Patent & IP news for June 12, 2012

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post image New patent prevents textbook sharing (in US) from

Anti-piracy device from the good old daysWhile silly patents are nothing new, now and then, there are certain patents that seem to cross certain lines. A new patent granted by the USPTO to economist Joseph ...

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post image Members of Congress write to ITC to express concern about potential Xbox ban from

A number of the elected representatives of the citizens of the United States from both sides of the aisle have written to the ITC to express concern over a potential ban of the Xbox 360 ...

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Another Look at IPO Top 300 and Life Sciences Top 53 from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last week, we reported on the release of the Intellectual Property Owners Association's (IPO) list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents in 2011 (see "IPO Releases List of ...

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Apple's enforcement of Motorola's FRAND licensing obligations mirrors Microsoft case from

There are striking parallels and substantial overlaps between the FRAND issues Apple and Microsoft face and raise in their disputes with Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility in the United States and Germany. That's because Motorola ...

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Court Green-lights Copyright Class Action against Google from

In order to establish copyright infringement, a plaintiff must show: (1) ownership of a valid copyright, and (2) copying of constituent elements of the work that are original. Judge Chin concluded that no participation of ...

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Looks Like Tetris? Video Game Clones and Copyright Law from

According to a recent study by Flurry Analytics, in the first two months 2012 over 50% of all user app sessions on Android and iOS mobile devices involved video games.   GamesIndustry International recently reported that ...

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Contributory Infringement from

35 U.S.C. § 271(c)

i4i v. Microsoft

  • "A party is liable for contributory infringement if that party sells, or offers to sell, a material or apparatus for use in practicing a patented process ...

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Locate German Technical Literature on TEMA from

Gray literature, such as technical reports, theses, and conference proceedings, may disclose technology relevant to a particular patent that makes this literature valuable prior art.  During exhaustive prior art searches, professional patent searchers will try ...

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Kodak Moves to Sell Patents in Bankruptcy Without Minimum Bid from

The time has now come for Kodak to attempt to shed its non-strategic patents with the sale of roughly 10% of the overall Kodak patent portfolio.  Without an acceptable initial bid already in place Kodak ...

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Plant Patentability Questions Deepen In EPO Tomato Patent Case from

While the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office is reviewing the so-called "tomato case," collateral questions are being raised about the consequences on plant innovation of the non-patentability of some processes. Related ...

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BIO International Convention 2012 Preview - Part II from

BIO and Biosimilar Regulations throughout the World By Andrew Williams -- The 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston begins next week. If you are planning on attending, Patent Docs is highlighting a few sessions, in thematic ...

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