Patent & IP news for April 18, 2012

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post image Heartache in Alicante - Find out what OHIM refuses from

It has just come to the attention of the IPKat that the OHIM has (apparently very recently) now begun to publish information about Registered Community Design applications that have been refused.

The information can be ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

It was with great sadness that the IPKat learned of the unexpected and early death this past weekend of Professor John N. Adams.  A former Director of the Intellectual Property Institute and latterly a member ...

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post image WIPO and UNIDO Support Innovation for Sustainable Development from

Last week, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and UNIDO Director General Kandeh Yumkella met to strengthen their cooperation around global innovation. According to the announcement released by both parties, it was agreed that “the two ...

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The Newest Chemical Patent Search Features on SciFinder from

The STN Intellogist Report was recently updated, and we listed some of the major improvements to the product: new full-text patent databases, improvements to current full-text patent databases, improved bio-sequence and chemical structure search options ...

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Marine Polymer Technologies, Inc. v. Hemcon, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2012) (en banc) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- In a decision ripe for Supreme Court review (appropriately, this time), a fractured Federal Circuit delivered a plurality opinion in Marine Polymer Technologies, Inc. v. Hemcon, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2012) (en ...

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India alleges Russian Dilution of GI in Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri Tea from

The readers will undoubtedly aware of the popularity enjoyed by certain products in India that have been granted protection under the special tag of geographical indication (GI). Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri teas are prime examples ...

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Updates to the Largest Markush Search Databases: MMS and MARPAT from

Do you know the best resources for searching Markush chemical structures in patent documents? If you need to freshen up your Markush search skills, then you’re in luck.  Intellogist Reports on two of the ...

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BPAI reverse anticipation multiple embodiments from

Takeaway: The Applicant appealed an anticipation rejection, arguing that the figures relied on by the Examiner described two separate embodiments. The Examiner took the position that since the reference did not explicitly state that the ...

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Twitter’s IPA”: The Rise of Trade Secrets and the End of Innovation from

Twitter posted their Innovators Patent Agreement (IPA)  with much ballyhoo yesterday.  Despite the claim that Twitter will only assert patents defensively, part 2(b) of the ...

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Divergences Clarified On Protection Of Traditional Knowledge At WIPO from

From the outset of a World Intellectual Property Organization meeting to advance a potential treaty text on the protection of traditional knowledge, discussions on draft articles of the possible treaty confirmed divergence of views, notably ...

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US Government Re-Issues Call For Bids To Manage Internet Root Zone from

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Monday re-issued a request for proposals to manage the sensitive IANA contract. IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority function, includes the management of the central root ...

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A Primer on Indefiniteness and Means-Plus-Function from

The basic law relative to § 112, ¶6 explains that a decision on whether a claim is indefinite under § 112, ¶ 6 requires a determination of whether those skilled in the art would understand what is claimed ...

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Drug Abuse from

In Caraco v. Novo, a unanimous Supreme Court reversed the CAFC on abuse of patent: "A generic manufacturer may employ the counterclaim provision to force correction of a use code that inaccurately describes the brand ...

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Webinar: Findings from inovia’s 2012 U.S. IP Trends Survey from

Yesterday we hosted a webinar to discuss the findings of our 2012 U.S. IP Trends Survey.   The program was presented by Justin Simpson, inovia's founder and Australian Patent Attorney, and Jeff Shieh, our ...

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Court Report - Part II from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Allergan, Inc., et al. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. 1:12-cv-00321; filed March 30, 2012 ...

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Bayer Schering Pharma AG v. Lupin, Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2012) from

By Andrew Williams -- In a second case involving the Hatch-Waxman regulatory scheme decided by the Federal Circuit on Monday, the Court held in Bayer Schering Pharma AG v. Lupin, Ltd. that for an ANDA filing ...

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Oracle v. Google trial: evidence of willful infringement outweighs claims of approved use from

After the third day of the Oracle v. Google trial, this is my first post on this litigation since the trial started. From the outset, I have been monitoring the events in San Francisco by ...

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Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Bayer's Inducement Claims in YASMIN Case from

Bayer Schering Pharma et al. v. Lupin et al., Nos. 2011-1143, -1228 (Fed. Cir.) by Malaika D. Tyson In a 2-1 opinion this past Monday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court decision dismissing Bayer ...

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