Patent & IP news for October 30, 2014

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post image Software Patenting: Are you Smarter than a Fourth Grader from

by Dennis Crouch This morning I mentioned one bit of the ongoing software-patent debate to my 9-year-old daughter.  I told her that some people argue that the computer is a different machine when it is ...

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post image "Almost identical, just with different names": shopping at Aldi from

"My first time at Aldi... Should we all be shopping there?" is an article by Felicity Hannah, posted on Yahoo!'s UK & Ireland Finance page with the byline "Our money saving columnist takes her first ...

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post image How illegal is illegality? Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Servier v Apotex from

Les Laboratoires Servier & Another v Apotex Inc & Others [2014] UKSC 55 is a shorter and less formidable UK Supreme Court decision than this Kat initially feared. This ruling addressed a point of principle that is ...

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post image Samsung asks court to declare it can terminate its Android patent license agreement with Microsoft from

A new filing was made on Thursday in the contract dispute between Microsoft and Samsung over a 2011 Android/Chrome patent license agreement (redacted versions of the two contracts at issue, the patent license agreement ...

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post image Patent Attorneys Face Multiple-Jeopardy from

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the issue of “multiple-jeopardy“. This week, the patent-world has also faced “Double Jeopardy” with two patent attorneys competing and winning their rounds on the television show Jeopardy. Congratulations ...

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President and Fellows of Harvard College v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2014) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- One of the most iconic inventions of the biotechnology era is the "Harvard Oncomouse" invented by Philip Leder and Timothy Stewart in the early 1980's. One of the first transgenic ...

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3Q GDP shows continued growth in intangible investments from

This morning's advanced estimate of U.S. 3rd quarter GDP from the BEA shows a healthy growth rate of 3.5%. Economists had forecast an overall growth rate of 3%. Personal consumption, exports, nonresidential ...

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TRIPS Council Debates: Tobacco Packaging, Non-Violation Disputes, Innovation, Health Waiver, UNCTAD from

This week's meeting of the World Trade Organization body governing intellectual property issues addressed a long agenda, reflecting continued divergence on regular items, such as complaints that do not involve breach of a WTO ...

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Novelty Irrelevant to Unpatentability Analysis from

The court granted defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings that plaintiff's event photograph processing patents were invalid for unpatentable subject matter and rejected plaintiff's novelty argument. "The patents in suit merely ...

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More on Rader's "death squads" from

About one year ago, on Oct. 29, 2013, Judge Rader made his remark about the PTAB "death squads":


" the PTAB, there will soon be as many as 300 administrative patent judges “acting as death ...

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Harvard's terminal disclaimer argument fails at CAFC from

The bottom line in Harvard vs. Lee:

We find that the record contains a rational basis to
support the PTO’s factual finding that Harvard paid the
terminal disclaimer fee. (...)

We conclude that the evidence ...

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Teva optimistic about outcome in Teva v. Sandoz (!) from

Note Reuters post Teva optimistic U.S. top court to rule in favor of MS drug patent with text

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in its favor regarding ...

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#TwitterWantsToTweetTransparency from

Earlier this month, Twitter filed a lawsuit (Twitter v. Holder) against the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), claiming they prevented Twitter from publishing statistics pertaining to the number ...

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Patent Litigation Reform -- Will the Outcome of the Mid-Term Elections Matter, and Is Reform Still Necessary? from

By Andrew Williams -- Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you are probably aware that mid-term elections are next Tuesday. And the issue on every voter's mind is obviously patent litigation reform. In ...

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