Patent & IP news for May 29, 2012

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Old Patents That Could Have Set the World Aflame! from

When it comes to patentability, safety is not necessarily a major factor in the equation. The Patent Office only cares if an invention is sufficiently inventive. Whether or not it’s safe is a superfluous ...

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Acronyms as Trademarks from

Last week a client contacted me and explained that many of its marketing materials refer to the company by its acronym rather than its full name.  The client asked me about the pros and cons ...

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Finding the Definitive LibGuide on Electronic Lab Notebooks from

I owe a lot to the CHMINF listserv, which has steered me towards many invaluable resources (from the reference manager/online catalog Mendeley to the open access peer-reviewed scientific journals on the Public Library of ...

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Golden Oldies? South African High Court Looks At What Is “Traditional” from

The question of the use of material in the public domain for the inspiration of new works has been complicated in South Africa by legislation which purports to grant retrospective perpetual protection to so-called “traditional ...

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(Patent) Party Like A Rockstar from

Operating under the name Rockstar Bidco, a consortium of tech companies including significant financing from Microsoft, Apple and Research In Motion, outbid then patent-deficient Google for the LTE-essential rich patent trove auctioned away by the ...

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Breakthrough: Canadian Scientists Discover Old Drug May Kill Cancer Stem Cells from

A team of Hamilton scientists of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI) of McMaster University have made a breakthrough discovery (reported by CTV here) with the potential to significantly impact future cancer treatment ...

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Government Announces Grants Creating Academic/Public/Private/Non-Profit Research Partnerships from

On Friday May 25th, the Government of Canada announced a series of investments that seeks to create research partnerships among the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The effort will be conducted by the Federal ...

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Apple's two most important multitouch software patents face anonymous challenges at the USPTO from

This blog post by Scott Daniels, an experienced patent litigator and author of the leading blog on U.S. patent reexaminations (WHDA Reexamination Alert), lists high-profile reexamination requests filed last week, including two anonymous ex ...

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EU Parliament Advises No Patent On Conventional Breeding from

By Catherine Saez for Intellectual Property Watch The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the patenting of essential biological processes. The resolution, which is considered by civil society groups as a strong political signal ...

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Will an Intellectual Property Licensing Exchange Work? from

Preventing artificial supply-side constraints? Now my spidey-senses are activated. That sure has a familiar ring to it, doesn't it? I am skeptical about the desire to eliminate market inefficiencies when combined with simultaneous attempts ...

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Colombia Joins the International Trademark System from

Colombia became the 87th member of the international trademark system following the deposit of its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks by Vice President Angelino Garzón with WIPO ...

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IP Leaders to Regard “Tipping Point” at Global Business Congress from

Opening Session will Focus on Critical IP Developments & Directions More has happened to cast the spotlight on IP rights in the past 24 months than in the previous 50 years. With new legislation being enacted ...

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