Patent & IP news for September 25, 2013

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post image Standard setting organizations and F/RAND: 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Or should you? from

As of late, the role of standard setting organizations (SSOs) in preventing hold-up has been the focus of a lively debate. The IPR policies of SSOs commonly require members to disclose any standard essential patents ...

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post image Patent Reform 2013 – A Discussion Draft from

by Dennis Crouch House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has released a new version of a "discussion draft" of proposed legislation focusing attention on "abusive" litigation tactics. In a major way, the Bill is focused on ...

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post image Apple, Samsung and Google unite in expressing industry's concerns on the UPC's Rules of Procedure from

The AmeriKat awakes late at night to the sound
of a 3-page letter in her e-mail inbox....
Late last night, with less than a week to go before the deadline for the public to submit ...

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post image Best uses for design patents from

Best uses for design patents Design patents protect the ornamental features.  The scope of protection is defined by what is shown in the drawings.  In contrast, utility patents protect the functional features.  The scope of ...

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post image Senate Finally Confirms Todd Hughes from

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Todd Hughes to a seat on the Federal Circuit by a vote of 98-0.  Hughes becomes the first openly gay federal appellate court judge. The confirmation provides the court with its ...

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Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Second "Discussion Draft" of Legislation Aimed at Curbing "Abusive Patent Litigation" from

By Andrew Williams -- In order to combat the perceived "patent troll" problem, members of Congress in both the House and the Senate introduced bills last spring aimed at addressing abusive patent litigation tactics. One of ...

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Brazilian President Warns US On Surveillance, Calls For UN Reform from

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef yesterday sent a stern warning to the United States over ongoing revelations of state espionage during the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York and at the ...

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Urgent Need To Shift Away From Industrial Agriculture, Says UN Agency from

A recent report by a United Nations agency calls for an urgent shift of paradigm in agricultural development.Related Articles:

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Remittitur Denied and JMOL of Willfulness Granted on $1.17 Billion Verdict from

Following a $1.169 billion jury verdict, the court denied defendant’s motion for new trial or remittitur and granted plaintiff’s motion for a finding of willful infringement. "The evidence at trial clearly and ...

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New Documents in Nullity Appeal Instance - BGH Mischerbefestigung X ZR 36/12 from

After receipt of a negative preliminary opinion (§ 83 par. 1 PatG) of the senate, he plaintiff in the nullity suit 4 Ni 13/10 had extended the subject-matter under dispute and filed new documents D1 ...

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California Moves to Limit Biosimilar Substitution from

California Senate Bill 598, which would prohibit pharmacists from substituting biosimilars for a prescribed biologic, unless the biosimilar is an interchangeable product which would not need physician consent or if the biosimilar exceeds the cost ...

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Innovators Take Centre Stage At WIPO Members’ Annual Assembly from

In the context of a parallel event to the World Intellectual Property Organization annual General Assemblies, innovators from developed and developing countries shared their thoughts on how to foster a creative environment that encourages ground-breaking ...

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WIPO Releases New PCT Video Series from

We are excited to bring you the next two installment of WIPO's "Learn the PCT" series.  In Episode 7, Mathias Reischle, Deputy Director of the PCT Legal Division,  discusses how to add or correct ...

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Motions for judgment on the pleadings denied in Microsoft-Google FRAND breach case from

On September 4, a federal jury rendered a verdict on the claim of a breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing in the Microsoft v. Motorola FRAND contract case in the Western ...

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WIPO Approves 15 New Observers, Including DNDi, COHRED; Pirate Parties Rejected from

Member governments of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization today approved 15 new observers to the organisation, including three international organisations, and a range of nongovernmental organisations such as two significant public health-oriented groups. But ...

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ALJ Gildea Grants Motion For Summary Determination In Certain Wireless Communications Equipment (337-TA-866) from

On September 17, 2013, ALJ James E. Gildea issued Order No. 42 in Certain Wireless Communications Equipment and Articles Therein (Inv. No. 337-TA-866). According to the Order, Complainants Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. and Samsung Telecommunications ...

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Furuno Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Navigation Products from

On September 23, 2013, Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan and Furuno U.S.A., Inc. of Camas, Washington (collectively, “Furuno”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337 ...

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Smartphone patent foes, other tech firms jointly urge Europe to prevent rise of abusive litigation from

An impressive, diverse coalition of technology companies (even including a couple of major European non-IT companies such as adidas and Deutsche Post DHL) has sent an open letter to European decision-makers expressing concern over two ...

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