Patent & IP news for July 18, 2014

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Several fresh events have been added to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page, including a good number that offer discounts on the registration fee in respect of IPKat weblog readers (special offers are usually easy ...

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Under U.S. patent laws, an application for patent must be filed within one year of the first public use, sale, offer for sale, or printed publication.   Otherwise, those activities will be considered prior art ...

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post image Green paper consultation on GIs, plus an update on Nico's "trophy" helmet from

The European Commission has this week launched a Green Paper consultation on a potential extension of geographical indication (aka 'GI') protection to non-agricultural products. 

This Kat finds this quite an interesting issue which the European ...

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post image Two Community trade mark appeals head for the CJEU: do you want to have a say? from

Following an adverse ruling by the General Court in Case T-221/12, Sunrider has launched an appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union in what is now renumbered as Case C-142/14 ...

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House Tries One More Time: Targeting Rouge and Opaque Letters Act of 2014 ("TROL Act") from

By Andrew Williams -- U.S. Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) opened a recent subcommittee meeting by quoting Thomas Edison: "The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time." The occasion was the meeting ...

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All too often, we in the IP world forget about the centrality of trust in the successful exploitation of even world-class innovation. However cutting-edge the technology, and no matter how effective is the larger ecosystem ...

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Upcoming 3 Rivers Venture Fair provides opportunity to connect emerging companies with investors from

This year’s 3 Rivers Venture Fair is scheduled for October 7 and 8, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA.  The 3RVF connects investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and service providers who are interested in ...

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Report: Switzerland Again World’s Most Innovative; North-South Innovation Divide Remains from

Is Europe the most innovative region in the world? In a well-regarded report, Switzerland has again been deemed the world’s most innovative nation, followed by the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. But ...

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Covenant Not to Sue Manufacturer Exhausts Patent as to Downstream Customers from

The court granted in part a customer defendant's motion for summary judgment of patent exhaustion following plaintiff's offer of a covenant not to sue to defendant's manufacturer. "[Plaintiff's] offer of a ...

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Grand Theft Likeness: The Story of Lindsay Lohan and Lacey Jonas from

Avid players of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto V may recognize this scenario: your character is tasked with transporting a female celebrity named Lacey Jonas home from where she is hiding in an ...

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ITC Issues Public Version of Opinion In Certain Cases For Portable Electronic Devices (337-TA-867/861) from

On July 10, 2014, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion in Certain Cases For Portable Electronic Devices (Inv. Nos. 337-TA-867/861). By way of background, the Commission instituted ...

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IPO Annual Meeting from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will be holding its 42nd Annual Meeting on September 7-9, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Among the presentations being offered at the annual meeting are: • Recent U.S. Supreme Court ...

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