Patent & IP news for December 9, 2011

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post image Repeal of Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd Frank Proposed from

According to US News.  Newt Gingrich is proposing to repeal Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd Frank on his inaugural day.  SOX has killed innovation by making it impossible for technology startups to get funding. At his ...

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post image The History of Patent Damages from

William W. Cochran and Christopher R. Benson & Michael C. Elmer have put together a superb paper on the history of patent damages.  If you want a copy, please contact Bill Cochran. The paper discusses how ...

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post image Yash Raj Films dragged to Court for alleged copyright infringement in 'Ladies v. Ricky Bahl' from

In yet another case of its kind, the producers of “Naan Avan Illai”, a hit Tamil movie in 2007, filed a lawsuit against Yash Raj Chopra alleging that their recent release "Ladies v. Ricky Bahl ...

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post image Top 5: U.S. States by Patent Applications from

The number of resident patent applications is a great way to judge levels of innovation and progress in a given location.  It might be a stretch to say that areas with the most patent applications ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

It's Friday again, time to take stock of a week full of vigorous activity -- and to plan ahead for some more, by checking out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events Page.

The joys of Google ...

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Apple keeps fighting for US preliminary injunction with appeal to Federal Circuit but definitively loses one in Australia from

In the ongoing mobile patent wars, there is so much at stake that litigants don't just accept unfavorable rulings: they appeal them to the next higher court.

  • For Samsung this just worked out very ...

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The European problem & solution approach [PSA] from

IPBiz has discussed the European problem/solution approach to obviousness before (e.g.,
Obviousness: European problem and solution approach
). One notes that there is a divergence
between Europe and the United Kingdom on PSA (e ...

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Prometheus: loophole highwaymen waiting to waylay? from

In Supreme Court Takes a Look at Medical Patents, Forbes takes a harsh view of the Prometheus position. See also the ariticle Medical Patents Before Court at the Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times ...

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Motorola Mobility wins German patent suit against Apple, overcomes FRAND defense from

At 9 AM today, the Mannheim Regional Court pronounced its ruling on one of the patent infringement lawsuits Motorola Mobility brought against Apple in Germany in April 2011. This is the first substantive ruling in ...

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USPTO trademark application process (video) from

What are the steps in the trademark application process with the USPTO? Our recent video takes the viewer explains the various stages of the application process:   For additional videos from Erik M Pelton & Associates about ...

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Map stereotypes New Jersey regions from

A descriptive map of New Jersey is hitting the news on December 9. Bridgewater falls within the region of "middle-class Raritan Valley Line Commuters." Hamilton Township, on the other hand, is included in the region ...

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Mayo v. Prometheus: §101 Issues from

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mayo v. Prometheus, an important case that deals with many of the same §101 issues as were present in Bilski earlier this year.  Briefly, Prometheus ...

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Where should we put the next two patent offices? from

The USPTO is seeking input on where to locate two more offices in addition to the DC Metro office (Alexandria, Virginia) and the planned Detroit Office. The chart below shows the distribution of patent attorneys ...

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FICCI launches Online Certificate Course on IP from

We are lately being informed that FICCI IPR Division has launched an Online Certificate Course on Intellectual Property (IP) with an objective to develop IP awareness as well as to develop a pool of professionals ...

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October trade in intangibles from

The October trade figures released today by BEA showed a generally positive trend -- with some exceptions. The overall deficit declined slightly to $42.5 billion from September's figure of $44.2 billion (revised). Economists ...

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Update on online piracy bill from

Update on my earlier posting on the new fight between the internet companies and TV/movie/music companies over pending legislation on online piracy. That posting mentioned the bills backed by the content companies (Stop ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Here’s a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of December 5, 2011: Progress towards an unitary patent in Europe?: Italy and Spain considering to drop their opposition to the ...

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Patent Law Blog (Patently-O) from

Patently-O needs a few more votes in the ABA Blawg-100: (Voting requires registration, but individuals concerned with privacy can use a pseudo e-mail address).

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Investing in our Newest Employees Pays Dividends from

I have some good news to share about our efforts to improve the retention of patent examiners past their probationary period. New employees seem to be most vulnerable to attrition during their first three years ...

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New Guide Issued To Help Developing Countries Embrace GIs, As WTO, WIPO Meet from

Two European-based organisations working in agriculture and development will launch a joint publication next week that will provide a guide for developing countries to consider geographical indications. The guide comes as the World Trade Organization ...

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