Patent & IP news for March 25, 2014

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post image Quis custodiet ipsos custodes: news and review of comments on EPO strike from

Last week Merpel posted a piece concerning news that the EPO employees were going on strike.  Because of the difficulties in finding reliable information from authenticated sources, Merpel posted only the basic and apparently incontrovertible ...

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post image Claim preclusion, issue preclusion and the Kessler doctrine: game, set and match! from

The famous Kessler TwinsJust a few days ago, while drafting a post on the 'actual controversy' requirement in declaratory judgment actions, I came across an interesting article by Michael G. Munsell. The article briefly ...

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post image Who Owns All the Smart Grid Patents? New Study Reveals Answer from

Ever wonder who owns all the smart grid patents?  With all of the acquisitions in smart grid (see, e.g., here and here), it seems a lot of folks have been considering the question. A ...

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Disclosure of documents and a patent attorney's duties: a question of proportionality from

Bromhead & Co and others v Baillie and others is an extempore 25 February decision of Mr Justice Arnold, sitting in the Chancery Division, England and Wales, on one of those most delicate of issues: the ...

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Indigenous Peoples Present Their Perspectives On Traditional Knowledge At WIPO from

Representatives of indigenous peoples opened a key meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organization with a discussion of the definition of traditional knowledge (TK), the presence of TK in the public domain, and respect for ...

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ALJ Pender Terminates Investigation As To Aumed In Certain Handheld Magnifiers (337-TA-901) from

On March 20, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain Handheld Magnifiers and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-901). By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 26 ...

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No Heightened Pleading Standard for System Claims from

The court denied defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's direct infringement claim for failure to state a claim. "[Defendant] asserts that [plaintiff's] complaint lacks factual allegations that [defendant] 'controls' or 'uses' all portions ...

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Never mind Arsenal -- Guernsey's the team to mind its image rights from

Guernsey's image right has been the subject of much attention, most of it ranging from the amused to the frivolous, on the part of the intellectual property community. In August of last year the ...

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ALJ Shaw Grants-in-Part Motions Seeking to Quash or Limit Subpoenas in Certain Standards Cell Libraries (Inv. No. 337-TA-906) from

On March 19, 2014, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 11 in Certain Standard Cell Libraries, Products Containing or Made Using the Same, Integrated Circuits Made Using the Same, and Products Containing Such Integrated ...

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