Patent & IP news for March 23, 2012

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post image Tulisa, that sex tape and 'false' privacy becoming 'real' privacy from

Only if you had a complete UK tabloid blackout for the last week would you have been able to escape the Tulisa sex tape drama. Juicy sordid details aside, the case is interesting because of ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

It's not every day that the IPKat brings news from a Saudi BOG but, courtesy of the Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Group's newsletter comes tidings that will warm the hearts of all true IP ...

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post image The Guidelines to go with the Handbook - EPO Publishes new Guidelines for Examination from

Our dear readers may recall that my fellow feline David Brophy informed us a little while ago about the "Handbook of quality procedures before the EPO". This turned out to be not only the Whizzkid ...

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Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories -- What the Court's Decision Means from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Biotech has met its Benson in the Court's Prometheus decision. Before considering what can be done, it is prudent to consider the implications of this decision (and the previous decade ...

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What It Takes To Infringe a Patent from

TweetBy: Mark R. Malek My last article discussed the permissibility of designing around a patent. To summarize, in order to design around a patent, also known as reverse engineering a patent, the...


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Temporary unavailability of this blog during parts of the weekend (March 24-25) from

As some of you may have noticed, the domain name of this blog has been affected by a design decision on Google's part (Google runs the Blogger, or, service). It is now ...

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Mayo v. Prometheus recap: personalized medicine delivery method ruled not patentable from

This week the United States Supreme Court issued a key decision in which it struck down a patent covering a medical testing method, holding that the subject matter is ineligible for patenting under Section 101 ...

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Facebook goes for some retail therapy from

News today that Facebook has decided to go patent shopping and has bought a portfolio of over 500 patent families from IBM. If the ROI includes the ability to immediately fend off Yahoo! then the ...

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Global Fund Changes Continue As West Africa Team Leader Departs from

The head of the West Africa region for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the next in the line of departures under the organisation’s reforms. On the way out, he ...

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New Chair For WTO GI Register Talks Seeks New Ideas from

With general instructions from the December ministerial to change tactics in negotiations, the new chair of World Trade Organization special sessions on creating a geographical indications register for wines and spirits is calling on members ...

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USPTO Announces 2012 National Trademark Expo from

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2012 National Trademark Expo on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free two-day event ...

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LXBN TV interview: Yahoo/Facebook patent case from

I spoke with with Colin O'Keefe of LXBN TV  about the patent infringement suit Yahoo recently filed against Facebook. In the interview, we discuss:

  1. the numerous patents Facebook allegedly infringes upon,
  2. why Yahoo chose ...

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Cultural Education Campaign Too Late to Alter the Course of “Arepa” Trademark Debate? from

The trademark registration of “arepa”, the name used to describe a traditional Venezuelan food, has generated significant debate and concern among Toronto’s Venezuelan community. Eduardo Lee, the owner to Toronto’s Arepa Café, registered ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Hi everyone, here's a look at the foreign filing/patent law news from the week of March 19, 2012: The EPO is "going green" with a new awareness campaign. This major pharmaceutical case has ...

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Oracle and Google ordered to hold settlement conference (no later than April 9, 2012) from

Now that Oracle and Google have a firm trial date (the trial will start on April 16, 2012), the court decided that another attempt to settle the dispute, which started with Oracle's lawsuit in ...

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Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Trends from

Legal IQ has  launched a new white paper on Intellectual Property (IP) Portfolio Management Trends and Success Factors 2012, which reviews the recent challenges and changes in IP.  It draws upon the insight of leading ...

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Webinar on First-to-File from

Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering a webinar entitled "Moving From First to Invent to First to File: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges" on April 26, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern). Charles ...

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