Patent & IP news for December 3, 2012

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post image Exxaro Linc typical of an African IP deal from

Exxaro Limited, the South African resources group, has signed a Term Sheet with Australian technology company, Linc Energy, to pursue underground coal gasification (UCG) for energy solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, moving from Term Sheet ...

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Myriad at SCOTUS: Early Reaction from

Eileen Kane: "There is a fair chance that the Court could side with the 2010 district court opinion, which found that the "claimed isolated DNA is not markedly different from native DNA as it exists ...

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The Enforcement of Bad Patents is the Problem from

Right now the best business to be in at the moment is the patent enforcement business, at least if you are concerning yourself with low-risk monetization with high reward. Between the legacy issue of bad ...

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Patent Litigators: Be Careful What You Plead, Part II from

We previously reported on a sua sponte Memorandum Order where Senior U.S. District Court Judge Milton I. Shadur of the Northern District of Illinois took counsel to task for the quality of its answer ...

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Special Report On Russia: Enforcement Against Online Copyright Infringement from

During the joint news conference held in Paris on 27 November by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Medvedev was asked a question of legislative scrutiny with regard to internet ...

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The Case of the Counterfeit Cell Phone Case from

Speck Products has obtained a judgment from a California Federal Court against Tsai & Shaw, a company that has been selling counterfeit Speck iPhone cases. The judgment includes a permanent injunction against Tsai & Shaw, as well ...

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Defriend: Privacy concerns are back in the newsfeed from

An Austrian student studying law in Silicon Valley has raised serious flags about Facebook’s lack of adherence to privacy law and disclosure regulation. Max Schrems used EU privacy and personal data statute to request ...

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Federal Circuit emphasizes distinction between patent and trademark law from

A recent Federal Circuit decision permitted claims of patent infringement and trademark infringement may be brought in two separate lawsuits, even though the claims were filed by the same plaintiff and accused the same product ...

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ALJ Shaw Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Video Analytics Software (337-TA-852) from

On November 27, 2012, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 7 in Certain Video Analytics Software, Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-852). According to the Order, ALJ Shaw granted a ...

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Artwork to Ashes, Brands to Dust: Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act Held Constitutionally Valid from

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: The High Court of Australia recently ruled that the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act withstands constitutional scrutiny, in JT International SA v Commonwealth of Australia. Retailers and smokers ...

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Plucking the Golden Goose Won’t Help Patients from

Several public interest groups recently filed a march in petition under the Bayh-Dole Act asking NIH to force Abbott Laboratories to license its competitors for the production of Ritonavir, a drug used to treat AIDS ...

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H.R. 6621: Proposed Modifications to the America Invents Act of 2011 from

On November 30, Rep. Lamar Smith introduced H.R. 6621, a Bill titled "To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code". Because of its late ...

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America Invents Act Technical Corrections from

As expected, a bill to provide technical corrections to the America Invents Act was introduced on Friday in the House of Representatives:  H.R. 6621. Manus Cooney of American Continental Group provides a good summary ...

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Supreme Court to Review Myriad Case Again from

The Supreme Court has again granted certiorari in the Myriad gene patent case.  Specifically, the Court agreed to decide the following question presented: Are human genes patentable? The Court declined to address the method claims ...

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Cisco Systems Inc. on the Offensive; Analysis of the Present and Future of Non-Practicing Entities in Patent Litigation from

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US Isolated In Opposition To WIPO Treaty For The Blind, Group Says from

The United States now stands alone in its opposition to a World Intellectual Property Organization treaty on copyright exceptions for blind and and other print-disabled readers, the World Blind Union (WBU) said today.

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Video Available Of Event On Standards-Essential Patents from

The Washington Legal Foundation held an event on 29 November entitled, “Standards-Essential Patents: Where Do IP Protections End and Antitrust Concerns Begin?” The video of the event has been made publicly available. “In our seminar ...

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Groups Urge European Commission To Back Strong Copyright In Upcoming Debate from

Groups representing European publishers, writers and collective management organisations are urging the European Commission to support their interests as it considers initiatives on copyright policy this week. The groups asked the Commission to back stronger ...

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