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post image Fix the Dome from

It dominates the Washington skyline. It is the symbol of representative democracy. And it is leaking. And dangerous. And Congress can't get its act together to fix the Capitol Dome. In the middle of ...

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post image SXSW PanelPicker ends tomorrow – vote for my panel: Have expanding IP rights reached the tipping point? from

I have submitted a proposal for a panel at SXSW Interactive 2013 conference. Your vote would be most appreciated!  See below for the full description of this panel which would (tentatively) be with Anne Gundelfinger ...

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USPTO Webinar on Implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA) from

WHAT: USPTO America Invents Act (AIA) Webinar WHEN: Sept. 7, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. EDT WHO: USPTO Director David Kappos, Deputy Director Terry Rea, Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino, General Counsel Bernie Knight ...

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Bert J. Harris Act – Part 1 from

Tweet In 1995, Florida enacted The Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act (the “Act”) and along with it came the companion legislation, the Florida Land Use Dispute Resolution Act....


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Reckitt Benckiser v. Tris Pharma -- New Jersey Magistrate Finds No Trade Secret Misappropriation from

In a recent “not for publication” Memorandum Opinion and Order relating to Reckitt Benckiser’s (“RB”) over-the-counter cough syrup, Delsym® (dextromethorphan polistirex), United States Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert of the District of New Jersey ...

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Our “Common Trademark Application Mistakes” video reached 10,000 views on YouTube! from

Our videos featuring trademark information on YouTube are extremely popular. Our video entitled “Common Trademark Application Mistakes” has been viewed more than 10,000 times (and only a few dozen were by my mother!). You ...

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Reminder: TARR and TDR are about to go offline; API from

Per the notice at the top of TDR: On August 25, 2012, the USPTO released version 2.0 of Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR). On September 1st, all existing direct (static) hyper-links displaying TARR ...

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Silberschmidt To Join WHO As Senior Adviser To Director General from

Gaudenz Silberschmidt, head of international affairs in Switzerland's public health office for the past decade, has been nominated to become senior adviser in the World Health Organization Office of the Director-General. He will have ...

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“Abbreviated” Description of Spectral Region Did Not Create Discontinuity Sufficient to Render Patent Indefinite from

Following an evidentiary hearing, the ALJ found that complainant's LED patent was not invalid as indefinite. "[T]here is nothing in the intrinsic record to support [respondents'] contention that 'a spectral region consisting of ...

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"Hey everybody - this is barack." from

Barack Obama showed one thing an incumbent Democrat can do during the week of the Republican National Convention. See All of Barack Obama's Reddit Ask Me Anything Answers

One query to Barack started: I ...

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Featured Study: Enhance Your Gaming Experience by Purchasing Benefits from

Video gamers around the world, imagine getting rewarded simply for playing your favorite game.  Or, imagine if you could purchase perks and upgrades using your own bank account. Do you know of any examples of ...

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Fee Changes in the Russian Patent Office from

In anticipation of Russia joining the World Trade Organization, the Russian Patent Office (Rospatent) recently announced a series of changes to their patent and trademark fee schedules. And in today’s climate where these fees ...

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Patent Verdicts We Planned For from

News analysis and op-ed pieces following the $1 billion jury decision in Apple v. Samsung have been filled with reactive statements critical of the US patent system. Apple’s enforcement of its patents may “literally ...

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NGOs Oppose US Proposal On Copyright For Trans-Pacific Trade Deal from

At least a dozen nongovernmental groups from several continents have issued a joint statement opposing apparent copyright language proposed by the United States in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations. The groups said the ...

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Woodrow Woods v. DeAngelo: Make a Meaningful Supplementation of Your Contention Rog Responses from

By Jason Rantanen Woodrow Woods v. DeAngelo Marine Exhaust, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2012) Download 10-1478 Panel: Linn (author), Dyk, Reyna Woodrow Woods, the owner of two patents relating to water jacketed marine vessel exhaust systems ...

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A New Version of US Trademark Status and Document Retrieval System from

The US Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) is one of many free search tools offered by the USPTO for trademark searchers who need to locate data on US marks. In the past, searchers would need ...

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Search Tool Tidbits: Scholrly, Clustify, and HQ Books from

In the last few posts on the Intellogist Blog, we’ve focused on major updates to large patent search tools, such as Google Patents and TotalPatent.  Today I’ll take a step back from the ...

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Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest from

In December 2012, Rio de Janero (Brasil) will host the Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest. Requests for presenting at the conference are due Sept 1, 2012. See

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Eight Points to Know about September 16, 2012: Post-Grant Transitions and Deadlines from

by Dennis Crouch September 16, 2012 is a big date for parties considering a post-grant challenge to someone else’s patent. Eight things that your clients should know: End of Inter Partes Reexamination: September 15 ...

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