Patent & IP news for May 31, 2012

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post image GI Registry dragging its feet on petitions filed against ‘Darjeeling Tea’ & ‘Tirupati Laddu’ from

It has been more than a year since rectifications petitions have been filed against the Geographical Indication tags for ‘Darjeeling Tea’ and ‘Tirupati Laddu’. Both petitions were filed in the year 2010 and both petitioners ...

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"Suggestion" of Mootness or, alternatively, Motion for Remand in AMP v. USPTO from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- One of the interesting and unresolved issues in the Association for Molecular Pathology v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office case ("Myriad") involves whether the Federal Circuit, or any U.S ...

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G8 Takes Hard Line On Counterfeit Medicines from

The Group of Eight (G8) industrialised countries recently met to discuss major challenges to the global economy, climate change, food security and nutrition, and political and security issues. And the commitments they made on intellectual ...

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Inducement and Territoriality from

In BASF Agro v. Cipla Limited, the Federal Circuit concluded that extraterritorial acts could form the basis of a finding of inducement of infringing acts in the U.S.

  • [Section] 271(b), which defines infringement ...

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Patent infringement complaints filed May 30, 2012 from

Every day I receive litigation alerts from MaxVal.I think it's interesting to see who's filing patent claims in the United States.It seems that most patent litigations these days have to do ...

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MSF Medicines Access Campaign Director Departs; New Director Named from

Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) announced today that it has named a new executive director of its Access to Medicines Campaign, a high-impact advocacy initiative on international public health issues in Geneva and ...

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Compulsory Licences Positive For The South, With Conditions, Study Finds from

Compulsory licences can provide an efficient way to decrease prices of drugs in developing countries but the conditions of issuance of a licence influence the benefits countries can derive from them, particularly if the countries ...

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USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Discounted Patent Fees from

In a move designed to help independent inventors, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the micro entity provision of the ...

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Digital Property Rights – An Evolving Business Landscape from

With the advent and rise of the Internet, digital property rights have become an increasingly hot-topic in the Board rooms and Executive Offices of major companies, particularly those in the hi-tech industry. Much like the ...

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Reading Tea Leaves from

Listening to oral argument recordings from various cases presents an opportunity to try and read the tea leaves as to where the Federal Circuit is heading with respect to a particular area of the law ...

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2012 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees from

Ten inventors were inducted into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame earlier this month. The inductees included Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and holder of more than 100 patents, and Nobel Laureate (Physics ...

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Hockey Players Protect Their Noggins from

A group of Canadian businessmen have launched a new product that they claim will protect hockey players from concussions.The Noggin is a form-fitting skull cap kitted out with gel pads intended to be worn ...

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US: New Battle Brewing At ITU Will ‘Determine The Future Of The Internet’ from

The United States stands united in its opposition to any international proposal to regulate the internet or to expand the jurisdiction of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) over the Web, US officials said ...

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Judge says Google only used uncopyrightable elements of 37 Java APIs in Android from

Seven weeks after the Oracle v. Google trial began, the very first question -- the question of the copyrightability of the structure, sequence and organization (SSO) of the 37 asserted Java APIs -- has been answered. And ...

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Multiple Ways to Search An Online Catalog of Electronic Theses and Dissertations from

Free catalogs of non-patent literature (NPL) that cover the collections of multiple academic institutions can provide a valuable central search portal when a user is searching for a particular type of NPL.  For example, the ...

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House Passes User Fee Bill from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Less than a week after the Senate passed its version of a bill amending the user fee provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) for funding FDA review of ...

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