Patent & IP news for February 18, 2015

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PCT Regulations get a spring-clean. By PCT Notification No. 206: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the IPKat's friends in the World Intellectual Property Organization let him know that the PCT Regulations have been brushed up ...

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post image IPR an attractive alternative to litigation from

Bottom line: Defendants should strongly consider an Inter Partes Review (IPR), a proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when accused of patent infringement ...

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post image CIPA gives the Administrative Council something to chew on from

The current ongoing controversy over the (mis)governance of the European Patent Office (EPO) Boards of Appeal is due to come before the Administrative Council (AC) when it next meets on 25 March. As this ...

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A Genetic Basis for Beak Diversity in Darwin's Finches from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- One of the most iconic observations in biology is Charles Darwin's study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands, and his realization that they had all arisen from the same ...

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Pre-Nautilus Adjudication of Definiteness Does Not Bar Indefiniteness Counterclaim from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to dismiss defendant's invalidity counterclaim for issue preclusion because of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Nautilus. "[Defendant] contends that an exception to issue preclusion applies because ...

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In Trademark Infringement Matters, Think Twice Before Waiting. Laches May Run from the Date of the Product Announcement, Before the Initial Sales from

Fitbit and Fitbug are makers of activity trackers, which are wearable tracking devices that connect to the internet and provide users with feedback about their fitness, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics. Fitbug’s ...

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Make a mark on a sofa, Italian style: Divani bests Divini from

A couple of weeks ago, the Corte di Cassazione (Italian Supreme Court) gave judgment in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition action, offering a broad construction of the concept of "secondary meaning" under Article ...

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More on design and innovation from

Over on the INSEAD Knowledge blog, Professor Manuel Sosa has an insightful peice on design and innovation: "The Innovative Organisation: Learning From Design Firms". The key, he stresses, is not "design" as an outcome but ...

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CAFC affirms SD Cal in Pacing Technologies from

The outcome:

Pacing Technologies, LLC (Pacing) appeals from the
district court’s grant of summary judgment that Garmin
International, Inc.’s and Garmin USA, Inc.’s (collectively,
Garmin) accused products do not infringe the asserted ...

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Chambers/Ullman opinion piece in WSJ praises Goodlatte bill on patent reform from

An opinion piece by Chambers and Ullman in the Wall Street Journal is titled

Stopping the Economy-Sapping Patent Trolls
Entities that don’t make products or sell services file more than 60% of U.S ...

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University of Georgia workers use crowdsourcing techniques to track undesirable cyanobacteria [ CyanoTRACKER ] from

From a post from the University of Georgia titled UGA researchers to use crowdsourcing to track harmful algal blooms in Georgia’s lakes :

With large and small bodies of water in Georgia just as vulnerable ...

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IP/moral rights case involving Ahmed Mater's Magnetism from

An interesting IP case is developing with allegations that an ad campaign by Swatch infringes rights of Ahmed Mater's Magnetism (2012).

The image of Mater is symbolic of the pilgrimage to Mecca, and the ...

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InterDigital loses at the CAFC from

CJ Prost began the opinion:

InterDigital Communications, Inc., InterDigital Tech-nology Corporation, and IPR Licensing, Inc. (collectively, “InterDigital”) appeal from the final determination of the United States International Trade Commission (“Com-mission”) finding no violation of Section ...

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Rembrandt wins infringement verdict against Samsung over Bluetooth from

From PRNewswire post titled Rembrandt Technologies Wins $15.7 Million Jury Verdict in Patent Infringement Case Against Samsung

MARSHALL, Texas, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A Texas federal jury has awarded $15.7 million to Rembrandt ...

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$1.3 million Judgment Vacated by Cohen IP Law Group from

Cohen IP Law Group is happy to announce that it has obtained an order today in favor of our client, from the Hon. Dale Fischer, vacating a $1.3 million judgment previously obtained by Beats ...

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