Patent & IP news for April 16, 2014

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post image Locum lawyer loses company cognomen* costs complaint from

This one is about the ever-useful Company Names Tribunal, and the cost consequences of ignoring pre-action correspondence and waiting for a party to bring an application against you before you give in and change your ...

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post image AdWords dock in a French safe harbour from

If you thought that the Google AdWords saga ended when the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) ruled that hosting keywords corresponding to trade marks does not amount to a “use in the ...

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University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit used its decision that the District Court erred in certain of its claim construction determinations to reverse a jury award of greater than $100 million, but left intact ...

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20 Years Of TRIPS: Max Planck Launches Declaration On Patent Protection from

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition has launched a Declaration on Patent Protection with the aim to “clarify some of the regulatory options states still retain under international law, in particular the TRIPS ...

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Curbing Trolls by Reforming the Patent Marking Statute from

Guest Post by François deVilliers, Chief IP Counsel, Plantronics, Inc. 35 U.S.C. 287(a) provides that constructive notice of a patent may be given by marking the patented article with the patent number ...

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Turbo Coding Patent Not Invalid for Claiming Unpatentable Subject Matter from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's turbo coding telecommunications patent was invalid for claiming unpatentable subject matter. "[Defendant] argues that Claims 1 and 10 do not meet the transformation ...

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Takeda Part Two: Destroy Evidence, Pay the Price — Eli Lily and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Get Hit For $9 Billion Punitive Damages Verdict from

Recently, in In re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 11-2299, a Louisiana federal jury awarded $9 billion in punitive damages against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (“Takeda”) and Eli Lily & Co. (“Lily”). The verdict was ...

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--Advanced biofuels are the fuel of the future, and always will be --? from

Within a New York Times post titled Dual Turning Point for Biofuels
, one has the text

There is an old joke in the energy business that advanced biofuels are the fuel of the future, and ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: USPTO Issues New Examination Guidelines for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility from

The basic requirements for filing a U.S. utility patent are rather straightforward. Patents are granted for new, useful and non-obvious processes, products or compositions of matter. Similarly, any new, useful and non-obvious improvement to ...

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Welcome Kristen Fries to Anticipate This! from

We are pleased to welcome Kristen Fries as a contributing author at Anticipate This! Kristen is a patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio and registered to practice before the United States Patent and ...

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ALJ Gildea Rules On Motion to Compel And/Or Strike In Certain Silicon Microphone Packages (337-TA-888) from

On April 10, 2014, ALJ E. James Gildea issued the public version of Order No. 29 (dated March 20, 2014) granting in part Complainant’s motion to compel and/or strike in Certain Silicon Microphone ...

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They Invented What? (No. 239) from

U.S. Patent No. 4,151,613: Protective device for the buttocks and hips of a person for use in skateboarding. JW Note:  For all our readers who are also skateboarding enthusiasts! What is claimed ...

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ALJ Lord Sets 16-Month Target Date In Certain Sulfentrazone (337-TA-914) from

On April 15, 2014, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 3 in Certain Sulfentrazone, Sulfentrazone Compositions, and Processes for Making Sulfentrazone (Inv. No. 337-TA-914). By way of background, this investigation is based on a March ...

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ALJ Bullock Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (337-TA-739) from

On April 15, 2014, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No.  88 in Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-739). By way of background, the original investigation was based ...

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