Patent & IP news for March 5, 2012

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post image Monday miscellany from

Around the weblogs 1. Kingsley Egbuonu's post on for the Afro-IP blog on the state of Nigeria's official IP office websites is the biggest and best so far: it also coincides with the ...

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post image What have the EPO Boards of Appeal been up to? Round-up of recent cases from

This Kat has been accustomed to consulting recent decisions of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO, as they are posted onto the EPO website.

These decisions used to be posted in batches which were ...

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

Only one week after last week's "Looking for something?" here's another one!  This post gives you a chance to check what you've missed on this weblogs (apart from the usual Monday, Wednesday ...

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post image Meet the trademark bloggers – INTA 2012 edition from

It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have been asked to join the group hosting “Meet the Bloggers“ during the annual INTA conference. INTA will be held this may in Washington, D.C ...

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USPTO honcho David Kappos is showing his chops as a political hack. In announcing 506,000 patent applications in FY 2011, Kappos crowed before Congress: "These figures confirm that innovation is alive and well and ...

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Copyright Policy at Industry Canada: More Than a Dilbert Strip from

This past fall, I was lucky to have the opportunity to intern at Industry Canada in Ottawa as part of the Osgoode IP Law and Technology Intensive Program. Industry Canada is a federal department that ...

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Another plant breeder’s rights case from

This one is on a fairly narrow point: what is the term of rights where the application was made under the old (PVR) act, but registration was not completed until after the new (PBR) act ...

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He may be a cowboy, and he may be naked, but court rules that it’s not trademark infringement from

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued an opinion and order in which it dismissed charges of trademark infringement and dilution involving the NAKED COWBOY trademark.  In the ...

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Hong Kong listing rules adapted for IP rights (and risks?) from

A good spot by Joff Wild at the IAM blog giving details of a guidance note issued by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on IP-related information to be included in listing particulars on that Exchange ...

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Internet Governance in 2012: Reaching New Heights Or Hitting A Wall from

There will be more than 50 important meetings talking internet in 2012, and activists and government alike have started calling for streamlining or better cooperation and focus. Yet what might make 2012 a very notable ...

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WIPO Sets Record For International Patent Filings In 2011; LDCs Not A Factor from

The World Intellectual Property Organization today announced that it had set a new record for filings of patents at the international level in 2011, in what the UN agency attributed to a focus on innovation ...

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EU Digital Commissioner: Open Public Data, The Oil Of The Digital Age from

Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, today called for public data to be opened up for all to use, somewhat akin to providing the free oil of the digital ...

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Patent Advantage: Laying the Groundwork for International Rights from

Indeed, competing globally is a prerequisite to success for most companies in what is an ever increasingly global marketplace. To compete globally American firms engage in licensing, franchising, or exporting. For many small companies it ...

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Pressure mounting on Oracle to drop patent claims against Google and focus on copyright from

I have recently been reporting less frequently on Oracle v. Google than at other stages of that litigation, but I am still monitoring the case and I was mstly waiting for some important filings that ...

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Article One Announces $7M Funding Round from

Article One is excited to announce our latest round of funding with Alleghany Capital Corporation.  The new round of $7 million adds to the $5 million secured with Alleghany in 2010.  The new funds will ...

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January Patents Dashboard Review from

Guest blog by USPTO Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino

The Patents Dashboard for the month of January has been released and is posted on our website and I am pleased to report on our status ...

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Record PCT Filings in 2011 from

Today the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its annual audit of PCT filings from the last year and, relatively speaking, their findings should encourage optimism. In 2011, 181,900 PCT applications were filed with ...

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BPAI definition not examples from

Takeaway: On an appeal of an application related to microprocessor architecture, the term "condition" was at issue. The Examiner's answer presented a dictionary definition for the claim term. The Applicant responded in the Reply ...

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