Patent & IP news for September 4, 2013

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post image Apple must post $132 million bond to end Google's zombie patent trolling in Germany over push email from

Yesterday I reported on an order by an appeals court that enables Apple to stop Google's (Motorola Mobility's) enforcement of a push notification patent against the push email feature of the iCloud in ...

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post image How Universal is the Patent Troll? from

Hand-over-heart, how many Kat readers gave much thought to trolls before the term "patent troll" entered the patent lexicon a decade or so ago? For this Kat, a troll was vaguely identified as some sort ...

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post image Bits & Bytes from Jonathan Hummel from

RECENTLY #1. Minnesota becomes the first state to settle with a Patent Troll Jennifer Bjorhus , of the Star Tribune reports that recently, the state of Minnesota reached a settlement agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC ...

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post image What Happens Following a USPTO Board Decision from

By Dennis Crouch The chart above provides further analysis from the prior post entitled Ex Parte Appeal Outcome by Assignee 2005-2013. The chart here shows the result following BPAI/PTAB ex parte decisions and is ...

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post image Where can I buy a technical effect? EPO BoA Decision T1670/07 from

The IPKat was alerted to the Decision of the Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.1 of the European Patent Office T 1670/07 Shopping with mobile device/NOKIA, of 11 July 2013, by a ...

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post image USPTO to Host America Invents Act Second Anniversary Forum from

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host an America Invents Act (AIA) Second Anniversary Forum on Monday, September 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 ...

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post image Wednesday Whimsies from

A word about goodwill -- or is that "goodwill"?  As in previous years, the IPKat and Merpel would like to extend a cordial greeting to their readers -- both Jewish and non-Jewish -- and to express the hope ...

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SkinMedica, Inc. v. Histogen Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013) from

By Donald Zuhn -- On August 23, in SkinMedica, Inc. v. Histogen Inc., the Federal Circuit determined that the District Court for the Southern District of California did not err in construing the phrase "culturing . . . cells ...

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Draft Rules of Procedure for UPC: a helpful publication from

Unified Patent Court - Draft Rules of Procedure is a 306-page handbook, which includes the Agreement in the three official languages of English, French and German.

The Rules in question are those found in the (original ...

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Bayer loses case against Dow on U.S. Patent No. 6,153,401 from

Bayer loses in Bayer v. Dow:

When the inventors applied for the patent at issue, they had sequenced one gene coding for one enzyme, using a test purportedly capable of finding other, similar genes. In ...

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Trading Technologies wins on appeal to CAFC from

The district court was reversed in Trading Technologies

In this patent infringement action, Plaintiff-Appellant Trading Technologies International, Inc. (“TT”) appeals from the district court’s entry of summary judgment that (i) the asserted claims of ...

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July trade in intangibles from

The July trade figures are out and the trade deficit is up somewhat -- rising $4.6 billion to $39.1 billion. Exports were down by $1.1 billion and imports were up $3.5 billion ...

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GAO Report Fails to Make it "Open Season" on Trolls from

We have reported frequently in the past on IP law developments relating to so-called Nonpracticing Entities, or NPEs, including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act’s mandate that the Government Accounting Office (“GAO”) conduct a study ...

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Defendant’s Strategy to Hasten Plaintiff’s Bankruptcy by Refusing to License Strongly Favors Enhanced Damages from

Following a jury verdict of willful infringement, the court granted plaintiff's motion for enhanced damages. Defendant's knowledge of plaintiff's patents and motivation to infringe weighed strongly in favor of enhancement. "Despite having ...

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Soverain’s ‘314 Patent is Now Truly Invalid from

Soverain Software v. Newegg (Fed. Cir. 2013) (on rehearing) In a rare grant of rehearing, the Federal Circuit has amended its original decision in this case. In the original opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the ...

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Waxman v. Reines in the Soverain v. Newegg case from

From Soverain decided by the CAFC:

Of dependent claims at issue:

We cannot discern for ourselves any
independent basis for their validity. We therefore affirm
the holding of invalidity of these claims as well.”); see ...

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UPC Rules of Procedure Consultation Event London from

This member of the IPKat team attended the Consultation Event on the current draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court that took place yesterday (3 September 2013) in London in the ...

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Amsterdam Court of Appeals: No Copyright for an Inarticulate Criminal from

Can the content of conversations between a famous criminal and police agents taking place in the backseat of a car be protected by copyright? This question, addressed to the Dutch courts in 2006, resurfaced in ...

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Apple’s Appealing Patent Result from

In the latest episode of the Apple patent saga, the United States Court of Appeals has altered a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) discussing two crucial features of the modern smartphone: multi-touch functionality ...

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Jury quickly reaches verdict in favor of Microsoft against Google's Motorola on FRAND breach from

A week before the Federal Circuit's appellate hearing on Judge Posner's Apple v. Motorola ruling, which is the first high-profile FRAND appeal, the Western District of Washington once again makes a major contribution ...

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