Patent & IP news for May 21, 2012

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post image Monday miscellany from

Despite decades of European harmonisation, the Belgian academic
community has never departed from its traditions, including
the ever-popular Professorial Retirement Procession (above)
Retirement launch. The IPKat's scholarly friend Frank Gotzen's retirement is to ...

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post image The Epic Battle Concludes? : Times Publishing House Ltd. V. The Financial Times Limited from

The decision in the long standing dispute over the FT trademark was finally decided by the IPAB last month.  The case was an amalgamation of five related applications. The first application for removal of the ...

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post image Judge asks Oracle and Google excellent questions about Android/Java interoperability from

Shortly before 6 AM local time, Judge Alsup entered a request for further briefing from Oracle and Google regarding "interfaces, exceptions and interoperability". The request has two parts:

  • The first question relates to interfaces and ...

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post image The big copyright debate – in Germany from

Copyright and the protection of IP rights is a topic that is hotly debated in many countries.  With Die Piratenpartei (The German Pirate Party) increasingly gaining seats in more and more German state parliaments, the ...

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post image Sympathy for Dahlia -- but the skort goes back to court from

This is a tale of two garments, unregistered design rights, allegations of infringement and an unsuccessful application for summary judgment -- all told by Judge Birss QC in the Patents County Court, England and Wales, in ...

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Intellectual property issues will make it hard for Google to keep its Chinese 'open Android' promise from

On Saturday, Google announced that China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) finally cleared -- with conditions attached -- Google's proposed acquisition of MMI, which is now expected to close within a matter of days. It appears ...

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Christina Bohannan: Copyright Infringement and Harmless Speech from

Should copyright law be subject to the same harm requirements as other speech-regulating restrictions? In her article, Copyright Infringement and Harmless Speech, Professor Christina Bohannan persuasively argues that without a harm requirement, copyright law unnecessarily ...

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What’s an Office Action in a Trademark Case? from

TweetAn Office Action is issued by an examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), rejecting an application to register a trademark. They typically include issues with...


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WHO Director Chan Opens Annual Assembly With Optimism, Despite Economic Woes from

World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan today opened the annual assembly of the UN agency’s member states with a positive outlook on the future of public health. At a time of economic uncertainty ...

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Obviousness (103) Requirement is Un-Constitutional from

The generally agreed beginning of section 103 is the Supreme Court case of Hotchkiss v. Greenwood, 52 U.S. (11 How.) 248 (1851).  This case first articulated the idea that an improvement that was the ...

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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. Orion Corp. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. 1:12-cv-00523; filed April 26, 2012 in the District Court ...

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USPTO to Raise Patent Fees A Bit More from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice if the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 28331) proposing another increase in patent fees. The newly proposed adjustment in fees ...

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