Patent & IP news for December 22, 2011

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post image Long Term Economic Predictions 2011 from

Background It has been two year since I published my book The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Know Laws and Regulations are Killing Innovation.  The book explains that the only way ...

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If Patents Become Irrelevant in a Biosimilars Future, What About University Patents and Startups? from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The pros and cons of patenting in the biosimilars scheme recently enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have been discussed, here and elsewhere (see "Will Patents ...

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Commercial Success — In re Saunders from

The Federal Circuit decided In re Saunders last week, an appeal from the BPAI relating to charcoal briquets.  The Federal Circuit issued a Rule 36 decision. The oral argument is pretty interesting in that it ...

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ISP gets DMCA win in USA from

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the trial court’s summary dismissal of UMG copyright claims against Veoh on the basis of §512(c) – the ‘hosting’ safe harbour. UMG argued 3 reasons why §512(c) did ...

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Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins from

USPTO news On December 20th the USPTO released its updated website. The new website seems to be more user friendly and the design is more attractive than the previous website design. [Link] The USPTO in ...

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International Publishers Demand Egyptian Government Stop Attacking Publisher from

The Geneva-based International Publishers Association today joined organisations demanding that the interim Egyptian government stop attacks on an Egyptian publisher, and uphold the internationally recognised right to freedom of opinion and expression, and freedom of ...

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3Q 2011 GDP - not as good as we thought from

This morning the BEA released its third (what we used to call the "final") estimate of 3Q GDP. The bad news is that economic growth is not as strong as earlier thought (and even that ...

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IN RE SP CONTROLS, INC.: CAFC affirms a "broadest reasonable interpretation" [BRI] from

After the Board denied rehearing of the decision in re-examination 90/007,802, Ex parte SP Controls, Inc., No. 2009-6008, 2010 WL 3448889 (B.P.A.I. Aug. 31, 2010), SP Controls appealed to the ...

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Wemple revisits the Marr plagiarism episode from

Within a post titled How Politico reacted to its plagiarism outbreak , Erik Wemple reviews some details of the Marr plagiarism episode. As to how Politico reacted later, Wemple includes text:

Politico leadership pivoted from Marr ...

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Developing IP Economies: Lithuania from

With patent data available for no less than 184 WIPO member states, trends in IP can be found all over the world.  The largest patent offices often receive the most attention, but many smaller patent ...

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Patenting Board Games 101 from

In my experience one of the things that inventors of board games frequently forget is the inclusion of alternative methods of play. Don't just focus on the preferred method of play and preferred rules ...

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EU Patent Advances: Parliament Could Vote In February, Court Location Still Up In Air from

The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee approval this week of a single patent for participating European Union members sets the stage for a February plenary vote in Parliament. But members’ inability to agree on where ...

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Photo gallery scrolling patent: Apple likely to win German ruling against Motorola in February from

Today the Munich I Regional Court held two hearings on lawsuits brought by Apple against Motorola in Germany. Motorola extended this dispute to Germany with four complaints filed on April 1, 2011 in Mannheim (about ...

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Similar to or capable of being confused with from

Idameneo (No. 789) won its appeal from Symbion. The competing trade marks can be viewed here. The Full Court agreed with the trial judge that the contractual restraint against using: any Mark similar to or ...

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Last minute gift idea for patent attorneys: The Art of the Patent, by Kevin Prince from

This week I received a copy of Kevin Prince’s beautiful new book, The Art of the Patent:  Celebrating over 200 years of patent drafting artistry.  From the complexity of a glass bottle manufacturing machine ...

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