Patent & IP news for March 16, 2012

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post image Guest Post: Can civil courts appoint technical experts in software piracy suits? from

Microsoft Corporation has recently started filing law-suits for copyright infringement before the Madras High Court. This is probably the first time that Microsoft has moved out of its traditional haunt which is the Delhi High ...

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It is with great sadness that the IPKat has learned of the sad and unexpected loss of his friend Michal du Vall, who died of a heart attack last week while on a ski holiday ...

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post image Here’s my number, 314.159.2653. Call me. from

Well. as you know, March 14 (3/14) is the day that people around the world celebrate that ridiculously long number known as pi (), which is: 3.14159265358979323 846264338327950288 4197169399375105820 974944592307816406 28620899862803482 53421170679… And that ...

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post image Headmaster releases the Whizzkid's Handbook from confiscation from

Last month the IPKat posted an item about the release of a new publication giving guidance to applicants and attorneys on best practice at the EPO: the "Handbook of Quality Procedures Before the EPO". Then ...

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post image Antiques, Fakes and Everything In Between from

One of this Kat's favourite exhibitions at the British Museum was shown two decades ago. Entitled "Fake? The Art of Deception", the exhibition sought to bring together a variety of examples spanning a wide ...

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The Anatomy of a Compulsory License: Natco Pharma Ltd. v. Bayer Corp. (Indian Patent Office) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- In response to an earlier post on Novartis' challenge to the Indian Patent Office's decision not to grant a patent on its anticancer drug Gleevec® (see "Indian Supreme Court to ...

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Golf ball cleaner inventions from

I came across a golf ball cleaner device the other day when walking across a golf course. Paula explained to us what it was as we approached, and as we looked at it I saw ...

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Mannheim court halts Apple's second slide-to-unlock case against Samsung from

It's taking Apple and Samsung time to win any decision against each other in Mannheim. Two weeks ago, Samsung lost its third 3G/UMTS-related case in a row and Apple saw the first one ...

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How To Design Around a Patent from

TweetBy: Mark R. Malek In this weeks episode of the question that I recently had to field at Zies Widerman & Malek is whether or not it is permissible to design around a patent.  The short ...

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Anatomy of a ‘Letter of Protest’ to Trademark Application from

An underutilized tool in the trademark process is the “Letter of Protest.” When an application is pending that some other party believes should be refused by the USPTO – most often because of a conflict with ...

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International Patent and Trademark Filings Set New Record in 2011 from

Despite difficult economic conditions worldwide, international patent filings under the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) set a new record in 2011 with 181,900 applications – a growth of 10.7% when compared with 2010, and ...

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Global Business Stands Up For Multilateral Trade At WTO from

The global business community this week re-committed its support to governments in multilateral trade negotiations in the hopes of overcoming the Doha Round stalemate. Business and trade experts from more than 20 countries gathered at ...

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Is A Lawfirm Using ICAP’s Patent Auction To Recover On Unpaid Prosecution Work? from

ICAP lists The Stapleton Group as seller of three of the 52 lots currently listed for public auction. Lot numbers AUC050, 051 and 052 all feature patents sharing a common inventor, Lawrence Kates and many ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Hi everyone, take a look at this week's foreign filing/patent law news: In the spirit of March Madness, our own Jeff Shieh has dedicated an article to some pretty neat sports-related patents. EPO ...

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Top 3: New Ways to Run a Bracket Competition from

There’s no event quite like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the United States.  Every March, millions of people suddenly tune into college basketball, whether or not they have a favorite team in ...

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Linking is not endorsing from

In the twitter tangle between MIA and Anderson Cooper, Cooper wrote:

The silver-haired talk show host then let loose some mad journalism skills on her. He responded, “you’ve gone from saying ‘I wrote’, ‘I ...

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Singapore Seeks To Liberalise Patent Law In Bid To Become IP Hub from

South-east Asia's economic juggernaut Singapore will hold a public consultation on a proposal to liberalise its patent law in a bid to cement its position as the intellectual property (IP) hub in the region ...

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German appeals court lets Motorola continue to enforce its push notification patent against Apple from

For a significant period of time (which could be a year or more), Motorola gets to continue its enforcement of a German patent injunction that obligated Apple to deactivate the push notification feature of its ...

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India Issues Compulsory License for Bayer Drug Because the Price Was Too High from

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So Lord, won’t you buy ...

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District Court Decision in Case Involving Centocor's IL-12 Antibody Stelara from

In the 1990s Centocor and Abbott both developed human antibodies specific for interleukin 12 ("IL-12", a cytokine), and filed patent applications broadly claiming isolated antibodies that bind IL-12. Abbott's work has resulted in a ...

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Friday IP Round-Up: IPBiz Edition from

WIPO Looking at Global Access to Safe Drinking Water The World Intellectual Property Organization has waded into the global debates over access to safe drinking water, with an upcoming workshop on patents and water purification ...

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Celsis In Vitro, Inc. v. Cellzdirect, Inc.:Federal Circuit Disagrees on Obviousness Analysis Post-KSR from

By Jeffrey J. Zuber and Sarah S. Brooks || The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a preliminary injunction after analyzing patent for obviousness in light of KSR. In Celsis In Vitro, Inc. v. Cellzdirect, Inc., 664 F ...

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CAFC finds agency interpretation wins in Price v. Panetta from

Although not a patent case, Price v. Panetta , includes text:

It is well settled that an agency’s interpretation of its own regulations is entitled to deference unless that interpretation is “plainly erroneous or inconsistent ...

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CAFC reverses TTAB; Bridgestone prevails on opposition from

The issue: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC and Bridge- stone Corporation (together “Bridgestone”) appeal the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB” or “Board”) dismissing Bridgestone’s opposition to registra- tion of the ...

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Apple loses final ITC ruling against Motorola Mobility: preliminary finding of no violation affirmed from

On January 13, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the ITC made an initial determination (a recommendation for a decision) that didn't hold Motorola Mobility to infringe three Apple patents. Last month, I blogged ...

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IPBiz not for sale from

IPBIz got a shock on seeing the following on Patent Baristas:

IPBiz For Sale

Speaking of IPBiz, their website ( is reportedly up for sale. The website is run by Lawrence Ebert, a patent ...

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Mt. Everest Skydive Footage Lands In Court from

In Slater v Wimmer [2012] EWPCC 7, a cameraman claims copyright infringement after a skydiver provided some footage of what was billed as “the first tandem skydive over Mount Everest” to a Danish television show ...

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ACI "Paragraph IV Disputes" Conference, New York, April 24-25 from

I will have the honor of speaking at American Conference Institute's 6th annual Paragraph IV Disputes conference in New York next month. I'll be part of a panel discussion entitled, "Of Labels, Patents ...

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Richard Taranto’s Responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Questions for the Record from

The Senate Judiciary Committee has now posted on its website Federal Circuit nominee Richard G. Taranto’s answers to the committee’s written questions.  Once again the committee asked no specific questions on patent law ...

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"They're lawyers, after all. They're in the business of hedging. " from

An article titled PATENT LAWYERS: Yahoo's Case Against Facebook Is Weak has, as its first take-away message:

Yahoo will be attacking Facebook on specific "claims" in each patent.


it's unlikely that Yahoo ...

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