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General Global Week in Review 5 Sept 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:

India: Towards an en-lightened copyright regime (Spicy IP) (Spicy IP)


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 – General

Organising flexibility (IP Think Tank)

Fail to Align IP Strategy With Business Strategy (No.23 in our list of IP mistakes) (IP Think Tank)

KEI comments on inconsistencies between USTR proposal for the TPPA and current US law (KEI)

USG cable on WTO TRIPS Council meeting of October 25-26 2005, discussion on LDC extension of TRIPS (KEI)

Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (TechnoLlama) (KEI)

Practice pointer series: Commercial evaluation, an integral part of out-licensing (Spicy IP)

Wikileaks on IP related negotiations between India-US (Spicy IP)

Nomination Period for ABA Blawg 100 Closes September 9th (Patent Docs)


Global – Patents

Is investment in Marcellus shale gas development leading to technology innovation? (IP Spotlight)

The value of withheld indemnifications (IPEG)

Bad patents – or bad journalism? (IPKat) (IPKat)


Global – Copyright

Is copyright only for the big guys? (TorrentFreak)



Media interest suggests that we need to talk about patents (Patentology)



e-marks: preparing for the Madrid Protocol? (IP tango)

2012: Welcome to e-patents Brazil (IP tango)



New Wikileaks docs show ex-minister Bernier offered to leak Copyright Bill to U.S. (Michael Geist)



China patenting’s great leap forward (China Law Blog)

Taiwan shining intellectual property blueprint for China or wishful thinking? (IP Dragon)

Taiwanese patent fund changes tack and shifts focus to blocking competitors in China (IAM)

Does drinking GI protected Oolong tea help the local farmers? (IP Dragon)

Bright Sword campaign: Sword is going after the counterfeit source (IP Dragon)

The rise of the multi-million dollar Chinese IP lawyer (IAM)


Côte d’Ivoire

A to Z of African official IP websites: no. 12: Côte d’Ivoire (Afro-IP)



Gandhi Rice trademark opposition filed in Ecuador (Spicy IP)



Centre for Intellectual Property Rights at the University of Leuven holding a symposium on European Copyright Code: the Wittem Project (1709 Copyright Blog)



Trademark law and kids games – ‘boîte à meuh’ (Class 46)



Parallel imports: The unexpected dumping of section 2(m) (Spicy IP)

Radio broadcasters receive favourable treatment in Copyright Amendment Bill (Spicy IP)

Towards an en-lightened copyright regime (Spicy IP)

News on ‘intellectual property’ from Parliament (Spicy IP)

A first look at the ‘Amendments’ to the ‘Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010’ (Spicy IP)

A clarification on the ‘single window’ copyright societies (Spicy IP)



Trademark ‘misuse’ in Indonesia (IP Komodo)



Tel Aviv Central District Court: Beanbag baby bath supporter design narrowly construed: Ferst vs. Roem Import and Marketing (The IP Factor)



“No Right, No Music” in Nigeria, declares COSON (Afro-IP)



Intellectual property law in Oman (NIPC Gulf)



Prince Polo’s problems (Class 46)



Live better, live dangerously: slogans in Russia (IPKat)


South Sudan

Status of IP laws in South Sudan (Afro-IP)



(Lack of) protection of famous marks in opposition proceedings (Class 46)



Thai gives Cambodia the finger over jeebs — or get your hands of our intangible heritage! (IPKat)


United Kingdom

IPO changes wording of Patent Rules (Out-Law)

Online design registration – latest news (IPKat) (IPKat)

PCC Page 37: The Octopus – keeping documents up its sleeve (PatLit)

Neatly wrapped: UDR in the PCC: Albert Packaging & Ors v Nampak Cartons & Healthcare (JIPLP)

Perplexing perpetual protection (not Peter Pan) (1709 Copyright Blog)


United States

US Patent Reform

Patent reform 2011: Vote scheduled at the conclusion of Labor Day (Patently-O)

Unwary litigants to lose USPTO review option under patent reform (Patents Post-Grant)

Declaratory judgement less attractive after patent reform? (Patents Post-Grant)


US Patents

Short update on reissue declarations after Tanaka (WHDA)

General Order 11-11 implementing the patent pilot project in the Eastern District of Texas (

An empirical exploration of first-to-invent versus first-to-file (Patently-O)

Joint inventors (Inventive Step)


US Patents – Decisions

CAFC: “Broad conclusory statements” alone are insufficient to establish obviousness: Mytee Products v Harris Research (IPBiz)

BPAI: Boston Scientific stent patent survives interference, Endosystems patents do not (WHDA)

District Court S D California: Importance of patent to plaintiff’s business and contentious past relationship with defendant warrant 20% royalty rate: Divix Golf Inc v. Mohr, et. al. (Docket Report)

District Court C D California: To satisfy Twombly and Iqbal infringement pleading must do more than identify accused product: Medsquire LLC v. Spring Medical Systems Inc., et. al. (Docket Report)

The Johnson & Johnson Acuvue compulsory license – M D Florida decision in Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., v. Ciba Vision Corp (KEI)


US Patents – Lawsuits and strategic steps

Freescale Semiconductor – Constitutionality of mandatory stay pending ITC investigation questioned in Freescale Semiconductor v Zoran Corporation (Docket Report)

Optics Planet – Court orders hearing to quantify fees for defendants’ contempt: Optics Planet, Inc. v. OpticSale, Inc (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

OSRAM – ALJ Essex and ALJ Bullock deny motions to consolidate investigations 337-TA-784 and 337-TA-785 and ALJ Essex sets target date in Certain Light Emitting Diodes (337-TA-784) (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update) (ITC 337 Update)

OSRAM – ALJ Rogers sets 17-month target date in Certain Light-Emitting Diodes (337-TA-798) (ITC 337 Law Blog) (ITC 337 Update)

OSRAM – ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-802) regarding Certain Light-Emitting Diodes (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Remy – ALJ Rogers denies motion for depositions in Certain Starter Motors and Alternators (337-TA-755) (ITC 337 Law Blog)

Sloan Valve – Protective order amended to allow disclosure of confidential information in a reexam: Sloan Valve Co. v. Zurn Indus. (Chicago Intellectual Property Law Blog)

Smith & Wesson – ALJ Rogers issues notice of initial determination denying complainants’ motion for temporary relief in Certain Muzzle-Loading Firearms (337-TA-777) (ITC 337 Law Blog)


US Copyright

Termination rights – Comprehensive guide to reclaiming your old masters… (Digital Music News)


US Copyright – Decisions

2nd Circuit says no first sale doctrine for works manufactured outside the U.S.: Wiley & Sons v. Kirtsaeng (Technology & Marketing Law Blog)


US Trademarks

TTABlog Special Report: List of fraud claims sustained by TTAB since In re Bose (TTABlog)


US Trade Marks – Decisions

TTAB recasts genericness opposition, finds CHI merely descriptive of electric massagers (TTABlog)

TTAB: Would you have abandoned? – ZAO Gruppa Predpriyatij Ost v. Vosk International Co. (Property, intangible)

Test your TTAB judge-ability: are “LES COLLINES” and “HILLS VINEYARD” confusingly similar for viticulture services? (TTABlog)

WYHA? “TUBES” merely descriptive of non-inflatable mattresses, says TTAB (TTABlog)

Test your TTAB judge-ability against this opinion by new Judge Thomas Shaw: In re Poly-Gel L.L.C. (TTABlog)



Bayliss secures precautionary measures leading to seizure of 588 counterfeit hair straighteners (IP tango)


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