Patent & IP news for September 13, 2012



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post image Continued Progress on USPTO Satellite Office Openings from

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) dictates that at least three satellite offices be opened by the USPTO in three years. The Detroit satellite office was the first of four selected by the USPTO to ...

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post image A tribute to Mr. Amar Raj Lall – one of India’s finest IP lawyers from

Mr. Amar Raj Lall. Image from here.Most of you in Delhi must have already heard about the passing away of Mr. Amar Raj Lall, Senior Partner of Lall, Lahiri & Salhotra (LLS) on the 6th ...

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Judge agrees to hear Apple's FRAND defenses against Samsung on December 6 from

On Monday (September 10) I reported on Apple's motion for a separate briefing schedule and additional page limits for its FRAND defenses and a FRAND-based unfair competition counterclaim, and Samsung's opposition. In that ...

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What Will Be Different On Monday? (The September 16, 2012 Patent Reform Changes) from

The next wave of U.S. patent reform changes embodied in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act takes effect on Sunday, September 16, 2012. The following is a list of some of the things that will ...

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US Ambassador Sees Hope For WIPO Visually Impaired Treaty This Year from

United States Ambassador Betty King told a gathering of journalists at the US mission yesterday of the important work being done at the international institutions under her responsibility in Geneva, including the World Intellectual Property ...

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Supplemental Examination at the USPTO from

At the conclusion of the supplemental examination if the certificate issued indicates that a substantial new question of patentability is raised an ex parte reexamination will be ordered by the USPTO. The resulting ex parte ...

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Marblar: finding uses for old patents from

A post at MIT Technology Review titled Can Crowdsourcing Bring Unused Patents Back from the Dead? discusses Marblar, a platform formed to help universities commercialize new inventions and find uses for old patents.

In a ...

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KSR invoked in Ex parte Law from

The BPAI affirmed an obviousness rejection in Ex parte Law by reference to KSR:

[t]he combination of familiar elements according to known methods is likely to be obvious when it does no more than ...

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German court hands Apple rubber-banding patent injunction against Google's Motorola Mobility from

After the billion-dollar California verdict against Samsung, and one day after the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple just dealt Google and its Android ecosystem the next significant blow.

At the Munich I Regional Court ...

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UC/Berkeley, Eolas sue Facebook for patent infringement from

A Reuters post on September 13 titled University of California sues Facebook, Wal-mart over patents includes the following interesting typo:

A Facebook spokesman said the company believed the lawsuit was without hermit. "We will fight ...

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Invalidation of Patent on Reexamination Warrants Relief from Judgment of Infringement, Including Injunction and Monetary Award from

The magistrate judge recommended granting defendants' renewed motion for relief from judgment where the PTO invalidated the sole claim of the patent-in-suit during reexamination. "Defendants are entitled to the relief they seek under Rule 60 ...

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ACTA: Will It Ever Become A Valid International Treaty? from

A quiet and little-publicised ratification process might be the last hope for those pushing for international adoption of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). But while the Japanese legislature managed to finalise their ratification recently, processes ...

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European Parliament Passes Orphan Works Directive from

The European Parliament today passed a “directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works” with 531 in favour versus 65 opposed (11 abstentions). The directive will be a good first step toward allowing the digitisation ...

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RMail v. Can Invalidity Based on 35 U.S.C. § 101 Be Properly Raised as a Defense in Litigation?* from

As pointed out astutely by RMail is that the Supreme Court jurisprudence on patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 have primarily involved ex parte prosecution appeals from the USPTO. There are only two instances ...

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Shifting intangible assets from

We all know that intangible assets are key to economic success. Companies and economies prosper by identifying, fostering and utilizing their intangible assets. But the the importance of intangible assets can shift from one to ...

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Does the Entire Market Value Rule Make Sense when Applied to Apportionment Analyses? from

By Dennis Crouch I struggle to understand the mathematical logic in the debate over the recent expansion of the entire market value rule (contemporary EMVR) for calculating damages in patent cases. The entire market value ...

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Bert J. Harris Act – Part 2 from

Tweet   As I mentioned in my previous post regarding the legal substance of the Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act (the “Act”), this post will center on the procedural aspects...


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Dylan: Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. from

From CBS News post Bob Dylan calls plagiarism accusers "wussies"

Dylan: "Oh, yeah, in folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition. That certainly is true. It's true for everybody, but me ...

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Featured Study: Versatile Immunosuppressive Compounds from

Pharmaceuticals and chemistry experts should seriously consider participating in Article One’s Study, DEV 1732. You could win $5,000 through this Study, which focuses on finding variations of chemical compounds that are used for ...

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America Invents Act: Another Piece Of Patent Reform Puzzle Falls Into Place from

Another phase of historic patent reform goes into effect next week in the United States, as officials from the US Patent and Trademark Office tour the country, answering questions from stakeholders about forthcoming changes in ...

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IPhone? Try old phone (patents)! from

When the new iPhone was announced, opinions around the web were mixed. Some loved its sleek design and larger screen, while others made the Clint Dempsey face once they realized how much money they will ...

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Sanders' Farewell to Blog from

Derik Sanders has drafted his last entry for the blog. Here are a few words he wanted to share with the blog followers.  "It has been an honor and a great pleasure to have contributed ...

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US Competitiveness Ranking Falls to Seventh from

According the World Economic Forum (WEF), the USA has fallen to seventh in the world in economic competitiveness.  According to WEF the US was number one in 2008 and has fallen four straight years.  The ...

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