Patent & IP news for February 21, 2012

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post image Does and Don'ts, Rights and Wongs: US pornography goes to court from

What is paw-nography,
wonders a baffled Kat
In a post that is likely to create general havoc with law firm IT policies everywhere, this Kat brings you a thought-provoking piece concerning the copyright status of ...

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post image The demand for a ‘flexible compensation scheme’ by the patent office staff from

One of the long standing demands by the examiners and controllers of the patent office has been for the introduction of the ‘flexible compensation scheme’ (FCS). This demand was reiterated most recently by Dr. Kardam ...

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post image Developing IP Economies: Estonia from

Like its neighbor and fellow “Baltic Tiger” Lithuania, Estonia was among the fastest growing economies in Europe in the last decade.  The recession hit particularly hard in Estonia in 2008, but recovery is under way ...

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post image What's the difference between a cat and an IPCom patent ...? from

Is it easier to license a
cat for mobile telephony
than to license an
IPCom patent?
A very cheerful correspondent from Nokia was in touch with the IPKat yesterday, bearing news of Nokia GmbH v ...

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post image APPLE V MOTOROLA in the EPO and Germany – patentability of user interface features from

Guest Post by Paul Cole of the UK firm of Lucas & Co. According to BBC News last Friday, Apple has succeeded in the German courts in enforcing a patent for a user interface feature for ...

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USPTO News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- USPTO Leadership to Host Webinar on Tuesday The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced last week that senior agency officials would be hosting a free public webinar on Tuesday, February 21 ...

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Phosphorous requirements for algae: as to biofuels? from

In a post Why Algal Biofuels May Never Hold the Key to the Future, Chris Rhodes raises the issue of the amount of phosphorous needed to sustain algae.

A key part of Rhodes' analysis:

(...)however ...

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Impact of Advances in DNA Sequencing Technology on Genetic Diagnostic Testing from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Dr. Ellen Jorgensen of Genspace, one of the witnesses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's first hearing regarding the advisability of permitting "second opinions" for patented genetic diagnostic ...

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Apple's slide to unlock patent for phones from

Recently Apple defeated Motorola Mobility in a Munich court in a dispute over Apple's European patent for the "slide to unlock" feature on mobile phones and other computer devices. There is an...

(From Steve ...

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Special Report: TPP Negotiations To Heat Up In Melbourne Over Patents, Copyright, Medicines from

Precious little is known publicly about the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement being negotiated by the United States and other Pacific-bordering nations, but some sources say the agreement could contain some of the ...

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Supreme Court: No Move Yet on Denying Human Gene Patents from

The Supreme Court is in the midst of deciding whether to grant the Ass'n of Molecular Pathology's petition for a writ of certiorari in the Myriad gene patent case. The petition, led by ...

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Patent Law Blog (Patently-O) from

Tune in today (Feb 21) for the USPTO's Senior Leadership Webinar at 4:30-5:30 pm EST. (Submit questions early to The webinar will include Director Dave Kappos; Deputy Director Terry ...

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AIPLA Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit 2012 from

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m part of the planning committee for the AIPLA Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit that is being held in San Diego on April 2, 2012.  The ...

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Once again, confusion and misinformation about Oracle's damages claims against Google abound from

Over the last eight months, there has repeatedly been speculation about the amount of Oracle's damages claims against Google.

Unfortunately, some of the numbers that were presented as reliable facts were not even speculation ...

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US Supreme Court takes Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin from

The student in question, Abigail Noel Fisher, did not get into law school at the University of Texas at Austin, but did enter LSU.

In the vote by the Supreme Court agreeing to hear Fisher ...

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Chief Judge Rader Takes on Lobbying White House and SCOTUS from

The discussion was lively, perhaps even explosive. You could nearly see sparks fly when Chief Judge Rader continued to pepper Seth Waxman with question after question about his opinion on the propriety of parties lobbying ...

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Major CAFC trademark case: Coach v. Triumph from

In the trademark case of Coach v. Triumph, the CAFC concluded:

For the foregoing reasons, and because we find that CSI’s remaining arguments are without merit, we affirm the Board’s decision dismissing CSI ...

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Patent Information Users Group Accepting Applications for the 2012 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award from

It’s that time of year again, everybody! The PIUG 2012 Annual Conference is coming up in Denver, Colorado from April 28th through May 3rd. Once again the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award will be presented ...

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C.N.R. Rao involved in copying matter from

C.N.R. Rao, Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of India is involved in a matter involving copying of text FROM a paper published in 2010 INTO a 2011 paper co-authored by Rao. The ...

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BPAI Examiner assertion unsupported evidence commercial embodiment from

Takeaway: During prosecution of a patent application directed to a razor, the Examiner and the Applicant disagreed over the location of the finger pad on a razor depicted in an anticipatory patent. The Applicant argued ...

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Supreme Court denies cert to J&J subsidiary, Janssen Biotech, in Humira case from noted that the Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that was adverse to J&J;:

The appeals court ruled the patent claims asserted ...

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