IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 2 May 2008

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Highlights this week included:


Global – General

Global – Trade Marks / Domain Names / Brands

  • How logos, shapes and colours are remembered: (Class 46),
  • Now obsolete .su (Soviet Union) domains still going strong…?: (Class 46),
  • ICANN on cost to end domain tasting: (Class 46),
  • ICANN can’t – but can you?: (IP ThinkTank),
  • WIPO: T-Mobile, T-online domain names to be transferred to Deutsche Telekom: (Class 46),
  • UK, Germany and US top Taylor Wessing’s first IP index: (Managing Intellectual Property)

Global – Patents

  • Leveraging IP to finance early-stage technology: (first part – IP finance), (second part – IP finance),
  • WTO members support new disclosure requirements for patent applications relating to genetic resources and traditional knowledge: (Afro-IP),
  • Types of patent searches: (ipmINDs),
  • WIPO ‘Report on the international patent system’: (KEI),
  • Collaboration for invention: (Dilanchian),
  • Voting ends at ISO on whether to create new project committee for patent valuation: (IP finance)

Global – Copyright

  • Paul Heald on the nonexistent tragedy of the intellectual commons: (43(B)log),
  • Negotiating IP deals – Ray Charles’ story: (Dilanchian),
  • Game piracy: (Bruce On Games)


  • IAM ‘IP business congress’ – 25-26 June, Amsterdam: (IP finance),
  • Second Transatlantic IP summer academy – 7-18 July, Milan and Alicante: (ipsummeracedemy.eu),
  • Intellectual asset management of high tech industries conference – 1-2 July, Paris (Ben Goodger will be speaking on Chinese market): (Rouse & Co International),
  • EU: EC 2008 High level conference on counterfeiting and piracy – 13 May, Brussels: (IPR-Helpdesk),
  • US: PLI ‘Prior art and obviousness 2008’conference – 1 July, New York: (Patent Docs),
  • US: PLI ‘Fundamentals of patent prosecution 2008’ conference – 18-20 June, New York: (Patent Docs),
  • US: PLI ‘Advanced patent licensing 2008’ conference – 28 May, New York & 11 June, San Francisco: (Patent Docs),
  • US CAFC ‘The Federal Circuit: a National Court of Appeals: addressing new challenges’ – 15 May, Washington: (Patent Docs),
  • US: Worldwide Business Research ‘PharmaBiotech IP Summit’ – 28-30 May, Philadelphia: (Patent Docs), (Orange Book Blog),
  • US: ‘BIO international convention’ – 17 June, San Diego: (Patent Docs),
  • US: LSI ‘Multilateral patents’ – 23 June, San Francisco: (Patent Docs),
  • US: Webinar on current developments in patents featuring US Patent Commissioner – 13 May: (Patent Baristas)

Pharma & Biotech

Pharma & Biotech – General

  • Question for the week: How can the IP system stimulate innovation on treatment for neglected diseases?: (Intellectual Property Watch),
  • Open licensing vs monopoly controlled supply: (KEI),
  • Protecting inventions involving biofuel feedstock: (IP Law360),
  • Brazil: ‘Public interest’ factor in Brazil’s patenting system: (Spicy IP),
  • EU: Regulation (EC) 1394/2007 on advanced medicinal products to enter into force soon, creating certification procedure regarding quality and non-clinical data: (Catch Us If You Can!!!),
  • India: Mint story on patent loophole in India regarding the importation of generics: (Spicy IP),
  • India: WHO lambasts Indian drug regulatory system: (Spicy IP),
  • India: Minister to ensure that reduced excise duty to reflect in drug prices: (Spicy IP),
  • India: SCC journal article ‘Intellectual property rights and the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry’: (Spicy IP),
  • Poland: Trade marks for medicines: (Class 46),
  • US: IPO publishes letter in opposition to proposed rule changes to biological deposits: (Patent Docs),
  • US: Are biotech companies stymied in dealing with universities?: (Patent Baristas),
  • US: How to avoid a permanent injunction: the lessons of Amgen v Hoffman-LaRoche: (Patent Docs),
  • US: Jarvik Heart’s PTE request based on PMA shell/module submission dates flatlines; ruling on initiation of PTE ‘review period’ mirrors FDA policy for ‘fast track’ products: (FDA Law Blog)

Pharma & Biotech – Products

  • Kytril (Granisetron) – Exclusivity ‘parking’ still possible under Teva ruling: (IP Law360),
  • Lantus (Insulin glargine) – Aventis launches insulin drug Lantus in India: (Spicy IP),
  • Lexapro (Escitalopram) – Australia: The patentability of enantiomers: Alphapharm Pty Ltd v H Lundbeck A/S: (IPRoo), (IP Down Under),
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin) – USPTO to confirm patentability of Lipitor basic patent: (SmartBrief), (IP Law360), (GenericsWeb), (TherapeuticsDaily),
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin) – USPTO refuses again to reissue one of Pfizer’s Lipitor patents: (IP Law360),
  • Omnicef (Cefdinir): Looking a gift horse in the mouth – why would a company refuse a patent term extension?: Lupin v Abbott Labs: (FDA Law Blog),
  • Plavix (Clopidogrel) – US: Apotex sues FDA to recover 180-day exclusivity on generic Plavix: (Orange Book Blog),
  • Plavix (Clopidogrel) – US: Former Bristol-Myers Squibb executive charged over lying about Plavix deal struck with rival Apotex: (Managing Intellectual Property),
  • Risperdal (Resperidone) – US: Apotex files motion to intervene in relisting of Risperdal patent case; Teva quickly files opposition: Teva Pharma USA v Leavitt: (FDA Law Blog),
  • Rythmol (Propafenone) – US: Court rules Frommer can defend Par Pharmaceuticals in Rythmol patent suit despite their earlier work with Reliant Pharmaceuticals to acquire the disputed patent: (IP Law360),
  • Solodyn (Minocycline) – US District Court dismisses Impa&xrsquo;s declaratory judgment complaint in ANDA case against Medicis: (Orange Book Blog),
  • Tarceva (Erlotinib) – Delhi High Court restrains CIPLA from exporting generic Erlotinib to any country where Roche has a patent for the drug, only Cipla may manufacture generic Erlotinib: (Spicy IP),
  • Tarceva (Erlotinib) – Roche v CIPLA: UK rejects Roche’s Tarceva as too expensive!: (Spicy IP),
  • Ultracet (Tramadol) – Barr and Caraco win summary judgment that Ortho-McNeil’s formulation patent on Ultracet is invalid: (Orange Book Blog),
  • Xopenex (Levosalbutamol) – US: Sepracor, Breath settle Xopenex patent fight: (IP Law360), (GenericsWeb),


  • African copyright & access to knowledge (ACA2K) project launched: (Michael Geist), (Afro-IP),
  • Seven reasons why Prof Odek should be the next WIPO DG: (Afro-IP),
  • Angola: The possible extortionate cost of trade mark filings: (Afro-IP),
  • Ghana: ‘If symptoms persist’ anti fake film launched in Ghana: (Afro-IP),
  • Kenya: Is Kenya becoming a ‘Barbary Coast’ for book pirates?: (IP Kenya),
  • Kenya: China blames Kenya for buying its fakes: (Afro-IP),
  • South Africa: Microsoft settles with 21 infringing retailers: (Afro-IP),
  • South Africa: Piracy stats unacceptably high, despite improvements: (Afro-IP)



  • Duty to invent? Landmark IP implications for universities: University of Western Australia v Gray: (IPRoo), (Managing Intellectual Property), (The Age),
  • Domain name transfer made easier: (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog),
  • Quantum of obviousness in Australian patent laws – C Lawson: (IP Down Under),
  • Separating Sony sheep from Grokster (and Kazaa) goats: Reckoning future business plans of copyright dependent technology entrepreneurs – JC Ginsburg and S Ricketson: (IP Down Under),
  • The trouble with legislating exclusions from the concept of invention – D Brennan: (IP Down Under),
  • IP Australia – TM Office – Change of practice and procedure notice in relation to provisional refusals and limitations of International registrations designating Australia: (IPRoo),
  • Inventive step –commercial success: ITW AFC Pty Ltd v Loi and Tran Pty Ltd: (IPRoo),
  • New patent database launched by federal government and IP Australia features almost 20 years’ worth of patent application records: (ZDNet Australia), (IPBiz),
  • Guitarist Lindsay McDougall claims he was tricked in appearing in anti-piracy video: (Techdirt)


  • Commodore trade mark: quo vadis? – Owner of legendary trade mark declared bankrupt: (Class 46)



  • Napier receives shareholder approval for sale of IP outside North America to Freeworld: (Afro-IP), (IP finance),
  • US Ambassador to Canada confirms copyright discussions at SPP: (Michael Geist),
  • US Trade Representative Special 301 Report: Canada on lower level watch list: (Michael Geist),
  • Public policy forum disinvites Howard Knopf from IP symposium: (Michael Geist), (Techdirt),
  • Canadian Copyright Bill likely in next six weeks: (Michael Geist),
  • Lawyer Weekly article by Tawfik on history of Canadian copyright law: (Michael Geist),
  • Canadian documentary film makers lament rights costs: (Michael Geist),
  • Canadian Federation of Students on copyright reform: (Michael Geist),
  • Copyright myths: (Michael Geist), (response from Ars Technica),
  • Copyright law: Two to watch (Tory government of Ottawa tabling of revised copyright bill and QuebecTorrent filesharing case): (ipblog.ca),
  • Who speaks for the Liberals on copyright?: (Michael Geist),
  • Copyright conferences and balance: (Michael Geist)



  •  Croatia IP Office no longer issuing filing certificates for trade mark and design applications: (Class 46)


  • Louis Vuitton alleges trade mark and copyright infringement over Vuitton-style handbag depicted in artwork for Darfur fundraiser: (Techdirt), (Counterfeit Chic),
  • Notes on the Danish IP Spring Conference: (Innovationpartners)


  • Ocean Tomo opens second Europe IP auction: (Afro-IP),
  • EU community patent: machine translations ante portas?: (BLOG@IP::JUR),
  • Maxwell & Sweet article on coexistence agreements and the Omega case: (Class 46),
  • Tchibo brand – an assessment: (Class 46),
  • London Agreement enters into force 1 May: (IAM), (IPKat),
  • European Data Protection Supervisor policy paper on contribution to EU research and technology: (IPR-Helpdesk),
  • EU Commissioner wants copyright extension to pay session musicians: (Out-Law),
  • European Commission makes proposals to fill research gaps: (Managing Intellectual Property),
  • EPO places oral proceedings calendar online: (Daily Dose of IP), (Innovationpartners),
  • CFI decision in dispute over ‘Sonia’ marks: Sonia Rykiel Création et Diffusion de Modeles v OHIM, Cuadrado SA: (IPKat)


  • German Federal Centre of Political Education lauds IP as ‘oil of the 21st century’: (IP finance)


  • Residents of Greek island of Lesbos seek to bar gay women from using the term ‘lesbian’: (IP ADR Blog), (Class 46)


  • Indian IP: the transition from Saraswati to Lakshmi: (Spicy IP),
  • Indian filmmaker complains about American piracy: (Spicy IP),
  • Patents granted in China, Russia and Singapore for railway anti-collision device: (Spicy IP), (ipmINDs),
  • National Knowledge Commission Vice Chairman: Bayh Dole Bill was shrouded in secrecy: (Spicy IP),
  • US Trade Representative Special 301 Report: India continues to be on US priority watch list: (Spicy IP),
  • ‘Mazaa’ trade mark trouble for Coca-Cola: (Spicy IP),
  • Contextualising the patent regime: (Spicy IP),
  • Court settles mischief of trade mark trafficking: Marc Enterprises Pvt Ltd v Five Star Electricals (India): (International Law Office)



  • New domain name ADR mechanism for the Netherlands: (Class 46),
  • District Court of The Hague finds infringement of ‘Boerengolf’ trade mark for a form of golf: (Class 46)




  • New York Times article on action brought against biscuit makers in Champagne, Switzerland, whose products have been sold as ‘de Champagne’ since 1930: (Class 46),
  • Internet start-up Zattoo.com rebroadcasting UK television from Switzerland without stations’ permission: (Out-Law)


United Kingdom

  • UKIPO accepts MyGP trade mark application for medical services: (IPKat),
  • High Court hands down decision in dispute over competitors marks containing the word Sabatier: Rousselon Freres et Cie v Horwood Homewares Ltd: (IPKat),
  • Over next three years UK Technology Strategy Board will have £1 billion to spend on accelerating business innovation: (IP finance),
  • Apple threatens legal action against 11 UK e-tailers unless they stop selling iPods imported from outside UK: (Out-Law),
  • UKIPO considers the Symbian effect: (IPKat),
  • House of Lords propose criminalization of intentional or reckless disclosure of personal information: (Out-Law),
  • Free speech trumps privacy, but only just, in Mosley case: (IPKat),
  • Now academics can copy with a good conscience – ‘Joint guidelines on copyright and academic research’: (IPKat),
  • Nominet rules that myspace.co.uk domain does not need to be transferred to MySpace Inc, owners of myspace.com social networking site: (IPKat),
  • Critics brand Phorm a regulatory rogue, saying its targeted advertising program will bend and break law: (Out-Law)

United States

US General

US Patent Reform

US Patents

US Copyright

  • New Orphaned Works Act would limit copyright liability: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),
  • Is copyright law killing the documentary?: (Techdirt),
  • University of Florida professor admits plagiarism: (IPBiz),
  • House Judiciary Committee approval of Pro-IP Bill: (Public Knowledge), (Ars Technica), (IP Law360), (Techdirt),
  • Discussion notes: ‘Who owns this image?: Art, access and the public domain after Bridgeman v Corel’: (43(B)log), (43(B)log),
  • Progress and Freedom Foundation’s Thomas Sydor attacks Lessig’s book ‘Free culture’ linking narrowed copyright to Soviet dictatorship: (Ars Technica), (Lessig),
  • Is non-extraterritoriality a question of subject matter jurisdiction?: (Patry Copyright Blog),
  • Accused plagiarist Pukas gets reprimand: (IPBiz)

US Trademarks

  • USPTO updates Trademark Electronic Search System: (Daily Dose of IP),
  • NY Times article on brand values in economic downturn: (43(B)log)

US – Companies / Entities

  • Al Minor & Assoc – memorizing information, including specifically client lists, constitutes trade secret misappropriation: Al Minor & Assoc, Inc v Martin: (Intellectual Property Law Blog), (Patently-O),
  • Apple – Apple’s rise in sales accompanied by increase in patent infringement lawsuits: (Philip Brooks),
  • Apple – Henry Milan files patent suit against Apple over iPod connector: (IP Law360),
  • Barbie – Barbie, Bratz copyright dispute far from over: (IP Law360),
  • Baxter – Baxter brings another patent suit against Fresenius over dialysis machine: (IP Law360),
  • Bilski – En banc oral arguments, including amici arguments, for Ex parte Bilski to be held 8 May: (Patently-O), (IP Law360),
  • College Entrance Examination Board – CEEB and Karen Dillard’s College Prep LP settle copyright suit over SAT exam: (IP Law360),
  • Dorman – Federal-Mogul sues Dorman over automotive patent: (IP Law360),
  • Durotech – Durotech counterclaims dismisses in patent dispute with GED Integrated Solutions: (IP Law360),
  • eBay – VoIP company Net2Phone accuses eBay of patent infringement two months after eBay sued Net2Phone for patent infringement: (IP Law360),
  • Edge Specialists – Edge Specialists and Edge Capture launch patent suit against Lehman Brothers over trading technology: (IP Law360),
  • Genender – Federal Circuit controls patent DJ jurisdiction: Genender Int’l, Inc v Skagen Designs, Ltd: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),
  • Green Bay Packers – Long running patent case against Green Bay Packers, OfficeMax and other stayed again while USPTO conducts second reexamination of patent in question: Global Patent Holdings LLC v Green Bay Packers: (IP Law360), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Techdirt),
  • Kodak – Kodak won’t get damages in patent dispute with Agfa, despite  infringement: (IP Law360),
  • Litecubes – Territorial limits of copyright and patent infringement via sale: Litecubes v Northern Light Productions: (Patently-O), (Patent Prospector), (Hal Wegner),
  • Mass Engineered – Mass Engineered adds defendants, Bretford and CSAV, in patent infringement suit over multiscreen display units: (IP Law360),
  • McDonalds – McDonalds opposes US application to register McSweet as trade mark for pickled garnishes: (IPKat),
  • Medtronics – Spectranetics, Medtronic drop catheter patent suit: (IP Law360),
  • Mesa – Mesa Air Group and Hawaiian Airlines settle trade secrets case for $52.5 million: (IP Law360),
  • N-Data – AAI, others support FTC action against N-Data: (IP Law360),
  • National Products – Subject matter jurisdiction – Court ‘traverse[s] uncharted territory between Supreme Court’s decision in Medimmune v Genentech and Federal Circuit’s decision in Monsanto Co v Bayer Bioscience’: National Products v Gamber-Johnson: (Washington State Patent Law Blog),
  • Ono – Yoko Ono sues makers of documentary ‘Expelled’ for unauthorized use of John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’: (Techdirt),
  • Orion Bancorp of Florida – Orion Bancorp wins domain name of competitor Orion Residential Finance , and court order that if Orion Residential ever buys keyword advertising on the internet, it must pay for a ‘negative keyword’ that prevents the ads from appearing in conjunction with the word ‘orion’: (Ars Technica),
  • Pequignot – Washington DC patent attorney Matthew Pequignot files lawsuits against Solo Cup and Gillette and P&G alleging they falsely marked their products regarding patent status: (Patently-O),
  • Rambus – CAFC grants Rambus final victory in semiconductor patent dispute with Samsung: (IP Law360 ), (Patent Prospector), (Hal Wegner),
  • RIAA – Tanya Anderson drops racketeering charges against RIAA: (Techdirt),
  • RIAA – RIAA takes action against Project Playlist, a search engine that turns up third party music links: (Ars Technica),
  • RIAA – Court rejects RIAA ‘making available’ theory: Atlantic v Howell: (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt), (Patry Copyright Blog),
  • RIAA – Colleges and universities see significant increase in copyright infringement notices received from RIAA: (Ars Technica),
  • Rowling – JK Rowling and Warner Bros copyright infringement case against RDR Books over online Harry Potter lexicon – discussion and opinion: (Spicy IP),
  • SanDisk – SanDisk drops flash memory patent claims against Acer: (IP Law360),
  • Speas – CAFC rejects patent on invention to overcome second law of thermodynamics: In re Speas: (Patently-O),
  • T-Mobile – T-Mobile settles with Ronald A Katz over patents for interactive voice applications: (IP Law360),
  • Tyco – Court quashes Applied Medical Corp’s bid for new trial, upholding jury verdict of non-infringement in Tyco International’s favour: (IP Law360),
  • Unigen – Unigen launches patent infringement and false advertising suit against Perrigo over dietary supplements: (IP Law360),
  • Universal – Judge dismisses EEF’s DMCA-abuse lawsuit against Universal Music their action over video of baby dancing to Prince posted on YouTube: (Techdirt),
  • Universal – Universal argues that EEF suit against them over dancing toddler runs afoul of anti-SLAPP law: (Ars Technica),
  • Universal Studios – NBC reporter, Arthur Kent, sues makers of the film ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ for unauthorized use of copyright footage: (IP Law360),
  • University of Georgia – Court rejects individual professors’ claims of sovereign immunity in copyright case National Association of Boards of Pharmacy v Board of Regents of University System of Gerogia: (Patry Copyright Blog),
  • Whirlpool – LG Electronics files suit against Whirlpool Corp, claiming infringement of three patents covering refrigerator components; Whirlpool counterclaims infringement of its patents: (IP Law360), (IP Law360),
  • Whirlpool – Whirlpool sues De’Longhi over mixer shape trade mark: (IP Law360),
  • Wisconsin Cheese Group – TTAB decision: Delay defeats trade mark infringement claim: Wisconsin Cheese Croup v V & V Supremo Foods: (43(B)log),
  • Yahoo – District Court tells Yahoo, AOL, RealNetworks they owe millions in royalties to songwriters for online music streaming: (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (IP Law360),
  • Yahoo – Bascom Global Internet Service files patent suit against Yahoo, AOL over parental controls: (IP Law360)
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