Patent & IP news for December 23, 2011

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post image Happy Holidays from Article One Partners from

In March, we completed rewarding $1,000,000 to the community.  As the year draws to a close, we are merely a Study or two away from rewarding our second million. 
We are honored to ...

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post image Past Historic 9: When plastic is magnetic -- the early days of Lego from

Lego can challenge
the appeal of even
electronic games
The ninth and final item in the little bundle of photocopied pieces on IP history which this Kat researched and wrote back in the 1980s is ...

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post image SpicyIP Events: Pharma IPR India 2012, Mumbai, 31 Jan - 2 Feb 2012 from

As some of you get into holiday mood, the folks at Pharma IPR India 2012 send us a gentle reminder of their event scheduled for 31 Jan-2 Feb 2012, which we posted on here earlier ...

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post image A Christmas Tale: ‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper’ – and How it Applied to Patents from

The phrase “I am my brother’s keeper” is used to explain a moral goal or imperative.  The word ‘brother’ does not mean your biological brother, but those people in your community, or country, or ...

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post image Kerwhizz kapows copyright infringement claim from

As many readers will be aware, children's character merchandising is big business. And with any big business like this there often comes the risk that an unrelated party will claim that it had created ...

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post image Assembly from

Consider an apparatus claim to an "assembly," with structures "bonded" to each other at surfaces (4,884,631). One would construe the claim to be of a single thing. But the courts are disingenuous, exercising ...

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post image Transaction costs and copyright: time for clear thinking from

Before buying a used copyright
clearance person, do make sure
that non-one else has prior rights ...
"Not entirely sober" is how one of the IPKat's readers described himself when he sent in the following ...

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USPTO's Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program Is Extended from

By Donald Zuhn -- In a Federal Register notice published last week (76 Fed. Reg. 78246), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program that was implemented last year ...

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America Invents Act from

The America Invents Act (AIA) which changes major sections of the current Patent Laws became law on September 16, 2011. Under the AIA, the first inventor to file, not the first to invent is awarded ...

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Merry Christmas! from

Thank you for your time and comments and encouragement over the past year. I hope you have continued to find something of interest. IPwars is disappearing off into the summer sun like all be-gowned, if ...

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Update: Rash of trademark applications related to “Occupy Wall Street” continues from

Last month I wrote about the many “Occupy Wall Street” themed trademarks that had been filed at the USPTO. In the weeks that have transpired, more than a dozen others have filed. Here are some ...

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The ITC is tough terrain for mobile patent plaintiffs -- consistently so far from

This week's ITC decisions involving various of Apple's and Microsoft's patent infringement claims against Android were important, but every time the ITC rules on one of those smartphone patent cases, I am ...

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Judge Richard Linn: Changing Times, Changing Demands from

Which cases do the Federal Circuit judges think are the most important right now? On September 27, 2011, the Honorable Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit shared ...

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Strong Growth in Patent Applications Worldwide from

Applications for patents and other forms of IP rebounded strongly in 2010, so says a new report from WIPO.
Inventors and companies filed 1.98 million patent applications worldwide in 2010, a new record. China ...

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USPTO Resdesigns Website from

The USPTO has updated its homepage, the first major redesign in more than five years. The new design is modern and eye-catching. Unfortunately, the search interface of the USPTO patent database looks like it did ...

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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 19, 2011: The USPTO revealed a new look and feel to their website. A new report published by WIPO ...

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Rospatent Now Available as ISA and IPEA for US Applications from

Effective January 10, 2012, the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) will be available as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for PCT applications filed with the US Patent ...

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An Introduction to Patent Claims from

Why are we talking about this in a claims primer? There is a difference between adding what we call "new matter" and adding patent claims. New matter, which is prohibited, is defined by first viewing ...

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Pharmaceutically Speaking: Enbrel is Patented Forever from

Danie Roy Okay, it’s not patented forever, it just FEELS like Enbrel got patented forever.  The patent expires in 2028. To put that in perspective, by the time this patent expires: We will have...


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