Patent & IP news for April 24, 2015

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post image Friday fantasies from

Forthcoming events. As usual, the IPKat's list of impending conferences, seminars, lectures and other IP attractions has been given its weekly spring-clean and update, so don't forget to check it out. Latest on ...

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post image German Federal Court says that libraries have a right to digitise their collections from

The German Federal Court of JusticeLast September this blog reported [here and hereon the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in TU Darmstadt v Ulmer, C-117/13, a ...

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post image The case against patents: what does first-mover advantage tell us? from

For Kat readers who may not be aware, for more than a decade a professional literature has developed that is challenging the justification for maintaining a patent system, at least in its current form. Perhaps ...

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post image Data Shows Spike In Patent Attorney Fee Motions And Awards After Octane from

Prior to last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Octane Fitness LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc, 134 S. Ct. 1749 (2014) and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., 134 S. Ct ...

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Fine-structure Genetic Mapping of Human Population in Britain from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- One of the consequences of the explication of human genomic DNA by the Human Genome Project and related efforts has been a better understanding of anthropological history, i.e., how the ...

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Who files inter partes review actions at the USPTO? from

Kenyon & Kenyon re-published work on users of The IPR procedure:


Although inter partes review proceedings are designed to provide those accused (or at risk of being accused) of patent infringement with a faster and less ...

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USPTO Launches Automated Patent Application Alert Service from

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a new tool that helps interested parties monitor pending patent applications and receive alerts when applications of interest are published. The Patent Application Alert Service enables ...

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Computer Virus Screening Patent Not Invalid Under Alice from

The court denied defendants' motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's computer virus screening patent was invalid for lack of patentable subject matter because defendants failed to prove the patent was directed to an abstract ...

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The state of patent value will be front and center at the IP Business Congress in SF from

In 2011 the buzz at the IP Business Congress in San Francisco was about the high cost of potential smart phone patent deals. Bankrupt Nortel’s sale of a portfolio for $4.5 billion was ...

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USPTO Offers Email Alerts  when Patent Applications Publish from

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the release of the Patent Application Alert Service. This system provides customized, email alerts to the public for free when patent applications of interest are published ...

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Hybrid photosynthesis to make biofuel, chemicals from

The abstract of the article in Nanowires:


Direct solar-powered production of value-added chemicals from CO2 and H2O, a process that mimics natural photosynthesis, is of fundamental and practical interest. In natural photosynthesis, CO2 is first ...

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Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015 from

In the move to a first-to-file patent system, the U.S. narrowed its pre-filing grace period previously codified under 35 U.S.C. 102(b)(2010).  The new law enacted as part of the Leahy-Smith ...

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UAEM Grades US Universities On Research For Neglected Diseases. Spoiler Alert – There’s Room For Improvement from

Universities play an enormous role in biomedical research in the United States, but are not doing all they can to advance research for neglected diseases or make their innovations available to people who need them ...

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Info-Hold scores partial victory over Muzak at CAFC from

In the case, Info-Hold, Inc., the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,991,374,
was the appellant against Muzak the defendant.

The outcome of the case:

Following claim construction, the district court grant-
ed ...

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District court claim construction reversed in INFO - HOLD , INC . v. APPLIED MEDIA TECH . CORP . from

The CAFC noted: Because the district court erred in limiting the claims
to require that all communications between the server
and message playback devices be server-initiated, we
reverse the construction of the term “transmit ...

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