Patent & IP news for March 20, 2013

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post image Filing Lead-Up to from

by Dennis Crouch The USPTO has released a chart showing the number of patent applications filed each weekday up through March 19, 2013. These results are roughly parallel, but slighly less amplified to the the ...

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post image Average Pendency of US Patent Applications from

The chart above shows the average pendency of utility patent applications at the USPTO grouped by disposal date. The basic calculation compares the patent application actual filing date with the relevant issue date or abandonment ...

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IPO Files Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in AMP v. Myriad Genetics from

By Donald Zuhn -- In an amicus brief filed last week in support of respondents Myriad Genetics, Inc. et al., the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) asked the Supreme Court to affirm the Federal Circuit's ...

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At US-Led Workshop, African Stakeholders Call For “Home Grown IP Agenda” from

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - In a re-cast, smaller version of the event that was planned and postponed last year, the US State Department’s workshop on IP utilisation and protection in Africa opened yesterday. It ...

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Five Patents to Get You in the Mood for Spring Cleaning from

I wonder what it is about the dawning of Spring that gets people in the mood to clean house. Is it the smell of the blooming flowers that gets a person to finally throw out ...

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Treble Damages for Willful Patent Infringement Become Elusive from

Accused patent infringers continue to breath easier as an ever more challenging path to treble damages persists. Recent decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit placed the objective prong of the In ...

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Challenging the PTO for Issuing Patents from

by Dennis Crouch Pregis Corp. v. Kappos and Free Flow Packaging (Fed. Cir. 2013) Pregis was feeling the pinch of its competitor Free-Flow's air-packaging patents and so, in 2009, Pregis sued Free-Flow for declaratory ...

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ALJ Bullock Rules On Motions Relating To Collecting Evidence In Switzerland In Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets (337-TA-855) from

On March 18, 2013, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order Nos. 81 (public) and 82 (public version not yet available) in Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same, and Products Containing Same ...

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UK Budget and IP from

Well, we have the shiny brand new patent box proposals coming in April anyway, so there were no big  IP expectations of this Budget – just as well, really!

There was one 'direct' IP announcement – the ...

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The Sedona Conference's new regional patent litigation programs from

By Jason Rantanen For those who aren't familiar with The Sedona Conference, it's a law and policy think tank that organizes programs that bring together judges, lawyers, experts and academics to discuss issues ...

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European Court Upholds Confidentiality In International Treaty Talks from

The Second Chamber of the European General Court in a judgment today strengthened confidentiality rules in international treaty negotiations. Related Articles:

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Espacenet Assistant: a free resource to learn about patent information, search techniques, and more from

The Espacenet Assistant is a new tool on the Espacenet site that aims to help users understand patent information, search basics, and new features within Espacenet itself. Available in English, German, and French, the tool ...

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ALJ Bullock Issues Public Version Of Remand Initial Determination On Validity And Enforceability In Certain Static Random Access Memories (337-TA-792) from

Further to our February 27, 2013 post, on March 15, 2013, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued the public version of the Remand Initial Determination (“RID”) (dated February 25, 2013) in Certain Static Random Access ...

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