Patent & IP news for April 2, 2014

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post image Fresh from the UK IPO - No SPCs for medical devices, says Hearing Officer from

This Kat just noticed a decision in relation to two SPC applications in the name of Cerus CorporationSPC/GB/07/043 and SPC/GB/07/044 - in which it is confirmed that, as might ...

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post image Samsung, Apple back in court for a bit of tidying-up from

It's not often that a Court of Appeal, England and Wales ruling is so short that it can fit neatly into a blog post. However, yesterday that court delivered a mini-judgment (really a judgment ...

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post image Books for review from

With the Easter/Passover break looming large, many readers will soon be either taking time off from work in order to recharge their physical and mental batteries or boarding large planes for long journeys to ...

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post image An Opinion of Individual Character: Karen Millen gains upper hand in Dunnes dispute from

Apart from the concept of the "informed user", modern European design protection law has to grapple with other vague and protean notions.  One such notion -- that of a design's "individual character" -- is edging a ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

Expose yourself: be a blogger!The IPKat's April Update post on his intellectual property blogging friends, here, attracted a lot of interest and a good deal of correspondence -- but so far we've heard ...

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post image 10 European judges found Apple had not invented slide-to-unlock (star patent at Samsung trial) from

Let me start with a picture that is so telling. Apple is suing Samsung in California over "slide to unlock", but a little-known Swedish touchscreen phone, the Neonode N1m, already had that feature (though Apple ...

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Stopping Bad Patents -- Senator Schumer Takes on the "Patent Trolls" from

By Andrew Williams -- In what turned out not to be an April Fools' Day joke, Senator Charles Schumer (at right) of New York participated earlier today in a Google+ Hangout sponsored by the Internet Association ...

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In 49 months of holy war, Apple has not proved that it owns any feature other than rubber-banding from

According to trial reports such as this one by The Verge's Josh Lowensohn, Apple's lead trial counsel (for its offensive case), Morrison & Foerster's Harold McElhinny, wants the San Jose jury to rule ...

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TTIP: EU Commissioner Points Finger At US Secrecy, Investor-State Provisions from

A number of problems with investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) were outlined by legal experts during a 1 April hearing of the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament in its last session before the ...

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Supreme Court to Review Claim Construction from

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear another patent case, Teva Pharms. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.  In this case, the Court will determine whether factual findings underpinning claim construction rulings should be reviewed de ...

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Infringer’s Market Capitalization “Strongly Counsels Against” Doubling or Tripling $1.1 Billion Award from

Following a jury verdict of $1.1 billion, the court granted plaintiff's motion for enhanced damages, but ordered only a 23% penalty. "[T]he Court believes that four of the Read factors support an ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Who May Bring a Federal False Advertising Suit? from

     The Supreme Court's recent decision in Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc. prescribed the appropriate framework for determining whether a plaintiff has standing in a false advertising action under the 15 U ...

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Protection Of Folklore In Draft International Instrument Under Discussion At WIPO from

World Intellectual Property Organization delegates this week are trying to refine draft articles relating to the protection of traditional cultural expressions (folklore) that could form the basis for an international instrument. Delegates also are considering ...

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Africa-EU Businesses, International Organisations Send Recommendations On Health To Leaders from

Representatives of private sector, international organisations and others from Europe and Africa this week delivered a set of recommendations on health and pharmaceuticals to the two regions’ leaders ahead of their summit taking place today ...

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ITC Issues Public Version Of Revised Opinion Remanding Investigation In Certain 3G Mobile Handsets (337-TA-613) from

Further to our February 18, 2014 post, on March 26, 2014, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued the public version of its revised opinion remanding the investigation to Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock for ...

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Guest Post by Prof. La Belle: Demand Letters, DJ Actions, and Personal Jurisdiction from

Demand Letters, DJ Actions, and Personal Jurisdiction Guest Post by Megan La Belle, Associate Professor, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law For more than fifteen years now, accused infringers have faced substantial personal ...

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