Patent & IP news for February 12, 2014

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post image Micro Entity Early Stats from

For many years, the US Patent Office has provided a 50% fee discount to qualified “small entities.” That option was expanded as part of the AIA to now also include “micro entities” who receive a ...

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post image Samsung wants Rockstar patent lawsuit over Android dismissed for jurisdictional reason from

On Monday, Samsung brought a motion to dismiss the Rockstar Consortium's Android-related patent infringement lawsuit filed on Halloween 2013 in the Eastern District of Texas (to which Google was added as a co-defendant on ...

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Patenting Necessary for Continued Innovation in Biotech/Pharma Industries, Academics Conclude from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Most recent academic and some popular assessments of the effects of the Bayh-Dole Act have been critical. This has been due in part to political opposition to licensing university technology (and ...

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Interviews With The Candidates For WIPO Director General from

Member states of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, the global body for international IP policy issues, will vote on 6 March for the next WIPO director general for six years. Intellectual Property Watch asked ...

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Expert’s Reliance on Umbrella License Did Not Warrant Exclusion of Opinion from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to exclude defendant's expert because of his reliance on an umbrella license between plaintiff and its sister company. "The umbrella license that this motion revolves around is a ...

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Will “Candy” Trademark Prove Sweet or Bitter for King? from

Video game developer King, maker of the insanely popular and addictive Candy Crush Saga, has been granted a US trade-mark for the word “Candy”. While previously owning trade-marks over the specific designs and game titles ...

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USTR Announces “Notorious” Markets For Counterfeiting, Piracy In 2013 from

The Office of the United States Trade Representative today published its annual list of online and physical marketplaces worldwide that are most engaged in sales and trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods.Related Articles:

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Strong dissent by Judge Newman in Solvay v. Honeywell: The new general rule here adopted contravenes the policy and the letter of patent law from

The issue in Solvay v. Honeywell

The question at the heart of this appeal is when an invention conceived by a foreign inventor and reduced to practice in the United States qualifies as prior art ...

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Can Capitalism and Collaboration Co-exist? Tech Sector Cross-licensing and the Emergence of ‘Cooperative Competition’ from

In this year’s State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to addressing economic inequality by fostering the jobs of the future: “We know that the nation that ...

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ALJ Essex Grants Motion To Strike In Certain Wireless Devices With 3G And/Or 4G Capabilities (337-TA-868) from

On February 4, 2014, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued the public version of Order No. 85 (dated December 23, 2013) in Certain Wireless Devices with 3G and/or 4G Capabilities and Components Thereof (Inv. No ...

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Crowdfunding’s Impact on Start-Up IP Strategy from

Crowdfunding has been heralded as a revolutionary and democratic way to connect ordinary individuals with innovative projects they would like to support. The version involving equity investments in start-ups will be regulated under the U ...

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EU Commission Pushes Internationalisation Of Core Internet Infrastructure from

Over the revelations of mass surveillance of internet users and government officials, the topic of internet governance has risen to the mainstream political agenda. And a Communication on “Europe's role in shaping the future ...

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The Benefits of the Supplemental Search Report from

After filing your PCT application, an International Searching Authority (ISA) will perform a search of relevant patent documents and references. Additionally, the ISA will issue a preliminary and non-binding review of the claims, analyzing them ...

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WHO, IFRC Tap Swiss Federal Funds For New Buildings from

The World Health Organization and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have received approval of the Swiss Federal Council to receive millions of Swiss francs in loans for the purpose of planning ...

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Biopharma Industries, Others Urge Caution In US Patent Reform from

A coalition of large and small companies and organisation - including the leading trade associations for the US pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries - has asked the US Congress to use caution in rewriting patent laws so as ...

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ALJ Pender Grants Motion To Show Cause In Certain Cases For Portable Electronic Devices (337-TA-861/867) from

On February 10, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 24 granting Complainant Speculative Product Design, LLC’s (“Speck”) motion for an order to show cause why Respondents Global Digital Star Industry, Ltd. (“Global ...

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South Africa Promotion And Protection Of Investment Bill 2013 – A Review from

On 1 November 2013, the South African Department of Trade and Industry published the draft "Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill" for comments. And two lawyers caution that if not careful, it could come in ...

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