IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 7 December 2007

Here is IP Think Tank’s weekly
selection of top intellectual property news breaking in the blogosphere and

Highlights this week included: It’s getting hotter – Climate change and IP
Strategy; EPO Revokes Amazon’s
‘Electronic Ordering System’ patent (a Divisional of the ‘1 click’ patent); and
controversy over the soon to be Canadian DMCA.

Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any of these stories,
and please do let me know if you think we’ve missed something important, or if
there is a source you think should be monitored.

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  • Accupril (Quinapril) –
    Judge finds against Teva and holds Warner-Lambert patent enabled: (IPLaw360),
  • Altace / Tritace / Ramace
    (Ramipril) – King Pharmaceuticals loses CAFC rehearing bid: (IPLaw360),
    Pharmaceuticals & IP
  • Altace / Tritace / Ramace
    (Ramipril) – King Pharmaceuticals sues Teva: (Generic
    Pharmaceuticals & IP
  • Arimidex (Anastrozole) –
    AstraZeneca receives 6 mth pediatric exclusivity: (Competitive
  • Cardizem (Diltiazem) – Biovail
    and Andrx Pharmaceuticals settle patent litigation: (IPLaw360),
    Pharmaceuticals & IP
    ), (BIO
    ), (Patent
  • Celebrex (Celecoxib) – Pfizer
    loses bid for attorney’s fees despite earlier win against Teva: (IPLaw360),
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) – Sun
    Pharmaceutical Industries and Watson Pharmaceuticals settle with Novartis:
    Pharmaceuticals & IP
    ), (BIO
  • Levaquin (Levofloxacin) –
    Supreme Court of Canada
    refused to hear Novopharm (Teva)’s appeal of a ruling that upheld the
    validity of the patent to June 2009: (Generic
    Pharmaceuticals & IP
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine) – AstraZeneca scored
    a half-win in its bid to disqualify two experts proposed by Teva: (IPLaw360),
  • Vasotec (Enalapril) –
    Apotex loses on appeal at CAFC over process prior used by Merck as such
    use wasn’t concealed: (IPLaw360),


  • Australian patent documents come out of the dark: (Patentlens),




  • Nordic Patent Institute will be
    operative as an International Search Authority (ISA) and International
    Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA) from 1 January 2008: (IPKat),
  • (Copyright moral rights) – Architect Santiago Calatrava’s Right of
    integrity over (Spanish Bilbao) bridge fails: (IPKat),
  • New anti-trust guidance from European Commission: (OUTLAW),
  • European Union has taken steps to ratify a 2005 decision by the WTO
    designed to ensure that intellectual property does not limit access to
    medicines in developing countries: (IPWatch), (Lenz Blog), (IPR-Helpdesk),
  • London agreement operation by mid 2008 – and
    EU patent talks could still fail: (IAM),

  • The end of the European Patent Litigation Agreement?: (IMPACT),
  • European ISPs under pressure to attack IP Piracy: (Against Monopoly),
  • Quality costs and applicants may have to pay more – EPO president: (IAM),
  • Amazon – EPO
    Revokes Amazon’s ‘Electronic Ordering System’ patent (a Divisional of the
    ‘1 click’ patent) after Opposition: (IPJUR)
  • Nokia makes
    little progress in its European Qualcomm patent fight: (IPEG),
  • Rambus – EU sets
    hearings in patent ambush case: (IPLaw360),


  • French Council of Sales is taking eBay to court, arguing failrure to
    comply with a 2000 Act on the regulation of auctions: (IPKat),


  • Who is benefiting from India’s patent explosion?: (IAM),
  • America, India, Agriculture and IPR: (SpicyIP),

  • Novartis patent challenged in US: more light… (SpicyIP),
  • Addressing IPR Dilemmas through Creative Capitalism: Advanced Market
    Commitment: (SpicyIP),
  • Moral Rights under Copyright Laws: A Peep into Policy – Part 1: (SpicyIP),



  • Harvard threatens Schools in Uganda with trade mark
    infringement: (IPFactor),

United Kingdom

  • Amendments to Registered Designs legislation on the way: (IPKat),
  • Extra-territorial jurisdiction by the back door?: (IPKat),

United States

  • Abbott – A
    federal judge has stopped Abbott’s attempt to add allegations to its
    claims against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Cordis Corp in the ongoing
    drug eluting stent litigation: (IPLaw360),
  • Abbott – Troll Busters Files Reexamination of US5,582,989 (multiplex
    PCR method) Exclusively Licensed
    to Abbott: (BIO
  • Acacia reaches
    settlement with Sharper Image: (IPLaw360),
  • Amazon & Wal-Mart
    unwittingly team up against DRM: (ArsTechnica)
  • AUTM – The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
    releases survey results as critics get louder: (IAM),
  • American Red Cross
    is seeking to exclude a Johnson & Johnson expert’s testimony in a
    trademark battle over its red cross symbol: (IPLaw360),
  • Apple and AT&T
    hit with another iPhone patent suit – this time Klausner Technologies sues
    over visual voicemail: (ArsTechnica),
    Troll Tracker
    ), (IPBiz),
  • Capital One Financial.
    and Netflix. settled patent infringement suit by Constellation
    covering a system used to display information on Web sites: (IPLaw360),
  • Dell has filed
    suit against a group of domain registrars, alleging that the companies
    colluded in infringing Dell’s trademarks and counterfeited the Dell brand:
  • Dell pulled into
    PC tablet patent fight: (IPLaw360),
  • DirectTv held to
    have willfully infringed FinStar’s patent, but obtains compulsory licence:
  • DuPont – Pureflex
    Inc. claims ‘Teflon’ mark now generic as defence to infringement claim by
    DuPont: (IPLaw360),
  • GE faces suit
    over satellite tracking technology: (IPLaw360),
  • Google – 2 months
    after dismissal of it’s first suit against Google in Florida, F&G
    Research Inc. has filed again in North
    Carolina over the same patent, alleging that
    Google Earth’s controls infringe its intellectual property:(IPLaw360),
  • Klausner
    Technologies Inc. filed an infringement suit against five new companies
    over its visual voice mail patents: (IPLaw360),
  • Micron Technology Inc.
    expanded counterclaims against Mosaid Technologies Inc. in a patent
    infringement suit over dynamic random access memory (DRAM): (IPLaw360),
  • Microsoft – Z4
    wages new attacj on MicroSoft: (IPLaw360),
    State Patent Law Blog
  • Microsoft – Anascape
    Ltd., Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Inc – Markman claim construction handed
    down: (IPLaw360),
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – content filtering is in ISP’s
    best interests: (ArsTechnica)
  • Perfect10 – Supreme
    Court won’t hear Perfect Ten Credit Card Processors case: (ArsTechnica),
  • RIAA – Judge
    finds Judge finds copyright misuse defense unconvincing in RIAA lawsuit: (ArsTechnica)
  • Samsung and Matsushita
    settled two patent infringement suits filed in 2005 over plasma screen
    technology: (IPLaw360),
  • Samsung Electronics
    Co. Ltd. to pay InterDigital Communication Corp. $134m in royalties,
    confirming a 2006 arbitration award: (IPLaw360),
  • Samsung and Nokia
    sued over four cell phone patents: (IPLaw360),
  • Sandisk asks ITC
    to investigate flashdrives: (IPLaw360),
  • Sears – Jury
    awards $21m against Sears in trade secret suit: (IPLaw360),
  • Seoul Semiconductor Co.
    Ltd. Files US ITC suit alleging patent infringement by Nichia Corp over
    laser diode products: (IPLaw360),
  • Sony – MicroUnity,
    Sony Playstation patent case closed: (IPLaw360),
  • Tesco sued by
    Weatherford over oil drilling patents: (IPLaw360),
  • YouTube & Google – fight back at the Football Association Premier League Ltd’s
    copyright class action: (IPLaw360),
  • WebTech Wireless
    Inc announces USPTO Re-exam of patent asserted by LunarEye Inc against it:


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