Patent & IP news for February 27, 2012

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Message from AmeriKat - Mark your Unitary Patent Calendars! The AmeriKat tells the IPKat that, following the incomplete evidence session of Baroness Wilcox before the House of Commons Scrutiny Committee, the Committee has requested her presence ...

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post image Looking for something? last week's Katposts from

Ever vigilant, night and day -- the IPKat team works
hard to make sure that readers miss nothing
So many people had kind things to say about last week's "Looking for something?" post, which listed ...

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post image National Science Day – The good and bad of India policy initiatives for scientific research and innovation from

The 28th of February is celebrated as ‘National Science Day’ in India, in memory of C.V. Raman who was responsible for the discovery of what was later known as the ‘Raman Effect’. Raman was ...

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post image Last week featured a remarkable number of remarkable (LINsational?) trademark stories from

Last week saw many developments and stories related to trademarks. Since I started this blog more than two years and several hundred posts ago, I honestly cannot recall a week with so many trademark stories ...

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post image Abstracting Real Property from

In Fort Properties v. American Master Lease (CAFC 2009-1242; precedential), the CAFC affirmed a district court finding that 6,292,788 was invalid for violating §101. '788 claimed methods for real estate transactions without incurring ...

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post image Sibelius & Copyrights: A Cautionary Tale of IP from

It can sometimes be hard to remember why we seek to improve the IP system.  With the rise in patent litigation and big changes in the nature of corporate IP, it can seem like IP ...

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Advocate-General’s Gumption Could Keep the ‘Fun’ in Computer Program Functions from

Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Yves Bot’s opinion at the end of last year, on SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd., was based on the High Court of England and ...

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Reflections on the Harold G. Fox 2012 Canadian Intellectual Property Moot from

What an experience! Following months of intense preparation, the fourth annual Harold G. Fox Moot took place last weekend – much to the enjoyment and satisfied relief of all those involved. With the competition now behind ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

February 27-29, 2012 - Life Sciences Collaborative Agreements and Acquisitions*** (American Conference Institute) - New York, NY February 28-29, 2012 - Medical Device Patents*** (American Conference Institute) - Boston, MA March 6, 2012 - Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical (BCP) Customer Partnership ...

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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. Cellectis S.A. v. Precision Biosciences Inc. 1:12-cv-00204; filed February 21, 2012 in the District ...

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The UK Government's Foresight Programme from

The British Government has since 1994 sponsored a Foresight Programme which, under the banner of the Business department, examines future issues such as manufacturing and science priorities (though...

(From Steve van Dulken's Patents Blog)

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‘Balanced’ Copyright: Not A Magic Solving Word from

It was obviously a moment of some embarrassment for the US Department of Commerce and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Hardly two weeks after more than 100 NGOs and a few individuals, mostly located in ...

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What lovely melons – and the EPO wants you to know about them from

The EPO from time to time posts on its website news articles about interesting patents that it is currently handling, usually because they are under opposition.

The so-called “broccoli” and “tomato” patents, that were the ...

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Follow the Money – Will the ITC Lose its Patent Jurisdiction? from

Such is the case with the newest lobby in Washington, the self-described “ITC Working Group.” You won’t learn anything about this organization by searching Google — odd, considering that Google is a member — but according ...

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Obama energy speech at UMiami on Feb. 23, 2012 from

Within President Obama's speech on energy at the University of Miami on February 23:

Today we’re taking a step that will make it easier for companies to save money by investing in energy ...

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Motorola can't enforce standard-essential patents against Apple in Germany while appeal is ongoing from

Apple scored a breakthrough court victory today against Motorola. Its important can hardly be overstated. This is so huge that it even begs the question of whether Google's strategy for its $12.5 billion ...

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Does Agency Funding Affect the PTO's Decisionmaking? from

By Jason Rantanen Both practitioners and academics constantly debate the extent to which factors other than the "true" patentability of an invention affect the patent office's decision to grant or deny an applicant a ...

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Translation of German appeals court's press release on decision protecting Apple against Motorola injunction from

Earlier today I reported on the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court's extremely important decision to suspend, for the duration of a pending appeal, the enforcement of Motorola's standard-essential patent injunction. As a follow-up, I ...

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Bar to Courts: Please Define “Unpatentably Abstract” from

By Dennis Crouch Fort Properties, Inc. v. American Master Lease LLC, __ F.3d __ (Fed.Cir. 2012)(Judge Prost joined by Judges Schall and Moore. American Master Lease (AML) owns a patent that covers ...

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Compact Prosecution in the USPTO is Anything But Compact from

hange does not come easily. At a minimum, the PTO must stop encouraging and rewarding examiners for actions that defeat the objectives of the office. As long as examiners are credited and rewarded for acting ...

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What entities sued for Patent Infringement in 2011? from

Anoop Gopakumar and his group at MaxVal provide patent litigation alerts every day and today Anoop provided me with some interesting data on patent filings over the past year.

3963 patent litigation cases were filed ...

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Federal Circuit finds real estate investment method not patent-eligible under Section 101 of Patent Act from

A recent Federal Circuit decision found that patent claims covering a real estate investment method where not patent-eligible under Section 101 of the Patent Act.  In Fort Properties, Inc. v. American Master Lease, LLC (Fed ...

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