Patent & IP news for August 11, 2011



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post image Update on Apple's European battles: Motorola, Samsung, JAY-tech from

What does JAY-tech have in common with Samsung and Motorola but not (to the best of my knowledge) with LG, SonyEricsson and Acer?

All six companies I named make Android-based devices. But only the first ...

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post image Intellectual Property Due Diligence and Article One from

A due diligence search is the process of investigation to gather information on the risks involved in a financial transaction or relationship.  In the intellectual property sphere, this involved investigating the quality of patents and ...

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post image Madras High Court restrains infringement of 'mobile ringtones' from

In yet another high-profile ringtone dispute, the Madras High Court on the 28th of July, 2011 has granted ex-parte interim injunctions to Five Star Audio & Star Music, restraining Suriya Movies, MG Movie Productions and AS ...

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post image Toronto trademarks – a photo journal from

Last weekend I was in Toronto. Here are some of the interesting trademarks and brand names I came across:   I particularly like the creative logo for the airport. What are your favorite Canadian brands?

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post image Vlingo Wins Court Case, Article One Contributes to Reexamination from

Vlingo announced Tuesday that “a jury in Federal District Court in Boston found that Vlingo did not infringe on U.S. Patent No 6,766,295… as alleged by Nuance Communications.”  While the jury found ...

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post image Novartis at the Supreme Court: Groverian Mischief? from

After months of anxious wait, the famed Novartis Glivec case was resuscitated at the Supreme Court. Arguments began the day before and continued until today (with the necessary breaks of course; the halls of justice ...

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Nexavar: Compulsory license will severely impact global pharma companies from

In what can be described as a major concern for the global pharma companies, Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma has triggered statutory compulsory licensing provision under S. 84 of the Patents Act, 1970 to manufacture and sell ...

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Patented drugs and Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) from

Drugs are a special area in patents, as unlike most areas of invention permission from regulatory authorities is needed to market them. This means that often products that have received patents...

(From Steve van Dulken ...

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More On Myriad: Judge Moore's Concurrence from

I wrote previously on the apparent scientific basis for the differing opinions of Judge Lourie and Judge Bryson on the patent-eligibility of isolated genomic DNA claims in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO. Here, I ...

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Google Continues To Search For Patent Portfolio Growth from

Scott Nyman   A couple articles back, I covered Google’s recent purchase of over 1,000 patents from a fellow technology leader, IBM. It appears now that Google has tasted patent portfolio expansion, it wants ...

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Employee job switch leads to charge of copying in design competition from

The key text in a dispute over an architectural design competition is:

The dispute centres on the role of Design ACB’s director Dominic Gaunt – who Dan Brill Architects said was one of its employees ...

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Top Official Discusses Resignation From Brazil’s ANVISA Over Patent Policy from

Luis Carlos Wanderly Lima, a senior official responsible for Brazil’s policy of giving a voice to its health ministry in the examination of patent applications with potential impact on public health, recently resigned in ...

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Unsuccessful Qui Tam Plaintiff Asserting False Marking Claim Not Immune From Costs Award from

Following the court's dismissal of plaintiff's qui tam false marking action, the court granted in part defendant's motion for costs. "[Plaintiff] argues it should not have to pay any costs because it ...

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Nerds! from

Danie Roy I am very pleased to report that the nerds are taking over! In patents, the IEEE is now more cited than any other publisher. For those of you a bit unfamiliar with the ...

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Patent citations, again from

One finds an interesting assertion in a post at missenginerd:

The firm [1790 Analytics] examined patents filed by 25 organizations that had been granted the highest number of patents from 1997 to 2010 by the ...

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Gevo's response to SECOND Butamax infringement assertion from

Butamax obtained another patent [ U.S. Patent No. 7,993,889 ] on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, and immediately proceeded to sue Gevo in federal district court in Delaware on August 9, 2011. This new case ...

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All for One and One For All: Collaborative Searching at from combines the best aspects of social media websites and the easy interface of Google to create a powerful new tool that could come in very handy to prior art searchers working on a ...

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US Patent Counts, Q2 2011 from

The USPTO issued fewer patents but published more applications in the second quarter of 2011. The number of patents declined by 5.1 percent to 58,920. The number of published applications increased by 6 ...

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Alto Funcionário Discute Sobre Renúncia Ao Seu Cargo Na ANVISA, No Brasil, Devido à Política Sobre Patentes from

Luis Carlos Wanderley Lima, funcionário sênior responsável pela política brasileira que expressa a opinião do Ministério da Saúde no referente à análise de pedidos de patente que possam ocasionar um impacto na saúde pública, renunciou ...

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Dr. Pepper squabble from

From the Christian Post:

The Dublin, Texas-based Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. was founded in 1891 and is the smallest and oldest distributor of the soda.

The small-town company is being sued for allegedly violating its ...

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Fraud by Boston University researcher from

The Scientist reported:

Sheng Wang, assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Cancer Research Center until last month, committed research misconduct, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of ...

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Vlingo and Nuance Debate Importance of Patent Infringement Trial Outcome from

In its August 9, 2011 press release available at PRNewswire, Vlingo states: Vlingo Corporation, the maker of the Virtual Assistant that turns your words into actions today announced a jury in Federal District Court in ...

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Assignment of “inventions and discoveries” assigns more than just the single listed patent application from

A new Federal Circuit opinion highlights the benefits of having a broadly worded assignment when acquiring a patent application from inventors.  In particular, the case confirms that an assignment of “inventions and discoveries” described in ...

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CAFC PRIVACASH case addresses "bearer instrument" from

Within the nonprecedential decision in PRIVACASH v. AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY :

The patent’s use of the term “bearer instrument” is consistent with the usual meaning given to “bearer bonds” or “bearer securities” by financial dictionaries ...

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BPAI new rejection indefinite Miyazaki chemical compound formula from

Takeaway: In a case involving chemical compounds in a transistor structure, the BPAI used a dependent claim to enter a new indefiniteness rejection for the independent claim. The Board found that both the Applicant's ...

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