Patent & IP news for February 4, 2013

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post image Presume that Claims Cover the Preferred Embodiment from

by Dennis Crouch Accent Packaging v. Leggett & Platt (Fed. Cir. 2013) In yet another case, the Federal Circuit has altered a district court claim construction in a way that entirely flips the outcome. In a ...

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Dispatch from India from

by Alex Menchaca I recently attended the Global IP Convention in Bangalore, India. My presentation concerned strategies used by brand-name companies to maintain U.S. market dominance, some aspects of which are referred to as ...

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Apple Patents on Audio Production & On-Hold Call Management from

This week, the USPTO released a whopping 47 patents, about twice as many as Apple had received in the previous few weeks. These intellectual property patents include a number of efficiency improvements to notification and ...

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USPTO: Kappos -> Rea from

by Dennis Crouch David Kappos is now the former Director of the United States Patent Office — joining a select group that claims Thomas Jefferson as its inaugural member and more recently includes Todd Dickinson, Jon ...

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Plant Variety Protection Meets Resistance in Developing Countries; Consultations Coming from

Plant variety protection has raised concerns in Africa and in Latin America, and further developments are expected in 2013. Related Articles:

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The USPTO Green Tech Program: Guidepost for the Future from

The Green Technology program has taken on a new importance. Clean tech represents a major element in the economics and pubic debate over federal funding of research and development. The recent spate of high profile ...

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WDPA allows “novel” damages theory for per-unit royalty on units sold outside US because of “but for” usage inside US from

Judge Fischer in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, in Carnegie Mellon University v Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. (M.D. Pa. November 29, 2012), denied an “emergency” motion to strike CMU’s damages theory on the ...

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Big Firms and Contingency Fee Struggles: Parallel Networks v. Jenner & Block from

by Dennis Crouch Joff Wild at IAM has posted some interesting reading in the ongoing dispute between the patent assertion entity, Parallel Networks and its former litigation counsel at Jenner & Block. [Link] According to the ...

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FAO: New GMOs Rising In Developing Countries; Public Sector Key from

Contributions of participants at a recent e-conference organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on new genetically modified organisms show that a considerable number of new GMOs are likely to ...

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Push For EU-US FTA Could Restart Discussions About IPRs from

The high-level Munich Security Conference this weekend saw a considerable push for going forward with a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Both US Vice-President Joe Biden and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle said ...

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Upcoming Law Summit To Address IP Management, Enforcement from

The 15th IP Law Summit, produced by Marcus Evans, is scheduled for 21-23 March in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. Gathering corporate senior IP Counsel together with service providers, the Summit will offer a focused discussion ...

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Basic Research – Soon to be a Thing of the Past? from

One concern since the Bayh-Dole Act was passed in the United States has been the effect of the Act on the direction of research.  Would the Bayh-Dole Act—allowing grant recipients such as universities to ...

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ALJ Bullock Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation As To Menard And Pass & Seymour In Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (337-TA-739) from

On February 4, 2013, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 76 in Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-739). According to the Order, ALJ Bullock granted a joint ...

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Copyrights and the Sixth Grade from

At a class lecture today, my audience peppered me with some of the most thought-provoking questions that I have received about intellectual property matters.  As a frequent seminar speaker on IP issues, I often lead ...

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