Patent & IP news for February 28, 2012

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post image Will it end in tiers? A wind-up to boost secondary protection from

Is it time to wind up the anti-STP
establishment with some well-aimed
evidence-based arguments?
This member of the IPKat team has long been an enthusiastic supporter of second tier protection (STP) -- a generic term for ...

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post image Join Article One in Spreading Awareness for Rare Disease Day from

Tomorrow, February 29th, marks the 5th annual observation of Rare Disease Day.  This day aims to raise awareness for diseases around the world that tend to get less visibility and attention based on their extreme ...

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post image ACTA - now the EU Parliament's petitions committee will have a look from

ACTA in the news again (see earlier ACTA related IPKat posts here) and things are still confusing.

By way of reminder: so far 22 EU member states have signed up to ACTA, but several others ...

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post image Social media and the future of trademark disputes from

Social media is changing trademark disputes. So far, it may have only affected a few.  But the trend is growing. And as the business world becomes more and more connected with social media, the role ...

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post image Sweeping decision: new broom brushes aside mop motion from

The H2O Mop X5 (not actual size) Often described as the new broom sweeping clean the Patents County Court for England and Wales, Judge Colin Birss QC is sometimes rewarded for this Cinderella role by ...

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post image Copyright-Infringing Artist May do Hard Time from

Obama Hope 2008




Is it possible to do jail time for copyright infringement?  If you destroy and falsify discovery information during your federal trial, the answer is yes.  You are probably familiar with the iconic ...

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post image Katonomics: past, present and future from

It's no good, muttered Poppy, every time I think
I've grabbed one of those darned economic concepts,
it just slips through my paws again ...
Here's a message for those of you who ...

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FDA Discusses Initial Considerations for Biosimilar Guidance Documents from

By James DeGiulio -- Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published its long-awaited guidance documents on Biosimilars/Biosimilarity (see "FDA Publishes Draft Guidelines for Biosimilar Product Development" and "More on FDA ...

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Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Scheduled for Nominee Richard Taranto from

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Federal Circuit nominee Richard G. Taranto.  The hearing is scheduled for February 29, 2012 at 2:30 ET in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office ...

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The Raising the Bar bill comes alive from

News from IP Australia that the Senate finally passed the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill without further amendment. It is now expected to be passed by the House of Representatives in the ...

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Create, innovate, protect at the British Library from

Last night the British Library hosted a free event, "Create, innovate, protect" where the UK IPO hosted an explanation of the importance of intellectual property rights to business. There were four...

(From Steve van Dulken ...

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Yahoo! and Facebook IP spat from

It doesn’t take too long for the next high profile IP story to come along with the New York Times breaknig the news that Yahoo! has started negotiations with Facebook to license 10-20 of ...

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Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins from

Conference on Industry/Academic Collaborations: Lessons from the Trenches Innovation remains a major driver of economic growth in this country, and research universities provide a key reservoir of innovation. Increasingly, universities and industry have joined ...

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Australian Tobacco Law May Head To WTO Dispute As TRIPS Council Meets from

The World Trade Organization committee responsible for intellectual property issues today is meeting to address its usual list of topics with two recent additions of international interest. Countries negotiating the embattled Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA ...

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After German FRAND setback, Google and Motorola should pursue licensing, not litigation from

Yesterday's provisional denial of injunctive relief sought by Motorola against Apple in Germany is not just a procedural kind of reprieve. Instead, the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court's press release (which I translated) shows ...

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Microsoft/Samsung License Acacia Patents For Estimated $65 MM from

Publicly traded Acacia Research (NASDAQ: ACTG) invests shareholder money into patent assets, playing a key role in the technology creation life-cycle: making sure the original creators of the technology get paid for their work.  Recently ...

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LibGuides: Search Resources Recommended by the Experts from

Resource guides and link directories are an excellent way for patent searchers to locate the best databases for conducting patent and non-patent literature prior art searches on a specific subject.  These resource guides are often ...

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Political Candidates Sued for Patent Infringement from

EveryMD vs. Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich (C.D. California) In a recent filing, Hollywood patent attorney and inventor Frank Weyer has sued Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and an estimated 4 ...

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Scale-up issues in biofuels from

Note the post by Zachary Russ titled For Biofuels, Escaping from Titer Binds Is Key which includes the text:

With new technologies such as novel hybrid strains or different biochemical pathways the results in the ...

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Guest Post: ‘Highbrowed’ v. ‘Zippy’ Journalism - The Case of the Hindu and the Times of India from

Spicy IP brings for its readers the following guest post on the recent controversial comparative advertising campaign that has been going on between two of the leading national dailies. The post has been authored by ...

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Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, and 1000 others on the hook for patent infringement? from

I draft this post with minimal comment because I don’t know what to make of this complaint: EveryMD v. Rick Santorum et al.  It’s short enough (six pages) that you can read the ...

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"They are a predictable corporation; in other words that they’re capable of being scared that something might affect their profits" from

See the article in The Scientist: Elsevier Abandons Anti-Open Access Bill, wherein Elsevier dropped its support of the RWA bill sponsored by US Representatives Darrel Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

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Facebook: "Yahoo contacted us at the same time they called the New York Times and so we haven't had the opportunity to fully evaluate their claims" from

Reuters discussing the assertions made by Yahoo to Facebook in the article, Yahoo, Facebook Patent War Looms.

IPBiz reminds Facebook of the COX-2 inhibitor case, wherein the University of Rochester sued Searle the day the ...

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UMinn shifts plagiarism detection software from Blackboard Inc.’s SafeAssign to Turnitin from

The University of Minnesota will have a campus-wide license to Turnitin, which provides a plagiarism detection service.

The University’s Academic Misconduct Policy defines plagiarism as the use of “another person’s ideas, processes, results ...

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Guest Post: Mayo v Prometheus-a critique from

We are pleased to bring to our readers another guest piece by Sooraj K. Abraham, on the learning of the Mayo v. Prometheus case. The post is a critique of the oral arguments in the ...

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Tobacco for biofuel? from

From a post at labmanager:

Their goal is to engineer tobacco plants that use energy from sunlight to produce fuel molecules directly in their leaves. The leaves would then be crushed, and the fuel extracted ...

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Apple's proposal for licensing Motorola's standard-essential patents does NOT specify a royalty rate from

In the aftermath of yesterday's key decision by a German appeals court on a Motorola v. Apple injunction, I did a follow-up post today proposing that Google and Motorola should now pursue licensing, not ...

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Software patentability, section 3(k) and recent controller decisions at the IPO-Part 1/2 from

In a recent post, we had provided alist of decisions issued by the Controller, at our patent office (“IPO”).  A few of those decisions related to Section 3(k).  This post analyzes those two 3 ...

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Software patentability, section 3(k) and recent controller decisions at the IPO-Part 2/2 from

In continuation of our previous post on section 3(k), this partdiscusses the other two section 3(k) cases. For ease of readability, the entire post was carved in two separateparts.  Part 2 of 2follows ...

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U.S. district court to hold special FRAND mini-trial in Microsoft-Motorola case from

Yesterday the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled on a Microsoft motion for partial summary judgment in a litigation involving FRAND-pledged, standard-essential Motorola Mobility patents allegedly covering the H.264 ...

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FDA warning as to memory loss from statins from

Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News on 28 Feb. 2012 noted that the FDA had issued new guidelines for a warning label as to memory loss issues from statins (such as Zocor and Lipitor).

See ...

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Football coach Tommy Tuberville accused of fraud from

A lawsuit filed on Friday, Feb. 24 in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, Ala. names Tommy Tuberville as a defendant, accusing him of defrauding several investors, via TS Capital Management.

Wikipedia notes: While at ...

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NCIS on 28 Feb. 2012 from

Chief Petty Officer Leland Wiley is the decedent in the episode "Need to Know." Wiley worked at the Navy Research Lab. Wiley copied information on drones/stealth aircraft.

Wiley's pacemaker was internet addressable. The ...

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AIA Proposed Rules: Fees at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board from

These proposed fees will undoubtedly be commented on, and the early criticism, which seems quite valid, asks how the addition of a single additional claim to be reviewed can add such large amounts to the ...

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