Patent & IP news for March 30, 2012

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post image "More, Much More, on the Centrality of Trade Secrets" from

James Pooley Last Sunday this Kat posted a piece, "Whatever the Report Says: Can Trade Secrets Really Be That Important?", here, which has already generated quite a bit of reaction (the 11 comments posted at ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

"Purr" "Meow" Those sound marks (or should it be sound-marks?). Earlier today the IPKat was delighted to host Lorraine Fleck's guest post about trade marks (make that trade-marks) for sounds in Canada, which mentions ...

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post image Trade-mark registration: some sound practical tips for Canadians from

"When I grow up, I want to be
the MGM lion", says Gabby
The IPKat is always delighted to show the extent of his tolerance towards the curious customs and practices of those good folk ...

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post image Five Fascinating IP Twitter Accounts from

Twitter can be a big, scary place for newcomers.  Millions of users post millions of tweets every day (tens of thousands of tweets per second at certain times!). The best users add commentary and convey ...

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USPTO News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- PPH Pilot Program between USPTO and IMPI Extended On March 7th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that the Office would be extending its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program ...

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Munich trial: Motorola's Android devices may infringe Microsoft patent on multilingual programs from

Yesterday I attended a second hearing, effectively a trial on Microsoft's assertion of EP0669021 on "multi-lingual computer programs", at the Munich I; Regional Court. In mid-December, the court held a first hearing on this ...

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ETSI vote on SIM card standard postponed, says French financial daily Les Èchos from

Les Échos, a French financial daily, reports that deep divisions in the industry over the future SIM card standard made it impossible to reach an agreement at the ETSI meeting that started yesterday (Thursday) and ...

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PPCA v Commonwealth from

The High Court has rejected the constitutional challenge to the validity of the “1%” cap on licence fees payable by broadcasters to the record companies on very narrow and specific grounds. Section 109 of the ...

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IP of Steve Jobs on Display at WIPO from

An exhibition showing the intellectual property (IP) behind Steve Jobs’ innovations opens to the public at WIPO on March 30, 2012 and will run through to World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2012. The ...

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Another upcoming seminar from

Ron Slusky is again offering his two-day, CLE-accredited Invention Analysis and Claiming Seminar in Chicago on May 21-22, 2012. The seminar is based on his ABA-published book Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer’s ...

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The Way Forward from Mayo Collaborative Services is through the Classen Immunotherapies Remand* from

The reasoning in Mayo Collaborative Services makes no patent law logical sense on numerous grounds, including disregarding an important paragraph in the Supreme Court’s 1981 case of Diamond v. Diehr that is not only ...

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German Apple lawsuit against Samsung over multilingual character sets headed for stay from

This afternoon the Mannheim Regional Court held yet another trial involving Apple and Samsung. What was new about today's German trial is that Apple's patent issue originally belonged to a third party: Mitsubishi ...

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My Invention Has All The Elements Of A Patent…And Then Some from

TweetBy: Mark R. Malek This is yet another article in the series of “questions that Mark Malek gets all the time when playing attorney at Zies Widerman & Malek.”  Every now and again, I get the...


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District Court Sees through Misleading Allegations in PubPat Lawsuit against Monsanto from

In a recent post, I pointed out similarities between "fabrications" regarding conditions at factories in China manufacturing Apple products, and the misinformation being promulgated regarding gene patents and agricultural biotechnology. Some prime examples of this ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Hello to everyone! Take a look at the latest foreign filing/patent law news for the last week of March: On the America Invents Act (AIA): How the "first-to-file" system will benefit your company. Who ...

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Post Grant Review and Estoppel under the AIA from

Starting September 16, 2012, the Post Grant Review (PGR) option of the America Invents Act will be implemented.  Within nine months of issue, PGR will offer third parties the opportunity to petition the Patent Office ...

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Richard Taranto Nomination Proceeds to Full Senate from

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a voice vote on Thursday on the nomination of Federal Circuit nominee Richard Taranto.  By voice vote, Mr. Taranto’s nomination was approved by the committee and will now proceed ...

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CLE on Mayo v. Prometheus from

Law Seminars International (LSI) will be offering a one-hour analysis on "Mayo v. Prometheus" on April 9, 2012 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm (Eastern). Gregory A. Castanias of Jones Day will moderate a panel ...

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Webinar on Personalized Medicine after Prometheus from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Personalized Medicine after Prometheus: Exploring the Limits of Patent-Eligibility" on April 5, 2012 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). A panel consisting of ...

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