Patent & IP news for January 18, 2012



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post image Oatmeal is an American Dish (aka Cutting the SOPA Rhetoric A Bit) from

This guest Kat dutifully warned readers yesterday that the next post might be a bit editorial.

On the day that this Kat’s Twitter feed is blowing up with #stopsopa hashtags and rallying cries against ...

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post image Supreme Court Affirms Broad Congressional Authority to Offer Intellectual Property Rights for Public Domain Works from

By Dennis Crouch Golan v. Holder (Supreme Court 2011) As widely expected, the Supreme Court today affirmed a lower court ruling that the "Copyright Clause" of the U.S. Constitution does not prevent Congress from ...

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post image Featured Researcher: Christophe S. from

This week’s featured researcher is Christophe S. from Switzerland.  He was introduced to prior art research at the age of 18, while developing his first invention.  He is now a patent manager with a ...

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post image Against the grain? The General Court pronounces on status of "Basmati" from

Being a self-confessed foodie, this Kat considers her rice cooker to be an integral part of her kitchen's cuinary toys. Accordingly, she was interested to read of the trade mark proceedings concerning the name ...

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post image Free flight to the US? It's dire for O'Dwyer from

This Kat has been waiting for months in anticipation for the ruling in the extradition proceedings involving Richard O'Dwyer. As readers of this weblog may recall, Mr O'Dwyer hosted the website ...

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post image Federal Circuit Affirms BPAI's Broadest Reasonable Construction from

In re Pond (Fed. Cir. Jan. 18, 2012) (nonprecedential)

In this case, the Federal Circuit affirmed the BPAI's decision rejecting all claims of a patent application related to a dental irrigation tip that can ...

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Extraditing (alleged) copyright criminals from

The internet is all a twitter over the prospect that a 23 year old British subject, Richard O’Dwyer, may be extradited from the UK to the USA to face criminal charges for copyright infringement ...

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Trademark applicants beware: update on trademark scams from

Trademark applications at the USPTO are public records. Many companies take these records and send solicitations. By itself, this is not a problem. But because these solicitations in my opinion are almost entirely worthless and ...

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New Appeal Rules and New Terminal Disclaimer Form from

New Appeal Rules go into effect Jan. 23: The PTO has adopted new rules for proceedings before the BPAI. The new rules apply to appeals with a Notice of Appeal filed on or after Jan ...

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Trademarking the senses: smell marks and other non-traditional marks from

When thinking of trademarks, logos, symbols and slogans are typically the first things that come to mind. Such visual marks have been the oldest and most accepted way to represent the sources of goods and ...

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Patexia Expands Tools for Innovation Community from

The following is excerpted from a January 17, 2012 Patexia press release published by PRWeb: Patexia's new research tools, company and community profiles, and content will bring additional value to Patexia users, offering a ...

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Supreme Court of Canada Considers “Broadcasting Undertakings” in Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television & Radio Artists, et al. v. Bell Aliant Regional Communications, LP, et al. from

Daniel Dawalibi is an articling student at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.  The firm acted for the Appellant in this hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 16, 2011, the Supreme Court heard an appeal ...

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“International intellectual property policy affects a broad range of interests within society, not just those of rights holders”: Washington Declaration Cements the Role of Public Interest in IP Policy from

Alysia Lau is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School took part in the inaugural offering of the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program (IP Intensive) in the Fall of 2011. As part ...

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SOPA and PIPA Are Bad from

There seems to be some confusion on this issue, so let me make it clear. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are bad. They are bad for you ...

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Accelerated Examination is Better Examination from

I spoke to five patent practitioners (attorneys and agents) who filed successful 12 month accelerated examination cases in 2011 to get their input on how the process went for them and what subjects should be ...

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Microsoft asks ITC to take closer look at Motorola's 'wide-scale infringement of Microsoft patents' from

Following a December 20, 2011 initial determination (i.e., preliminary ruling) that Motorola Mobility's Android devices infringe four claims of a Microsoft patent, both parties asked the Commission (the six-member decision-making body at the ...

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Oral Argument of the Month from

The oral argument of the month is Ledergerber Medical v. WL Gore, case no. 2011-1379 (Fed. Cir. 2012).  The majority of the argument features the advocates fielding questions from the judges about priority chains under ...

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Track I Accelerated Examination from

Passage of the America Invents Act in late 2011 allowed the PTO to proceed with its earlier announced plan for prioritized examination.  For payment of a rather large fee and several other requirements, an applicant ...

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A Quick Guide to Changes on the USPTO Homepage from

The patent searchers and patent analysts at Landon IP need to stay up-to-date on the latest patents news, and the most accurate news is usually found by going directly to the source: patent office websites ...

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