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IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 15 August 2008

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Highlights this week included:

Belgium – eBay wins ruling against L’Oreal in dispute over liability for counterfeit goods sold in online auctions: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Counterfeit Chic), (IPKat), (Class 46), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica)

US CAFC holds that copying free software without complying with license is copyright infringement: Robert Jacobsen v Matthew Katzer: (IP Thinktank), (Ars Technica), (Lessig), (, (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (ISinIP), (Hal Wegner), (Law360), (Law360), (IPKat), (Techdirt), (Public Knowledge), (Patently-O),

Italian ISPs attempt to block Pirate Bay: (Out-Law), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt)

Global – General

Letters to USTR on ACTA: (letter from Computer and Communications Industry Association, Library Copyright Alliance, NetCoalition – IP Justice), (statement from US tech trade associations and companies – IP Justice)


Global – Trade Marks / Domain Names / Brands

What a reverse domain name hijacking opinion looks like: Collective Media Inc v CKV COLLECTIVEMEDIA.COM: (The Trademark Blog),

WIPO Madrid international application simulator: (The Trademark Blog),

WIPO: ‘’ registered in bad faith: Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust v Alberta Hot Rods: (Class 46)

Global – Patents

Proofreading patents may save big $$$: (Patent Librarian’s Notebook),

Latest IAM reviews triage techniques for patent portfolios: (IP finance),

Why treating patents as property is a bad idea: (Techdirt)

Global – Copyright

Early creative commons history presentation by L Lessig: (Lessig),

MCPS-PRS analysis of Radiohead’s ‘pay what you want’ downloads: (IP finance),

How copyright is holding back the creative class: (Techdirt)


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

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

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

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

27 August: Bar Association of District of Columbia seminar patent licensing after Quanta – Washington: (Hal Wegner),

1-3 September: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Property and Promotion, and WIPO conference on ‘Development and IP: Building synergies with policy makers and industry’ – Goa: (Patent Circle), (Spicy IP),

3 September: Managing Intellectual Property e-symposium ‘Global patent strategies: best practices for successfully managing your patent portfolio’: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Managing Intellectual Property),

3 September: National Constitution Center audio conference ‘Managing IP rights in China: keys to protect your client’: (Philip Brooks),

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), (IPKat),

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),

25 September: BIA annual bioscience forum – London: (The SPC Blog),

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

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 October: IncreMental Advantage conference on the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Intellectual Property Officer – New York: (Philip Brooks),

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: (Patent Docs), (Philip Brooks),

20-21 October: PLI seminar on understanding the IP license 2008 – Chicago, New York: (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),

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

29 September – 2 October: IRPI conference on ‘Valorisation of innovation: practice and problems of licensing’ – Paris: (IPR-Helpdesk),

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),

17-18 November: ACI intensive course on pharmaceutical and biotech patent opinion writing – Boston: (Patent Baristas),

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

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

8-9 December: ACI intensive course on pharmaceutical and biotech patent opinion writing – Atlanta: (Patent Baristas),

15-16 December: PLI seminar on understanding the IP license 2008 (with live webcast) – San Francisco: (Philip Brooks)

12-13 January 2009: ACI intensive course on pharmaceutical and biotech patent opinion writing – San Diego: (Patent Baristas)

Pharma & Biotech
Pharma & Biotech – General

KV signs expanded worldwide partnership with Acrux, including the development of six new branded products: (GenericsWeb),

According to ‘etc group’ BASF, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont have grabbed up ‘climate ready’ genes: (Navigating the Patent Maze)

Patent gridlock harming ability to create lifesaving cures: (Techdirt),

Once again, The New Yorker gets it wrong on patents – discusses Heller’s theory in ‘Gridlock Economy’: (Patent Docs), (update – Patent Docs),

Rising drug prices – the real devil in detail: (IPmed),

Brazil probes pharmaceutical industry for building high-cost drug demand: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Brazil: Generic drugs surge in Brazil as patents expire: (IP tango), (GenericsWeb),

EU: SPC legislation: past, present and future problems: (The SPC Blog),

India: Gujarat High Court grants interim injunction in case concerning tablet design: Troikaa Pharmaceuticals v Pro Laboratories: (Spicy IP),

UK: High Court invalidates Human Genome Sciences’ neutrokine-alpha patent: (Patent Docs),

US: Hatch-Waxman safe harbour doesn’t apply to device not subject to FDA approval: Proveris Scientific Corp v Innovasystems: (Patent Baristas), (Law360),

US: Biotech rivals Eppendorf AG and Bio-Rad Lab’s Inc drop patent suits against each other over cell-breeding and DNA absorption technology: (Law360),

US: Emery University wins patent fight against Nova Biogenetics: (Law360),

US: Big pharma resists proposed new litigation cost reporting requirements arguing it would threaten attorney-client privilege: (Law360),

US: Does Congress need a lesson on biotechnology or economics? – discussion of Washington Post article on Ismed’s efforts to promote follow-on biologics approval pathway: (Patent Baristas), (Patent Docs),

US: Congressional fact-finding on follow-on biologics: (Patent Docs),

US: David v Monsanto: Biotechnology patent ‘exhaustion’ after Quanta, Supreme Court petition: (Hal Wegner),

US: Ulysses Pharmaceuticals announces issuance of patent for novel class of antibiotics: (Patent Docs),

West Africa: Anti-counterfeiting initiative aimed at protecting African medical industries: (Intellectual Property Watch), (Afro-IP)

Pharma & Biotech – Products

Aggrenox (Dipyridamole) / Mirapex (Pramipexole) – US: Barr strikes deal with Boehringer Ingelheim to resolve patent suits over Aggrenox and Mirapex and allow Barr to launch generic versions of the drugs: (Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Cardizem (Diltiazem) – Biovail sues Sun over Cardizem ANDA: (Law360),

Coreg (Carvedilol) – US: Some counterclaims dropped from Coreg patent suit; No inequitable conduct if examiner finds withheld reference while searching: Teva v Apotex: (Law360), (Patently-O),

Erbitux (Cetuximab) – US: ImClone to pay Abbott $17.5M to settle Erbitux suits: (Law360),

Lipitor (Atorvastatin) – US: Pfizer agrees to settle patent lawsuit against Apotex over production of generic Lipitor: (Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Naprelan (Naproxen) – US: District Court rules that Watson Pharmaceuticals’ generic Naprelan infringes Elan’s patent: (GenericsWeb), (Law360),

Nicomide  – US: Dusa licenses Nicomide to former foe River’s Edge Pharmaceuticals, amending settlement reached in last year’s patent dispute: (Law360),

Oxandrin (Oxandrolone) – US: Savient, Upsher-Smith settle Oxandrin patent dispute: (Law360),

Plavix (Clopidogrel) – Australia: Plavix patent survives revocation proceedings: Apotex v Sanofi-Aventis: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Plavix (Clopdogrel) – US: Former Bristol-Myers Squibb Vice-President charged with lying to federal government about Plavix patent deal: (GenericsWeb), (FDA Law Blog),

SoloStar – US: Novo Nordisk fails to show reasonable likelihood of success over Sanofi in patent infringement suit over SoloStar: (Patent Baristas),

Symbicort (Formoterol fumarate dehydrate and Budesonide) – US: Synergistic combinations of active ingredients doesn’t save patent term extension in the US: (The SPC Blog),

Tarceva (Erlotinib) – India: Cipla counsel castigates Spicy IP sources for role in blog post; ‘public interest’ argument avoided by Cipla counsel in 11 August hearing: Roche v Cipla: (Spicy IP), (Spicy IP),

Taxotere (Docetaxel) – US: Sanofi files patent infringement suit against Apotex over Taxotere: (Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Ultram (Tramadol) – US: Biovail and Ortho-McNeil sue Impax Labs over Ultram ANDA: (Law360), (GenericsWeb)


Argentina opts for regulated tourism subdomain: (IP tango)


Solicitation by domain name registrar in Asia: (Intellectual Property Law Blog)


Yet another reason why Australian patent law needs reform: Occupational and Medical Innovations Ltd v Retractable Technologies Inc: (IP Thinktank),

Full Federal Court finds two countries make an ‘international exhibition’ in design case Chiropedic Bedding Ltd v Radburg Pty Ltd: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Australian courts also consider Spanish law in appeal from a trade mark opposition Neumann v Sons of the Desert: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Inventions relating to mere scientific theory without practical application not manner of manufacture: Milton Edgar Anderson: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law), (IPKat),

Full Federal Court decides whether statements in a patent specification are admissions of common general knowledge for assessing obviousness: Insta Image Pty Ltd v KD Kanopy Australasia Pty Ltd: (Mallesons Stephen Jaques),

Federal Court overturns Trade Marks Office decision that suspended three pending opposition proceedings in relation to applications for shades of purple: Cadbury UK Ltd v Registrar of Trade Marks: (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog),

IP securities down under – 15 August deadline for comments on Personal Property Securities Bill 2008: (IP finance)


Keywords and sponsored links: Austria ask the ECJ: Case C-278/08 Die BergSpechte Outdoor Reisen und Alpinschule Edi Koblmüller GmbH v Günter Guni and Reisen GmbH: (Class 46)


eBay wins ruling against L’Oreal in dispute over liability for counterfeit goods sold in online auctions: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Counterfeit Chic), (IPKat), (Class 46), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica)


Brazil’s success in branding agri-products cited in BrandChannel: (IP tango)


Analysis of copyright battle over Hockey Night in Canada theme song: (The Tea Makers)

Applicant deemed not a ‘person interested’ under Trademarks Act: Fairmont Resort Properties v Fairmont Hotel Management: (Canadian Trademark Blog),

YouTube user privacy caught in crossfire in copyright battle between Viacom and Google: (,

Louis Vuitton wins largest ever damages award in Canadian trade mark counterfeiting case against Wynnie Lee Fashion: (Managing Intellectual Property),

Times-Colonist editorial on ACTA negotiation secrecy: (Michael Geist),

61 reforms to C-61: (Day 35: TPMs – Unnecessary coverage of circumvention devices – Michael Geist), (Day 36: TPMs – No identification for authorised circumventers – Michael Geist), (Day 37: TPMs – No requirement to unlock for exceptions – Michael Geist), (Day 38: TPMs – No DRM regulatory authority – Michael Geist), (Day 39: TPMs – No DRM labelling requirement – Michael Geist),

Bell’s expandable PVR and C-61: (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist),

Meeting with Liberal MP Bob Rae on C-61: (Michael Geist),

Langley Times features op ed on C-61: (Michael Geist),


IP in Chile: a handy summary: (IP tango)


Xiamen cyberpolice steal logo Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?: (IP Dragon),

B&Q finally wins its well-known trade mark litigation against Zhoushan Bai An Ju Trading Co: (Rouse & Co International),

30% increase in software copyright registration in first half of 2008: (Rouse & Co International),

Chinese environmental firm CEPT notches up patent victory against Japan Fujikasui Engineering and Huayang Engineering: (Rouse & Co International),

Blueblood (Shanghai) Wine sued over ‘copied’ whisky by Diageo: (Rouse & Co International),

49 ‘grass-roots’ courts approved to hear IPR civil cases: (Rouse & Co International),

Separate trade mark registration process for China, Macau and Hong Kong: (China Law Blog),

Copyright as Olympic censorship tool: (Excess Copyright), (Techdirt),

Olympic Committee takedown shows risks of ill-timed take-downs: (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

China faces Olympics ambush marketing challenge: (Managing Intellectual Property),

New patent law in 2009: (Hal Wegner),

China world patent filing leader at nearly 700,000 applications pa: (Hal Wegner),


Maple leaf trade mark case American Clothing Associates v OHIM heads for ECJ: (Class 46),

Owner of Camel figurative mark Japan Tobacco appeals to ECJ against decision of CFI in Case T-128/06 Japan Tobacco v OHIM, Torrefacção Camelo: (Class 46),

European Economic and Social Committee opinion on Geographical Indications (GIs) and designations: where next?: (Class 46),

24th Universal Postal Congress discusses issue of counterfeit and pirated goods sent through the post: (IPKat),

MARQUES intellectual asset toolkit: (IP finance)

OHIM Board of Appeal cancels five World Cup 2006 CTMs: (Class 46), (IPKat)


Extension of UK registered rights in Gambia: (Afro-IP)


Winter salami Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) applied for: (Class 46)


Celebrating Independence Day: freedom from trade protection?: (Spicy IP),

Supreme Court delivers judgment in case under Designs Act: Bharat Glass Tubes Ltd v Gopal Glass Works Ltd: (Spicy IP),

Indian government joins litigation over ‘Ponni’ trade mark in Malaysia: (Spicy IP),

Fashion and the IPR FFIt: (Spicy IP),

Another milestone achieved by FICCI-DIPP Consultative Working Group – pre-grant opposition process streamlined: (Patent Circle)


Ryanair cancels aggregator-booked tickets in screen scraping case against Bravofly: (Out-Law),

Written grounds and Irish Patent Office decisions: (Class 46)


Italian ISPs attempt to block Pirate Bay: (Out-Law), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt)


Damages allowable in Japanese patent infringement lawsuits: (Philip Brooks)


Kenyan camel milk brand wins US FDA approval: (Afro-IP)

New Zealand

Requesting patent foreign filing permits – section 25(5) by email: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

New Patents Bill tightens up patents process: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law)


Fried caraway cheese heads for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status: (Class 46)

South Africa
Assistance required on law concerning biotech inventions in South Africa: (Afro-IP),
inVenFin venture: seed capital: (Afro-IP)

‘Gifted by Nature’ logo to be revived as way of promoting Ugandan products under common mark: (Afro-IP)

United Kingdom

UK ISP set to pay labels for songs shared via P2P: (Ars Technica),

Bookies lose turf TV war: Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services Ltd & Ors v Amalgamated Racing Ltd & Ors: (IPKat),

Trade Marks (Fees) Rules 2008 come into force 1 October 2008: (Class 46),

Court finds no likelihood of confusion in Whirlpool v Kenwood 3D trade mark dispute regarding the shape of kitchen mixers: (IPKat),

Star Wars case clarifies enforceability of ‘multiple damages’: (IP finance),

UK government seeks Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Cumberland sausage: (IPKat),

Government to increase online copyright penalty tenfold: (Out-Law), (Techdirt)

United States

US General

Involved in contentious IP litigation? Rocky relationship between Internet Services and its lawyers Keker & Van Nest (The IP ADR Blog), (The Prior Art)

Franchisee bankruptcy in the US: (IP finance),

Settle your IP dispute in a hot tub: (The IP ADR Blog),

USPTO to release enhanced version of its web-based patent application and document submission system 17 August: (,

ABA IP Section supports extending IP protection to fashion design: (Counterfeit Chic),

IP Scholars Conference 2008 notes: (Copyright and technology, and IP – 43(B)log), (IP and creativity – 43(B)log), (IP and government, with YouTube detour – 43(B)log), (Copyright/First Amendment and trade marks/reputation – 43(B)log), (Trade secrets, counterfeits, false advertising – 43(B)log), (Closing plenary – 43(B)log),

California Supreme Court strikes down non-compete clauses: Raymond Edwards II v Arthur Andersen: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),

‘Portrait gallery’ exhibit opens at USPTO Museum: (Daily Dose of IP)


US Patent Reform

Patent reform crawling back in 2008? Lemley proposal for damages may provide answers: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

President Bush signs into law a S 3295 to patch constitutional flaw in patent judge appoints but experts debate whether fix will work; Translogic case – petitioner argues legislation is further reason why Court should review the case: (Law360), (Hal Wegner), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector),

Is the USPTO trying to put itself in a better light on appeal?: Tafas v Dudas: (Patent Baristas),

Enjoined rule will not be applied retroactively… if PTO prevails in Tafas v Dudas: (Patent Docs), (IP Spotlight), (Managing Intellectual Property),

Senate patent reform legislation – one old bill and one new bill: (Patent Docs), (Patent Prospector),

The effect of the Patent Reform Act on inequitable conduct: (Ezine @rticles)


US Patents

USPTO announces revision to patent fees: (Patent Docs),

Serendipity and patentability: (Patently-O),

What a patent agent can or can’t do (beyond standard prosecution): (The Invent Blog),

Third party submission of information during patent prosecution: (Ezine @rticles),

PTO limits scope of patent agent representation: Changes to representation of others before the USPTO (final rule): (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector), (Hal Wegner), (Patently-O), (Patent Prospector), (Anticipate This!), (IP Updates),

Q Todd Dickinson named AIPLA Executive Director; popular move for all segments of patent community: (Hal Wegner),

A hint at the effects of MedImmune: (Patent Baristas),

USPTO favouritism and NTP patent lawsuits: (Patent Prospector),

Discussion of WSJ article ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ on patent scene: (Patent Prospector),

War stories: Fonality CEO tells of battle with a patent troll: (The Prior Art),

Response to WSJ online article ‘What business owners should know about patenting’ covering interview with James McDonough: (IP Asset Maximizer Blog), (Patent Prospector),

‘The most important part of the process’ discussion of anonymous comment on patent searching: (just n examiner),

New PTO leadership or Peterlin déjà vu?: (Hal Wegner),


US Copyright

MyArtSpace Q&A on orphan works: (Public Knowledge),

William Patry to restore old blog posts: (Patry Copyright Blog)

Hearing: Compulsory license for making and distributing phonorecords, including digital phonorecord deliveries: (Public Knowledge),

Universities quietly fighting back against RIAA tactics: (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Techdirt),

Another reason Cablevision is important: paving the way for more remote media: (Public Knowledge),

Blatant sampling and DJ Girl Talk: (IPKat),

EFF’s Dany O’Brien on copying and attribution in a digital age: (, (Public Knowledge), (Techdirt)


US Trademarks

JA Apparel v Abboud – when a name is more than just a name: (Ezine @rticles)


US – Companies / Entities

Abbott Laboratories – Federal jury finds last of four patents Abbott asserted against Becton Dickinson and Nova Biomedical invalid in dispute over blood glucose monitoring technology: (Law360),

Advanced Medical Optics – Inventorship disputes – six-year laches presumption applies despite intermediate re-examination: Dr Serdarevic v Advanced Medical Optics: (Patently-O),

Alfredo International – TTAB affirms mere descriptiveness refusal of ‘ITALIAN SUSHI’: In re Alfredo International Inc (non-precedential): (TTABlog),

Aloft – Aloft voluntarily dismisses two additional companies from its patent suit over weather monitoring systems: (Law360),

Asylum Research Corp – Nanotechnology companies Asylum and Veeco agree to settle all pending claims in dispute relating to atomic force: (Law360), (The IP ADR Blog),

Biomedical Patent Management – Supreme Court may soon consider sovereign immunity in patent suit Biomedical Patent Management Corp v California Department of Health Services: (Intellectual Property Law Blog),

Boeing – FirePass files lawsuit against Boeing alleging infringement of four patents dealing with fire prevention and suppression: (Law360),

Boston Scientific – Boston Scientific files lawsuit against Medtronic alleging infringement of 10 patents relating to endovascular stent grafts: (Law360),

Boston Scientific – Boston Scientific files suit seeking to declare W Henry Wall’s cardiovascular stent patent invalid: (Law360),

Boston Scientific – Medtronic sues Boston Scientific, Abbott alleging infringement of drug-eluting stent patent: (Law360),

Boston Scientific – Patent infringement damages award to Medtronic cut by $63.91M: Medtronic v Boston Scientific: (,

Boston Scientific – Thermal Scalpel files lawsuit accusing Medtronic, Boston Scientific and 10 others of infringing patent covering surgical cutting tool that cauterises: (Law360),

Candela – Texas court issues Markman ruling in Candela’s suit against Palomar: (Philip Brooks),

Chevron – Chevron to pay $48M to consumers in class action alleging its subsidiary Unocal abused patents to gain illegal monopoly over state-mandates formula for less-polluting gas: (Law360),

Chicago Board Options Exchange – Judge denies CBOE’s bid to compel lawyers for International Securities Exchange to reveal their opinions regarding alleged infringement of patent-at-issue: (Law360),

Chrysler – TTAB finds RAMBLER mark abandoned for automobiles but Chrysler successfully established trade mark rights in the mark for collateral goods earlier than filing date of Mr Pimpo’s application: Chrysler v Pimpo: (Property, intangible), (TTABlog),

Datallegro – Cary Jardin files lawsuit against Datallegro alleging infringement of database architecture patent: (Law360),

Deep Nines – No literal infringement but infringement, inducement and contributory infringement, all under doctrine of equivalents; damages set at $18M: Deep Nines v McAfee: (,

Dell – USPTO stalls Dell bid to trade mark ‘cloud computing’: (Law360),

Digital Security Systems – Acacia subsidiary DSS files lawsuit against 18 electronic giants including Samsung and Sharp over alleged infringement of patented technology in Blu-Ray Disc players: (Law360), (Patent Prospector), (Innovationpartners),

eBay – Tiffany appeals decision that eBay not liable for counterfeit product sold on the auction site: (Techdirt), (Out-Law), (Counterfeit Chic), (Law360),

EMI – New York Supreme Court denies Yoko Ono an injunction to stop distribution of documentary ‘Expelled’ that uses a clip of Lennon’s ‘Imagine’: (Lessig),

Experience Hendrix – Maker of HENDRIX ELECTRIC vodka infringes three JIMI HENDRIX trade marks: Experience Hendrix v Electric Hendrix: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Forest Group – False marking, not false advertising: Forest Group v Bon Tool: (43(B)log),

Frenkel, Richard – Google subpoenaed to help uncover facts in defamation case brought by Eric Albritton against Richard Frenkel (aka Patent Troll Tracker): (Patently-O)

Fujitsu – Federal judge dismisses KLA-Tencor’s bid to invalidate method patent asserted by Fujitsu against Nanya Technology, ruling no controversy exists between KLA and Fujitsu: (Law360),

Gibson Guitar – Gibson ‘s patent suit against Wal-Mart Stores over ‘Guitar Hero’ video games stayed pending outcome of similar case in California and reexam of patent: (Law360),

Global Patent Holdings – BMC/Miniauction decisions sinks Global Patent Holdings join infringement claim: Global Patent Holdings v Panthers DRHC: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

Google – GraphOn sues Google alleging infringement of online listing service patents: (Law360),

Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead publisher prevents novelist from quoting lyrics: (Techdirt),

HBP – DAYTONA trade mark licensee denied second bite at TTAB apple: HBP v Becker Designs (not precedential): (TTABlog),

Healthcare Management Systems – Code writer Joel Goldman settles copyright case against HMS for more than $3M: (Law360),

Holm, Brett – SPICE SHOT merely descriptive of ammunition says TTAB: In re Holm (not precedential): (TTABlog),

Hysitron – Minnesota court says adword / keyword advertising is trade mark use in commerce: Hysitron v MTS: (Technology & Marketing Law Blog),

Jacobsen, Robert – CAFC holds that copying free software without complying with license is copyright infringement: Robert Jacobsen v Matthew Katzer: (IP Thinktank), (Ars Technica), (Lessig), (, (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (ISinIP), (Hal Wegner), (Law360), (Law360), (IPKat), (Techdirt), (Public Knowledge), (Patently-O),

Jones Day – Jones Day files trade mark infringement suit against after the site allegedly posted links to Jones Day’s website and pictures of its associates: (Law360), (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Mattel – Bratz mandamus denied: (Property, intangible),

Micron Technology – Powercip Semiconductor files amended intervenor complaint seeking to invalidate 11 DRAM patents in battle between Mosaid and Micron: (Law360)

Microsoft – No disclosure required of post-filing test results; Judge reassignment ordered: Research Corp Technology v Microsoft Corp: (IP Updates),

Morgan Lewis & Bockius – Morgan Lewis seeks dismissal of lawsuit accusing the firm and one of its partners of mishandling a Landmark Screens patent application that was eventually denied: (Law360),

Nintendo – Nintendo appeals $21M judgment that its GameCube and Wii controller infringes Anascape’s patent: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Penguin – Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reverses ruling vesting in John Steinbeck’s heirs publishing rights to Steinbeck’s early works: (IPKat), (Law360), (Property, intangible),

Pro Bono Institute – TTAB affirms genericness refusal of CORPORATE PRO BONO for support services entities providing charitable legal services: In re Pro Bono Institute (not precedential): (TTABlog),

Radio Shack – Technology Licensing Co sues DVD manufacturers Initial Technology, jWIN Electronics and Radio Shack for alleged infringement of patent for DVD technology allowing smooth transition between scenes: (Law360),

Rambus – Hynix asks court to throw out portions of Rambus’ final infringement contentions in DRAM patent spat, accusing Rambus of attempting to add new type of Hynix product: (Law360),

RIAA – Teenager Whitney Harper gets damages reduced in response to ‘innocent infringment’ claim: (Out-Law), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt), (Law360)

SanDisk – SanDisk asks federal judge to dismiss counterclaims by STMicroelectronics that SanDisk fraudulently procured the patents it accused STM of infringing: (Law360),

Silicon Graphics – All instances of materiality should be argued for inequitable conduct: Silicon Graphics v ATI Technologies: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

SiRF – ITC judge affirms SiRF’s infringement of Broadcom’s GPS patents: (Philip Brooks), (Law360),

Starbucks – Court holds that MISTER CHARBUCKS trade mark for coffee products sold over the internet, via mail order, and in retail stores is not likely to dilute STARBUCKS trade mark belonging to famous retail coffee chain: Starbucks Corp v Wolfe’s Borough Coffee: (Law360),

Sugarland – Lawsuit alleges joint trade mark ownership indicates Sugarland band’s partnership: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Symantec – Trace-Wilco files patent infringement suit against Symantec over network obscenity filter: (Law360),

Toyota – Conrad O Gardner continues to target Toyota in patent infringement suit over Prius and other hybrid vehicles: (Law360),

Toyota – Toyota settles copyright and trade mark infringement claims files by graffiti artist Eric ‘Haze’ Liebert over Toyota’s use of his artwork in car advertisements: (Law360),

Universal Music – Allman Brothers Band sues Universal Music for allegedly not paying royalties owed for iTunes downloads: (Techdirt),

University of Southern California: University of California bests University of Southern Carolina in TTAB 2(d) confusion bowl (non-precedential): (TTABlog), (Law360),

Wacoh – Wacoh files patent infringement suit against GM, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, Honda, Mazda and Suzuki: (Patent Prospector),

Wang – Court dismisses claims over Wang’s application: Saint Gobain v Wang: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Warner Music – Warner threatens to refuse to license music to for video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Star if it doesn’t get the higher royalties it seeks: (IP finance),

West Corp – TTAB affirms genericness refusal of CONFERENCECALL.COM for audio and video conferencing: In re West Corp (not precedential): (TTABlog),

Whalen – BPAI precedential opinion: Examiners must provide ‘reasoned, fact-based’ evidence for prior art rejections: Ex Parte Whalen II: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector),

Wi-LAN – RIM pays off Wi-LAN to get rid of another patent suit: (Techdirt), (Law360),

Yahoo – Federal judge refuses to release Yahoo from patent infringement suit brought by PA Advisors over internet search software: (Law360)


Regional post graduate IP program launched in Zimbabwe: (WIPO)

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