Patent & IP news for August 18, 2014

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post image Public investment in higher education research: the Australian government wants patents, not publications! from

A few days ago, the Australian Minister of Industry, Hon. Ian Macfarlane, suggested (here) that public investment in higher education research should be linked to the number of patents granted to each University. The Minister ...

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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! Here's the seventh in the regular series of round-ups of the previous week's Katposts, admirably adumbrated for your absorption ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

"Patents and value: a dialogue". The IP Finance weblog, in conjunction with the IPKat, is holding a fascinating event on Tuesday 16 September in the Holborn, London, office of EIP. This event is a dialogue ...

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post image USPTO RCE Backlog Coming Down from

In its most recent annual report, the USPTO indicated that 560,000 non-provisional utility patent applications were filed during the fiscal year. (FY2013). The report fails to mention that 30% of those “new” filings were ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Perrigo Co. et al. 1:14-cv-01004; filed July 31, 2014 ...

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Risk That Small Businesses Will be Discouraged from Enforcing Patent Rights Vital to Their Survival Weighs in Favor of Attorneys’ Fee Award from

Following a jury verdict of patent infringement liability and reasonable royalty damages of about $65,000 against two defendants, the court granted plaintiff's motion for attorneys’ fees under 28 U.S.C. § 285. "[T ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Critical Versus Optional, but Desireable Claim Elements from

On August 6, 2014, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in ScriptPro, LLC v. Innovation Associates, Inc. In 2006, the Petitioner ScriptPro, LLC sued Innovation Associates, Inc. for infringement of claims 1 ...

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Google asks appeal court to move Rockstar patent cases against Android device makers out of Texas from

Google really doesn't want its Android device makers to mess with the Rockstar Consortium (which is owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) in Texas. Last December it brought a declaratory judgment action ...

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Forbes dipping into yellow journalism on patent reform? from

from VC/DC: The Patent Crisis Deteriorates

The bigger problem, as we discussed, is that many of the patents should probably never have been granted in the first place. The U.S. patent office in ...

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Internet Governance and celestial mechanics from

By Juan Alfonso Fernández González At a recent meeting of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), a Cuban expert offered a humorous – but at the same time serious – vision of global ...

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I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) from

By Michael Borella -- Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court opinion in Bilski v. Kappos was handed down, the debate over the scope of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has been at times stimulating ...

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