Patent & IP news for February 5, 2014

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post image Balkan ballyhoo over Ministerial mockery in Serbian satire from

Over the decades we have seen and heard so much sad news from the Balkans that some folk might think of the former Yugoslavia as nothing more than a Vale of Tears.  However, this Kat ...

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post image Astellas Pharma: your chance to comment from

If pharmaceutical patent law is the focal point of your interest, take heed! Case C-661/13 Astellas Pharma Inc, a reference for a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU ...

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post image Revocation strawman: a new player in the patent litigation field from

I have recently heard from Sharaz Gill, who was formerly head of patent litigation at HTC but has since gone on to found Skepsis Telecom. Explains Sharaz:
"We are basically a strawman patent revocation company ...

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post image Analysis of 2013 Board Decisions Regarding ‘Configured to’ Language from

Guest Post By Paul Gurzo and Neil Kardos from the firm Harrity & Harrity, LLP Based on a prior post discussing comments by Chief Judge Rader regarding claims including “configured to” language, we decided to review ...

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Cisco might have had a greater benefit from joining Rockstar than cross-licensing with Google from

Numerous patent cross-license agreements have been struck and continue to be struck in this industry, but other than agreements that settle litigation (such as the recent Ericsson-Samsung deal), they are rarely announced. Still, more than ...

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Motorola Mobility takes MPEG-2 license from MPEG LA, settles disputes with Philips, Mitsubishi, Thomson from

On Tuesday, patent pool firm MPEG LA announced that "Motorola Mobility LLC [a Google subsidiary for now] became licensed for its MPEG-2 products under the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA" and that ...

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Consolidated Appropriations Act Provides for Public Access to Federal Research from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which makes consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. One provision of the 639-page Act, which can be found ...

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Apple faces $2 billion damages claim in Mannheim over wireless patents -- trial on Tuesday (Feb. 11) from

On Tuesday (February 11, 2014), Apple will have to defend itself in a German patent trial against a damages claim amounting to 1.57 billion euros ($2.12 billion), plus prejudgment interest, brought by German ...

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No Beer and No TV Makes Judge Levy $10M fine for Simpsons, Family Guy Streaming from

Who controls the British Crown? Who keeps illegal streaming down? The Federal Court of Canada does! (May the pop-culture references commence.) The Federal Court of Canada made international news by handing down one of the ...

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No Attorneys’ Fee Award Despite Vexatious Litigation Strategy and Misconduct from

Following summary judgment of noninfringement and invalidity, the court denied defendant's motion for attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 even though plaintiff and its counsel engaged in vexatious litigation amounting to misconduct ...

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ALJ Pender Denies Motion To Amend The Priority Date In Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems (337-TA-890) from

On February 4, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued the public version of Order No. 10 (dated January 24, 2014) in Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-890). According to the ...

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Judge Chen — Presiding Judge from

With all the new blood on the Federal Circuit these days, it has not taken long for some of the recent appointees to step into the role of presiding judge of various panels.  Judge Wallach ...

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IP Intensive Program: A Semester at SOCAN from

In ten weeks at Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (SOCAN) I learned how to gamble on horses, how to create a shark costume out of an old sweater and some cardboard, the proper amount ...

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Samsung welcomes European Patent Office decision to invalidate Apple's touch flags patent from

I have obtained a copy of a Samsung press release, dated February 4, 2014, saying that the company "welcome[s] [yesterday's] ruling [by the European Patent Office], which invalidated Apple's EP '948 utility ...

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What to Expect in your International Search Report and Written Opinion from

The International Search Report and Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority (ISR) is a document provided by the International Searching Authority (ISA) in connection with a PCT patent application. Typically, the ISR is issued ...

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Proposed Rules: Requiring Identification of an Attributable Owner and Ultimate Parent Entity from

By Dennis Crouch In one of her first acts as de facto USPTO Director, Michelle Lee has proposed a new set of rules associated with patent assignment recordation. The proposal is quite complicated (occupying 18 ...

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New WIPO Text On Genetic Resources Focuses On Misappropriation, Disclosure Still Uncertain from

World Intellectual Property Organization member countries are working to get past their differences this week toward agreement on a way to protect genetic resources from biopiracy. A new document shows focus on misappropriation as a ...

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Law Clerk Position Available from

We have a law clerk opening for a 3rd year law student or recent graduate pending bar results. Must have taken trademark law and preferably other IP courses in law school. Please send cover letter ...

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