Patent & IP news for August 19, 2014



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post image Abstract ideas require something more for patent protection from

Under U.S. patent laws, Section 101 states that “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent ...

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post image Passing off wins the day: fake Patent Office scammers pay up, promise not to do it again from

Passing off, like the horse-
and-buggy, might look quaint
but can get you there in the end
"Intellectual Property Office succeeds in passing off claim" is surely the news story that sets all hearts a-flutter ...

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post image It's a wonderful (PhD) life ... Oh wait: is it? from

No, dear, it's probably NOT 
an invitation to THAT ball, but rather
a reminder from your supervisor
about that missing chapter of yours
There may be a time in your life when you start ...

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post image Once upon a time, in a faraway time-warp: a Kat relates his IP PhD experiences from

Eleonora's earlier post, "It's a wonderful (PhD) life ... Oh wait: is it?", here, promised that this Kat would say a bit about his own postgraduate experiences -- so here they are!  He enrolled for ...

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post image This is Fiction, not Trademark Infringement: A Cat (Woman) in Need of a Clean Slate from

The Seventh Circuit Court affirmed on August 14 that a fictional company or product cannot infringe the trademark of a real company or product. The case is Fortres Grand Corporation v.Warner Bros., no. 12-cv-00535 ...

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A penny for your thoughts? No, a pound for your breach of confidence: no richesse for Richmond from

Following six days of hearings, a claimant that succeeds in pinning the defendants down with liability for breach of contract, breach of confidence and breach of statutory duty might expect to be royally rewarded for ...

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Lauren Cohen et al. go after "patent trolls" from

The abstract for Patent Trolls... states

We provide theoretical and empirical evidence on the evolution and impact of
non-practicing entities (NPEs) in the intellectual property space. Heterogeneity in
innovation, given a cost of commercialization, results ...

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No Summary Judgment Based on Late Disclosed Noninfringement Argument from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment of noninfringement of plaintiff's HVAC patent. "[Defendant] argues that it cannot be liable for direct infringement because it only sells individual HVAC units, not HVAC ...

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Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act and intangibles from

As readers of this blog will know, one of my pet peeves is the lack of awareness of intangibles in many of our economic polices and programs. An example I often cite is the long ...

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CAFC affirms inequitable conduct against Apotex in Univasc® case from

The CAFC affirmed the district court holding of inequitable conduct
against Apotex as to the prosecution of US '556 in
Apotex v. UCB
. Judge Reyna authored the precedential opinion,
which is a useful guide for ...

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Myriad Patents Now Challenged at the PTO from

Myriad v. Gene Dx, Inc. In 2013, the US Supreme Court invalidated Myriad’s patent claims covering isolated DNA coding for the cancer causing BRCA1/BRCA2 by ruling that those isolated genes were unpatentable products ...

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