Patent & IP news for February 26, 2014

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post image Use of surname Piazza as a wine trademark from

One of the most cherished aspects of Italian culture is the dolce far niente, the art of doing nothing. It is those celebrated moments of smiles and laughter exchange over lingering cups of espresso or ...

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A reader of this weblog, whose identity is known to this blogger but who asks to be referred to, modestly, as "Pedestrian", has some big questions to ask, questions that may produce quite different answers ...

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Around the weblogs.  Aaron Wood, in a guest post on SOLO IP, asks some uncomfortable questions on attorney-client privilege that may be disturbing for clients instructing unqualified or underqualified folk to do their IP work ...

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The most depressing food porn ever,
proudly cooked and portrayed by this Kat
Talking about food porn, the new trend of taking pictures of recipes and posting them on social networks, the three-starred French chef ...

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Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Attorney Fee Shifting Cases from

By Andrew Williams -- As we have reported over the past couple of weeks, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases involving the attorney fees provision of 35 U.S.C. § 285 on Wednesday ...

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UNITAID Assesses Potential Implications Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement from

UNITAID is expected to soon publish a report on the implications of the leaked provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) on public health and access to medicines. The executive summary of the forthcoming report ...

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Steven Salzberg's concerns over Woo-Suk Hwang's US 8,647,872 not well-founded from

In a post US Issues Patent For A Fraudulent Human Embryonic Stem Cell Method , Steven Salzberg writes

Hwang himself admitted the data were fake! As I’ve written previously, the USPTO simply can’t keep ...

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Defendant’s Legal Expenses “Particularly Helpful” in Determining Reasonableness of Plaintiff’s Fee Request from

The magistrate judge recommended granting in part plaintiff's motion for attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. §285 following summary judgment, an appeal, and a jury trial, and approved counsel's hourly billing rates ...

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Federal Circuit: Enablement More Difficult When Invention Faces Skepticism from

By Dennis Crouch In re Hoffman (Fed. Cir. 2014) (non-precedential decision) Gene Hoffman and David Lund’s patent application is directed to method of weakening the strength of tropical cyclones by delivering super-coolant from an ...

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More USA Jobs from

US Department of Justice has two vacancies for IP litigators to primarily handle § 1498 defense: The Intellectual Property Staff of the Commercial Litigation Branch, primarily defends the United States against allegations of patent and copyright ...

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US Congress Committee Issues Report On “Highly Invasive” FDA Surveillance Of Employees from

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released a report detailing the US Food and Drug Administration's "highly-invasive" surveillance programme that monitored employees who contacted Congress and the ...

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Korea Fair Trade Commission clears Samsung's use of standard-essential patents against Apple from

I have seen several Korean news reports, of which I obtained machine translations (Google Translate), on an announcement today by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, South Korea's antitrust authority, that Apple's complaint against ...

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IP Rights Impact Practice Of Science, Global Justice, Author Says from

Intellectual property has a strong effect on the practice of science, leading to a shift in research attention for the benefit of the rich, while impeding access to essential goods for the disadvantaged, according to ...

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Supreme Court on Fee Shifting – A review of Oral Arguments in Octane Fitness and Highmark from

By Dennis Crouch Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness (SCOTUS 2014); Highmark v. Allcare Health Mgmt. (SCOTUS 2014) Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the paired fee-shifting cases of Octane Fitness and Highmark ...

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ITC Issues Public Version Of Opinion In Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities (337-TA-800) from

On February 19, 2014, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion in Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-800). By way of background, this ...

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ALJ Bullock Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (337-TA-739) from

On February 19, 2014, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 83 in Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-739). In the Order, ALJ Bullock set the procedural schedule ...

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