Patent & IP news for August 11, 2014

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post image Monday miscellany from

Will you be joining us?  33 good folk have already signed up to attend "Christopher Rennie-Smith talks to a Kat" -- our next IPKat event, which takes place at the London office of Collyer Bristow on ...

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By Dennis Crouch The chart below shows the grant rate of US patent applications grouped by technology center sub-groups (technology area). The numbers come from a random set of 10,000 published patent applications that ...

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post image Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ... from

How swiftly time flies when you're up to your whiskers in intellectual property! This is now the sixth in the regular series of round-ups of the previous week's Katposts, carefully cultivated for your ...

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More on amendments to Bolar provisions - this time in Ireland from

Merples investigations are
unaffected by the legislationThis moggy has been thinking a lot about Bolar provisions in the United Kingdom, where they have recently been amended by the Intellectual Property Act 2014, in a thought-provoking ...

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New Guidance on How to Calculate Statutory Damages Awards in Counterfeiting Cases from

Judge Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently adopted a recommended statutory damages award of $6.6 million dollars in a case involving trademark counterfeiting. Richemont Int ...

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Australia Eyes Copyright Act Amendment To Curb Downloading; ISPs Wary from

The Australian government is seeking to amend its copyright act to address online copyright infringement. To that purpose, a discussion paper has issued for public input until 1 September. In particular, the paper looks at ...

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Making the CBC/Radio-Canada’s Giant Castle More User-Friendly from

The culture industries appear to be at a crossroads. Shifting advertising practices as well as audience viewing and consumption habits continue to contribute to new challenges and opportunities for media and entertainment providers throughout the ...

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Defendant’s Joint Defense Agreement With IPR Petitioner Does Not Require Estoppel as Condition of Stay from

The court granted defendant's motion to stay pending inter partes review and rejected plaintiff's request that defendant be required to agree to estoppel as a condition of any stay. "[Plaintiff] asserted that 'there ...

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US Supreme Court Dials up Privacy Rights of Cell Phones During Arrest from

Courts and privacy advocates across North America have long faced challenges in resolving the questions of whether police officers should be given the right to search the contents of cellphones of an arrestee and if ...

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The Italian Data Protection Authority’s Annual Report 2013 – Big Data, Transparency and Surveillance from

The re-posting of this analysis is part of a cross-posting collaboration with MediaLaws: Law and Policy of the Media in a Comparative Perspective. On June 10, 2014, the Italian Data protection Authority (Garante per la ...

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Senators to Pritzker: Patent System Needs More Clarity and Transparency from

In a letter last week to Secretary Pritzker (DOC), a group of five Democratic Senators have urged for administrative patent reforms to “prevent[] low-quality, vague patents from entering the market.” The group include Senators Jeff ...

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Benefits of the human run factory from

Sunday's Washington Post ran an interview with Jeffrey Rothfeder about his new book, Driving Honda: Inside the World's Most Innovative Car Company. There are a number of interesting points raised in the interview ...

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Washington Post discloses internal USPTO report critical of Patent Office teleworking program; next probe: "are the examinations accurate?" from

In a second article critical of the USPTO, the Washington Post took aim at telecommuting practices at the Patent Office in Patent office filters out worst telework abuses in report to its watchdog . Along the ...

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Five US Senators take stand against trolls from

A letter of August 6, 2014 to Dept. of Commerce Secretary Pritzker from five Senators has a first sentence including the words "high quality patents." The second sentence has the words "patent trolls." Footnote 2 ...

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Hatch-Waxman action between Teva and Dr. Reddy's over 40 mg Copaxone from

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries intends to file a Hatch-Waxman infringement law suit against Dr Reddy's Laboratories related to Reddy's paragraph IV filing as to the patents of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) injection 40mg/mL.

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CAFC affirms PTAB In In re Index Systems from

The patentee appealed an unfavorable decision by PTAB in re-examination of claims related to "A system for restricting access to television programs." The CAFC affirmed obviousness.

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-- “review is unavailable no mat ter how plain the legal error in ordering the remand.” -- from

The underlying action in State of Vermont v. MPHJ Technology was an allegation by Vermont that MPHJ engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices
under the Vermont Consumer Protection Act , stating that the letters
contained ...

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