Patent & IP news for December 31, 2013

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post image Streaming providers and the lost trade marks: Napster, Megaupload from

Napster: cats are
 the coolest brand
This Kat had read with interest a month ago that one of the first infamous streaming websites for illegal downloading -- Napster -- was going to be revived.  However, much like ...

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post image Monk fruit, the soft drink industry and the IP challenge from

The story (“A sweet Asian fruit tempts the troubled soft drink industry”), as reported by Marina Lopes in the December 22, 2013 edition of, here, begins as follows:
“An obscure melon once cultivated ...

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post image Hail and farewell -- and a happy new year from

Time for a little solemn celebration ...As calendars across the world shift their year data from 2013 to 2014 (if you still use cheques and/or date official documents, do be careful!), it falls to ...

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post image Authors Guild appeals Google Books decision from

Copyright thoughts for Marcel, even
during NYE toast: do the
flowers on his glass ... 
Just a couple of days have passed since this Kat indicated the decision of Judge Denny Chin in the Google Books ...

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Examiner reversed in Ex parte KUDELA from

Ex parte KUDELA

Because a claim term should be construed consistently wherever it appears in a patent or application’s claims, see, e.g., Rexnord Corp. v. Laitram Corp., 274 F.3d 1336, 1342 (Fed ...

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Messaging patent still invalid - Court of Appeal upholds Arnold J from

December is a tricky time of the year.  In December 2012, just before Christmas, and just before this Kat rejoined the blogging team, Arnold J handed down the decision Microsoft Corp v Motorola Mobility LLC ...

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Biofuel work at Montana State from

MSU research into algal biofuels keys larger study

Robin Gerlach is the MSU professor coordinating research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered ...

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Institut Pasteur: Federal Circuit Takes Hard Look at USPTO Board Factual Conclusions from

By Dennis Crouch Institut Pasteur v. Focarino and Precision BioSciences, Reexam No. 95,000,443 (Fed. Cir. 2013) The French non-profit Institut Pasteur holds several patents covering site-directed insertion of genes into eukaryotic chromosomes. See ...

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Four New 337 Complaints Filed Before The End Of Calendar Year 2013 from

On December 20, 2013, Prospera Corporation of Pleasanton, California filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.  The complaint alleges that the following unlawfully import into the U.S ...

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Top Stories of 2013: #11 to #14 from

By Donald Zuhn -- Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on ...

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