Patent & IP news for October 17, 2014

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post image French Designer Sonia Rykiel Did Not Copy Shoes, Says Paris Court from

Readers of this blog already know that U.S. shoe maker Converse has filed a trademark infringement and trade mark dilution suit against K Mart in the Eastern District of New York and also requested ...

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post image Finland’s Citizen Copyright Initiative Fails: A Sad But Necessary Win for Cross-Border Online Copyright Enforcement? from

It was reported in a number of news outlets last week that the Finnish Parliament rejected the country's first crowdsourced copyright reform initiative. Titled Common Sense For Copyright (“Initiative”), the Initiative called for the ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

Forthcoming events.  Just a quick reminder: readers, please -- especially if you are seeking continuing legal education points, looking for inspiration or desperate for some decent networking -- check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page.  Not ...

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post image Pressing Matters: Inserting Indow Windows for Energy Efficiency from

Indow Windows (Indow) is a Portland, Oregon, company that has developed energy efficient window inserts. Indow owns at least one U.S. Patent and a pending patent application covering its storm window technology.  U.S ...

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post image Converse sues for trade mark infringement of iconic Chuck Taylor All Star from

It is commonly known that only successful products are copied, and Converse shoes are no exception. The Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, introduced almost a century ago (in 1917) are Converse’s signature shoes and ...

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post image BREAKING NEWS: Cartier and friends score over ISPs and Open Rights Group from

The judgment is not yet posted on BAILII, but today Mr Justice Arnold, sitting in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice, England and Wales, gave his decision in Cartier, Montblanc and Richemont ...

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Oral argument in Teva v. Sandoz from

Reuters covered the oral argument in Teva v. Sandoz in the post Supreme Court divided in battle over Teva MS drug patent .

The Reuters text included:

Several justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice ...

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Fast hydrothermal liquefaction of algae from

A paper in the journal Algal Research reports on increased liquid yields from algae using "fast" hydrothermal liquefaction:

Using small quartz tube "reactors" – which look like tiny sealed straws – Tran heated the reactor containing a ...

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Microsoft's billion-dollar patent royalty stream from Samsung hinges on a second contract from

Earlier this month it became known that in fiscal year 2012 (mid-2012 to mid-2013) alone, Samsung paid Microsoft more than $1 billion in Android patent royalties. Samsung is only one, but presumably by far the ...

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Overreaching Request for Discovery Sanctions Warrants Reduction of Fee Award from

The court denied in part defendant's motion for discovery sanctions and further reduced the award by another one-third for defendant's overreaching. "The Court agrees with Plaintiff that the amount of fees that [defendant ...

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Leaked TPP Draft Reveals Extreme Rights Holder Position Of US, Japan, Outraged Observers Say from

Critics poring over a newly leaked alleged draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) say it shows the United States is taking an all-out lurch toward greater protection and less access, causing outrage among public ...

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Gap gets it from

As readers of this blog will know, I have occasionally posted stories about companies who don't seem to understand the meaning behind the phrase "our employees are our most valuable asset." The most recent ...

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Senator John Walsh, post-plagiarism: "You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move forward." from

Yahoo has an interview with Senator John Walsh, after his degree from the War College was stripped,
On the back of a Harley, John Walsh reflects on what could have been

Within the post:

The ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: 2014 World Food Day and Borlaug Dialogue Takes Place in Des Moines Iowa from

Post by Jill Link


The 2014 theme for World Food Day was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.”  This event took place during the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium held in Des ...

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CardSoft loses big time at the CAFC from

From CardSoft v. Verifone:

CardSoft alleges that Appellants infringe two patents
directed to software for small, specialized computers,
like payment terminals. In construing the patent claims, the
district court adopted
CardSoft’s proposed construction for ...

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Board Broadest Reasonable Interpretation dictionary defintion from

Takeaway: In today's post I'll discuss two cases where the Board found that Broadest Reasonable Interpretation does not mean the Examiner can start with a dictionary definition and broaden from there.

In Ex ...

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How is Patent Litigation like Baseball? from

By Jason Rantanen I’m a moderately-dedicated baseball fan*, so I’ve been listening** to quite a few baseball games over the past few weeks.  And as I’ve been listening to the games, it ...

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The TPP’s New Plant-Related Intellectual Property Provisions from

The newly-released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) intellectual property (IP) chapter would help seed conglomerates like Monsanto prevent farmers from saving and using seeds that contain patented plant materials, even when such use is for their own ...

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PNC Bank v. Secure Axccess, LLC from

The Patent Docs website had an interesting post yesterday about recent §101 decisions by the PTAB. [Link] One decision discussed is PNC Bank v. Secure Axccess, LLC.  In that PTAB proceeding, the Board rejected an ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Is the Supreme Court Re-Aiming Markman? from

Post by Alex Christian

The 1996 United States Supreme Court decision in Markman v. Westview Instruments established a landmark change for claim construction in patent infringement cases.  That case established that the meaning of the ...

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