail in Ford Patent Dispute from

Flash(back) of Genius? Ford Motor Company was sued twice in one week by businesses that say it is infringing their hands-free inventions, including the company’s popular SYNCH voice-command technology If it looks like ...

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USPTO Begins MOTTAINAI Pilot for the Patent Prosecution Highway from

On July 15, 2011, the US Patent and Trademark Office commenced an enhanced framework pilot program for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). The PPH allows an application, whose claims have have been deemed patentable by ...

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Innovation at work (or is it marketing?) from

Is consumer research really research? That seems like a silly question -- the answer of most techies would be no, its marketing. But I beg to differ. And here is an example. This story is about ...

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IP in the marketplace: the quest for evidence from

The UK's Intellectual Property Office website has recently sprouted three new publications from its Economics, Research and Evidence team.  In short, they are
* Film, Television & Radio, Books, Music and Art: UK Investment in Artistic ...

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Patenting Business Methods and Software in the U.S. from

Any method claim that does not require machine implementation or does not cause a transformation will fail the test and will be rejected under § 101. The importance of this from a practical standpoint is that ...

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Fuzzysharp Tech. v. 3D Labs — Part I from

The recent oral argument in Fuzzysharp Technologies, Inc. v. 3D Labs, Inc., Ltd.  is extremely interesting if you are involved in the patenting of businesss methods and computer software.  No decision has been issued in ...

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BPAI reverse enablement 101 utility non-statutory from

BPAI reverses Enablement rejection when Examiner confuses § 101 Non-Statutory Subject Matter with § 101 Lack of Utility

Takeaway: The BPAI reversed a § 112 First Paragraph Enablement rejection in a computer software application because the Examiner's ...

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