General Global Week in Review 26 April 2010 from IP Think Tank

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Highlights this week included:

Consolidated ACTA text is released – news and analysis (KEI) (Michael Geist) (IPKat) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) Innovationpartners) (IP Watch) (KEI) (Innovationpartners)

Copyright Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha (Spicy IP) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica)

US Department of Commerce white paper supports patent reform (Inventive Step) (Patent Docs) (IP Watch) (Patently-O)

US Supreme Court to decide case of international copyright exhaustion: Costco v Omega (Patently-O) (Excess Copyright) (The Gray Blog) (Copyright Litigation Blog)

 
Global
Global – General

The future of IP? (IP Think Tank)

World Intellectual Property Day 2010: Countries talk policy (PatentlyBIOtech)

10th World IP Day and new logo for WIPO (Patent Librarian’s Notebook)

Happy World IP Day (IAM)

Don’t let IP be misunderstood on World IP Day (inovia’s Foreign Filing Blog)

ACTA – A draft trade agreement with a potential to create trade barriers? (Spicy IP)

Consolidated ACTA text is released – news and analysis (KEI) (Michael Geist) (IPKat) (Public Knowledge) (Public Knowledge) (EFF) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) (Ars Technica) Innovationpartners) (IP Watch) (KEI) (Innovationpartners)

Licensors that do not monitor their licensees can lose a lot of money, says new report (IAM)

Third meeting of IP5 Heads of Office recently held (Daily Dose of IP)

 
Global – Patents

What if a patent settlement agreement risks being illegal? (The IP ADR Blog)

 
Global – Copyright

The best way to avoid copyright (IP Think Tank)

International consumer rights group publishes 2010 global IP watchlist (EFF)

 
Australia

High Court reduces standing requirements for registered IP challenges: Health World Ltd v Shin-Sun Australia Pty Ltd (Mallesons Stephen Jaques) (IP Whiteboard) (ipwars.com)

 
Bolivia

Winery industry asks for stronger sanctions against falsification and adulteration (IP tango)

 
Canada

Canada – EU Trade Agreement leaks (Michael Geist)

2009 Copyright consultation: Setting the record straight (Michael Geist)

 
China

EPO Asian patent helpdesk note on Chinese patent number system change (Patent Librarian’s Notebook)

 
Colombia

Colombia counterfeit liquor industry – from a simple garage to a proper manufacture! (IP tango)

 
Europe

IP work disrupted by volcano (Managing Intellectual Property)

When the dog expires – General Court decision in Rodd & Gunn Australia Ltd v OHIM (IPKat)

Questions emerge over undisclosed terms of new EPO president’s contract (IAM)

OHIM’s case law review for 2009 now available (Class 46)

Gala and Golden Delicious share latest GI (Class 46)

Bad Kissinger gets no GI protection as Commission strikes out German mass application (IPKat)

European Commission approves Italian GI amendments – Pecorino Toscano (PDO), Monti Iblei (PDO), Proscuitto di Carpegna (PDO) (Class 46)

 
France

Paris Court of Appeal holds that nothing precludes patent holder to request ‘saisie- contrefaçon’ after expiration of patent: La Société Deprat Jean, S.A., Monsieur Paul Schlagmuller v. La Société Zurfluh Feller, S.A.S. (EPLAW)

 
India

Copyright Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha (Spicy IP) (Michael Geist) (Ars Technica)

India GWU CII Summit – controversies galore? (Spicy IP)

‘Working’ a patent under the Indian Patent Act 1970 – Does importation of a patented invention count? (Spicy IP)

 
Ireland

New guidelines for dealing with extensions in time (Class 46)

 
Malta

International: Malta announces tax exemption for patent royalties (IP finance)

 
Poland

Time of bad faith in trade mark application (Class 46)

 
South Africa

World Cup 2010: Fake shirts pour in (Afro-IP)

 
Spain

Court elaborates on ‘trade mark families’ (Class 46)

 
United Kingdom

Unilever threatens legal action against BNP to prevent Marmite appearing in party’s political broadcast (IPKat)

Pro-brand groups launch manifesto (Class 46)

 
United States
US General

USPTO seeking nominations for Public Advisory Committee members (Patent Docs)

Shaping IP laws by not-so-gentle persuasion: The Special 301 Report (EFF)

Senators seek US investigation of China’s IP infringement (IP Watch)

New study shows US small caps reaping IP dividends (IAM)

 
US Patent Reform

Patent reform before Memorial Day? (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

Obama Administration tells Senate it supports patent reform changes (IP Watch)

Patent Reform Act has false marking in its sites (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

Patent reform that hurts small inventors and small businesses (Inventive Step)

Department of Commerce white paper supports patent reform (Inventive Step) (Patent Docs) (IP Watch) (Patently-O)

 
US Patents

Northern District of Illinois is a top patent district any way you slice it (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

 
US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: Incorporation by reference valid when information is ‘ascertainable’ by the examiner: Harari v Hollmer (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)

District Court S D California: False marking statute of limitations applies to each instance of marking: Serius Innovative Accessories, Inc v Cabela’s Inc (Docket Report)

District Court E D Texas: Plaintiff’s verdict in Clearvalue case – $5.17 million trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement: Clearvalue v Pearl River (EDTexweblog.com)

ITC: Initial determination of no s 337 violation in matter concerning cold cathode fluorescent lamp inverter circuits brought by O2 Micro (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Georgia Pacific – Georgia Pacific files new 337 complaint regarding electronic paper towel dispensing devices against Kruger, KTG, Stefco and others (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Sony – ITC institutes investigation regarding display devices based on complaint by Sony against TPV, Top Victory and others (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Verizon – ITC institutes investigation regarding digital set-top boxes based on complaint by Verizon against Cablevision (ITC 337 Law Blog)

 
US Copyright – Decisions

9th Circuit: Toys not useful and thus copyrightable – spirited dissent: Lanard Toys Ltd v Novelty Inc (Copyright Litigation Blog)

 
US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Costco –Supreme Court to decide case of international copyright exhaustion: Costco v Omega (Patently-O) (Excess Copyright) (The Gray Blog) (Copyright Litigation Blog)

 
US Trademarks

Bacardi Rum Havana Club – clearly not made in Havana, uh?: District Court Delaware dismisses lawsuit by Pernod Ricard against Bacardi (IP tango)

 
US Trade Marks – Decisions

CAFC affirms TTAB’s CRASH DUMMIES no abandonment decision: Mattel, Inc v The Crash Dummy Movie (TTABlog)

TTAB precedential no 14: Noncommercial use defense to a dilution claim unavailable in a TTAB proceeding: American Express Marketing & Development Corp v Gilad Development Corporation (TTABlog)

TTAB precedential no 13: Divided TTAB Panel dismisses VIGILANZ opposition, finding purchasers sophisticated and goods not related: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation v. VigiLanz Corporation (TTABlog)

WYHA? TTAB affirms 2(d) refusal of USWEAR for boys clothing over US WEAR for adult’s clothing: In re USCANTEEN, Inc (not precedential) (TTABlog)

Test your TTAB judge-ability on this specimen of use question: In re Seelect, Inc (not precedential) (TTABlog)

 
US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

North Face – ‘South Butt’ parody lawsuit comes to a quiet end (Las Vegas Trademark Attorney)

 
Wales

Welsh dragon copied Hong Kong dragon? (IP Dragon)

 

 

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