General Global Week in Review 7 Nov 2011 from IP Think Tank

Here is Think IP Strategy’s weekly selection of top intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and internet.

 

Highlights this week included:

Venice Judges Resolution on a Unified Patent Court for the EU and Unitary Patent (EPLAW)

CJEU approves enforcement in another EU state of a disciplinary court fine due to violation of an injunction Case C‑406/09, Realchemie Nederland BV v Bayer CropScience AG (IPKat) (Kluwer Patent Blog)

Federal Circuit again declines to revisit Cybor: Retractable Technologies v. Becton, Dickinson and Company (Patently-O) (IPBiz) (EDTexweblog.com)

US Patent Commissioner Stoll to retire; Deputy Focarino to step up (IP Watch) (Inventive Step) (Patently-O)

 

Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any of these stories, and please do let us know if you think we’ve missed something important, or if there is a source you think should be monitored.

 

Global

Global – General

Fail to instil IP literacy in staff at all levels (no. 36 in our list of IP mistakes) (IP Think Tank)

UNESCO approves Palestinian membership; US faces decision (IP Watch)

Does a sole licence have a legal soul? (IPKat)

IP, economics and the rest of the world: it’s all happening! (IPKat)

 

Global – Trade Marks / Brands

How many Doritos sub-brands can you name? (IPKat)

 

Global – Patents

IP5 Group forges international collaboration (Patent Quality Matters)

Patent quality issues continue to drive new initiatives (Patent Quality Matters)

Foreign patent applications in the fast lane (IP Osgoode)

 

Austria

More Easter Bunny news – this time from Austria (IPKat)

 

Brazil

Brazil: to promote and increase patents (IP tango)

 

China

Do shopping malls and supermarkets qualify for class 35 trademarks? (China Law Insight)

The Nissan that became a Lamborghini not confiscated for likelihood of confusion (IP Dragon)

 

Denmark

Dispute regarding sealing of plastic bags decided by Maritime and Commercial Court (Kluwer Patent Blog)

 

Europe

Venice Judges Resolution on a Unified Patent Court for the EU and Unitary Patent (EPLAW)

Prof. Sir Robin Jacob: Opinion on Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent (EPLAW)

EPLAW – Resolution Unitary Patent Arts 6-8 (EPLAW)

European patent reform: so much to read! (IPKat)

Europe’s Unified Patent Court: where will it be? (IPKat)

Welcome to London: Home of the Unified Patent Court? (IPKat)

Trends and challenges in demand-side innovation: a thematic report (IP finance)

CJEU approves enforcement in another EU state of a disciplinary court fine due to violation of an injunction Case C‑406/09, Realchemie Nederland BV v Bayer CropScience AG (IPKat) (Kluwer Patent Blog)

Printers, plotters and pronouncements: more work for the Court of Justice – Cases C-457/11 to C-460/11 V G Wort and others (1709 Copyright Blog)

‘Symbols of despotism’: The refusal to register a trademark in the EU (IP Osgoode)

General Court: saddle up for one confusing ‘cavalo’ ride: T-238/10 (Class 46)

General Court: Polypipe but monomark: T-189/09 (Class 46)

OHIM Boards of Appeal rejects another slogan – “La qualité est la meilleure des recettes” (Class 46)

General Court: Application for ‘TDI’ – Audi’s arguments fail to impress: Audi and Volkswagon v OHIM (JIPLP)

 

France

Cour d’Appel, Paris: saisie-contrefaçon is not a fishing expedition: Vetrotech v Interver (EPLAW)

The estoppel recognised as a principle of French procedural law (Kluwer Patent Blog)

 

Gabon

A to Z of African official IP websites no.20: Gabon (Afro-IP)

 

Germany

Pirate Party surges in German opinion polls – IP owners beware (IAM)

Is “Proti” the German bridge to “Bainbridge” ? (Class 46)

Easter bunny dispute – the next chapter (IPKat)

 

Iceland

IP enforcement in Iceland (Foreign Filing Blog)

 

India

Delhi High Court: No exclusive trademark rights to Lord Krishna’s name (IIPRD)

8PM v. PALONE 8: Delhi HC on law on numeral trademark: Radico Khaitan Ltd v. Carlsberg India Pvt Ltd (Spicy IP)

Pages from history: The influence of the New York Times on Indian patent policy in 2005 (Spicy IP)

Competition Commission of India launches investigation against T Series for charging arbitrary royalty rates from radio broadcasters (Spicy IP)

Cost of obtaining a patent in India (India Patent)

 

Indonesia

Indonesia trademark case and bad faith (IP Komodo)

Indonesia – survey on counterfeiting and piracy effects on society (IP Komodo)

 

Israel

Copyright in photographs from old newspapers shown in history programs: Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court decides Rachmani vs. The News Company (The IP Factor)

Health club wars: Tel Aviv District Court decides in Hadas Guvrin and PhysiKal Events LTD. vs. Switch Fitness Club, Roei Shreimester and Israel Frankel (The IP Factor)

 

Poland

PPO’s Annual Report 2010 – English version (Class 46)

 

Slovakia

Why size doesn’t matter – even small markets can cause big problems (Class 46)

 

Sudan

Legalization requirements for power of attorney in Sudan (Afro-IP)

 

Taiwan

Taiwan dead serious about copyright on funeral music (IP Dragon)

 

United Kingdom

Considering designs in a vacuum: EWCA Civ decision in Dyson v Vax (IPKat) (Class 99)

EWPCC: insufficient evidence of copying and cover up: Pro-Tec Covers v Specialised Covers (Class 99)

Design and IPR – What are your views? (Class 99)

 

United States

US General

Customs seizures from Asia (IP Komodo)

Functionalism versus faux formalism at the Federal Circuit (Patently-O)

The US’s $14.5 trillion intangible economy and a failure of accountancy (IAM)

 

US Patent Reform

File electronically to avoid “tax” on U.S. patent applications (Pharma Patents)

USPTO announces first allowed application under new prioritized examination (track 1) program (Maier & Maier)

AIA: redefining what is ‘prior art’ (Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog)

What inventors need to know about the new patent law (BlawgIT)

 

US Patents

US Patent Commissioner Stoll to retire; Deputy Focarino to step up (IP Watch) (Inventive Step) (Patently-O)

Maybe (just maybe) President Obama is beginning to get it regarding technology policy (Patent Docs)

USPTO and NIPO establish PPH pilot program (Patent Docs)

Federal Circuit continues to avoid en banc review of claim construction (Patent Docs)

Provisional patent applications (Inventive Step)

Operating efficiently post-Bilski by ordering patent doctrine decision-making (Patently-O)

Patent litigation strategies for retailers based upon the PWC patent litigation study (Patent Law Practice Center)

 

US Patents – Decisions

Federal Circuit again declines to revisit Cybor: Retractable Technologies v. Becton, Dickinson and Company (Patently-O) (IPBiz) (EDTexweblog.com)

District Court S D California: Leahy-Smith AIA’s retroactive abrogation of false marking claims lacking competitive injury is not unconstitutional: Seirus Innovative Accessories v Cabela’s (Docket Report) (GRAY on Claims)

District Court C D California: Award of attorneys’ fees inappropriate where infringement was determined by claim construction: Karl Storz Imagin v Pointe Conception Medical (Docket Report)

ITC Decides to rescind in part limited exclusion order in Certain Silicon Microphone Packages (337-TA-629) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

When to petition/appeal at the USPTO?: Ex Parte Taymac Corp. (Patents Post-Grant)

 

US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Dippin’ Dots – Dippin’ Dots patent failure contributes to November 2011 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing (IPBiz)

Dura Global – 500 new claims in patent reexamination backfire on plaintiff: Dura Global Technologies LLC. et. al., v. Magna International Inc. et al. (Patents Post-Grant)

Iguana – Three-year lie justifies partially terminating sanction: Entry of default as to liability: Iguana v Lanham (Docket Report)

Mitsubishi – Will Duke’s order blow away the cloud hanging over Mitsubishi’s 2.4 MW turbine? (Green Patent Blog)

Schweitzer-Mauduit International – ALJ Gildea grants motion to terminate investigation as to Delfort respondents in Certain Reduced Ignition Proclivity Cigarette Paper Wrappers (337-TA-756) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

West Cost Trends – Motion to transfer from Texas to Utah granted: West Cost Trends v Ogio International et al (EDTexweblog.com)

 

US Copyright

Why pay for it when you can get it free? – Obama turns to unpaid crowdsourcing ofr jobs poster (Class 99)

 

US Copyright – Decisions

10th Circuit finds phrase “Let’s Go Thunder” to be uncopyrightable: Syrus v. Bennett (Copyright Litigation Blog)

 

US Copyright – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Cariou – Andy Warhol Foundation files an amicus brief to 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Richard Prince in Cariou v. Prince (Copyright Litigation Blog)

 

US Trade Marks – Decisions

TTAB precedential no. 28: TTAB reverses genericness refusal of COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION for Country Music Association services (TTABlog)

Test your TTAB judge-ability on this Section 2(d) refusal: In re G&F Manufacturing (TTABlog)

WYHA? TTAB Finds SMARTRASTER merely descriptive of oil and gas data logging services (TTABlog)

District Court W D Washington: “Tilted Kilt” vs. “Twisted Kilt” trademark showdown: Tilted Kilt Franchise Ltd. Liability Co. v. Purdey (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

District Court S D Ohio: “Hustler is Larry Flynt, you know”: L.F.P.IP. v. Hustler Cincinnati (Property, intangible)

District Court N D Illinois: Bill of costs support need only be reasonable: Bobak Suasage Co v A & J Seven Bridges (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

 

US Trade Marks – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Hotel Hotel – The new standard for generic trademarks: Seattle’s new Hotel Hotel (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

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