Patent & IP news for November 25, 2013

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post image PTO Transitions: Director and Deputy Director Positions Open from

In September 2013, USPTO Acting Director Teresa Stanek Rea gave notice that she would step down from the agency in the near future. She has now acted-on that notice and has left the agency. Rea ...

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post image The Court of Appeal on Recusal - just in time to be too late from

The IPKat has reported a few times on the interesting case of Resolution v Lundbeck.  The first issue in this legally rich dispute is whether Resolution were estopped from challenging the validity of Lundbeck's ...

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post image From swinging 60s to swing-tags: genuine use of the TOMMY NUTTER mark from

"Rebel" alludes to the supply by Crombie
of cloth to the Confederate Army in the
US Civil Law
When this Kat was a small kitten, the word "nutter" might have been thought a relatively unpropitious ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

That rather lovely 8,000,000 feeling.  Some time on Saturday, while this Kat was putting up his paws and enjoying a little offline rest, this weblog notched up its eight millionth page-view. As always ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Shire LLC et al. v. Apotex Corp. et al. 1:13-cv-24236; filed November 21, 2013 in ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

December 3, 2013 - "Post-AIA Preissuance Prior Art Submissions at the USPTO -- Best Practices for Third-Party Challenges to Patent Applications and for Monitoring Competition" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST) December 4, 2013 - Congress ...

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Spirit Of Innovation Runs High At South African IP Conference from

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – An industry-government conference here last week captured the high spirit of innovation in South Africa, and discussed ways in which intellectual property rights play a role in the effort.Related Articles:

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South-South Cooperation Rising; WIPO Pushed To Persevere In Its Efforts from

The importance of cooperation among developing and least-developed countries in the field of intellectual property is rising, and is a key vector of technology-sharing, according to speakers at a conference on the subject at the ...

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Big Pharma Mutating from Small Molecules into Biotech Drugs from

According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, the pharmaceutical industry, particularly Big Pharma, has decidedly changed course, shifting its R&D; focus away from small molecule drugs towards biotech products. Such ...

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Global Patent Harmonisation Proceeding Outside WIPO – And Gently Within from

For years, the developed countries that own the vast majority of the world’s patents - and therefore pay the majority of the revenues of the World Intellectual Property Organization – have looked unsuccessfully for a way ...

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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-902) Regarding Certain Windshield Wipers from

On November 20, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Windshield Wipers and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-902). The investigation is based ...

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Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter from

Hi everyone! Each month, we comb through WIPO's PCT Newsletter to share the latest news affecting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to ...

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IP Law Professors Rise-Up Against Patent Assertion Entities from

By Dennis Crouch A group of sixty US intellectual property law professors have signed a letter to Congress supporting anti-troll patent reform legislation. This effort was driven by Professor Love of Santa Clara and is ...

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Split decision at CAFC in Centillion v. Qwest from

The outcome of Centillion v. Qwest:

Centillion Data Systems, LLC (Centillion) appeals from the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Qwest) that various claims of U.S. Patent No ...

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Concerning Scripps work on lipids in algae from
From Research Unlocks Algae Biofuel Potential

The research when patented and commercially available has the potential to move algae to the forefront of the most promising feedstocks for ...

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Suppository goes no where from

The appellant Anliker lost on obviousness on claims directed to "A suppository package."

PTAB noted

It is well established that while features of an apparatus may be recited either structurally or functionally, claims directed to ...

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