Patent & IP news for January 31, 2013

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post image The Pseudo Scientific Basis of Environmentalism from

The underlying “scientific” basis for all environmentalism is the second law of thermodynamics or entropy.  Environmentalist believe that entropy scientifically proves that we have peak oil problem, an over-population problem, a pollution problem, global warming ...

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BayhDol25 Files Amicus Brief in Bowman v. Monsanto from

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina By Kevin E. Noonan -- A great many amicus briefs have been filed in support of affirmance of ...

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Trade mark oppositions (Australia) from

Andrew Sykes, a barrister and trade marks attorney, has started a new trade mark resource: Australian Trade Mark Opposition Law. According to the website: The purpose of this site is to provide quick, reliable answers ...

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Patent Term Calculations: District Courts Split on PTA Calculations; Revive Focus on Deference to PTO Determinations from

By Dennis Crouch Exelixis v. Kappos (Exelixis II) (E.D. Va. 2013) We now have a district court split on post-RCE patent term adjustment. This decision – siding with the PTO – arises from a second Exelixis ...

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Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO April/May 2012 from

What follows are the decisions from April and May 2012. In this time period in 2012 at the OED the Office found themselves dealing with a patent attorney that accepted referrals from an invention promotion ...

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EU Proposes Comprehensive Reform of Data Protection from

The European Commission has proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU’s 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe’s digital economy. A video interview on EU data protection reform ...

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Matters Related to the Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law from

At a meeting convened in October 2012, experts from the Tegernsee Group offices were tasked to collaboratively develop a joint questionnaire to aid in the acquisition and analysis of stakeholder views across jurisdictions on four ...

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Neptune Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Omega-3 Extracts From Marine Or Aquatic Biomass from

On January 29, 2013, Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. and Acasti Pharma Inc. (“Acasti”) (collectively, “Neptune”) — both of Canada — filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges ...

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In Capable Hands: Profiling the New Leadership at the PTO from

Before profiling the top officials who will continue the work of the patent system, allow me also to pause and recognize a truly extraordinary moment in Patent Office History. The top three officials at the ...

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ITC Decides To Review Initial Determination And Remand The Investigation In Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Guide And Parental Control Technology (337-TA-820) from

On January 29, 2013, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued a notice and remand order in Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide and Parental Guide and Parental Control Technology (Inv. No. 337-TA-820).  In the ...

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USPC-to-CPC Concordance Tool Now Available on the USPTO Website! from

On January 1, 2013, the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) completely replaced ECLA, and all US published applications will now carry CPC classifications. The EPO’s Espacenet search system has already added a CPC search tool ...

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UNIGE Panel Promotes Advantages Of Trade Secret Protection from

Intellectual property professionals speaking at the University of Geneva last week discussed the challenges faced by companies and legislators in the domain of trade secrets. Topics addressed included the impact globalisation has on the protection ...

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Patent Business: Deals, Settlements, Licenses – January 2013 from

The month of January started off quite busy, which in all likelihood was as the result of deals and announcements either held over or that simply couldn't get done in the run up to ...

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Pending Cutback In EU Spending For Development Cooperation from

The European Commission's claims of support for development cooperation contrast with budget cuts for aid, raising doubts about the EU’s real will and ability to address today’s overall challenges and push for ...

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The Federal Circuit's New Obviousness Jurisprudence: An Empirical Study from

By Jason Rantanen [Download the draft article] Obviousness remains one of the primary issues raised in patent cases. A few weeks ago, Dennis noted that "the vast majority of BPAI/PTAB decisions focus on the ...

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