Patent & IP news for April 15, 2012

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post image Motorola calls $4 billion royalty figure 'misleading' but doesn't dispute the number per se from

Late on Friday, Motorola Mobility filed its opposition brief to a Microsoft motion for partial summary judgment that asks a federal court in Seattle to find that Motorola breached contractual obligations by making excessive royalty ...

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post image Two groups, one name, no joy, as bands and lawyers head in One Direction from

From the 'it is all sounding rather familiar' department, this Kat brings you news that UK boy band One Direction, who captured third place in the UK X-Factor 2010, is being sued by a US ...

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post image The IPKat and his blogging family: a round-up from

As is traditional in the first full week after the Easter break, the IPKat reminds readers of some of the intellectual property-flavoured blogs with which he and his authors are involved. Blogs listed below may ...

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Abraham Lincoln’s Boilerplate from

Looking over Abraham Lincoln’s patent the other day, I noticed the boilerplate portion of his specification.  It reads:   I wish it to be distinctly understood, that I do not intend to limit myself to ...

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Apple appeals ITC dismissal of complaint against Motorola to the Federal Circuit from

On March 16, I reported on the ITC's final ruling that cleared Motorola Mobility of any violation of three Apple patents at issue in that investigation, and said that "Apple can appeal this decision ...

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Bobbing for Antitrust Apples: E-book Price Fixing Challenge from

So what did Apple and the other publishers do that put them on Uncle Sam’s Radar? Allegedly, they agreed among themselves to sell their e-books at the same price. This is also known as ...

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Is ACTA Dying And Are G8 Countries Reacting To Its Impending Death? from

Rapporteurs for three committees of the European Parliament (Legal, Industry and Trade, and International Trade) have tabled reports or announced what they will propose on the plurilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). And the Group of ...

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ITC judge pushes back Samsung case against Apple by six weeks from

After extending the target dates for the investigations of two Microsoft complaints (one against Motorola Mobility, the other against Barnes & Noble), the ITC (or more precisely, an Administrative Law Judge, but Commission approval is, though ...

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Does anyone think Google is advertising the sponsored links? from

The Full Federal Court in Australia does. The ACCC has successfully appealed the Google Adwords case for misleading and deceptive conduct. So, for example, Alpha Dog Trainging has been operating a dogtraining business for 12 ...

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Facebook files Counterclaims against Yahoo from

The Facebook and Yahoo patent battle continues. Just last week Facebook answered the Yahoo complaint of patent infringement and issued the Facebook counterclaims.

Facebook claims that Yahoo is infringing on 10 patents that Facebook now ...

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Disclosure Front and Centre as Pfizer Prepares to Defend Viagra in Supreme Court of Canada from

This Wednesday, April 18, Pfizer will defend the patent protecting the little blue pill that has changed the lives of men and women around the world.  The pill is of course Viagra and the assailant ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

April 16-18, 2012 - Intellectual Property Counsels Committee (IPCC) Spring Conference & Meeting (Biotechnology Industry Organization) - Austin, TX April 17, 2012 - 28th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Horizon Pharma Inc. et al. v. Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. et al. 1:12-cv-00393; filed March ...

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Copyright Reform, The Irish Way from

The current copyright statute in Ireland is the Copyright & Related Rights Act 2000. It was changed (a little) to bring Irish law into line with the EU Copyright Directive (2001), but not much has happened ...

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Patenting Health: You Cannot Own the Laws of Nature from

On March 20, 2012, the United States Supreme Court decided Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1289 (U.S. 2012). The case was unanimous and emphatically reaffirmed that United States patent ...

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