Patent & IP news for February 19, 2012

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post image Stick to it! More chocolate shapes for the Court of Justice from

Chocolate bunnies are already on the menu of Europe's highest court -- and now the Luxembourg judges can look forward to another tasty treat in store, this time involving chocolate twigs.  It's Case C-2 ...

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post image Revoking patents without ‘evidence’ from

In a decision dated the 24th of November, 2011 the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) revoked patent number 193899 bearing title “Process for Preparation of Low Glycemic Sweets”. (This order can be accessed over here ...

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post image USPTO To Host Career Fair For Veterans and Transitioning Servicemembers on March 2, 2012 from

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be hosting a Career Open House for veterans and transitioning servicemembers on March 2, 2012 from 9:00 AM to noon at the USPTO’s campus ...

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post image Less Than Lesson from

Clearvalue sued Pearl River Polymers for indirectly infringing 6,120,690, which claims a process for clarifying water. A jury found '690 valid and indirectly infringed. Post-trial JMOL motions were denied by EDT Judge Davis ...

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Another round in the plain packaging tobacco war from

This is a bit behind as it happened over the break: The “tobacco plain packaging” legislation became law last December and, as you will recall, Philip Morris Asia has initiated an arbitration proceeding under the ...

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"Right on the cusp of 'told you so' "? from

In a post at, one has the text:

Policy stability is important for investors in advanced biofuels, which Ellerbusch [ BP Biofuels North America Presiden ] says boost the prospects of a US future heavy ...

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CBS Sunday Morning on February 19, 2012. from

Charles Osgood introduced the stories for February 19, 2012. Tomorrow is President's Day. And remembering the golden age of air travel. Cover story by Barry Peterson. Boeing 787. Second, Going Hollywood by Rita Braver ...

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Supplementing A Patent Application Disclosure With Prior Art Uncovered During Prosecution of A Related Patent Application from

TweetBy: Mark R. Malek I recently posted a couple of articles directed to the duty to disclose prior art to the Patent Office during the prosecution process of your patent application.  The articles...


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WIPO Members Work Through Differences In Genetic Resources Document from

The development of an international instrument on the protection of genetic resources continues to engage government delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Sources have called the process constructive and meeting Chair Wayne McCook, the ...

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"60 Minutes" on February 19, 2012 from

A teaser for the first "60 Minutes" story on unemployment: A resume will become an obsolete tool in job search.
Scott Pelley noted the persistence of the unemployment problem. There is something stubborn about the ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Merck & Cie et al. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al. 2:12-cv-00223; filed February 13, 2012 ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

February 21, 2012 - The New Inter Partes Proceedings at the USPTO -- The Preliminary Phase: Filing a Petition, the Preliminary Response, and Institution of Review (Intellectual Property Owners Association) - 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET) February ...

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