Patent & IP news for November 11, 2011

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post image Top 5: African Nations for PCT Applications from

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system has existed in Africa since 1994.  As of 2010, the PCT had been adopted by all by nine African nations.  The PCT system “makes it possible to seek patent ...

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post image "Open Innovation: the Challenges and Solutions" from

Only yesterday this weblog posted information concerning a topic meeting on 24 November at the University of Leuven, Belgium, on "Open Innovation: Barrier or Enabler?" Today we post an announcement concerning "Open Innovation: the Challenges ...

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Hidden Heroes: exhibition on everyday objects from

London's Science Museum has opened an exhibition called Hidden Heroes: the genius of everyday things. It celebrates 36 ordinary objects that many take for granted, most of which were patented. I...

(From Steve van ...

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Patent Act: First to file and its exceptions from

On March 16, 2013, the United States will transition from a first to invent system to a first to file system under the America Invents Act (“Patent Act”). As the March 16, 2013 date approaches ...

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Anatomy of DMCA Safe Harbor designation of agent with Copyright Office (bloggers take note) from

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects webmasters and website owners from liability for copyright violations on their sites when materials are uploaded by users. In order to receive such immunity, site owners must meet several ...

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Call to Action: Super Committee Addressing USPTO Funding from

There has to be some patent attorneys living in the portions of Montgomery and Prince George Counties represented by Congressman Van Hollen. There has to be some patent law firms in Dallas with ties to ...

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DuMont Withdraws; Richard Taranto is Next Nominee from

Edward DuMont requested that his nomination to the Federal Circuit be withdrawn.  It was clear that after 19 months of inactivity by the Senate Judiciary Committee that “opposition from one or more members of the ...

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Risky Business: Cybercrime in the New Economy from

Cybercrime has increased tremendously in the digital economy. “According to the American Society for Industrial Security, American businesses [are] losing $250 billion a year from intellectual property theft since the mid-1990’s.”1 There is ...

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WIPO Audit/Evaluation Process Comes Of Age, With A Development Side from

Evaluation and auditing of the World Intellectual Property Organization gained increased interest a few years ago when rich member countries responsible for most of its revenues became alarmed about questions of financial and human resources ...

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Guest Article: A Critical Analysis of the Inter Partes Review Statute from

Linked below is an article by Matthew A. Smith, well-known for his work in the field of reexamination, analyzing the new Inter Partes Review statute in detail.

Some of the most interesting points from the ...

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China Awakening Patent Power from

The following is excerpted from a November 11, 2011 article by Jameson Berkow published by The Gazette: Those who deride China for failing to take patent protection seriously might just be provoking a sleeping dragon ...

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EFS Warning! Patent Office Not Ready for Java Update from

Consider the title of this article a very mild way of stating my frustration with the Patent Office. Yesterday, as I was trying to file a simple document using the Patent Office’s Electronic System ...

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