Patent & IP news for April 2, 2013

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post image Protecting Trade Secrets: How Many Shades of Gray Do You Need To Count? from

Study after study shows the claimed widespread reliance on trade secrets in protecting a company's intellectual property. In that regard, a management course addressing the creation, exploitation and protection of a company's intangible ...

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post image Excluding Others in the Market for Ranking Lawyers from

Thomson Reuters has a new patent – U.S. Patent No. 8,412,564 entitled System and method for identifying excellence within a profession. The patent was originally filed by the folks at Key Professional Media ...

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The Federal Circuit Table of Authorities from

By Dennis Crouch For the following list I parsed through all precedential patent related opinions at the Federal Circuit for the past three years. The resulting list are the fifteen most frequently cited cases in ...

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Supreme Court Oral Argument in FTC v. Actavis from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis (the caption for what was Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the 11th Circuit opinion below) last ...

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Pharmaceutical Patents Review from

The Commonwealth Government’s Pharmaceutical Patents Review has published a draft report. The draft Report is some 200 or so pages long; contains 4 draft findings and 15 draft recommendations (although recommendation 5 relating to ...

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Cisco Ordered to Pay $70 Million in Patent, Trade Secret Case from

According to the various motions filed in Delaware, XpertUniverse “alleg[es] that Cisco infringed its patents and misappropriated certain confidential and trade secret information from XpertUniverse during the course of a business relationship between the ...

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Apple Patent to Replace the “Back” Button with “Page Snapback” from

This past week was another very prolific one for Apple, as the California-based electronic device developer received 35 patents and had another 36 applications published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many patent applications ...

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Small Business Friendliness Survey from and the Kauffman Foundation have released their 2013 survey of small business attitudes toward state and local government. While I am always a little skeptical of these types of surveys (for example, there ...

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Innovative Distinctions between Make and Repair from

An intermediate bulk container (IBC) was the subject of an ongoing patent suit between exclusive UK licensee of the patent, Schütz (U.K.) Limited (Schütz), and Werit UK Limited (Werit). IBC’s are bulk liquid ...

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WIPO Opens Fifth External Office, In Moscow from

On 23 March, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree establishing a World Intellectual Property Organization office in Moscow. Related Articles:

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An End to the Seed War: Monsanto and DuPont Call Off Their Patent and Antitrust Lawsuits as a Decision in Bowman v. Monsanto is Pending from

On March 25, seed giants DuPont and Monsanto entered into technology licensing agreements that ended their ongoing patent and antitrust lawsuits. According to the terms of the agreement, DuPont will pay at least $1.75 ...

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Obama Announces Multi-Million Dollar Research Initiative To Study Human Brain from

US President Obama today announced a broad new research initiative to map, explore, and better understand the human brain while finding ways to treat brain-related diseases. Related Articles:

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The Bay Builds Upon a Masterpiece from

Beymen, the leading fashion brand in Turkey, has offered upscale men’s clothing since 1971, more recently adding women’s wear and home collections to its lines.  But when it sought to register two of ...

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ITC Issues Public Version Of Opinion on Remedy, Public Interest, and Bond In Certain Digital Photo Frames And Image Display Devices (337-TA-807) from

On March 27, 2013, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion on remedy, public interest, and bond in Certain Digital Photo Frames and Image Display Devices and Components Thereof ...

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ALJ Shaw Sets 14.5-Month Target Date And Procedural Schedule In Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps (337-TA-872) from

Further to our March 1, 2013 post, on April 1, 2013, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order Nos. 8 and 9 in Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps, Products Containing Same and Components Thereof (Inv. No ...

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