Patent & IP news for September 19, 2013

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post image Raising Maintenance Fees for Non-Practiced Inventions from

By Dennis Crouch Post-grant patent maintenance fees offer an easy mechanism for shifting patentee behavior. In the US, patent holders must pay a maintenance fee three times during the life of an issued patent. I ...

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post image Patenting Outside the US from

A patent permits its owner to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention without his permission.  A patent is, however, unique to the country where it is granted ...

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post image German court dismisses Apple lawsuit over Samsung's copying of iPhone design elements from

Today the Landgericht Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Regional Court) has dismissed an Apple complaint according to which Samsung violated Germany's Unfair Competition Law by exploiting the iPhone's product image through a derivative imitation of its ...

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post image Bits & Bytes from Jonathan Hummel from

RECENTLY #1. Intellectual Ventures deals with Nest Labs, help avoid Honeywell Jeff John Roberts, at GigaOM, reports on a deal released last Wednesday between patent behemoth Intellectual Ventures, and a maker of home thermostats, Nest ...

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post image Game Copiers and Mod Chips – AG Sharpston issues Opinion in Case C-355/12 Nintendo v PC Box from

Rather than reading the Opinion of the AG,
Walter preferred to spend the day
knitting his Super Mario hat ...
As was announced earlier today on The 1709 Blog, this morning Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston released ...

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post image HTC asks ITC to stay investigation of Nokia patent complaint pending Microsoft transaction from

An Administrative Law Judge of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC) is scheduled to issue an initial determination (preliminary ruling) on Nokia's first complaint against HTC, filed in May 2012 ...

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The War on Patent Trolls -- Congress Prepares for Battle from

By Andrew Williams -- In case it was not clear that Congress is serious about combatting the perceived problem of "patent trolls," Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vermont) and Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) published an opinion piece this ...

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A Look At The USPTO Backlog Statistics from

As the USPTO fiscal year comes to an end on September 30, I thought this would be a good time to review the USPTO backlog statistics. The currently available data reflects the backlogs as of ...

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Canadians Make Their Mark on Global Guide for Museum IP from

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has updated its Guide on Managing Intellectual Property for Museums, with two Canadians playing major roles in the Guide’s creation. The Guide’s primary author is Canadian Rina ...

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No Judicial Estoppel From Concession That Accused Device Would be Patentable Over Asserted Claims from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff was judicially estopped from asserting infringement based on statements about the patent-in-suit during prosecution of another patent. "[Plaintiff] conceded that a presterilized, disposable sampling ...

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ALJ Bullock Denies Respondents’ Motion for Summary Determination in Certain Two-Way Global Satellite Communication Devices (337-TA-854) from

On September 10, 2013, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued the public version of Order No. 10 (dated August 20, 2013) denying Respondents DeLorme Publishing Company, Inc. and Delorme InReach, LLC’s (collectively, “DeLorme”) motion ...

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ALJ Shaw Denies Motion for Summary Determination In Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps (337-TA-872) from

On September 16, 2013, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 29 in Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps, Products Containing Same and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-872). By way of background, the investigation is based ...

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Defendants' Response to Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motions from

Myriad Genetics v. Ambry Genetics Corp. and Myriad Genetics v. Gene By Gene Ltd. By Kevin E. Noonan -- Last month, Ambry Genetics and Gene By Gene responded to Myriad's motion for preliminary injunction in ...

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