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post image Patent Reform: "America Invents Act" Almost Law from

The Leahy-Smith "America Invents Act" H.R. 1249, was passed by the U.S. Senate on September 8, 2011 and because the House of Representatives passed identical legislation on June 23, the bill will go ...

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post image Zappanale dispute and Lacoste writing to the police from

German magazine Der Stern reports on the next round in the ongoing dispute between the Zappa Family Trust and fans of cult musician Frank Zappa over the use of the word mark ZAPPA, registered as ...

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How Apple's German injunction affects retailers from

On Friday I blogged about the Düsseldorf Regional Court's decision to uphold its preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and, by extension, any other look-alike products). Meanwhile, Samsung has declared its intent ...

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CBS, with Scott Pelley, covered 9/11 events on September 11, 2011, thereby pre-empting "CBS Sunday Morning."

There was a moment of silence at 9:02-9:03 am to remember the event of US Flight ...

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Patent Reform: If You’re Not Angry, You’re Not Breathing from

Aaron Thalwitzer After nearly10 years of finagling, patent reform legislation is on its way to the President, who will sign it (Obama does not veto; see here). This gives me a perfect opportunity to...


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Copyright/Trademark Infringement Suit Against from

By Rene Dial Just a few days ago the producers of the Twilight franchise (Summit) sued the domain owner, Tom Markson, of  At first look one would think hey they have a valid ...

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ABC: Did DOE miss obvious warning signs of the Solyndra’s troubles from

ABC News was quoted in blog:

Until two weeks ago, the Obama administration held out Solyndra as a model for its green energy program, which was devised to create jobs and spur investment in cleaner ...

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Updated battlemap/slideshow: Apple v. HTC and S3 Graphics from

With all that's going on, I don't always find the time to update my battlemaps (which always include slideshows and detailed reference lists) immediately after a new filing or other development in a ...

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Congress Passes Patent Reform: Highlights for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises from

“This is not a patent reform bill.  This is a big corporation patent giveaway that tramples on the rights of small inventors.” – Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) On September 8, 2011, The U.S. Senate voted ...

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"60 Minutes" on Dr. Benjamin Luft on September 11, 2011 from

The second story on 60 Minutes was on Dr. Benjamin Luft of SUNY/Stony Brook who has been treating responders from September 11.

So far, Luft has recorded interviews with 137 patients from 9/11 ...

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Changes to U.S. Patent law: what happens now? from

On September 8, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America Invents Act, which dramatically amends U.S. patent law.  Some of the most significant changes — such as the change of U.S ...

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Law Professors and their Initial Remarks on the Leahy-Smith Patent Reforms from

Impact on NPEs: Early reports say that the new law will "do nothing" to impact NPEs. They are wrong. The law will forbid the NPE tactic of naming unrelated companies in a single lawsuit, and ...

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The Myth of the Sole Inventor from

The canonical story of the lone genius inventor is largely a myth. Edison didn’t invent the light bulb; he found a bamboo fiber that worked better as a filament in the light bulb developed ...

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US Cybersource Decision Puts Mental Steps Back Into Business Methods Patents from

Amelia Manera is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. On August 16, 2011, the US Court of Appeal released the decision of Cybersource Corporation v Retail Decisions Inc. reinforcing that a process that ...

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Questions Remain Up In The Air After Partial Victory For Cloud Music Service from

Andrew Baker is a LLB/BCL candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law. A New York court has recently ruled against EMI Music’s claims that online music provider, MP3Tunes’s techniques violate the 1998 ...

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Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Patent Infringement and Validity in Phostech v. Valence from

Danny Titolo is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. The Federal Court of Appeal upheld the trial decision of Justice Gauthier in Phostech v. Valence ruling in favour of Valence Technology on a ...

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