Patent & IP news for February 17, 2012

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post image More on the nationalization of GIs - Sarkar Raj - Power cannot be given - It has to be taken from

Continuing from my earlier post on the ‘nationalization’ of G.I. which covered the G.I. applications from 100-200, I’ve now compiled some statistics for the first 100 G.I. applications to have been ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

In the dead of night, the IPKat posted this plea for assistance on behalf of the BBC's Kirsteen Knight.  Kirsteen needed data as to how pervasive are the IP renewal, registration and directory scams ...

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post image The Whizzkid's Handbook, for European Patent Attorneys from

Readers of this Kat's generation may recall a book called "The Whizzkid's Handbook" which was a collection of tricks, pranks and jokes to confirm to any ten-year old that they were immeasurably smarter ...

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post image Newt, SOPA, and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 from


Much of the hoopla regarding SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” has died down during the past month and half.  Why?  The huge outcry by just about everyone ranging from Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, petition drives ...

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post image USPTO Establishes Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals Program from

On February 16, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the establishment of the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals Program designed to enlist the services of leaders in academia and the intellectual ...

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

Last week, we posted Part I of our two-part Top 5 on the biggest drugs to lose patent protection this year. This week continues with numbers 3 through 5, with more drugs that will be ...

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Public Health in 2012: A Busy Crossroads of Partnership, Innovation, and Trade from

From advancing public-private partnerships and increasing international collaboration to promoting innovation in neglected therapy areas and developing new research and development models, policymakers have set a steady pace as they advance the 2012 global health ...

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WIPO Members Begin Work On Single Text On IP And Genetic Resources from

Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on genetic resources and traditional knowledge today began work on a single text that pulls together all preceding proposals. The committee is working under a mandate to ...

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No patent for Bristol's infant formula at the IPO: 4807/CHENP/2006 from

This post illustrates the current patent office view on claim amendments after national phase entry but before examination.  Claim amendments before the issuance of an office action/FER are not acceptable.  However, this view (claim ...

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USPTO Webinar on the America Invents Act from

Via USPTO Director David Kappos and other members of the USPTO’s senior leadership team invite you to join them online for a live webinar examining implementation of ...

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Pearl River wins on appeal at CAFC over ClearValue from

Patent infringement defendant Pearl River appealed from a case tried in ED Texas, and ended up winning the appeal. The technology: The ’690 patent is directed to a process for clarifying low alkalinity water using ...

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Aga Khan Federal Court of Appeal Decision Fails to Address Burden of Proof from

Last January, a Federal Court summary judgment held that the Aga Khan’s copyright in his literary works had been infringed by the publications of Nagib Tajdin and Alnaz Jiwa. The IPilogue drew attention to ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Here's a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of February 13, 2012: President Obama's proposed FY2013 budget gives the USPTO full access to its fee collections, which is ...

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Inovia Agent Ranked Among Largest IP Practices by Law360 from

Last week we announced that several of our foreign associates were ranked among the top patent firms by Managing IP.  This week we're happy to share that another one of our foreign associates, Brooks ...

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ITC dismisses HTC's first complaint against Apple: final ruling consistent with initial determination from

After Apple brought its first ITC complaint (and an unrelated federal lawsuit) against HTC in March 2010, HTC fired back in May 2010 with an ITC complaint of its own. It was a "me, too ...

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WHO Group Keeps Lid On Bird Flu Lab Results from

A group of public health experts gathered by the World Health Organization agreed today to continue a moratorium on research done on the H5N1 bird flu virus modified in a laboratory to be more transmissible ...

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Finding America's Top Innovators from

Throughout history, innovation has been the driving force behind improving the human condition. Creative minds in areas as diverse as medicine, transportation, agriculture, energy and computer science have developed and delivered new technologies to better ...

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