Patent & IP news for February 10, 2012

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post image Extreme from

6,436,135 typifies the extremities of the broken and corrupt U.S. patent system. Filed in 1974, '135 took 28 years to be allowed (2002). Owing to byzantine U.S. law, it was subject ...

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post image A new battleground of innovative and generic drug manufacturers? from

This Kat must admit a general ignorance of the law relating to access to government information, but Merpel insisted on knowing more after reading that the “Supreme Court opens trade secrets in Merck ruling.” While ...

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post image Top 5: U.S. Drug Patent Expirations in 2012 (Part I) from

2011 was the most precipitous year to date for drug “patent cliffs,” a term that describes the recent glut of patent expirations in the pharmaceutical industry. (We highlighted the year in our 2011 drug patent ...

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Hurry -- for Gurry! Hurry for Gurry! Earlier this week the IPKat reported on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) survey, which provides a golden opportunity for people who use its services, or who are otherwise ...

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Federal Circuit: Section viii Statement Avoids Infringement Under § 271(e)(2) from

AstraZeneca Pharms. v. Apotex et al., No. 11-1182 (Fed. Cir.) In a precedential decision today, the Federal Circuit held for the first time that an ANDA applicant who files a Section viii statement with respect ...

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Winning streak ends: Motorola Mobility fails to win 3G/UMTS-based injunction against Apple in Germany from

Apple's Mannheim jinx has been broken: this morning, Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court announced that a Motorola Mobility lawsuit over a patent declared essential to the 3G/UMTS wireless telecommunications stsndard ...

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5 Basic Brand Protection Tips for Trademark Owners (video) from

Our latest video (below) features 5 basic tips for brand owners to be cognizant of in order to strengthen their brands and enhance the legal protection of those brands. Following these five simple steps will ...

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Apple sues Samsung in Mannheim over patent based on which Munich court denied preliminary injunction last week from

Apple does not let anyone off the hook too easily when it comes to patent litigation. Samsung, which has so far also shown quite some perseverance, knows exactly what I mean.

A few days ago ...

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Not confidential in Naples, Florida: insurance companies leaking confidential information? from

Sometimes courts (in New Jersey) rely on rather superficial assertions that a party will maintain confidential information confidential. In reality, confidential information can be handled carelessly, and the genie, once let loose, cannot be put ...

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US Copyright Industries Call For Action On Piracy; NGOs Call For Scrutiny from

The major copyright industries today issued a list they said “documents rampant online and physical piracy of copyrighted works and severe market access barriers.” Public interest groups will be watching closely to see if the ...

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Appropriation Art: Transformative or Infringing? from

Modern concepts of art and creativity pose a challenge for traditional notions of copyright law. Last March, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on the legality of appropriation ...

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Patent litigation as Shakespearian tragedy: Bard v. Gore as an insult to judicial process? from

The majority noted:

Because we find that there is substantial evidence to support the jury’s verdict of no improper inventorship, anticipation, obviousness, or lack of written description and of willful infringement, and the district ...

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Controller's Decisions: Summary January 2012 from

This post provides a summary of the Controller's decisions issued in January 2012.  The general trend of more refusals than allowances continues. I would not take names but some controllers have not given a ...

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PTO Publishes Proposed Rules from

Earlier this week, the USPTO published a number of notices in the Federal Register containing proposed rules implementing the America Invents Act.  Next week we will begin breaking down these notices and explaining their potential ...

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The Law of Recipes: Are Recipes Patentable? from

In most cases the typical recipe for a "killer Margarita" or "the best barbeque sauce ever" will not be patentable, but the only way to know for sure is to understand how the Patent Office ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Welcome to this week's Foreign Filing Roundup, where we take a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of February 6, 2012: An agreement for a unified European patent is ...

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