Patent & IP news for December 21, 2011

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post image Gold Bunny Dispute - just in time for Christmas from

Just in time for Christmas - another chapter in the never ending Gold Bunny dispute saga. This time again from Austria: Lindt vs. Hauswirth. Our readers may recall the ECJ's judgment in C‑529/07 ...

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post image Recent trademark registrations XXIX from

Here is another sampling of recent registrations our clients have received from the USPTO, so readers can see real examples of brands and marks which are being protected [click trademark or logo to open USPTO ...

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post image 2(bb) or not 2(bb)? That is the question from

After the third Buck's Fizz, members of the IPO's IP Policy
Squad really do find Question 2(bb) hilariously funny
A little behind (still) with his correspondence, this Kat has only just discovered ...

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post image The Science of Economic Growth: Part 2 from

This is a multi-part post on the science of economic growth.  Standard economic theory has failed miserably to define the source of economic growth, which means it is impossible for it to provide rational policies ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

Not for nothing is Ireland known as the Emerald Isle. The small but fertile nation in the top left hand corner of the European Union has ratified the 1991 Act of the International Convention for ...

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post image Facebook Infringed Leader Patent from

Even though a jury ruled that the software that runs the famous Facebook site infringed on the patent of Leader Technologies, Facebook still won the case.

I think the issues in this case are relevant ...

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post image Featured Researcher: Metalslug5 from

This week’s featured researcher is Metalslug5 from Beijing, China.  He currently works as a patent engineer for an IT company, and was formerly a patent examiner at SIPO, China’s patent office.   He has ...

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post image Multiplexes to Show Anti-Piracy Clips. Oops! They're Doing It Again. from

In a landmark move set to highlight India’s strong anti-piracy stance, the Ministry for Information & Broadcasting has issued directions to all multiplex owners that an anti-piracy clip is to be shown to audiences each ...

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post image Recording a Patent Licence: Is There a Reason for Doing So? from

I recently had occasion to revisit one of those issues in patent law that has always left this Kat perplexed. That issue is the recordal of a patent licence on various national registries. Consider, for ...

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post image Season’s Greetings from

Thank you for making 2011 such a wonderful year!  May your holiday season be filled with much joy and laughter.  May your new year be more prosperous and satisfying than the last. James Yang OC ...

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Injunctive Relief and the Public Interest at the ITC from

by Dennis Crouch The U.S. International Trade Commission is a branch of the U.S. government designed to protect and serve U.S. interests. The ITC handles a variety of international trade issues, including ...

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USPTO News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- USPTO Updates "Track I" Program On Monday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it had issued a final rule, changing the Track I prioritized examination program. Under the new ...

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Workarounds and designarounds are what Steve Jobs suggested to Google and its device makers from

After a final ITC ruling banning HTC devices to the extent that they implement any of two claims of an Apple patent and a preliminary decision ("initial determination") that could result in a similar ban ...

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Christmas Patents from

Christmas traditionally is more than a religious and cultural holiday celebrated by billions of people around the world, time for lighting Christmas trees, the hanging of wreaths, Christmas stockings, candy canes, Christmas pudding and roasted ...

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Classic Christmas Ornament Patents from

This Christmas tree is decorated with patents for classic holiday ornaments from 1888-1941 (found on Google Patents). Select the image above to view a larger version of the tree, or continue reading to see the ...

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IP Experts Focus On 3-Step Test In Copyright, Discuss Way Forward from

Although intellectual property issues did not play a big role in the Eighth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, some international stakeholders took advantage of the global gathering to meet, discuss and debate the 3-step test ...

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Last Parliament Standing: Europe Final Stronghold Of ACTA Critics from

With a recent decision by the Agriculture and Fishery Council of the European Union, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) seems to have made a big leap forward. And with recent breakthroughs in other countries, ACTA ...

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Spanish Trademark Ruling Has One Side Happy, Other Side Seeing Red from

Mark Bowman is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. The Courts of Appeals of Barcelona have dismissed an appeal by the Red Cross concerning the trademark infringement of the logo of the candy ...

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Dramatic Expansion Of Patentability In The US: Google Acquired A Patent On Doodles from

Xiaoyang Yang is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School and is enrolled in Professor Mgbeoji’s Patents class in Fall 2011. As part of the course requirements, students are asked to write a ...

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Patent Filings Up Worldwide, Outpacing GDP Growth from

The question, however, is whether this increased inventive activity is sustainable in light of the overwhelming backlogs faced by Patent Offices around the world. It is great to have a lot of inventive activity and ...

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SMEs Take Note: A Few World IP Statistics from

As I have often pointed out on this Blog, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that overlook their intellectual property assets (i.e.,“IP” or patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) do so at their own ...

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2011 Was Quite a Year from

As December draws to a close and we reflect on all that we’ve accomplished, it’s difficult to imagine a more historic year for the United States Patent and Trademark Office than 2011. The ...

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Not a Flying Car, but Getting There… from

Danie Roy The year 2011 is closing out, which means reflection on the past, and looking to the future.  In some cases, one might reflect on old cartoons and predictions of where technology would take...


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