Patent & IP news for May 28, 2012

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post image To ™ or not to ™? A reader writes ... from

As every Kat knows,
TM stands for
transcendental meditation
Much-loved favourite question returns. The IPKat's friend Bansi Pattni has written in with a question which members of the blog team get asked quite often ...

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post image Saluting Our Veterans: Interesting Memorial Day Trademarks from

[Re-posted, with edits, from 5/30/2012] Memorial Day is our country’s annual tribute to fallen heroes who have died while serving in our military. In good times and bad, in war and in ...

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post image Katonomics 18: the Olympics -- or should that be Olympigs? from

In this, the sixth and final post in her third Katonomics series, the ever-competitive Doctor Nicola Searle goes for Gold when she takes on her toughest assignment yet: an IP-sensitive economic appraisal of the Olympic ...

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It’s Official: Functionality is Uncopyrightable, Says the European Court of Justice from

In November 2011, the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Yves Bot, issued an influential but non-binding legal opinion, positing that the functional aspects of computer programs should not be protected under copyright ...

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Call for Papers for Journal of Public Interest IP from

The readers of Spicy IP may be interested to know of a new journal that has recently come into being and seeks to address issues pertaining to the nexus between IP and public interest, something ...

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Can I Copyright a Recipe? from

TweetAt first blush, it makes sense. You, the owner or chef of a restaurant, invest a lot of time, energy, and trial and error into a new creation, only to see a knockoff down the ...

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License a pending patent application, not so easy from

The time period from filing a patent application to receiving a patent can last many years.  In technologies such as software, biotechnology and communications, patent offices’ backlogs often result in a three year (or longer ...

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No Reason from

The theft of intellectual property by the USPTO and CAFC continues unabated. This episode concerns 6,168,626, found obvious in reexam and by a CAFC panel majority (CAFC 2011-1239). Sadly for the co-conspirators, a ...

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The answer to API competition concerns is neither uncopyrightability nor fair use -- it's FRAND from

After this holiday weekend it probably won't take long before Judge Alsup, possibly after asking the parties some more questions in writing or at a hearing, rules on the copyrightability of the structure, sequence ...

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World Health Assembly: WHO Carves Out Leadership Role In “Vaccine Decade” from

With a generous pledge and a grand vision, Bill Gates launched the “Decade of Vaccines” two years ago. By endorsing a “Global Vaccine Action Plan” during the World Health Assembly, the world’s health authority ...

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Roadmap To IAM Success from

TweetBy: Bill Harding In my last post, I shared my experience selling a software line of business valued by the buyer entirely for the business’s intellectual assets rather than for its tangible...


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Conference & CLE Calendar from

June 1, 2012 - Understanding the America Invents Act: A Sweeping Change of U.S. Patent Prosecution Practice (American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law, Young Lawyers Division, and Center for Continuing Legal Education ...

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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. Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. InnoPharma Inc. 1:12-cv-00618; filed May 17, 2012 in the District Court ...

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