IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 11 July 2008

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Highlights this week included:

ACTA continues to be discussed and debated: (Michael Geist), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Public Knowledge),  (Techdirt), (Managing Intellectual Property), (Public Knowledge), (Public Knowledge), (Public Knowledge),

Apotex challenge to Acular LS patent barred by res judicata: Roche Palo Alto & Allergan v Apotex: (Patently-O), (Patent Prospector), (Orange Book Blog), (IP Law360), (Patent Docs), (Hal Wegner), (IP Updates),

House of Lords reverses Court of Appeal and finds Angiotech’s stent patent valid: Conor MedSystems v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals: (IPKat), (IPKat), (IP Law360), (Hal Wegner),

Google to produce YouTube user data but not source code in copyright battle with Viacom: (Michael Geist), (Managing Intellectual Property), (Out-Law), (IP Law360), (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),


Global – General

Vote 1 IPKat – Computer Weekly nomination: (IP Thinktank),

EEF statement at WIPO development agenda meeting in Geneva: (IP Justice),

G8 declaration on the world economy: (IP Justice),

Group of eight developing Islamic countries (D-8) approve ten year roadmap to expand trade and economic cooperation : (Intellectual Property Watch)

IP risk management: protection, protection, protection: (The IP ADR Blog),

Too much ownership can be bad for the economy: (Techdirt),

International Chamber of Commerce calls on business to understand that IP is now a major political issue: (IAM),

IP Business Congress demonstrates criticality of IP strategy as a business issue: (IP Business Strategy Blog),

G8 pushes ACTA completion by end of 2008: (Michael Geist), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Public Knowledge),

Entertainment industry continues to try to sneak copyright expansion through ACTA: (Techdirt),

European business sets out ACTA priorities: (Managing Intellectual Property),

ACTA public comments – one stop shop: (Public Knowledge),

ACTA opinion and analysis: (Public Knowledge), (Public Knowledge),

WIPO Committee on Development and IP discussions focus on costing of consultants and business analysts; interface between competition policy and IP: (KEI), (KEI),

Director General elect addresses importance of WIPO development agenda: (WIPO),

IP regime stifles science and innovation, Nobel laureates say: (Intellectual Property Watch), (Techdirt)

Global – Trade Marks / Domain Names / Brands

Prepare for the domain name explosion: (Managing Intellectual Property),

Comment on ICANN’s proposed plan to censor top-level domains (until 17 July 2008): (IP Justice),

Combining trade marks in a jointly owned IP holding company: (IP finance),

1 Sept 2008, Amendment to Madrid Protocol for international trade mark application or registration originating from TMO in state that is party to both MP and Madrid (Stockholm) Agreement: (Class 46), (correction – Class 46)

Global – Patents

The hidden value of hiding patents: (IP Thinktank),

Don’t rely on metadata for dates: (Securing Innovation),

Patent pools grow more popular in tech sector: (IP Law360),

Patent acquisition and venture capital: (IPEG),

Panel: Policy answers needed to boost technology transfer to LDCs: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Patent searches in Portuguese and the WIPO development agenda: (Intellectual Property Watch),

WIPO: updated Patentscope ® includes Japanese as search language: (IPR-Helpdesk), (IP Menu News),

Corporate managers: Are you failing to obtain maximum value from your energy savings and green innovations by ignoring patent issues?: (IP Business Strategy Blog)

Global – Copyright

LegalTorrents – ‘online community created to discover and distribute CC licensed digital media’: (creativecommons.org),

WIPO workshop to probe copyright issues arising from the preservation of digital content: (WIPO),

Jeff Roberts on avatar rights: (IPKat)


16 July: US LSI ‘Patent claim construction workshop’ – Seattle: (Patent Docs),

16-17 July: EPO seminar on ‘growing business with IP – winning strategies in emerging markets’ – Milan: (Daily Dose of IP),

17-18 July: WIPO ‘International conference on IP management education and research’ – Geneva: (IPR-Helpdesk),

18 July: CIPA seminar on ‘IP valuation and investment funding issues’ – Almondsbury (UK): (IPR-Helpdesk),

21-23 July: EU ATRIP meeting on future of European patent system – Munich: (IPR-Helpdesk),

24-25 July / 11-12 August: US PLI: ‘Advanced patent prosecution workshop 2008: Claim drafting & amendment writing’: New York / San Francisco: (Patent Docs),

30-31 July: IACCM ‘ask the expert’ call; Duncan Bucknell leading discussion on IP strategy: (IP ThinkTank),

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

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),

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),

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),

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),

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

30 October 2008: IBC Informa seminar on intangible assets: maximising shareholder value – London: (IIR),

30-31 October 2008: Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys annual congress – London: (CIPA),

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

Patent obsessed big pharma joining hands with generic companies: (GenericsWeb),

Final decisions of Convention on Biological Diversity governing body available: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Patent pooling next step for innovative drug purchasing agency UNITAID: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Recent developments in pharmaceutical patenting and compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents in developing countries: (Patent Docs),

Brazil: US, Indian HIV/AIDS drug rulings could reverberate in Brazil: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Canada: Ontario’s innovation agenda: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Canada: Consortium seeks to innovate through collaboration: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Canada: PMPRB annual report for 2007: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Canada: Mergers increasing in the life sciences industry: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

India: Drug patent linkage controversy: a middle path solution?: (Spicy IP),

India: Ranbaxy-Daiichi deal – Opportunities for private equity companies in India: (Profitability through Simplicity),

India: (KEI) Cracking open anti-competitive practices in the developing world: complaints, amendments and waivers: (Spicy IP),

India: Is it one rule for Indian pharma companies and another one for those from abroad?: (IAM), (Patent Circle),

India takes open source approach to drug discovery: (Patent Lens),

India: Indian Bayh Dole Bill: (Spicy IP), (Spicy IP), (Does India need Bayh-Dole? Part I – Spicy IP),

India: Discussion of grant of Indian patents to Cipla for Fosamax derivative and Nexium derivative: (Spicy IP),

India: Draft National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill: (Spicy IP),

Ivory Coast: Ivorians increasingly choose fake medicines on price: (Afro-IP),

Mexico: New Mexican medicaments approvals regime: an early report: (IP tango),

UK: Leave to appeal refused in trade mark infringement proceedings between Eli Lilly and 8PM Chemist concerning the importation of cheap drugs from Turkey to the US via the UK: (IPKat),

US: PhRMA comments on ACTA: ISP liability, parallel trade and generic APIs: (KEI),

US: Seed exhaustion: Quanta’s effect on biotech patents: (IP Law360), (Hal Wegner),

US: Written description training materials and Ex parte Porro: (Patent Docs),

US: Molecular samples tester Gyros US sued over assay patents by rival Sapidyne Instruments: (IP Law360),

US: Manhattan Institute for Public Policy releases report on role of drug companies in research: Canada: Ontario’s innovation agenda: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Vietnam: Patent protection of second medical use claims: (Trung Thuc)

Pharma & Biotech – Products

Accupril (Quinapril) – US: Pfizer subsidiary Warner-Lambert and Teva settle Accupril patent suit: (IP Law360),

Acular LS (Ketorolac) – US: Apotex challenge to Acular LS patent barred by res judicata: Roche Palo Alto & Allergan v Apotex: (Patently-O), (Patent Prospector), (Orange Book Blog), (IP Law360), (Patent Docs), (Hal Wegner), (IP Updates),

Altace (Ramipirl) – Canada: Decision regarding form of order in patent case Pharmascience v Sanofi-Aventis: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Azor (Amlodipine/Olmesartan) / Benicar (Olmesartan) – US: Daiichi Sankyo’s patent infringement suit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals over Azor consolidated with another dispute between the companies over related drug Benicar: (IP Law360),

Carbatrol (Carbamazepine) – US: Shire sues Apotex, Nostrum to stop them from marketing generic Carbatrol: (IP Law360),

Floxin (Olfoxacin) – US: Apotex will be allowed to file antitrust counterclaims in ongoing patent infringement suit with Daiichi Sankyo over antibacterial ear medicine: (IP Law360),

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) – Canada: Court dismisses Apotex claims of invalidity and non-infringement: Janssen-Ortho v Apotex: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Mircera (Methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta) – US: BIO submits amicus brief to CAFC in Amgen v Hoffman-LaRoche patent dispute: (Patent Docs), (Hal Wegner),

Prevacid (Lansoprazole) – Canada: Judge dismisses application for judicial review seeking to have patent listed on the Patent Register: Canada: Ontario’s innovation agenda: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Seroquel (Quetiapine) – US: AstraZeneca wins summary judgment for no inequitable conduct in Seroquel patent litigation against Sandoz and Teva: (Patent Circle), (Patent Docs), (The IP Factor),

Sutent (Sunitinib) / Tarceva (Erlotinib) – India: Assistant Controller of Patents rules that Pfizer has a right to be heard in compulsory licensing application filed by Natco to export generic Tarceva and Sutent to Nepal: (Spicy IP), (Spicy IP), (GenericsWeb),

Symbicort (Budesonide/Formoterol fumarate dihydrate) – US: PTO denies PTE for Symbicort patent; decision puts to rest notion of PTE availability for synergistic combinations containing previously approved drugs: (FDA Law Blog),

Thalomid (Thalidomide) – US: Celgene files another lawsuit accusing Barr of infringing its patents for Thalomid: (IP Law360),

Viramune (Nevirapine) – India: Delhi Patent Office rejects Boehringer Ingelheim’s product patent application for paediatric form of Nevirapine: (International Law Office)


International Brand Licensing sells ‘Admiral’ trade marks in southern Africa: (Afro-IP),

Sound recordings: when more control can lead to more infringement: (Afro-IP),

Egypt: New renewable energy centre for Egypt – but will it generate royalty income?: (Afro-IP)


Street vendor is Argentina’s first DVD convict: (IP tango)


IP resources – AusPat upgrade announced: (IP Menu News),

Family marks – what is the reach of Google as a trade mark?: Google, Inc v Dmitri Rytsk: (IPRoo),

Austal Ships Sales Pty Ltd v Stena Rederi Aktiebolag provides clarity on s 40 Patents Act: (IPRoo),

Client’s pay for lawyer’s mistakes in trade mark disputes: Edwards v Liquid Engineering; E & J Gallo Winery v Lion Nathan Australia Pty Limited: (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog),

COAG identifies parallel importation of books as priority area for reform: (IPwar’s),

IceTV copyright in compilations case could go to highest court: (Managing Intellectual Property),

New rules for Australian IP attorneys: (Managing Intellectual Property)



Federal Liberal Party sued by Green Shift Inc for misappropriation of corporate name and trade mark GREEN SHIFT: (Canadian Trademark Blog),

61 reforms to C-61: (Day 10: music shifting provision may conflict with computer backup systems: Michael Geist), (Day 11: music shifting provision non-compatible with online music lockers – Michael Geist), (Day 12: music shifting provision and private copying – Michael Geist), (Day 13: Music shifting provision and one copy per device – Michael Geist), (Day 14: Music shifting provision says contract trumps copyright – Michael Geist),

Controversy over Bill C-61: (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Fair copyright presence at Prentice stampede breakfast – Michael Geist, Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Techdirt), (Michael Geist)


No Chinese patents for inventions outside China?: (IP Thinktank),

Facebook cloned in China: (IP Dragon),

New Zealand company Zespri Group wins kiwi fruit trade mark infringement case against Nantong Xishu Fruit Co: (Rouse & Co International),

Why you should ID that IP early: (China Hearsay)



ECJ decision in Bertelsmann and Sony Corporation of America v Impala, while not being an IP case, says a lot about how the ECJ views the concentration of IP rights: (IPKat),

The fight against counterfeiting and piracy in the bilateral trade agreements of the EU (EU parliament briefing paper): (IP Justice),

Database right back in the limelight: Case C-304/07 Directmedia Publishing GmbH v Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: (IPKat),

Intel opinion fails to clarify EU trade mark law: Case C-252/07 Intel Corporation v CPM United Kingdom: (Out-Law),

CFI finds DREAM IT! DO IT! not distinctive enough for CTM protection: T-186/07 Ashoka v OHIM: (The IP Factor),

Did the EU accidentally support ‘3 strike’ policy internet users?: (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (IPKat), (Out-Law),

Opt-in model proposed for European patent court: (Managing Intellectual Property),

Microsoft tells CFI €899M antitrust fine too steep: (Ars Technica),

CFI holds that standing is not really a requisite for filing a CTM invalidity action on absolute ground of refusal: Case T-160/07, Lancôme parfums et beauté & Cie SNC v OHIM, CMS Hasche Sigle: (Catch Us If You Can!!!), (Class 46),

EFTA Court precludes unilateral operation of international exhaustion of rights: Cases E-9/07 and 10/07 L’Oréal Norge AS v (i) Per Aarskog AS and Others and (ii) Smart Club Norge AS: (Class 46), (IPKat),

Dolce & Gabbana files cancellation action (based on invalidity) at OHIM against Marimekko’s ‘Unikko’ figurative CTM: (Class 46)


Hamburg Regional Court awards injunction against Vtours in screen scraping case brought against it by Ryanair: (Out-Law),

German court says open WiFi owners not responsible for files sharing done by others: (Techdirt), (Ars Technica)


Kerala’s IP policy: innovative but deeply flawed: (Spicy IP),

Everything under the ‘Indian’ sun is patentable: a case of brainwashing?: (Spicy IP),

Draft manual of the Patent Office and software patents: (Spicy IP),

Gujurat High Court decision in patent case Garware Wall Ropes Ltd v M/S TECHFAB India: (Spicy IP)


Ryanair commences copyright infringement proceedings against Bravofly over alleged screen scraping: (IPKat), (Out-Law)


Japanese government says no (again) to an iPod tax: (Techdirt)


Korea introduces three-speed patent system: (Managing Intellectual Property)


Philippines announces IP enforcement strategy: (Managing Intellectual Property)


Cop on payroll of Warner Bros during criminal investigation of Pirate Bay: (The Gray Blog)


Revision of the trade mark guidelines as of 1 July 2008: (Class 46)

United Kingdom

House of Lords reverses Court of Appeal and finds Angiotech’s stent patent valid: Conor MedSystems v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals: (IPKat), (IPKat), (IP Law360), (Hal Wegner),

Nominet changes fail to cut primary cost of domain name dispute, says expert: (Out-Law),

Is showing a film at a garden/yard party a public performance?: (IMPACT),

UK IPO launches informal consultation on research exception to patent infringement: (IPKat), (Out-Law),

Anna Carboni’s account of what happened in trade mark case between Lloyd’s and Informa and Lloyd’s Publishing Group Ltd: (IPKat),

Interim interdict granted to owner of copyright in Isle of Skye tartan, against Gold Brothers: (IPKat),

High Court rules Pringles ‘not chips/crisps’: (Class 46), (Patent Librarian’s Notebook)


United States

US General

Efforts to curb arbitration are gaining momentum: (IP Law360),

Few federal judges are creating new eDiscovery rules: (Philip Brooks),

Wayne Paugh named as new US IP tsar: (Managing Intellectual Property),

Lawyers do not understand juries: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Injunctions in trade mark and copyright infringement cases: trending against the irreparable harm presumption?: (Intellectual Property Law Blog)

US Patent Reform

IBM spells out position on business method patents in IAM exclusive: (IAM),

Congress prepares fix for BPAI appointments: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

Poor-man’s opposition proceedings: (Patently-O), (Patently-O), (Patent Prospector), (Hal Wegner), (Securing Innovation),

Repeal 35 USC 122(c)… at least for business methods: (Patently-O), (Techdirt),

US Patents

Are royalties too high in high-tech? Recent study by Damien Geradin says ‘no’: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

US patent counts, Q2 2008: (The Patent Librarian’s Notebook),

Recent BPAI decisions: (Patently-O),

USPTO: Reexaminations may not be ‘specially expedited’: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

On the radar June 2008: patent case filing stats: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Patent searching – importance of pre-1976 patents in the technological record: (Patent Librarian’s Notebook),

Peer-to-patent report: (Hal Wegner), (Patent Prospector)

US Copyright

A 1909 Act work for hire puzzle: (Patry Copyright Blog),

Blaming the Flickr API for copyright infringement?: (Techdirt),

California proposes iTunes download tax again: (Techdirt),

Brooklyn Historical Society will not allow use of old photos due to copyright fears: (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

Education fair use initiative at Harvard: (43(B)log), (The IP ADR Blog),

Glushko-Samuelson IP Clinic and Center for Social Media develop ‘Code of best practice in fair use for online video’: (Public Knowledge), (The Trademark Blog), (IPwar’s), (Patry Copyright Blog),

YouTube, eBay decision raise questions for US copyright law: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Copyright Office begins accepting electronic registrations: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog), (Daily Dose of IP),

Is torture by music a ‘performance in public?: (Excess Copyright), (Techdirt)

US Trademarks

FCC proposes rule making regarding product placement: (The Trademark Blog), (IPwar’s), (43(B)log)

US – Companies / Entities

Acer – CpuMate seeks preliminary injunction against Acer in patent infringement action over cooling technology: (IP Law360),

Apple – After finishing dispute with Cisco, Apple formally files trade mark application for ‘iPhone’ with USPTO: (Catch Us If You Can!!!),

Boston Scientific – ‘The court has never had counsel so recklessly disregard its orders before this trial’; bid for new stent trial denied: Safran v Boston Scientific: (EDTexweblog.com), (IP Law360),

Church of Scientology – CAFC upholds ruling for summary judgment on three of four claims in copyright infringement suit over a sale technique book: (IP Law360),

Coupons.com – Mixed ruling in Coupons.com case against John Stottlemire over limitations on DMCA anti-circumvention clause: (Techdirt),

Eagle Services Corp – Judge Posner on attorney’s fees to defendants: copyright case Eagle Services Corp v H2O Industrial Services: (Patry Copyright Blog),

Euclid Chemical – Summary of Euclid Chemical v Vector Corrosion – dispute over patent ownership; oral argument scheduled for 4 August: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Finance Express – Regressive search engine advertising ruling in Finance Express LLC v NowCom Corp: (Technology & Marketing Law Blog),

Furstenberg – Diane von Furstenberg sues Mango MNG Holdings and Punto-Fa accusing the companies of selling clothes using copied patterns: (IP Law360),

Gillet – Unsuccessful patent claims did not allow later malicious prosecution, unfair competition and antitrust claims: Fisher Tools Co, Inc v Gillet Outillage: (IP Law Observer), (IP Law360),

Google – Google to produce YouTube user data but not source code in copyright battle with Viacom: (Michael Geist), (Managing Intellectual Property), (Out-Law), (IP Law360), (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Hasbro – Future of Scrabulous unclear; Electronic Arts and Hasbro to provide official version of Scrabble on Facebook: (Daily Dose of IP),

Heartland Sweeteners – McNeil Nutritionals, maker of artificial sweetener Splenda, wins injunction in trade mark infringement lawsuit against rival Heartland: (IP Law360),

Honeywell – Judge denies Honeywell stay in turbocharger patent suit with BorgWarner: (IP Law360),

Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness – IDEA sues People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for copyright infringement alleging unauthorised copying of book concerning treatment of animals: (The Trademark Blog)

InterDigital – ITC staff recommendation against granting injunctive relief in InterDigital’s action against Samsung over cell phone patents; InterDigital share price tumbles: (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360), (IAM),

Karl Storz – Karl Storz sues FeSuite over endoscope patent: (IP Law360),

MDM Group Associates – Insurance contract copying lawsuit proceeds: MDM Group Associates, Inc v Emerald Isle Realty, Inc: (43(B)log),

Mercedes-Benz USA – WordLogic files patent infringement lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz over car navigation systems: (Philip Brooks),

Microsoft – Gotiut Media files patent infringement suit against Microsoft over Silverlight software: (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360),

Microsoft – CAFC hears oral argument in MP3 audio patent infringement case between Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft: (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360), (The IP ADR Blog),

Nintendo – Motion for remittitur denied in patent infringement case between Anascape and Nintendo: (EDTexweblog.com),

Nintendo – John R Martin files patent infringement suit against Nintendo over DS touch screen: (Ars Technica),

PanaVise – No patent DJ jurisdiction based upon suits of unrelated persons: PanaVise v National Products: (IP Updates), (Patent Appeal Tracer), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

Qualcomm – Judge won’t reconsider ruling in Broadcom’s video phone patent infringement dispute with Qualcomm: (IP Law360),

Qualcomm – Oral argument heard in Broadcom v Qualcomm: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Rambus – DC Circuit overturns FTC Rambus decision in antitrust litigation over Rambus’ failure to disclose patents to standard setting body: (Intellectual Property Law Blog),

Research in Motion – Stay pending patent re-examination granted in Visto Corp v RIM, et al: (EDTexweblog.com),

RIAA – North Carolina judge decides to take a fresh look at Doe subpoenas in college P2P case: Electra v Doe: (Ars Technica),

Reynolds Foil – Reynolds Foil sues Pactiv Corp over trade dress for oven bags: (IP Law360),

Rosetta Stone – Rosetta Stone sues Rocket Dog Languages and Libros Media over trade mark use in web ads: (IP Law360),

Simpson – Business system patents – BPAI rejects claim for lack of statutory subject matter: Ex Parte Simpson: (Patently-O),

Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers – Copyright case over musical ‘Urinetown!’ dismissed based on parties’ settlement in 2007: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Standard Process – Court denies summary judgment in case brought by Standard Process against Total Health over unauthorised sales of its products online: (Techdirt), (Technology & Marketing Law Blog),

Starbucks – Arimathea sues eight major food, beverage and tobacco makers including The Hershey Co, WM Wrigley Jr and Starbucks for infringing patent related to hinged-lid container: (IP Law360),

Texas Instruments – CAFC holds method claim with specific preamble structure not indefinite: Microprocessor Enhancement Corp v Texas Instruments: (IP Updates),

VNUS – Biolitec strikes back at VNUS allegations of infringement of laser treatment patents by filing own suit to have those patents declared invalid: (IP Law360),

Wasynczuk – BPAI weighs in again on computer-implemented inventions and section 101 in Ex Parte Wasynczuk: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog)


Venezuela’s patent law: (IP tango)



Customs border control procedures introduced: (Rouse & Co International)


West Indies

West Indies Players Association assigned image and IP rights for 75 of their members: (Afro-IP)

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