Patent & IP news for May 19, 2014

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post image To Oblivion, and Beyond! Google and the Right to be Forgotten from

This one contains a few thoughts on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) Google Spain decision, examined from a copyright perspective by Eleonora last week. The case is about data ...

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post image Breaking news: SCOTUS casts shadow on Led Zep defence to Taurus claim from

Katfriend and occasional guest blogger Lucas Michels (Ironmark Law Group PLLC) has again furnished readers of this weblog with some fascinating and highly topical food for thought -- this time with regard to what some music ...

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post image O Deckmyn, what's in a parody? Waiting for Advocate General's Opinion this week from

Busy checking the sizes of
their 'I ♥️ CJEU' T-shirts
At last! Following a few copyright-free weeks at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), some relief is finally coming to an EU copyright ...

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New Initiative To Address Lack Of Paediatric-Specific HIV Treatments from

As the World Health Assembly, a new partnership has been launched by three major public health actors in the field of HIV treatment. The initiative is meant to find improved treatments for children suffering from ...

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The "patent troll" phenomenon is neither new nor evil from

Within a post titled Thomas Edison Was a “Patent Troll”
, Adam Mossoff writes of his "title character":

Edison would have been wiser to continue to embrace market specialization—inventing in his lab and selling or ...

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“Our last patent troll we settled for $10,000. If you think about that, it’s barely more than 10 hours of lawyer time.” from

VentureBeat has an interesting post titled Life360 founder calls patent holder ‘Piece of sh*t.’ Lawsuit ensues

Within the post, StarTrek as prior art is invoked, and the dreary exercise of retaining counsel is mentioned ...

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Public IP Company Challenges will be Heard at IP Business Congress from

Interest in public IP licensing companies or PIPCOs continues to build; so do supporters and skeptics. With some 30 trading on various exchanges throughout the world, “PIPCO Challenges” will be among the 16 sessions featured ...

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External WIPO Members Group Considers DG Investigation from

According to sources, members of the Independent Advisory Oversight Committee, an external member state body at the World Intellectual Property Organization, are meeting this week to discuss a possible investigation into allegations made involving the ...

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Rising Non-Communicable Diseases In Africa Needs To Be Addressed, Speakers Say from

The International Organisation of la Francophonie in collaboration with French pharmaceutical umbrella organisation "les Entreprises du médicaments," organised a roundtable on non-communicable diseases on the eve of the annual World Health Assembly. Several health ministers ...

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PTO: Business Method Patent in 100 Days from

by Dennis Crouch A couple of weeks ago, the USPTO issued U.S. Patent No. 8,712,797 to the drug-price-shopping company named GoodRX. The patent appears to be a typical business-method type invention based ...

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Settlement Does Not Justify Vacating Unfavorable Claim Construction Order from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to vacate a claim construction order following settlement. "[Plaintiff] wants me to vacate the claim construction order, in which I adopted only one of its proposed constructions out of ...

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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-915) Regarding Certain Set-Top Boxes, Gateways, Bridges And Adapters from

On May 16, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a notice of investigation of Certain Set-Top Boxes, Gateways, Bridges And Adapters and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-915). The investigation is based on an ...

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WHO Director Chan: Polio, Inequity, Climate, Junk Food, Supremacy Of Health Over Economic Interests from

World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan opened the annual World Health Assembly today with strong calls to address a wide range of top health concerns across the world. This included a call for the ...

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ALJ Lord Denies Respondents’ Request For Adoption Of Early Claim Construction Procedure In Certain Television Sets (337-TA-910) from

On May 9, 2014, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 10 in Certain Television  Sets, Television Receivers, Television Tuners, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-910). By way of background, this investigation is based on a ...

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UNDP Report Promotes Competition Law To Boost Access To Medicines from

The United Nations Development Programme has launched a new publication on the use of competition law to promote access to health technologies. The guidebook describes competition law as an underused tool to be harnessed by ...

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Graphene - lessons for British innovation from

Today's Financial Times has an article with the headline "Asia ahead in race to develop graphene". This is a technology that the British Chancellor of the Exchequer described as a "great British discovery". However ...

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Led Zeppelin charged with copyright infringement from

From Led Zeppelin being sued by suriving member of Spirit over 'Stairway to Heaven' , one sees an assertion that the opening notes of 'Stairway to Heaven' were copied without permission by guitarist Jimmy Page :

The ...

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Grapefruit Juice and Gunpowder:  Practicing Under The New USPTO Guidance from

Last chance to register for a free webinar is available on the new US Patent & Trademark Office Guidelines. When:                 This Wednesday, May 21st from 1pm – 2pm EDT. Presented by:   Dr. Anthony Sabatelli, Partner at Dilworth ...

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New York Times on China's Unit 61398 from

In a post
U.S. Treads Fine Line in Fighting Chinese Espionage
, the New York Times writes that the Obama administration is claiming

that the Chinese military leadership is behind an enormous organized campaign to ...

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CAFC reverses PTAB on "written description" issue in Tobinick interference case from

In the appeal of the interference decision in TOBINICK v. OLMARKER , the CAFC agreed with the Board’s claim construction but reversed its written
description decision.

As to written description, the parties disputed whether the ...

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Supreme Court: In Copyright, Laches Cannot Preclude Actions Taken Within Three Year Statute of Limitations from

By Dennis Crouch Petrella v. MGM (Supreme Court 2014) Frank Petrella wrote a screenplay back in 1963 based on the life of Jake LaMotta and assigned rights to UA/MGM who made the movie Raging ...

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"As more patent applications are filed, the quality of each new patent increases"?? from

On May 19, 2014, the blog Intellectual Profit began with the text

Monday, May 19, 2014

Graphene - lessons for British innovation

Today's Financial Times has an article with the headline "Asia ahead in race ...

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Did You Know…Satisfying The Domestic Industry Requirement With Licensing Now Requires Proof Of Articles Protected By The Patent? from

In Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”), the complainant must establish that a domestic industry for articles protected by the asserted patent(s) exists or is in the process of being ...

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U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2013 Special 301 Report from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- On April 30th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued the 2014 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, the "USTR is fully committed to unlocking ...

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