Patent & IP news for January 4, 2012



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post image 2012: Our Predictions for the Year Ahead from

Now that the holiday season is well and truly behind us and we are all making (and often, breaking) our usual resolutions to eat less, drink less, exercise more, and generally be better human beings ...

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post image Senselessy Sassy from

MarcTec sued Johnson & Johnson for infringing 7,128,753 & 7,217,290, which claim surgical implants. MarcTec sought a claim construction of "plain and ordinary meaning." That sassy remark cost $4.7 million. The plain ...

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post image Oracle's lawsuit against Google to go on trial on or after March 19, 2012 from

This morning, Judge William Alsup, the federal judge presiding over Oracle's Java-related infringement lawsuit against Google at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, entered his final pretrial order.

According ...

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post image Book Review: Why America Has Stopped Inventing? from

Darin Gibby, a patent attorney, has written the book Why America Has Stopped Inventing?.  Let me first say that I agree with Mr. Gibby’s premise that America has quit inventing and that it is ...

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post image Patented or Described in a Printed Publication from

By Dennis Crouch The newly revised 35 U.S.C. § 102 states that no patent shall issue if "the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or ...

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post image Featured Researcher: Stephen K. from

This week’s featured Researcher is Stephen K. from St. Paul, Minnesota.  Stephen is a practicing lawyer who majored in Mechanical Engineering before getting his JD.  He routinely conducts prior art and invalidity searches for ...

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The Kats look high and low for sources
for their posts
A word about sources.  The credibility of any legal weblog which seeks to convey information and to share ideas with its readers depends on ...

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Top Stories of 2011: #9 to #7 from

By Donald Zuhn -- Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its fifth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2011, we identified a dozen stories that were covered ...

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Looking for a new blog? from

Looking for a new blog to ring in the new year?  You might want to check out  It’s written by my friend Patrick Boucher.  Pat has a fun writing style.  And ...

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Jammed schedule in January: mobile patent litigation picks up where it left off in 2011 from

Happy New Year!

2011 was the year when wireless patent litigation sported unpredecented growth, though one could already see that trend begin in the fourth quarter of 2010. In 2012 we're almost certainly going ...

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Patent Strategy: Discovering Crucial Patent Examiner Data from

What if you could have a crystal ball looking inside the United States Patent and Trademark Office to easily determine an array of statistical information related to a particular Art Unit or even a specific ...

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A Digital Download Is A License, C’Mon Man! from

By Daniel Davidson It is starting to seem like the music moguls have disregarded the opinions of the court when it comes to paying royalties to the music artists.  I have reported on this on ...

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The first English patent, on the radio from

Melvyn Bragg, the author and broadcaster, is giving a series of talks on Radio 4 called In our time: the written word. Among others here at the British Library, I recorded a session with him ...

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Multi-party Patent Enforcement Post-AIA from

Patent reform’s most significant change may have been embedded in one of the least talked-about provisions.  When President Obama signed AIA into law this past September, a provision immediately took effect banning the practice ...

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Evidence Sought For UK Study On Digital Copyright Exchange from

A "call for evidence" has been issued for an independent feasibility study on developing a Digital Copyright Exchange in the United Kingdom. Members of the "creative industries" are being asked to respond to the assertion ...

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Anti-IP Story Tells Only Part of It from

Patent Suits are Declining, Not Increasing A recent Reuters BreakingViews story that ran in The New York Times that says the United States Supreme Court should reverse the “mission creep” in patent law that is ...

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Google Translate vs. Bing Translator, Part 1: Which Produces Better Patent Machine Translations? from

Sonja Olson,  Landon IP’s Director of Translation Services, summed up the main problem with machine translations for patent documents in a previous blog post: Machine translation will get the gist of the document, but ...

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Dates Set For WIPO Audiovisual Treaty Negotiation In Beijing from

The dates have been set for this year's high-level negotiation for a treaty on audiovisual performances at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Related Articles:

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Google buys IBM's US 7,865,592 , and others from

US Patent No. 7,865,592 is titled Using semantic networks to develop a social network with


A method, apparatus and program product are provided for identifying common interests between users of a communication ...

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RCEs can be used to go onto Track I from

The InventiveStep blog gives some useful information on the USPTO's prioritized examination:

Several weeks ago, the PTO announced an expansion of the procedures for prioritized examination. Under the previous rule, Track I prioritized examination ...

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Oracle-Google jury will be informed of status of (at least) three patent reexaminations from

A couple of hours after a final pre-trial order that envisions Oracle's lawsuit against Google to go trial "on or after March 19, 2012", Judge Alsup ruled on nine of the ten (five per ...

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Rights in a name. How Benjamin Kubelsky became Jack Benny. from

The comedian we know as Jack Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky. One likely is not surprised that someone in the entertainment business might go from Kubelsky to Benny. However, the path taken by Jack Benny ...

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Loser Pays: Federal Circuit Affirms $4 Million Award of Attorney Fees and Costs from

By Dennis Crouch MarcTec LLC v. Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2012) (O'Malley, J.) on appeal from the Southern District of Illinois In this decision, the appellate panel (Judges Newman, Prost, and ...

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Arthur Paul Pedrick, an eccentric British inventor from

Arthur Paul Pedrick (1918-1976) was an eccentric British inventor with numerous patents. Niels Stevnsborg of the European Patent Office has just had an entertaining, and well-researched, article...

(From Steve van Dulken's Patents Blog)

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Kodak Eyes Chapter 11: Patent Sale or Bust from

The following is excerpted from a January 4, 2012 article by Larry Dignan of ZDNet: According to the Wall Street Journal, Kodak is looking for US$1 billion in debtor-in possession financing, which keeps companies ...

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