Patent & IP news for April 20, 2012

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post image Saregama alleges COpyright Infringement by Dirty Picture Song prior to Satellite Release of Movie from

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Many readers would undoubtedly already be familiar with the recent histrionic abilities of the Bollywood actress Vidya Balan in the widely-acclaimed movie ‘Dirty Picture’. On April 22, 2012, the movie is ...

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post image Guest Post: Intellectual Property Protection in Africa from

The following is a guest post by Elaine de Beer a patent attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) – Africa’s largest law firm.  Enjoy!  The thought of Africa may conjure up images of disease, poverty ...

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Bifurcation can be
a painful operation 
That unified patent court: the case against bifurcation. If you have been thinking that everything has gone quiet and that no-one cares about the proposed unified patent litigation system ...

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The Kats welcome Wolfe.  The IPKat and his colleagues congratulate Catherine Wolfe (Boult Wade Tennant) on her inauguration as President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and wish her every success.  Yesterday's ...

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post image YouTube Hits a Wall Near Berlin; Googlers Concerned from

This U.S. Kat rarely meows about European IP issues.  There are much more knowledgeable Kats in this herd to discuss the goings-on on the other side of the Atlantic.   But this is breaking news ...

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post image Jumping up and down as Roadshow hits the buffers from

Admit it -- from the title of this post you
were expecting the usual cliched shot
of jumping kangaroos ...
Every copyright-sensitive Australian is jumping up and down today at the news that the High Court -- the ...

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Oracle and Google find common denominator for telling jury about use of Java APIs in Android from

Just like others watching Oracle v. Google over the years, I have also noted, even more than once, that these two parties disagreed even on relatively minor procedural issues. Every time the court asked them ...

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Motorola's patent enforcement against Apple will cost German taxpayers millions (of euros/dollars) from

At first sight, one might think that court, lawyers' and other fees (expert witnesses) and incremental business travel make patent litigation a real money-making opportunity for Germany. But the popularity of certain German courts among ...

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Friday fantasies II from

The Story of O, Patently so ... The story of O. Well, not quite, but a story of the behind PatentlyO.  Stellar blogger and legal scholar Dennis Crouch will be revealing all the secrets of US ...

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Searching the old patents: France from

France has a database of its patent data from 1791 to 1844, and intends to add material to 1902, at Brevets français 19e siècle. It is entirely in French. Those who want to search material ...

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Reform This! Acacia CEO Credits Patent Reform As A “Major Trend” While Announcing Its Biggest Quarter Ever from

Driven largely by January’s blockbuster purchase of ADAPTIX, and the immediate recognition of an estimated $70 MM in licensing revenue from Microsoft and Samsung, Acacia announced Q1 2012 as its best quarter in history ...

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Finding a Nut: Supremes Get a Patent Case Right! from

Maybe it is the result of the case being of such little importance to the patent system as a whole, or maybe it is just evidence that every blind squirrel finds a nut every once ...

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The WHO’s Final Sprint Toward An International Convention On R&D from

An international convention on research and development for neglected diseases has never been so closely within reach. A World Health Organization expert group is recommending the implementation of a legally binding instrument to secure new ...

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup from

Happy Friday everyone! Take a look at the foreign filing/patent news from the week of April 16th: The EPO recently published its first "Handbook of quality procedures before the EPO" which will serve as ...

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The Simpsons’ “Duff” Beer Trademark Fight from

TweetBy Daniel Davidson German Brew Masters, Duff Beer UG, are putting News Corp’s Twentieth Century Fox’s (“TCF”) European trademarks for “Duff” to the test.  In a recent suit filed by Duff Beer UG,...


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Record Results for Trademark Pendency from

Guest blog by Commissioner for Trademarks Debbie Cohn

This month marks a record for performance by our Trademarks team. It has now been five consecutive years that first action pendency has stayed in the range ...

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C5 Pharma Patent Lifecycles Conference from

C5 (UK) will be holding its 11th International Forum on Pharma Patent Lifecycles on June 20-21, 2012 in London, England. The conference will provide practical and strategic guidance on patent lifecycle extensions, including: • Recent SPC ...

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GW Law Symposium on Intellectual Property from

The George Washington University Law School (with Mayer Brown and Cornerstone Research) will be holding its annual GW Law Symposium on Intellectual Property on May 8, 2012 at The George Washington University Law School, 2000 ...

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Hatch-Waxman Boot Camp from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding the next session of its Hatch-Waxman Boot Camp conference on June 25-26, 2012 in San Diego, CA. ACI faculty will help attendees: • Comprehend how recent biosimilars legislation is ...

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ACI "3rd Advanced Forum on Biosimilars," New York, May 22-23 from

It's been two years since Congress passed the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, establishing an abbreviated approval pathway for biosimilar drugs, and FDA is still waiting for the first biosimilar application to be ...

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