Patent & IP news for December 16, 2011

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post image Top 5: Early Basketball Patents from

Winter in the North American sporting world usually calls to mind images of ice hockey, skiing, and frosty football games.  Winter also means basketball, even though the game itself has nothing to do with the ...

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post image CJEU clips the wings of Red Bull from

The IPKat was alerted earlier today by Sven Klos (thanks, Sven) about a trade mark decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It's a decision which will please companies ...

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post image EPO goes (even more) electronic from

The EPO has announced that it will start phasing in fully electronic communications -- i.e. delivered electronically to the applicant or representative without any follow-up paper copies -- for the following communications:
  • the extended European search ...

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post image Trademark filings continue to follow pop culture: Tim Tebow mania from

Trademarks and pop culture often intersect.  See prior posts on Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, Occupy Wall Street, Paris Hilton, Jersey Shore, and more! The latest such intersection: quarterback phenomenon Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos ...

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post image We're listening, say the EPO from

The European Patent Office has launched a new web-based consultation platform for proposed changes to European patent law and practice, as announced here.
How it works The EPO will publish on its website preliminary drafts ...

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post image Brand Ratings--Here We Go Again from

Hobby horse -- "A topic that one frequently brings up or dwells on; a fixation" ( Most of us have one or more hobby horses, both in our personal and professional lives. When it comes ...

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USPTO News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- USPTO Seeks Comments on Eliciting Assignment Information In a notice published in the Federal Register (76 Fed. Reg. 72372) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it is ...

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Peter Boesen loses to Garmin from

The case involved summary judgment of anticipation, which was affirmed.

The CAFC noted:

A patent claim is anticipated if each and every limitation is found in a single prior art reference. 35 U.S.C ...

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Why isn’t this a frivolous appeal? from

I’m guessing the question “Why isn’t this a frivolous appeal?” ranks pretty high on the list of things lawyers do not want to be asked by a judge during oral argument.  Nevertheless, that ...

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Google's patent for a self-driving car from

Google was granted on the 13 December a US patent for a driverless car, titled Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode. The BBC has an intereting story about the features of the...

(From Steve ...

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Star Wars® Patents – In a galaxy far far away… from

The holiday season is upon us, and we are fast approaching that magical time of year when our favorite Star Wars® characters sing poor-man versions of Randy Newman songs to us. That day, of course ...

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ABA Voting from

Take 30 seconds to vote for Patently-O 1. Here's what to do: surf over to 2. Spend 20 seconds registering to vote (if you are concerned about privacy, you ...

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SBIR reauthorization from

After much debate and doubt, Congress has reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The reauthorization came as part of the last minute deal on the defense authorization bill. The folks over at SBIR ...

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R&D spending - a shift in pharma from

According the a story in the Wall Street Journal (based on the latest Battelle Memorial Institute survey), global R&D; spending will continue to increase in 2012 -- with a noteworthy exception: One exception is the ...

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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 12, 2011: The President of the European Patent Law Association issued a press release opposing the EU Unitary Patent ...

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Tales from globalization -- an Apple example from

Two connected news stories about Apple this morning. First comes word from Reuters that Apple is now sourcing its A5 processor for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S from Samsung's new plant in ...

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Russia’s WTO Accession Hailed As Sign Of Commitment To Multilateralism from

The World Trade Organization formally approved Russia’s bid to join the trade body today. The agreement concludes 18 years of negotiations and is seen as a one of the major successes of the WTO ...

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Samsung hits Apple with four new patents in Germany but backtracks on iPhone 4S from

Today the Mannheim Regional Court held two hearings involving Apple and Samsung. In the first one, Apple was the defendant; in the second one, Samsung faced a lawsuit from Apple over a rather famous (slide-to-unlock ...

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ACI "Patent Reform for Life Sciences Companies" Conference, New York, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 from

American Conference Institute will be holding a conference on "Patent Reform for Life Sciences Companies" in New York, NY, January 31st to February 1st, 2012. According to ACI, this is "the critical industry forum on ...

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