Patent & IP news for December 17, 2013

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post image The BRG needs you! ... to comment on ICANN's proposed changes to the Registry Agreement for the new TLDs for the .brand Registries from

The IPKat has been contacted by the ever-industrious trade mark enthusiast Sarah Walker (Reckitt Benckiser) to alert our readers to the period that ICANN has set for public comments to the proposed changes to the ...

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post image Grace periods for patents: a call from ALLEA from

Today this Kat received by way of email attachment the Statement Adopted on the Occasion of a Conference on “Grace Period“ in Kiev, October 10, 2013, this conference being convened by the European Federation of ...

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post image Fighting patent trolls by targeting their lawyers? Nebraska's homemade solution backfires! from

On 5 December, the United States House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act, a piece of legislation meant to deal with patent trolling phenomena. The Act contains a number of measures ranging from disclosure obligations ...

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USPTO Issues Final Rule to Implement Patent Law Treaty -- Changes Take Effect December 18 from

By Donald Zuhn -- On October 21, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule (78 Fed. Reg. 62368) revising the rules of practice pursuant to title II of the Patent Law Treaties ...

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Patent Law Exam: Questions 2-4 from

This year I gave a very straightforward patent law exam that was worth 30% of the student grade. The remaining 70% was based upon a series of graded projects during the semester that included drafting ...

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ALJ Essex Issues Notice Of Initial Determination In Certain Optoelectronic Devices For Fiber Optic Communications (337-TA-860) from

On December 13, 2013, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice regarding his Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Optoelectronic Devices for Fiber Optic Communications, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-860). By ...

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Service Contracts for Infringing Activity May Increase Royalty Rate from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff was not entitled to reasonable royalty damages relating to service contracts associated with the accused activities because the service contracts were not a “use ...

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Swiss Group Finds Patent-Related Ethical Violations By Pharma Overseas from

The Berne Declaration, a Swiss non-profit, has released results of investigations that found industry-sponsored offshore clinical drug trials in developing countries involve "multiple ethical violations," a problem increased by the patent-based industry business model.Related ...

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CBT Flint v. Return Path: Applying 28 U.S.C. 1920(4) to E-Discovery Costs from

By Jason Rantanen CBT Flint Partners, LLC v. Return Path, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013) Panel: Dyk, O'Malley (concurring-in-part and dissenting-in-part), Taranto (author) This is an important pair of opinions that anyone interested in the ...

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NPE Intellectual Ventures Releases Searchable List of its Patents from

Readers of the IPKat are surely familiar with the NPE Intellectual Ventures, which is one of the most active NPEs in the United States.  [Prior Kat mentions here and here, among others.]Intellectual Ventures's ...

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US Intelligence Committee Chair To EU Parliament: NSA Necessary To Jointly Fight China from

Mike Rogers, chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, today defended the work of the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies in the US at a meeting with members of the European ...

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Developing Countries Lack Capacity To Take Advantage Of Marrakesh Treaty from

The 2013 Marrakesh Treaty has been applauded by beneficiaries throughout the world for answering the need for wider access to special format works for visually impaired people. However, the path to its implementation, even after ...

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ALJ Bullock Terminates Investigation As To American Omni Trading And Dunlap & Kyle In Certain Tires (337-TA-894) from

On December 13, 2013, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 19 in Certain Tires and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-894). According to the Order, Complainants Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.; Toyo Tire ...

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