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IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 4 July 2008

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Highlights this week included:

ICANN approves custom gTLDs: (Out-Law), (, (Intellectual Property Watch), (Managing Intellectual Property),

High-tech companies pool resources to fight trolls: (IAM), (Techdirt), (Patent Prospector), (Ars Technica), (Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property)

eBay fined €38.6M over counterfeit sales on their site: Vuitton Moët Hennessy v eBay: (Out-Law), (Counterfeit Chic), (IMPACT), (IP finance), (Class 46), (IPKat), (Managing Intellectual Property), (IP Law360)

Google ordered to produce to Viacom data on viewing habits of YouTube users; motion to compel production of Google’s source code denied: (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Viacom’s statement – Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt), (The Trademark Blog), (IP Law360), (Danny Weitzner)


Global – General

IP and the war for talent: (IP Thinktank),

IP Business Congress shows that chief IP officer role will only grow in importance over coming years: (IAM),

Why Brazil may decide against challenge to Gurry’s WIPO DG nomination: (IAM),

Member nations balk at World Customs Organisation IP enforcement push: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Summary text from World Customs Organisation Policy Commission 59th session available: (Intellectual Property Watch),

OECD talks convergence, creativity, confidence – answers welcome!: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Why compulsory licenses are bad: a look at the sausage making process: (Techdirt)

More on ACTA: (

Global – Trade Marks / Domain Names / Brands

Brand Finance 500: the annual report on the world’s most valuable brands: (IP finance),

Gretchen Olive’s ‘10 steps to an effective domain name policy’: (IPwar’s),

ICANN approves GNSO proposals imposing financial penalty on registrars who engage in excessive domain tasting: (Managing Intellectual Property),

ICANN approves custom gTLDs: (Out-Law), (, (Intellectual Property Watch), (Managing Intellectual Property),

INTA’s new online guide ‘Trademark Cancellations: International Practice and Procedure’: (Class 46),

Global – Patents

Inventive patent attorneys: (IP Thinktank),

Search for prior art using IEEE: (Philip Brooks),

WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE® service expands; PCT applications searchable in Japanese: (WIPO), (IPKat),

WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents agrees on future work in the area of patents: (WIPO), (KEI),

Inside views: Green IP Scheme: an innovation today for innovations tomorrow: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Patent portfolio strategy revisited – discussion of Brent Edwards’ article ‘Trolls attack innovation: Panic in corporate parks!’: (IP finance),

Allied Security Trust – High-tech companies pool resources to fight trolls: (IAM), (Techdirt), (Patent Prospector), (Ars Technica), (Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property)

Global – Copyright

On distinguishing between creative commons, the public domain, and all rights reserved – confusion in mainstream media: (,

Inside views: a new business model for the music industry explained: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Google book search adds copyright renewal data: (,

Gilberto Gil answers questions in copyright and creative commons in Democracy Now! interview: (IP tango)


7 July: PLI briefing webcast ‘Life after Quanta v LGE: What every patent lawyer needs to know’: (PLI),

7-15 July/16-18 July: 2nd Transatlantic IP summer academy, modules one and two – Alicante/Milan: (IPKat),

9 July 2008: ALI & ABA webcast ‘Quanta v LG: What you should know’: (Patent Docs),

11 July: CIPA moot to improve participants’ understanding of procedures of EPO Technical Boards of Appeal – London: (IPKat),

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

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: (IPKat),

24 September: 2008 INTA/WIPO international forum on trade marks and industrial designs – Brussels: (IPKat),

1-3 October: University of Helsinki ‘One right system for IP – vision impossible’ – Finland: (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),

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

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

Pharma & Biotech

Pharma & Biotech – General

Patent valuation and pharma: (IPEG),

Are compulsory patent licences the answer?: (Afro-IP),

WHO ‘World Health Statistics 2008’: (Spicy IP),

The Ranbaxy-Daiichi deal – an ‘Ardhanarishwar’ business model?: (Spicy IP),

Aspen pays £170M for IP rights to Eltroxin, Imuran, Lanoxin and Zyloric: (Afro-IP),

Year after settling global patent feud over smallpox vaccine, Barvarian Nordic sues Oxford BioMedica over patents related to same virus: (IP Law360),

Australia: Age reports former GSK executive’s victory in court action brought by GSK alleging he started a competing business using GSK’s confidential information: (IPwar’s),

Brazil: ANVISA to review Brazilian pharma patents – but is this lawful?: (IP tango),

China: Pfizer loses trade mark action against Jaingsu Lianhuan Pharmaceutical Co over 3D mark: (Rouse & Co International),

India: More patents for new forms issued to generics: (Patent Circle),

India: Gauri Kamath on drug ‘differential pricing’ in India: (Spicy IP),

Mexico: Revised health supplies regulations promise changes for generics: (International Law Office),

US: World drug pricing crisis: Congressmen criticise US Trade Representative over Special 301 Report: (Patent Docs),

US: CBO releases report on Senate Follow-on Biologics Bill; Bio calls for Congress to pass Biologics Bill in 2008: (Patent Docs),

US: Biotech/pharma lobbying scoreboard – Part II: (Patent Docs),

US: CPI issues report on biotech/pharma lobbying: (Patent Docs),

US: University of Pittsburgh obtains judgment correcting inventorship of patent directed to adipose-derived stem cells: University of Pittsburgh v Hedrick: (Patent Docs),

US: Docs at BIO 2008: Panel discusses IP strategies after KSR: (Patent Docs),

US: Advanced Biological Laboratories, AmeriPath settle infringement suit over HIV treatment selection patents: (IP Law360),

US: StemCells and Neuralstem battle over forum in stem cell patents suit: (IP Law360),

US: Doctors complain about increasing reliance on generics: (GenericsWeb),

Pharma & Biotech – Products

Accolate (Zafirlukast) – US: AstraZeneca file patent infringement suit to prevent Dr Reddy’s from manufacturing generic Accolate: (IP Law360),

Alimta (Pemetrexed) – US: Eli Lilly, Princeton University lodge second suit over Alimta: (IP Law360),

Artemisinin – Sanofi-Aventis gearing up for production of Artemisinin for treatment of malaria: (IP Kenya),

Azor (Amlodipine) – US: Daiichi files patent infringement suit against Matrix Laboratories over generic Azor ANDA: (Patent Circle),

Boniva (Ibandronic acid) – Roche voluntarily drops patent claims against Actavis Group subsidiaries over Boniva: (IP Law360),

Botox (Botulinum toxin) – UK: Allergan and Irish subsidiary successful in action against Ocean Healthcare for passing off and trade mark infringement through use of the word Botoina in respect of similar product: (Class 46),

Dovonex (Calcipotriol) – UK: Interim injunction against defendant’s distribution of psoriasis cream upheld in patent proceedings: Leo Pharma & Anor v Sandoz Ltd: (IPKat),

Effexor (Venlafaxine) – US: Wyeth files patent infringement suit against Biovail over ANDA for generic Effexor: (IP Law360),

Fosamax (Alendronate) – India: Cipla obtains patent for new form of Alendronate: (Patent Circle),

Lipitor (Atorvastatin) – Pfizer and Ranbaxy’s settlement of Lipitor patent litigation: what lies beneath?: (Part I – Patent Circle), (Part II – Patent Circle),

Mirapex (Pramipexole) – US: Delaware District Court invalidates Mirapex patent over nonstatutory double patenting in Boehringer Ingelheim’s case against Barr and Mylan: (Patent Prospector), (Orange Book Blog), (IP Law360),

Nebilet (Nebivolol) – UK: All but one of disputed claims of Merck’s Nebivolol patent ruled invalid; patent claims can’t be interpreted by analogy: Actavis UK v Janssen Pharmceutical: (IPKat),

Nevirapine – India: Patent Office rejects Boehringer Ingelheim patent application for Nevirapine: (Spicy IP), (Spicy IP),

Nexium (Esomeprazole) – India: Cipla obtains patent for new form of Esomeprazole: (Patent Circle),

Risperdal (Respiridone) – US: After court victory over FDA, Teva receives final approval of Respiridone ANDA and launches with 180-day exclusivity: (Orange Book Blog), (GenericsWeb),

Seroquel (Quetiapine) – US: Inequitable conduct claim dismissed in Sandoz and Teva’s bid to render AstraZeneca’s Seroquel patent unenforceable: (IP Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Strattera (Atomoxetine) – US: Eli Lilly drops Glenmark in $500M Strattera patent suit: (IP Law360),

Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) – China: Six people arrested for manufacturing and selling counterfeit Tamiflu: (Rouse & Co International),

Valcyte (Valganciclovir) – India: Cipla, Delhi Network of Positive People files post grant opposition against Roche’s Valcyte patent: (Spicy IP), (GenericsWeb),

Viread (Tenofovir) – India: Brazilian public health group files pre grant opposition to Gilead’s patent filing for Viread: (Spicy IP), (IP Law360), (GenericsWeb),

Zithromax (Azithromycin) – Kenya: Tribunal finds Pfizer’s Azithromycin patent infringed: Pfizer v Cosmos: (Afro-IP)


East Africa: Anti counterfeits campaign gets louder in East Africa: (Afro-IP),

Egypt approves commercialisation of GM-maize: (navigating the patent maze),

Kenya: Some consumer goods not bearing East African Standardisation may disappear from market: (IP Kenya),

Kenya: Endowment fund for research and innovation: (IP Kenya),

Nigeria’s published trade mark applications: whatever happened to the specs?: (Afro-IP),


Trade marks, constructive trusts and avoiding cheaper options: Edwards v Liquid Engineering: (IPRoo),

Lion Nathan successfully resists trade mark infringement application and has E & J Gallo’s trade mark removed for non-use: (Australian Trade Marks Law Blog), (Mallesons Stephen Jaques),

Court makes orders in IceTV; IceTV still providing Channel Nine program guides: (IPRoo), (,

Keep your drafts. Keep all your drafts (another ‘copyright in house plans’ case): Inform Designs and Construction Pty Ltd v Boutique Homes Melbourne Pty Ltd: (


Belgian court dismisses copyright infringement case brought by Copiepresse against EU news aggregator NewsExplorer and NewsBrief: (Out-Law), (Ars Technica), (IP Law360)


Branding Brazil: Plotting your trade mark strategy: (IP Law360)


Colombia regulates use of ® symbol: (IP tango)


CIRA’s backdoor access in new WHOIS policy: (Michael Geist),

Cory Doctorow calls for three strikes and you’re out policy for any company that sends out erroneous copyright notices: (Michael Geist),

International Music Score Library Project providing access to public domain works back online: (Michael Geist),

Bill C-61: Online copyright liability: (,

CNA expresses concern with press freedoms under C-61: (Michael Geist),

61 reforms to C-61: (Day 5: Time shifting provision subject to the broadcast flag – Michael Geist), (Day 6: Time shifting provisions excludes internet-only recording – Michael Geist), (Day 7: Time shifting provision prohibits network-based PVRs – Michael Geist), (Day 8: Time shifting provision’s time and copy limits – Michael Geist), (Day 9: Music shifting subject to anti-circumvention limitation – Michael Geist),

Mapping C-61 media coverage: (Michael Geist),

Controversy over Bill C-61: (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist), (Michael Geist)


Discover your invention in China or lose protection: (IP Dragon),

Patent quality in China: ‘You could patent a wheel’: (IP Dragon),

Adidas execs don’t acknowledge Chinese counterfeit problem: (IP Dragon),

Prof P Yu and Mr C Mok lecture on ‘Future of digital copyright protection in Hong Kong’: (IP Dragon),

Shiseido institutes trade mark infringement proceedings against Shidoas: (Rouse & Co International),

Music companies take action against Baidu: (Rouse & Co International),

State Council outlines Chinese national IPR strategy: (Rouse & Co International),

Infringer fined RMB 500,000 for selling counterfeit Levi’s jeans: (Rouse & Co International),

Infringer SINGER sewing machines seized by Customs and the Public Security Bureau: (Rouse & Co International), fined for copyright violation over offering illegal downloads of unauthorised movies: (Rouse & Co International),

Anti-circumvention: ‘We must find a way, or we will make one’: (Experience Not Logic)


WIPO announces Denmark’s ratification of Singapore Treaty but ‘until later decision, the Treaty will not be applied to the Faroe Islands or to Greenland’: (Class 46)


Estonian Board of Appeal finds Erdgas, Ergas similar, despite conceptual differences: (Class 46)


Community patent and single jurisdiction progress in peril: (IAM),

EC’s initiative to promote interoperability at expense of IP rights criticised by software industry: (Managing Intellectual Property),

EC prioritises CTM fee reduction to address needs of SMEs: (Managing Intellectual Property),

EPO Board of Appeal refuses to reinstate patent application following missed deadline for appealing against rejection: Case T 1465/07: (The IP Factor),

ECJ asked if football broadcasting barriers are legal in case between Football Association Premier League and QC Leisure and others: (Out-Law),

CFI dismisses Ashoka’s appeal over DREAM IT, DO IT! CTM application: Case T-186/07 Ashoka v OHIM: (Class 46),

CFI rules goods can be similar even if neither competing nor complementary: Case T-328/05 Apple Computer v OHIM, TKS-Teknosoft: (Class 46),

CFI rules Polar and Polaris insufficiently similar to confuse discerning consumers: Polaris v Polar: (Catch Us If You Can!!!)

Europe interoperability framework nears final stage of revision: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Commission’s incoherent approach to IP imperils Europe’s economic future: (IAM),

Europe looks to get rid of monopoly on royalty collection societies: (Techdirt),

Trade mark infringement possible in comparative advertising: (Filemot Technology Law),

Small Business Act: reduction in OHIM fees: (IPKat)


IP Office annual report for 2007: (Class 46),

Supreme Court rules no unfair competition in registration of as term ‘argus’ has acquired generic nature: (International Law Office),

eBay fined €38.6M over counterfeit sales on their site: Vuitton Moët Hennessy v eBay: (Out-Law), (Counterfeit Chic), (IMPACT), (IP finance), (Class 46), (IPKat), (Managing Intellectual Property), (IP Law360)


German PTO annual report (English version) now available: (Class 46),

Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht) annual report for 2007: (Class 46)


Why Western companies need not ‘dread’ the successful monetisation of IP by Indian firms: (Patent (IP) Business Strategy Blog),

ET reports ‘Onida’ mark may soon be subject of battle between Sonu Mirchandani and Gulu Merchandani: (Spicy IP),

Kerala’s IP policy: Constitutional issues: (Spicy IP), (Spicy IP),

‘Traditional knowledge’ in Kerala: God’s own ‘open source’ policy?: (Spicy IP),

Trade mark through the taxman’s lens: (Spicy IP),

PCT filing in India: (Ezine @rticles),

Establishing a trade mark as generic: (International Law Office)


Israeli IP scholar and law professor Orit Fischman Afori begins publishing in English: (Patry Copyright Blog),

20 year old ‘Versace’ trade marks cancelled: (The IP Factor),

Israel Court rules trade mark rights overrule identical domain name rights: (The IP Factor)


Copyright, design and Flos: (Catch Us If You Can!!!), (IPKat)


Japan allows Coke bottle to be registered as 3D trade mark: (The IP Factor)


Jail time for illegal OSCYPEK: (Class 46),

Polish Supreme Court, Criminal Law Chamber answers question of whether purchasing counterfeit goods should be deemed as fencing under Polish Penal Code: (Class 46)

South Korea

Supreme Court rules FormFactor’s patent invalid in case against Phicom Corp: (Philip Brooks)


Supreme Court rejects registration of ‘BANK ON LINE’ (plus device) for class 36: (Class 46),

Victory of national football team in EUFA EURO 2008 expected to enhance international value of ‘Made in Spain’ brand: (Class 46)


Trade mark office publishes annual report for 2007: (Class 46),


Swiss law on company names grants protection even to descriptive names: (Class 46)

United Kingdom

Nokia, InterDigital settle 3G patent suits: (IP Law360),

Games firm Topaware Interactive wins rulings against British BitTorrent users: (Out-Law),

Judge quashes mod chip seller’s conviction, blames prosecution error: (Out-Law),

Group of baby stroller companies seek to stop retailers from selling their products on eBay: (Techdirt),

Virgin/BPI warning letters regarding file-sharing; student freeloaders object; Virgin admits letters a mistake: (IPKat), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (Out-Law),

Groundless patent threat over wine tap leads to Smurfit payout to DuPont: (Out-Law)

Split decision in Leofelis SA and Leeside srl v Lonsdale Sports Ltd, Trade Mark Licensing Co Ltd and Sports World International Ltd involving interpretation and enforcement of trade mark licence: (IPKat),

Consultation on copyright exemptions launched: (IPKat),

Trade marks protected against silent freedom of speech: Patel v Allos Therapeutics Inc: (Class 46),

After more than five year battle, High Court rules Zipher’s patents invalid, cannot be amended: Zipher Ltd v Markem Systems Ltd & Anor: (IPKat),

UKIPO issues corporate plan: (IPKat)

United States

US General

Email archives and litigation: Here’s how to get it right: (Philip Brooks),

Why use an expert IP mediator? Let the Harvard Negotiation Law Review tell you how: (IP ADR Blog),

Enactment of Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act 2008, Leahy, s 1638 impact on Federal Circuit: (Hal Wegner)

US Patent Reform

Congress close to fixing Constitutional loophole over patent judge appointment: (Techdirt),

House passes patent term extension bill: (Patent Docs)

US Patents

The shifting landscape of declaratory judgment law: (IP Law360),

Seven questions in seven minutes with USPTO Director John LeGuyader: (Patent Baristas),

Reigniting the engine of growth with the sparkplug of inventions: (Patently-O),

Costs of patent infringement litigation – presentation by Fox Rothschild LLP: (Philip Brooks),

Discussion of strategies to address successive non-final Office actions that are not advancing prosecution: (Patentably Defined),

PCT applications – revised USPTO fees effective 1 July 2008: (Daily Dose of IP),

A new wrinkle in the fabric of claim construction: O2 Micro v Beyond Innovation Technology: (IP Law360),

eBay’s effect on trial strategy and preparation: (IP Law360),

Will Sprint Communications lead to a rethink of patent law’s standing doctrine?: (Patently-O),

What’s wrong with software patents? – post by Bessen and Meurer: (Patently-O),

USPTO rejects Andrew Knight’s ‘storyline patents’: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (IP Spotlight),

Patent battles make it that much more difficult to keep people healthy: Stent and catheter patent litigation between Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic and Acacia unit Cardio Access: (Techdirt),

When all else fails, sue for patent infringement: e.Digital patent litigation: (Techdirt),

Report released on results of one-year pilot peer-to-patent project: (IPKat), (Patent Librarian’s Notebook), (Innovationpartners)

US Copyright

Guns and copyright: District of Columbia v Heller: (Patry Copyright Blog),

Legal filesharing on campus? EEF recommends voluntary collective licensing: (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

Copyright Office: cable should lose special access to local channels: (Ars Technica),

Campus copyright battle moves to textbook torrents: (Ars Technica),

History locked up… thanks to copyright – Brooklyn Historical Society will not allow use of old photos due to copyright fears: (Techdirt),

RIAA’s ACTA wishlist includes gutted DMCA, mandatory filters: (Ars Technica), (, (Michael Geist), (Patry Copyright Blog),

Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) going live 1 July: (Anticipate This!), (IP Updates), (Ars Technica),

Orphan works: Separating the orphans from the difficult to find: (Public Knowledge)

US Trademarks

New Virginia Trademark Counterfeiting Act beefs up anti-counterfeiting options: (IP Spotlight), (IP Law360)

US – Companies / Entities

Advanced Surgical Design and Manufacture – ASDM files patent infringement suit against Portland Orthopaedics over hip replacement technology: (IP Law360),

American Express – Every Penny appeals non-infringement judgment in patent case against American Express: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

American Greetings – American Greetings sues DIC Entertainment for breach of contract allowing DIC to market Strawberry Shortcake character: (IP Law360),

Ansell Healthcare Products – Issue preclusion decides claim construction: Shen Wei (USA) v Ansell Healthcare Products: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Apple – Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell sued over computer systems patents by Saxon Innovations: (IP Law360),

Bank of America – Bank of America scores Markman win in ‘Keep the Change’ patent suit: (IP Law360),

Burandt – CAFC shows no mercy for patentee that tried to reinstate patent for failure to pay maintenance fee a decade later: Corliss O Burandt v Jon W Dudas, USPTO: (Patent Baristas),

Cardio Access – Cardio Access expands catheter patent suit naming subsidiaries of original defendants Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, as well as Edwards Lifesciences: (IP Law360),

CBS Properties – McIntyre, Capron & Assoc files copyright infringement suit against CBS Properties over house design: (IP Law360),

Coca-Cola – Coke files DJ suit in order to stop BlueSprings Water Co and its president from commencing IP infringement suit: (IP Law360),

Coupons – Court rejects attempt to expand DMCA: Coupons v Stottlemire: (Electronic Frontier Foundation),

Datasci – Datasci files patent infringement suit against Quintiles over data collection technology used to speed up drug trials: (IP Law360),

Dell – Fenner Investments files patent infringement suit against Hewlett-Packard, Dell over ethernet switches: (IP Law360),

EMI – EMI files suit against VideoEgg and Hi5 over displaying EMI-controlled music videos: (Ars Technica),

Ernst & Young – Pan-Afric Holdings hits Ernst & Young with suit over software valuation: (IP Law360),

Fargo Electronics – CAFC rejects appeal over printer ribbon patents in Fargo Electronics v Iris (non-precedential): (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360), (Hal Wegner),

Fitness Quest – Jonathan Monti appeals noninfringement summary judgment in favour of Fitness Quest: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Fujifilm – Fuji wins partial judgment in patent suit against Jazz Products and others over disposable cameras: (IP Law360),

Gillet – CAFC affirms summary judgment for Gillet in malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by Fisher over patent suit: (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360),

Google – LimitNone sues Google for trade secret misappropriation seeking $1B: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Goss International – Magistrate claim construction reviewed de novo: Goss Int’l Ams, Inc v Graphic Mgmt. Associate, Inc: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),

Hewlett-Packard – Former IBM Sales Director accused of stealing trade secrets and passing them on to Hewlett-Packard: (IP Law360),

IBM – IBM buys mainframe rival Platform Solutions to end IP, antitrust disputes: (IP Law360),

J2 Global Communications – J2 sues Easylink, Captaris over internet fax patents: (IP Law360),

Linksmart Wireless Technology – Linksmart files suit against 22 defendants including T-Mobile, AT&T, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble claiming infringement of its wireless network security patent: (IP Law360),

McNeil Nutritional – McNeil Nutritionals, LLC v Heartland: (43(B)log),

Microsoft – Federal judge agrees with most of Alcatel USA Resources’ claim constructions in its video playback patent battle with Microsoft: (IP Law360),

National Geographic Society – CAFC rules CD-ROMs of magazine archives don’t violate copyrights of article authors: Jerry Greenberg & Anor v National Geographic & Ors: (Techdirt), (Patry Copyright Blog), (IP Law360),

Nintendo – No reduction in $21M damages awarded to Anascape, no new trial for Nintendo in patent suit over GameCube, Wii controllers: (IP Law360),

Papst – Papst files new patent infringement suits against digital camera companies Canon, Konica-Minolta, Sanyo Electric, and Eastman Kodak: (IP Law360),

Payless ShoeSource – Payless settles K-Swiss trade mark suit for $30M: (IP Law360),

Rambus – Rambus, Samsung spar over claims that Rambus’ former in-house counsel misappropriated confidential information regarding memory chip patents owned by Samsung: (IP Law360),

Research In Motion – Court stays Visto-RIM suit while USPTO re-examines patents: (IP Law360),

RIAA – Final motions files in Jammie Thomas filesharing case: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),

Samsung – Cheetah Omni files patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics, and Mitsubishi Digital Electronics over digital light processing televisions: (IP Law360),

Samsung – EZ4Media files patent infringement suits against Samsung and Logitech over patents involving wireless streaming of digital media: (IP Law360),

SanDisk – Pretec settles memory card patent suit with SanDisk: (IP Law360),

SAP – SAP to pay i2 Technologies $83M to settle patent dispute over supply chain management computer programs: (Patent Prospector),

Tolkien – Media discussion of JRR Tolkien’s children’s legal fight for royalties from ‘Lord of Rings’ movies: (Techdirt),

Toyota – No copyright in digital models of cars: Meshwerks v Toyota: (IP Law Observer), (ISinIP),

Toyota – Paice’s new patent relating to hybrid cars fuels another suit against Toyota: (IP Law360),(Patent Prospector),

Unitronics – Patentee/DJ defendant Gharb appeals finding of no patent infringement: Unitronics v Gharb: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

VNUS – VNUS sues three more rivals, Biolitec, Dornier MedTech America and CoolTouch for alleged infringement of patents related to laser treatment of varicose veins: (IP Law360),

Walgreen – Walgreen drops case against ABP Patent Holdings over patents related to pharmacy labels: (IP Law360),

YouTube – Google ordered to produce to Viacom data on viewing habits of YouTube users; motion to compel production of Google’s source code denied: (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Viacom’s statement – Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Ars Technica), (Techdirt), (The Trademark Blog), (IP Law360), (Danny Weitzner)

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