IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 1 August 2008

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Highlights this week included:

Discussion and analysis of WTO Ministerial meeting progress on TRIPs issues: (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (IP Updates),

Italian broadcaster, Mediaset sues Google for hosting video clips on YouTube without rights: (Ars Technica), (The Trademark Blog), (Law360), (Techdirt),

USPTO cautions against outsourcing of patent prosecution to foreign service providers: (IP Spotlight), (Law360), (PLI), (Spicy IP), (Innovationpartners), (Patent Barista), (PLI), (PLI),

Senate considers Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act 2008: (Counterfeit Chic), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (Managing Intellectual Property), (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

Hasbro launches official version of online Scrabble, then sues makers of Scrabulous; Scrabulous shuts down on Facebook then relaunches as Wordscraper: (Spicy IP), (Techdirt), (The Trademark Blog), (Out-Law), (Law360), (Discussion of IP strategy – IP Asset Maximizer Blog, The Trademark Blog), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),

Global – General

IP strategy, contracts and commercial relationship management: (IP Thinktank),

Global IP enforcement debate: Panel shows flaws in global IP enforcement push, especially for developing countries: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Improve venture capital returns with IP portfolio management: (Financial Aspects of Intellectual Property),

Leaked ‘Business perspectives on border measures and civil enforcement’ memo from ‘concerned business groups’ to ACTA negotiators: (IP Justice),

Managing Intellectual Property releases sixth annual list of the most influential people in IP: (Patent Docs),

IP law increasingly important in shaping future global economy: (Law360),
Microsoft on the need for openness in scholarly tools and data: (Danny Weitzner)

Global – Trade Marks / Domain Names / Brands

US: We will not give up oversight of internet domain name root zone: (Intellectual Property Watch),

SCT examines non-traditional marks, trade mark opposition procedures and industrial designs: (WIPO),

Discussion and analysis of WTO Ministerial meeting progress on TRIPs issues: (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch), (IP Updates),

Trade marks: Assigning ‘goodwill’: (Property, intangible),

WIPO: Camerimage.com returns to legitimate owner: (Class 46),

WIPO: ‘tmobilerebait.com’ registered in bad faith; to be transferred to Deutsche Telekom AG: (Class 46),

WIPO: ‘click-through’ site ‘volkswagen-audi.com’ registered in bad faith: (Class 46)

Global – Patents

Analysis of World Patent Report data: (WIPO), (Law360),

World Patent Report: A Statistical Review 2008: (WIPO), (IPR-Helpdesk),

Recent BusinessWeek article confirms energy innovation is rampant: why these innovations should be patented: (IP Asset Maximizer Blog),

Patents as property: (Part I – Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property), (Part II: Rethinking software patents? – Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property),

IP and start-ups: (Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property),

Innovators: Make sure your company owns the fruits of your open innovation projects: (IP Asset Maximizer Blog),

It’s all about the numbers: SuperCrunchers of patent data will gain competitive advantage: (IP Asset Maximizer Blog)


4-9 August: Dept Science & Technology indigenous knowledge systems expo and workshop – Pretoria: (Afro-IP),

6 August: Managing IP web seminar ‘Internet liberalisation: opportunities and challenges for IP owners’: (Managing Intellectual Property),

8-9 August: USPTO’s 13th annual independent inventors conference – Alexandria: (Anticipate This!), (Daily Dose of IP),

20 August – Bill Patry Copyright Blog speaking on copyright – Melbourne: (Patry Copyright Blog), (LawFont.com),

21 August – Bill Patry Copyright Blog speaking on copyright – Canberra: (Patry Copyright Blog), (LawFont.com),

22 August – Bill Patry Copyright Blog speaking on copyright – Sydney: (Patry Copyright Blog), (LawFont.com),

26 August: WIPO symposium on IP and multilateral agreements – Geneva: (IPKat),

10 September – SOLO IP Group meeting with keynote speaker Stuart Greenhill of LexisNexis – London: (SOLO Independent IP Practitioners),

11-12 September: US LSI: 4th annual conference on ‘Current issues in complex IP licensing’ – Philadelphia: (Patent Docs),

11 September/15 October: PLI seminar on developments in pharmaceutical and biotech patent law – New York/San Francisco: (Patent Docs),

15-16 September: UniForum & SAIIPL domain name ADR workshop – Centurion (South Africa): (Afro-IP),

15-16 September: US ACI 10th advanced forum on biotech patents – Boston: (Generic Pharmaceuticals & IP), (Patent Docs), (Orange Book Blog),

16-19 September: 22nd MARQUES annual conference – Noordwijk: (IPKat),

21-23 September: Intellectual Property Owners Association 2008 annual meeting – San Diego: (Patent Docs),

22-23 September: US: ACI FDA boot camp conference – Boston: (Patent Docs),

22-23 September: ACI USPTO boot camp: patent edition conference – Alexandria: (Patent Docs),

22-23 September / 6-7 October / 23-24 October / 10-11 November / 17-18 November – PLI patent litigation 2008 seminar – San Francisco / McLean / Chicago / Atlanta / New York: (Patent Docs),

23 September: CLT 3rd annual IP law and the fashion industry conference – London: (CLT),

23-24 September: C5 ‘Biotech patenting’ conference – London: (Orange Book Blog), (Patent Docs),

24 September: 2008 INTA/WIPO international forum on trade marks and industrial designs – Brussels: (INTA),

1-3 October: University of Helsinki ‘One right system for IP – vision impossible’: (IPKat),

7-8 October: ACI global patent litigation conference – New York: (Patent Docs),

15-16 October: ACI 9th annual maximising pharmaceutical patent life cycles – New York: (Patent Baristas), (Patent Docs),

15-16 October: Center for Business Intelligence pharmaceutical congress on paragraph IV disputes – Philadelphia: (Philip Brooks),

23-24 October 2008: WIPO advanced workshop on domain name dispute resolution – Geneva: (WIPO), (IPR-Helpdesk),

23-28 October: EPO patent information conference – Stockholm: (EPO),

28-29 September: C5 pharma/biotech IP due diligence conference – Amsterdam: (Patent Docs),

29-30 October: Ocean Tomo Fall IP auction and conference – Chicago: (IP finance),

30 October: IBC Informa seminar on intangible assets: maximising shareholder value – London: (IIR),

30-31 October: Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys annual congress – London: (CIPA),

19-20 November: ACI conference on business methods patents – New York: (Patent Baristas),

19-20 November: ACI Paragraph IV on trial conference – New York: (Patent Docs),

26 November: CLT conference on copying without infringing – London: (IPKat),

4-5 December 2008: 3rd pan-European IP Summit – Brussels: (Brussels IP Summit)

Pharma & Biotech
Pharma & Biotech – General

India, Brazil, South Africa to push for health cooperation: (GenericsWeb),

Patent insurance scheme: Financial resource for WHO global IP strategy?: (Intellectual Property Watch), (IP finance),

To what extent do protein patents cover post translationally modified proteins?: (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog),

Daiichi’s open offer for 20% in Ranbaxy awaits Sebi nod: (GenericsWeb),

Australia/India: Strides shows thumbs up for Indian generic industry acquiring controlling interest in Ascent: (Spicy IP),

Europe: Significant date ahead for EU Paediatric Regulation: (SPC Blog),

India: Grave diggers, ‘immoral’ patent and the National Biotech Regulatory Authority: (Spicy IP),

UK: Monster trade mark infringement case: court reveals its thinking on calculating costs: Boehringer Ingelheim v Swingward: (IP finance),

UK: Kitchin J revokes HGS’s patent relating to Neutrokine for lack of industrial application: Eli Lilly & Co v Human Genome Sciences Inc; (IPKat),

US: FDA seeks input on FDCA § 301(ll) prohibition on introducing into commerce any food containing approved drug or licensed biologic: (FDA Law Blog),

US: Late requests for patent term extension: (Patently-O),

US: Opponents of gene patents fight on: (Law360),

US: JEC holds hearing on drug pricing; GPhA lobbies for follow-on biologics pathway: (Patent Docs)

Pharma & Biotech – Products

Aciphex (Rabeprazole) – US: Eisai patent survives obviousness claim post-KSR: Eisai v Dr Reddy’s: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Patently-O),

Carbatrol (Carbamazepine) – US: Shire sues Actavis over Carbatrol ANDA: (Law360),

Coreg (Carvedilol) – US: Teva settles Coreg suit against Dr Reddy’s: (Law360),

Enzymatic homocysteine tests – US: Axis-Shield settles homocysteine patent dispute with Diazyme Laboratories: (Law360),

Insulin injection device – US: CAFC affirms denial of Novo Nordisk’s request for preliminary injunction in patent feud with Sanofi-Aventis over insulin injection device: (Law360), (Patently-O),

Lexapro/Cipralex (Escitalopram) – South Africa: ‘Clerical Errors’ and Calvinball: a disappointment for Lundbeck (Afro-IP),

Fosamax (Alendronate) – US: Federal Circuit considers whether justiciable case or controversy exists in Hatch-Waxman case: Merck & Co v Apotex: (Maryland IP Law Blog),

Metvixia (Methyl aminoevulinate hydrochloride) – US: PhotoCure sues PTO after it denies PTE for Metvixia; lawsuit challenges PTO’s ‘first permitted commercial marketing’ interpretation: (FDA Law Blog),

Opana (Oxymorphone) – US: Endo Pharmaceuticals and Penwest Pharmaceuticals hit Impax with third patent infringement suit over attempts to make generic Opana: (Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Plavix (Clopidogrel) – Germany: Sanofi-Aventis to appeal German court decision to immediately authorise marketing of generic Plavix: (Law360),

PrimaCare One – US: Lannett initiates lawsuit against KV Pharmaceuticals and subsidiaries Drugtech and Ther-Rx seeking declaratory judgment of patent invalidity, non-infringement and unenforceability; KV files counterclaim asserting among other things patent infringement and trade mark infringement: (SmartBrief),

PRX1 – Former uni spin-off Proximagen Neuroscience strikes gold in deal for development and commercialisation of PRX1: (IP finance),

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) – US: Celgene wins bid to have Buchanan Ingersoll disqualified from representing KV Pharmaceutical in longstanding patent dispute over Ritalin: (Law360),

Sensipar (Cincalcet hydrochloride) – US: Barr confirms challenge of Amgen’s Sensipar patent: (GenericsWeb),

Seroquel (Quetiapine) – US: Teva appeals summary judgment in favour of Astra on Teva’s claim of inequitable conduct in Seroquel patent prosecution: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Sular (Nisoldipine) – US: Sciele shares fall as Mylan launches generic Sular: (GenericsWeb),

Symbicort (Formterol fumarate dehydrate and budesonide) – US: Synergy won’t save AstraZeneca’s PTE application for combination of known drugs: (Patent Baristas), (Patently-O),

Tiazac (Diltiazem) – US: CAFC rejects antitrust class actions claiming Biovail violated antitrust law by using patent litigation to keep Andrx from making generic Tiazac: (Law360),

Viread (Tenofovir) – UK: British court allows Gilead’s appeal against Comptroller’s refusal of Tenofovir SPC application: (SPC Blog),

Xyzal (Levocetirizine dihydrochloride) – US: Sepracor and UCB sue Barr over planned launch of generic Xyzal; Barr challenges of UCB’s Xyzal patent: (Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Zometa (Zoledronic acid) – US: Novartis sues Teva over generic Zometa ANDA: (Law360)


Export market development grants scheme extended to IP expenditure: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

New Chief Justice of the High Court is Robert French: (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog), (LawFont.com)

Non-Infringement Declarations only for Patentees: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

AusPat upgraded: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Mark Bender’s article on domain name disputes in Australia: (IPwar’s),

ACTA: Statement of principles for Australian negotiators: (LawFont.com), (Michael Geist),

Australian patent attorneys to require ongoing training: (IP Factor),

IP Australia recognised as an International Search Authority by USPTO: (IPRoo), (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law)


Retail therapy for brand owners: Counterfeit goods and director liability: Louis Vuitton Malletier SA v 486353 BC Ltd; Tiffany v eBay (US case): (ipblog.ca), 

Avril Lavigne, YouTube entrepreneur: (Michael Geist),

Applicant fails to prove damages in trade mark case Pharmacommunications Holdings Inc v Avencia International Inc: (Canadian Trademark Blog),

RIAA v. Almost 30,000 People (Excess Copyright),

CIRA’s Whois debacle: (Michael Geist),

Government planning ‘insider’ ACTA group: (Michael Geist), (Techdirt),

Public left out of anti-counterfeiting trade talks: (IP Justice),

61 reforms to C-61: (Day 25: TPMs – Research exception limited to encryption and security testing – Michael Geist), (Day 26: TPMs – Encryption research exemption requires notice – Michael Geist), (Day 27: TPMs – Encryption research exception restricts peer review – Michael Geist), (Day 28: TPMs – Interoperability exception, Linux and DVDs – Michael Geist), (Day 29: TPMs – Interoperability exception restricts third parties – Michael Geist),

Yahoo’s music store closing, locking consumers out of their music: (Michael Geist)

Opinion and activism regarding Bill C-61: (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (creativecommons.org), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist)


Great Wall Motor not infringing Fiat’s patent: (IP Dragon),

First bar ordered to pay damages for copyright infringements of karaoke songs: (IP Dragon),

Technology leakage prevention difficult under Chinese antitrust framework: (IP Updates),

China – the IPR crises: (Ezine @rticles),

China learning fast in IPR, also the bad habits: (IPEG),

International Microsoft software piracy ring smashed in China: (Rouse & Co International),

Swedish manufacturer of counterfeit mobiles is jailed and fined in China: (Rouse & Co International),

Investigation of site conducting online sales of pirated software: (Rouse & Co International),

Sisley wins unfair competition case against Shenzhen Sistains: (Rouse & Co International),


First Arab satellite channel on IP rights launches in Egypt: (Intellectual Property Watch)


Soft patents would kill EU-wide IP: Attorneys: (Law360),

ECJ asked whether sports broadcasting deals breach competition law: Karen Murphy v Media Protection Service: (Out-Law),

Nike terminates sponsorship deal with footballer Joey Barton: (Class 46),

Minimax GMBH & Co v. Chubb Fire Ltd: (IPKat),

70 Positives for PDCO in First Year of Operation: (The SPC Blog),

Website-blocking as a Provisional Measure: (Class-46),

EC proposes single strategy for protection of trade marks, patent and other industrial property rights in Europe: (Out-Law),

Senior EPO official warns of tougher patentability standards and higher fees: (IAM),

ECJ Case C-210/08 P: Sebirán SL seeks annulment of CFI decision on the grounds that the trade marks EL COTO and COTO DE IMAZ, on the one hand, and COTO D’ARCIS on the other, are clearly compatible: (Class 46),

European Court of First Instance on the lines of UKPTO with regard to trade mark rights in slogans: T-70/06 and T-58/07: (Catch Us If You Can!!!),

EC plans to extend copyright in sound recordings – UK film and music industries reap lobbying rewards: (IAM),

EU tackling patent ambushes with antitrust tools: (Law360),

Commission prohibits practices that prevent European collecting societies from offering choice to music authors and users: (IPR-Helpdesk),

Marzipan among latest European Geographical Indications: (Class 46)


Intellectual Property Office sued over domain name: (International Law Office)


DPMA: trade mark statistics for 2007: (Class 46),

Beauty, Beast and Hunchback score dramatic victory – Disney Enterprises Inc. sues German Concert Promoter: (IPKat),

Exemplary damages / wilful infringement – presentation by Dr F-E Hufnagel: (Philip Brooks),

Tierpark Neumünster Zoo sues Berlin Zoo for share of royalties earned from licensing Knut polar bear brand: (Class 46)


Council of State rules CAMBER liable to be confused with CAMPER: (International Law Office), (Class 46)

Hong Kong

Criminal liability for business end-user piracy in Hong Kong: (Mallesons Stephen Jaques),

Proposed introduction of scale of costs for opposition proceedings: (Rouse & Co International)


Dispute between Wadia and Danone over ‘Tiger’ trade mark continues: (Spicy IP),

Biosimilars, Indian Generic Companies and the Drug Regulators: (SPICY IP),

Judge at Delhi’s High Court urges every Indian state to establish specialist IP courts: (Managing Intellectual Property),

Infosys and TCS react strongly to call made by open source community to close backdoor entry for software patents: (Spicy IP),

Mount Everest Mineral Water and Bisleri wrangle over sue of ‘Himalaya’ trade mark: (Spicy IP),

India’s Copyright Board given royalty-fixing powers: (IP finance),

Geographical Indications in India: Playing the numbers game: (Spicy IP),

Trends in Indian patent litigation: (Spicy IP),

Delhi High Court rules copyright societies cannot initiate infringement proceedings to protect members’ interests against unauthorised performances: M/s Phonographic Performance Ltd v M/s Hotel Gold Regency & Ors: (IPKat), (Spicy IP),

Hunting the pirates: Guruji and Bharat Student amongst others to be caught in recent T-Series rampage: (Spicy IP)


Broadcaster Mediaset sues Google for hosting video clips on YouTube without rights: (Ars Technica), (The Trademark Blog), (Law360), (Techdirt),

IFPI, Italian police take down ‘Italian Pirate Bay’: (Ars Technica)


Nintendo bringing suit against makers or DS carts which can be used in piracy: (Ars Technica)


Joseph Tembo’s song ‘Mbuje’ receives condemnation because copied from foreign composition: (Afro-IP)


IMPI rules on time limits for trade mark cancellation actions: (IP tango)


New Industrial Property Bill to be passed by end of year: (Afro-IP)


District Court of The Hague rules that notwithstanding ECJ ruling in Montex v Deisel, you can still seize transit goods in the Netherlands under Council Regulation 1383/2003: Sisvel v Sosecal: (IPKat)

New Zealand

Patent infringement: When is a warning a threat?: (International Law Office)

‘Digital satellite TV is killing Nollywood’ – CBC’s efforts: (Afro-IP)

Peruvian government publishes Legislative Decree 1092/2008 introducing border control measures for protection of IP rights in preparation for US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement: (IP tango)

New Traditional Specialities Guaranteed designations: (Class 46),

Proving the Fame of a Trade Mark: (Class 46),

Fakes easy to auction: (Class 46)


End of Declaration of Intention to Use and other simplifications of the IP Code: (Class 46)


Singapore proudly celebrates the launch of localised creative commons licenses: (creativecommon.org), (creativecommons.org)

South Africa
Justice LTC Harms’ paper on trans shipment: (Afro-IP)
United Kingdom

Decision rendered on whether copyright can exist in costumes in Star Wars case: (43(B)log),

Judge says expert witnesses are rarely useful for trade mark disputes: (Out-Law),

Inaccuracies in reporting on IP dispute between Barrow and Blackburn Borough Council dispute over similar logos: (IPKat),

IPO launches public consultation on patent research exception: (IPR-Helpdesk),

Nominet DRS changes go live: (IPKat),

New Ofcom code for TV advertising: (IPKat),

Chancery Division determination of whether shopping centre operator may register trade mark for services: Land Securities plc, Capital Shopping Centres plc and Hammerson plc v Registrar of Trade Marks: (IPKat), (Managing Intellectual Property),

BPI/ISP agreement on tackling illegal downloading of copyright content: (IPKat), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Techdirt), (IPwar’s),

Costs in Patents County Court: Anglia Autoflow Ltd v Wrightfield: (IPKat)
United States

US General

Margaret Peterlin resigns from USPTO: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patently-O), (Patent Docs), (Patent Prospector), (Managing Intellectual Property), (Patent Barista), (Law360),

State courts embrace on-camera culture: (Law360),

Trade secrets programs give employers an edge: (Law360),

USPTO introducing functionality to update practitioner information online: (Daily Dose of IP),

USPTO news: EFS-web customer satisfaction survey and new online contact information system for practitioners: (Patent Docs)


US Patent Reform

Patent reform critic Dr A Mathur says legislation would be costly and counterproductive: (Patent Docs),

USPTO defends rules in appeal brief: Tafas v Dudas: (Managing Intellectual Property),

Consumer group files CAFC amicus brief in support of USPTO rules changes: Tafas v Dudas: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)


US Patents

Special Masters’ incidence and activity: (Philip Brooks),

Lessons learned: ‘entire lawsuit may have been avoided’ had plaintiff informed patent attorney that defendant may file a patent application for similar concept: Nuclimate Air Quality v M&I Heat Transfer Products: (Property, intangible),

Patent mediation in the Federal Circuit: (IP ADR Blog),

Global warming concern spurs more green patents: (Law360),

Inventions from the minds of children – USPTO’s inventnow website: (Innovationpartners),

Introduction to the new patent bar examination administered by Prometric: (Ezine @rticles),

Inequitable conduct rulings leave murky mess: (Law360),

Interpreting functional language in apparatus claims: Microprocessor Enhancement Corp v TI: (Law360),

Patent Office finds voice, calls for software patent sanity: (Ars Technica),

Secondary considerations of obviousness in a patent case: the seldom-used ‘simultaneous invention’ factor: (Patently-O),

Does a European patent infringement loss prohibit US importation?: (Philip Brooks),

CAFC Judge Plager regrets decisions that resulted in software patents: State Street and AT&T: (Techdirt), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

When ‘fudging’ conduct is inequitable: Applied Materials v Multimetrixs: (ISinIP),

Students will practice IP law in USPTO pilot program: (Law360),

IBM technical disclosure prior art database: (Securing Innovation),

Patent injunctions after eBay: (Law360),
Reading Quanta narrowly: (Patently-O),

IPO reports on rising RCE filings: (Patent Docs),

USPTO cautions against outsourcing of patent prosecution to foreign service providers: (IP Spotlight), (Law360), (PLI), (Spicy IP), (Innovationpartners), (Patent Barista), (PLI), (PLI),

USPTO expands peer review program to business method patents; extends program to June 2009: (IP Spotlight), (Patent Docs)


US Copyright

It was a crime alright but was it pled properly?: copyright case US v Teh: (Patry Copyright Blog),

Ray Beckerman picks apart RIAA lawsuits for Judge’s benefit in The Judge’s Journal: (Techdirt),

Flat Stanley learns how ownership of infinite goods hurts everyone: (Techdirt),

Higher Education Act: Educators forced to become MPAA’s cops: (Patry Copyright Blog), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica),

Senate considers Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act 2008: (Counterfeit Chic), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (Managing Intellectual Property), (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

HR 4279 and s 3325: which one is the lesser of the two evils?: (Public Knowledge),

Public Knowledge says digital-music legislation would take away consumer rights: (Public Knowledge),

Open access and the National Institute of Health: (Patry Copyright Blog)


US Trademarks

Overzealous trade mark holder tries to stop blogger from using the phrase ‘branded community’: (Techdirt),

Two or four striped sport-shoes dilutes Adidas’ mark, but MR CHARBUCKS does not dilute STARBUCKS: Adidas America v Payless Shoesource; Starbucks Corp v Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc: (The IP Factor),

New team owner files ITU applications for OKLAHOMA CITY SUPERSONICS: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer), (Property, intangible)


US – Companies / Entities

Abbott Laboratories – Months after suing Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific, cardiovascular stent inventor, W Henry Wall, sues Abbott for alleged patent infringement: (Law360),

Adidas – Payless Shoesource insurer, American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co, balks at paying $305M trade mark verdict in Adidas’ favour: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer), (The Trademark Blog),

Adobe – Aloft and Adobe settle claims in dispute over web browser patents: (Law360),

Allen – LIFETIME WARRANTY merely descriptive of clothing, says TTAB, not surprisingly: In re Allen (nonprecedential): (TTABlog),

American Blanching Co – TTAB affirms 2(d) refusal of CINDARELLA for peanut butter over Disney registration for related goods: In re American Blanching Co (nonprecedential): (TTABlog),

Anadarko – MD Mark Inc sues Anadarko and Kerr-McGee claiming merger between the companies resulted in trade secret misappropriation: (Law360),

Apple – Psystar retains law firm with past success against Apple to defend against claims of trade mark, copyright and licence violations: (Ars Technica),

AT&T – Aloft launches browser patent suit against cell phone makers including AT&T, Palm, Nokia, RIM, Sony Ericsson and others: (Law360),

Atmel – Atmel, AuthenTec settle fingerprint patent suits: (Law360),

Benq – Non-verbal data entry on touchtone phones – University of Texas v BENQ et al: (Patent Prospector),

Blueport – US government insists on right to violate DMCA: Blueport Co v United States: (Patry Copyright Blog), (Techdirt), (IP Law Blog), (Technology & Marketing Law Blog),

C R Bard – Court validates C R Bard’s prosthetic blood vessel graft in case against W L Gore & Associates: (Law360),

Canon – CAFC reinstates flat panel TV technology patent licence between Canon and Nano-Proprietary that was breached by Canon: (Law360),

Chameleon Data Corp – Christensen Firm appeals in Chameleon Data cybersquatting case: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Clear With Computers (formerly Orion) – Hyundai launches declaratory judgment action against Clear With Computers in bid to invalidate online sales method patent (Law360), (The Prior Art), (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

Coca-Cola – Blue Springs Water Co files trade mark infringement suit against Coca-Cola in Chicago; Georgia judge sides with Coca-Cola in related suit: (Law360),

Council on American-Islamic Relations: Radio show host Michael Savage copyright infringement claim against CAIR thrown out; posting shock jock clip to the web is ‘fair use’: (Ars Technica), (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Techdirt),

Cypress Semiconductor – California appellate court rules on statute of limitations in third party trade secrets misappropriation case: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v Superior Court (Silvaco Data Systems): (IP Law Blog)

eBay – PerfumeBay.com disappears from cyberspace with the company changing its name to Beauty Encounter following its loss in eBay v PerfumeBay: (The Prior Art),

eBay – Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) planning to sue eBay over counterfeit software sold via the site: (Techdirt), (Ars Technica),

eBay – Summary of ruling rejecting Tiffany’s contributory infringement suit against eBay: Tiffany v eBay: (The Counterfeit Blog),

El Diablo – King County Superior Court sends local restaurant trade dress dispute to the jury: El Diablo v Mel-Opp & Griff: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Epson – Epson, Panasonic, others settle patent suit filed by Acacia subsidiary: (Law360),

Facebook – ConnectU founders seek to appeal Facebook deal: (Law360),

Facebook – Facebook, PA Advisors near settlement in patent infringement suit involving online advertising providers: (Law360),

Fish & Richardson – Scott Harris files motion to prevent use of the term ‘shell entity’ in case over Scott Harris’ dismissal from Fish & Richardson following the use of his patent to sue a client of the firm: (The Prior Art),

Ford Motor Company – National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialisation appeals from order dismissing patent infringement complaint against Ford: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Gemini – Judge approves settlement in patent dispute between Gemini IP and group of software companies over real-time communications software applications: (Law360),

General Electric Co – Seven patents dropped from GE patent battle with SonoSite over ultrasound technology: (Law360),

Google – Nokia, Google sued by Stragent over messaging technology: (Law360),

Google – Removal papers argue Consumer Fraud Act claim sounds in copyright: LimitNone v Google: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Hasbro – Hasbro launches official version of online Scrabble, then sues makers of Scrabulous; Scrabulous shuts down on Facebook then relaunches as Wordscraper: (Spicy IP), (Techdirt), (The Trademark Blog), (Out-Law), (Law360), (Discussion of IP strategy – IP Asset Maximizer Blog, The Trademark Blog), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),

Honeywell – Aloft dismisses weather-monitoring system patent case against Honeywell, LaCrosse and others: (Law360),

Honeywell – Honeywell sues ex-employee over trade secrets allegedly leaked to Akebono Brake Industry Co: (Law360),

Hyatt – Appellant petitions Commissioner for new hearing, claiming PTO argument was inaudible and unintelligible: In re Hyatt: (TTABlog),

Hyperquest – Attorney’s fees awarded after dismissal for lack of standing in copyright case Hyperquest v N’Site Solutions: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

In-N-Out Burgers – Federal judge rules opposing counsel ok for In-N-Out trade mark suit: (Law360),

Johnson & Johnson – Lec Tec Corp files suit against Johnson & Johnson, Endo Pharmaceuticals and others alleging infringement of adhesive patch patents: (Law360),

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company – Lincoln National Life Insurance asserts troubled patents broadly against variable annuity insurers: (Law360),

Mattel – Juror dismissed for bias in copyright case over Bratz dolls between Mattel and MGA; motion for mistrial filed: (Property, intangible), (IP ADR Blog), (Law360),

Microsoft – Court adopts Aloft constructions in browser patent suit against Microsoft: (Law360),

Microsoft – Microsoft accuses operators of pass4sure.com of copyright infringement: (Law360) ,

Microsoft – Microsoft takes Primax to ITC over seven mouse patents: (Ars Technica), (Law360), (Philip Brooks), (Patent Prospector),

MPAA – Following TorrentSpy’s loss in copyright battle with MPAA, it appeals lawsuit over MPAA getting access to its emails: (Techdirt),

MPAA – MPAA files copyright suits against Fomdb.com and Movierumour.com for providing links to copyright-infringing copies of films: (Out-Law), (Techdirt),

Muniauction – Federal Circuit invalidates patent covering method of auctioning certain financial instruments on the internet: Muniauction v Thomson Corporation: (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

National Semiconductor – National Semiconductor sues LSI Corp for infringement of patents relating to semiconductor processing: (Law360),

Nokia – CAFC nixes arbitration in Nokia-InterDigital patent dispute finding Nokia waived its right to arbitration: (Law360), 

Nokia Siemens Networks – NSN settles suit with QPSX Developments 5 over alleged theft of digital technology: (Law360),

Oracle – Oracle accuses SAP executives of knowing about subsidiary’s alleged download of five terabytes of Oracle software and documentation in trade secrets case: (Out-Law), (Law360),

Procter and Gamble – Procter and Gamble sues S C Johnson & Son to protect Fabreze patents: (Law360),

Qualcomm – Qualcomm-Nokia patent litigation settlement; Qualcomm stock prices soar: (IP ADR Blog), (Intellectual Property Watch),

Rambus – Judge refuses new trial in DRAM antitrust case between Rambus and Hynix Semiconductors and others: (Law360), (Patent Prospector), (Law360),

Redlasso – NBC and Fox sue online TV clipping service Redlasso for copyright violations: (Techdirt), (Law360), (The Trademark Blog),

RIAA – Defendant admits file-sharing, challenges constitutionality of Copyright Act: Elektra v Barker: (Techdirt),

RIAA – Once again RIAA told to pay exonerated file-sharer Tanya Andersen’s legal fees: (Techdirt),

Robert Morris College – Robert Morris College seeks declaratory judgment of non-infringement against Robert Morris University: (The Trademark Blog),

Roederer – Laches bars claim against Cristalino mark for wine: Roederer v J Garcia Carrion: (43(B)log),

Sexy Hair – SEXY ‘N SASSY confusingly similar to SEXY HAIR for hair care products, says TTAB, unconvincingly: Sexy Hair Concepts, LLC v Perfect Plus, Inc (nonprecedential): (TTABlog),

Sony – Litepanels files suit against Somy alleging infringement of patents covering light-emitting diode technology: (Law360),

Stambler, Leon – Florida man Leon Stambler sues Citigroup, UBS Financial Services, Wachovia, Wells Fargo and others over online security patent: (Law360),

Starbucks – Records show Starbucks hasn’t yet opposed Rollergirls’ logo: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Stauffer – BPAI factual finding affirmed based on substantial evidence: In re Stauffer (nonprecedential): (Patently-O),

Thelen Reid – Thelen Reid hit with malpractice suit for allegedly mishandling IP: (Philip Brooks),

Time Warner – Fame factor fuels victory in TTAB 2(d) opposition against ‘ROAD RUNNER’ for batteries: Time Warner Entertainment Co LP v Fleet Wholesale Supply Co: (TTABlog),

Tom Bean – Court considers whether there is such a thing as holding legal title to a copyright registration: Tom Bean v McDougal Littel and RR Donnelley & Sons Company: (Patry Copyright Blog),

Trading Technologies – Rule 37 sanctions based upon fault: Rosenthal Collins Group v Trading Technologies: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

US Olympic Committee – Olympic Cellars and United States Olympic Committee settle ‘Olympic’ trade mark dispute: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Whole Foods Market – Stop & Shop Supermarket and Giant of Maryland allege Whole Foods’ ‘real deal’ marketing campaign infringes their trade marked term: (Law360),

Zabar’s & Co – TTAB finds ZABA’S for restaurant services confusingly similar to ZABAR’S for catering and retail store services: Zabar’s & Co v Zaba’s Grill, LLC (nonprecedential): (TTABlog)


Procompetencia pounces on Ebel over Paris allusions: (IP tango)


First criminal prosecution for trade mark infringement under 2005 IP Law: (Rouse & Co International)

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