IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 8 August 2008

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Highlights this week included:

The end of William Patry’s blog: (Patry Copyright Blog), (Excess Copyright), (Patently-O), (Chicago IP Litigation Blog), (Michael Geist), (The Fire of Genius), (Techdirt), (Patry Copyright Blog),

Kitchin J clarifies scope of biotech patents, in particular gene sequence patents: Eli Lilly & Co v Human Genome Sciences: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Law360), (Rouse & Co International),

Senate passes bill S3295 to make USPTO judges legal: (Managing Intellectual Property), (TTABlog), (Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

Cartoon Network – CAFC rules Cablevision’s remote DVD system did not violate copyright law: Cartoon Network v CSC Holdings: (Technology & Marketing Law Blog), (Public Knowledge), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (Public Knowledge), (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (The Trademark Blog), (Law360), (Michael Geist), (Law360), (Public Knowledge), (Public Knowledge),

CAFC rules nonregulated equipment exempt from Hatch-Waxman ‘safe harbour’: Proveris Scientific Corp v Innovasystems: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector), (Patently-O), (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog), (Law360), (Hal Wegner), (Orange Book Blog),

Global – General

IACCM global conference call on IP strategy, contracts and commercial relationship management – audio file: (IP Thinktank),

IPI chairman Ian Harvey’s paper ‘IP rights: The catalyst to deliver low carbon technologies’: (IPKat),

Cory Doctorow Cambridge business lecture on life in the information economy: (The Fire of Genius),

Openness is a winning business strategy: (Techdirt),
Michael Geist’s digital advocacy talk at Google: (Michael Geist),

ACTA: negotiations advance ‘behind the curtain’; many concerns: (Intellectual Property Watch), (The Counterfeit Blog), (Excess Copyright),

Summertime changes for IP policymakers in Geneva: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Former WIPO deputy director-general calls for compromise to bridge gap between developed and developing countries: (Managing Intellectual Property)


Global – Trade Marks / Domain Names / Brands

Com Laude on new gTLDs: (The Trademark Blog),

What’s the plural form of a trade mark?: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

Global – Patents

Global science – threat to local innovation?: (Patenting Lives),

Worldwide increase in patent filings puts strain on system: (Managing Intellectual Property),

WIPO releases 2008 Worldwide Patent Report: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector), (IP Updates),

Global patent filings continue rise but may level off; smaller nationals slipping: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Means plus function: Don’t ignore the man behind the curtain: (Intellectual Property Directions),

Technology start-up entrepreneurs and CEOs: If your goal is investment or acquisition by a big company, you are probably patenting the wrong things: (IP Asset Maximiser Blog),

Applied Micro sells patents to Qualcomm for USD 33 Million: (IP finance)

Intellectual Ventures (invention company some see as ‘patent troll’) to raise USD 2.5 Billion: (IP finance)

Global – Copyright

Music catalogues, securitisation and the credit crunch: not all bad news: (IP finance),

MCPS-PRS Alliance and BigChampagne study says recording industry should embrace piracy… sorta: (Techdirt), (Michael Geist),

People want to pay – sort of: (Copyfight),

Can you name an example where suing for copyright infringement made business sense?: (Techdirt),

Microsoft Research launches new tools for knowledge sharing: (creativecommons.org),

Yet another star singer, Duffy, doesn’t mind file-sharing: (Techdirt)


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

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

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

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

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),

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),

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),

15-16 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),

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),

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

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),

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

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

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

Pharma & Biotech
Pharma & Biotech – General

International Seed Treaty’s goals of biodiversity, food security tough to implement: (Intellectual Property Watch),

Beyond the business plan: Managing unexpected risk in biotechnology business development (presentation slides): (Biotech Blog),

Ernst & Young report on strategic risk management for biotech companies: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Marks & Clerk survey of biotech and pharma industry members in EU, US and Asia finds concern about future, but demand for extended term is far from unanimous: (The SPC Blog),

More on the case against compulsory licensing: AIDS: (Afro-IP),

UNITAID patent pool at Mexico City AIDS conference: (KEI),

Daiichi defers open offer for Ranbaxy: (GenericsWeb),

Book review: The Generic Challenge by Martin A Voet: (Patent Docs),

Canada: Patented Medicine Prices Review Board issues first Notices of Hearing prices of generic drugs: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Chile pharma buoyant, but IP lags behind: (IP tango),

Mexico: AIDS conference – President Calderon announces he will allow drug companies to make and sell generic antiretrovirals in Mexico: (GenericsWeb),

Poland to commence public consultations on GM foods: (Patenting Lives),

UK: Boehringer Ingelheim v Swingward & Ors: Court of Appeal delivers costs order while waiting on Austrian ECJ reference regarding repackaging: (IPKat),

US: CAFC rules nonregulated equipment exempt from Hatch-Waxman ‘safe harbour’: Proveris Scientific Corp v Innovasystems: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector), (Patently-O), (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog), (Law360), (Hal Wegner), (Orange Book Blog),

US: New US voucher prize system for neglected diseases launches amid doubts: (Intellectual Property Watch), (ipmed),

US: EvaluatePharma predictions dire for US pharmaceutical industry: (Patent Docs),

US: A welfare analysis of prohibitions on reverse payments in pharmaceutical patent disputes: (Philip Brooks)

Pharma & Biotech – Products

Aerius (Desloratadine) – Canada: Appeal of interlocutory motion to strike notice of appearance: Sepracor v Pharmascience: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Climara (Estradiol) / Menostar (Estrogen patch) – Canada: Court upholds decision of not to list patent: Bayer Inc v Minister of Health: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Coreg (Carvedilol) – US: Teva and Dr Reddy’s settle Coreg patent suit: (Patent Docs),

Coversyl (Perindopril) – Canada: Trial judge finds Perindopril patent valid and infringed: Laboratoires Servier v Apotex: (Pharmacapsules @ Gowlings),

Lovenox (Enoxaparin) – US: Hospira wins dismissal but loses time in patent battle with Aventis over Lovenox: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Miralax (Polythylene glycol) – US: Judge knocks down Schwarz Pharma’s antitrust and other counterclaims against Braintree Lab’s which initially sued to stop Schwarz from marketing generic Miralex: (Law360),

Naropin (Ropivacaine) – US: Abraxis BioScience unable to toss antitrust cross-claims in patent infringement case seeking to block Navinta from launching generic Naropin: (Law360),

Neutrokine – UK: Kitchin J clarifies scope of biotech patents, in particular gene sequence patents: Eli Lilly & Co v Human Genome Sciences: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Law360), (Rouse & Co International),

Restasis (Cyclosporine) – US: Grit in the eye for Allergen? The Restasis licence refuses to go away quietly: (IP finance),

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) – US: District court denies early motion for Rule 11 sanctions in Ritalin LA case: Celgene and Novartis v KV Pharm: (Orange Book Blog), (IP Thinktank),

Seroquel (Quetiapine) – US: AstraZeneca files fifth suit over generic Seroquel, this time against Handa Pharmaceuticals: (Law360),

SoloStar – US: CAFC: Novo Nordisk v Sanofi-Aventis (nonprecedential): (Patent Prospector),

Tarceva (Erlotinib) – India: Roche v Cipla: the appellate battle heats up: (Spicy IP),

Yaz (Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) – US: Bayer sues Sandoz over generic Yasmin: (GenericsWeb), (Law360)


Harmonisation debate: Southern African Customs Union: (Afro-IP)


Canopies covered by a single claim: Insta Image Pty Ltd v KD Kanopy Australasia Pty Ltd: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Copyright Agency Limited wins in the High Court: NSW government has no implied license to make and distribute copies of surveyors’ drawings: (LawFont.com),

Patent opposition and ‘microemulsions’: William A Newman v Solutions-IES: (IPRoo),

Obviousness, admissions on the face of the specification and the possible emergence of a five-step approach?: Insta Image Pty Ltd v KD Kanopy Australasia Pty Ltd: (IPRoo),

Limited scope for patent non-infringement declarations: Occupational and Medical Innovations Ltd v Retractable Technologies Inc: (Mallesons Stephen Jaques),

Finkelstein J throws cold water on Registrar’s decision to stay opposition proceedings in trade mark battle between Darrell Lea and Cadbury: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

IP Australia survey reveals level of IP awareness in fashion design industry: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Changes in practice for post grant amendments to Australian patents: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

New High Court Chief Justice Robert French: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law),

Sony executive tells frustrated PSP users to get games via BitTorrent: (Techdirt)


Bulgaria ratifies Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs: (IPKat)


Louis Vuitton wins record copyright infringement damages against 46353 DB known as Wynnie Lee Fashion: (Law360),

Macleans settles copyright dispute with Rachel Marsden over unauthorised use of photo: (Michael Geist),

Discovery questions in trade mark cases: Adidas AG et al v 2690942 Canada Inc cob Campea: (Canadian Trademark Blog),

Cape Breton distiller loses right to use ‘Glen’ for whisky: (International Law Office)

Response to Michael Geist’s criticism of CIRA’s revised WHOIS policy: (ipblog.ca),

.tel top level domain due to be launched end of year, sunrise period commencing 3 December: (ipblog.ca),

Canadian Heritage publishes report on fair dealing and CCH decision: (Michael Geist)


Bill C-61

61 reforms to C-61: (Day 30: TPMs – Anti-circumvention and privacy – Michael Geist), (Day 31: TPMs – Restrictions for Canadians with perceptual disabilities – Michael Geist), (Day 32: TPMs – Perceptual disability provisions may violate AODA – Michael Geist), (Day 33: TPMs – LAM and educational institution limitations, part one – Michael Geist), (Day 34: TPMs – LAM and educational institution limitations, part two – Michael Geist),

Author of Wikinomics Don Tapscott on C-61: (Michael Geist),

Liberal MP S Dhaliwal on C-61 town hall meeting: (Michael Geist),

Liberal MP H Fry on C-61: (Michael Geist)


Google China takes on Baidu with legal music search: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),

Groupe Danone loses another round in trade mark battle with estranged partner Hangzhou Wahaha Group; Danone to appeal decision: (China Hearsay), (China Law Blog), (Managing Intellectual Property),

PRC trade mark practice tip – use it or lose it: Xu v Nanjing MG: (China Hearsay),

Silicon Hutong on the IP beat: (China Hearsay),

Antimonopoly law comes into effect: (Chinese Law Prof Blog),

If everyone’s using your pirated software, are you still a monopolist? – Microsoft and new antitrust law: (Techdirt),

I thought use of Olympic symbols was obvious: (China Hearsay)

Costa Rica

Costa Rica signs up for Trademark Law Treaty: (IP tango)


Official translation of questions referred to ECJ in AdWords case: Google v Louis Vuitton: (Class 46),

Latest PGIs and applications for protection: (Class 46),

EC appoints members of European Innovation and Technology government board; headquarters to be in Budapest: (IPR-Helpdesk), (IPKat),

EC publishes eco-innovation model grant agreement: (IPR-Helpdesk),

EPO Enlarged Board: Rebuff 1/08 (Case no R 0001/08): (IPKat)


French anti piracy association ALPA warns piracy could put film industry out of business: (Ars Technica),

Sony BMG – Sony BMG settles Louis Vuitton trademarks case over musicians using LV trade marks to add glamour to their product; case was set to take place in France though videos were American: (IPKat), (Law360), (Counterfeit Chic),

Prestigious CHAMPAGNE appellation of origin is protected online: (International Law Office)


Trade mark dispute between comedian Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and software producer Take Two Interactive over computer game ‘Bully – Die Ehrenrunde’: (Class 46)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s top e-filers of patent, trade mark and design right applications: (IP Dragon),

Hong Kong Olympic games: ‘Dress code and leave branded gifts at home’: (IP Dragon)


Supreme Court rules on bad faith trade applications upholding Gresco’s cancellation action against GRESHAM KFT: (International Law Office)


The 123 Indo-US civil nuclear deal and section 4 of the Patent Act: (Spicy IP),

DIPP continues marching the e-way, with system for e-filing of patents receiving tremendous response: (Spicy IP),

US guidelines on patent outsourcing: sounding the death knell for Indian LPO’s?: (Spicy IP),

Tata, new owner of Jaguar, considering revival of brand ‘Daimler’: (Class 46),

Copyright law in the digital age: (International Law Office)


Verint and Nice settle patent dispute over speech recognition technology: (IP Factor)


Verint and Nice settle patent dispute over speech recognition technology: (IP Factor),

Anti-counterfeit Bill published: (Afro-IP)

Family business owner H Knol refuses to hand over knol.com domain to Google: (Class 46)

New Zealand
New Zealand government reports on ACTA talks: (Michael Geist),

Proposed changes to copyright law: artists’ resale right: (International Law Office),

IPONZ – Examination delays continue: (Australia & New Zealand Intellectual Property Law)


Act on ratification of Singapore Treaty will enter into force 9 August: (Class 46)

South Africa

SIIPL and Law Society of South Africa introductory course on trade mark and IP practice for attorneys from ‘previously disadvantaged backgrounds’: (Afro-IP),

Dispute between fashion designers over the name ‘Exodus’: (Afro-IP),

‘Authorship’ and ‘ownership’ under Berne: the same thing?: (International Law Office)


Doughnut? Ah, you mean DONUT!: Barcelona Court of Appeals ruling on generic foreign words distinctiveness in Spain: (Class 46),

Appeal Court rules on exchange of files on the internet: Asociación Fonográfica y Videográfica Española & Ors v JMLH: (International Law Office)

United Kingdom

UKIPO issues Practice Amendment Notice 1/2008 amending trade mark examination practice in several areas: (Class 46), (IPKat),

UKIPO launches booklet ‘How licensing IP can help your business’: (IP finance),

Mann J finds copyright does not apply to Stormtrooper helmets used in Starwars movie: Lucasfilm Ltd & Ors v Ainsworth & Anor: (IPKat), (The Trademark Blog), (Out-Law), (Law360),

UK trade mark rule changes: (SOLO Independent IP Practitioners),

US filings from the UK: what are the risks?: (IPKat),

Protecting IP clients from bank charges: (SOLO Independent IP Practitioners),

IP enforcement vs education, again: (China Hearsay),

United States

US General

New Jersey appeals court gives go-ahead to lawsuit in which plaintiff sued attorney for alleged malpractice that he says was factor behind decision to settle earlier litigation: Hernandez v Baugh: (Law360),

USPTO unveils new electronic ‘portrait gallery’ highlighting past and present individuals who have contributed to America’s IP system: (Patent Prospector),

Crocs can blame the 94% drop in stock price, at least in part, on illicit imitation: (Counterfeit Chic),

IP scholars conference 2008 – notes: (43(B)log) (43(B)log),

Even reasonable and narrow non-compete agreement are barred by California statute: (Intellectual Property Law Blog)


US Patent Reform

Rethinking patent law: (Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property),

Guest editorial: Obama put forward sound priorities on patents last year. McCain may (finally) get to it soon: (Patently-O), (Patentably Defined),

Experts see courts filling patent reform void: (Law360),

PTO: Some claim and continuation rules will not be effective until after injunction is lifted: (Patently-O), (IP Updates), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Law360),

Patent reform 2008: (fixing constitutional errors): (Patently-O),

Senate passes bill S3295 to make USPTO judges legal: (Managing Intellectual Property), (TTABlog), (Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

Public interest groups back USPTO in Tafas v Dudas: (Patent Docs), (Law360),

USPTO’s appeal brief: Tafas v Dudas: (Patent Baristas)


US Patents

New USPTO solicitor Sydney O Johnson, Jr takes position vacated by Whealan, Walsh: (Hal Wegner),

Are too many patents as bad for the economy as too few? – review of Prof M Heller’s book ‘The Gridlock Economy’: (IP ADR Blog),

A few reasons to consider including a listing of claims in every response to an office action: (Patentably Defined),

Trends in inventing: design patents: (Patently-O),

USPTO proposes limits on facsimile submissions and minimum twelve point font size on non-USPTO forms: (IP Updates), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Docs), (Patent Prospector),

The advantages of inter partes re-examination: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),

Simultaneous invention can get patents tossed: (Techdirt),

Patent litigation booming, especially in electronics and life sciences, according to Kell Damsgaard of Morgan Lewis & Bockius: (Law360),

District Court for the Eastern District of Texas warns juries may review future damages in patent suits (issue traditionally determined by court post-verdict): (Law360), (EDTexweblog.com),

Fee-shifting under Rule 11 and 35 USC § 285: (Philip Brooks),

Troll Tracker blogger Rick Frenkel moves to top Silicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini: (The Prior Art), (Law360),

Will High Court change burden of proving invalidity?: (Law360),

Inequitable conduct: out of the frying pan?: (Patently-O),

Inequitable conduct: Eisai, Aventis and a checklist to guard against losing patent: (Patent Prospector), (Patently-O), (Securing Innovation),

USPTO launches new child innovation public service advertisement series and website InventNow.org: (Daily Dose of IP),

Techniques to solve the prevailing conditions in patent infringement-invalidation search: (Ezine @rticles)


US Copyright

Cablecos ponder networked DVRs in wake of Cablevision ruling: (Ars Technica),

Warner Music complains that Rock Band and Guitar Hero need to pay more for music: (Techdirt),

EFF launches Coders’ Rights site at Black Hat conference: (Ars Technica),

The end of William Patry’s blog: (Patry Copyright Blog), (Excess Copyright), (Patently-O), (Chicago IP Litigation Blog), (Michael Geist), (The Fire of Genius), (Techdirt), (Patry Copyright Blog),

Senate passes S. 3325 Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008: (Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog),

Higher Education Act: Congress bows to big content, scapegoats higher education: (Electronic Frontier Foundation)


US – Companies / Entities

Abbott Laboratories – Abbott’s attorneys accuse Becton Dickinson and Nova Biomedical counsel of constructing ‘circus sideshow’ in patent trial over blood glucose monitoring technology; barbs traded over patent royalties: (Law360), (Law360),

Adidas – Adidas sues Wah Lei Footwear, Fu Ju (USA) Group for alleged infringement of three-stripe mark: (Law360), (The Prior Art),

American Express – H&R Block sues AmEx for infringement claiming AmE&xrsquo;s television advertisement infringes H&R Block’s ‘My People Campaign’: (Law360),

American Medical Systems – AMS sues Laser Peripherals for infringement of prostate treatment patent: (Law360),

Apple – Apple settles patent dispute with Digital Background Corp over iChat feature: (Law360),

Apple – Psystar lawyers hint at antitrust filing against Apple: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),

Aspex – CAFC reverses summary judgment of noninfringement in patent dispute brought by Aspex Eyewear against Altair Eyewear: (Law360),

Blizzard – Blizzard seeks injunction against revealing code for World of Warcraft bot software: (Techdirt),

Blueport – CAFC rules government not liable for claims made under DMCA: Blueport v United States: (Ars Technica),

Cartoon Network – CAFC rules Cablevision’s remote DVD system did not violate copyright law: Cartoon Network v CSC Holdings: (Technology & Marketing Law Blog), (Public Knowledge), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica), (Public Knowledge), (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (The Trademark Blog), (Law360), (Michael Geist), (Law360), (Public Knowledge), (Public Knowledge),

Cisco – Linksmark sues Cisco and others over wireless patent: (Law360),

Comcast – US regulator bans Comcast from blocking P2P traffic: (Out-Law),

Dell – Dell receives notice of allowance for CLOUD COMPUTING; notice of allowance later cancelled and case returned for examination: (Out-Law), (The Trademark Blog), (43(B)log), (Law360),

Duane Morris – CAFC finds malpractice in IP cases not always federal: (Law360),

Duncan – Copyright and California’s anti-SLAPP law: Duncan v Cohen: (43(B)log),

Emerita – Professor Emerita may add new defendants to LED patent case before ITC: (Philip Brooks),

Everett – River’s Edge, Everett settle pregnancy vitamin patent suit: (Law360),

Explorologist – Explorologist and Brian Sapient settle copyright battle over YouTube clip challenging Uri Geller’s claims about his mental powers: (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Techdirt), (creativecommons.org),

Fish & Richardson – Scott Harris files motion to prevent use of the term ‘shell entity’ in case over Scott Harris’ dismissal from Fish & Richardson following the use of his patent to sue a client of the firm: (Techdirt),

Freescale Semiconductor – CAFC refuses mandamus to stay ITC proceeding pending re-examination: In re Freescale Semiconductor Inc: (Patently-O), (IP Updates),

Gillet Outillage – Plaintiffs didn’t show bad faith needed for malicious prosecution claim: Fisher Tool v Gillet Outillage: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Google – Judge dismisses racketeering charges but Google and other internet companies must face several other claims in proposed class action trademark suit over online ‘parking’ companies with domain names almost identical to those registered by plaintiffs lead by Vulcan Golf: (Law360),

Google – Web Tracking Solutions files lawsuit against Google claiming Google’s AdSense service infringes its patent relating to third party online accounting systems: (Techdirt), (Law360),

Hasbro – Suing makers of Scrabulous may not be the best move for Hasbro: Scrabulous resurfaces as Wordscraper: (IP ADR Blog), (The Trademark Blog),

Hewlett Packard – Stay pending re-examination granted: Premier Intern. Assocates v Hewlett-Packard Co: (EDTexweblog.com),

Honeywell – ‘Air quality’ renders claims invalid: PureChoice v Honeywell: (Patent Appeal Tracer),

Ideal Aerosmith – Use of trade secret mistakenly sent by email can be a violation of the Uniform Trade Secret Act: Ideal Aerosmith v Acutronic USA: (Daily Dose of IP),

Innovasystems – CAFC rules nonregulated equipment exempt from Hatch-Waxman ‘safe harbour’: Proveris Scientific Corp v Innovasystems: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Patent Prospector), (Patently-O), (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog), (Law360), (Hal Wegner), (Orange Book Blog),

Kennametal – CAFC rules a stay is not appealable unless it puts patent owner ‘out of court’: Sollami v Kennametal (nonprecedential): (Patent Prospector),

Life Zone – Evidentiary errors lead to dismissal of 2(d) opposition for failure to prove priority: Life Zone v Middleman Group (precedential): (TTABlog),

Major League Baseball Advanced Media – US Supreme Court declines to review Eighth Circuit’s decision in CBC Distribution and Marketing v Major League Baseball Advanced Media: missed opportunity to clarify ‘right of publicity’: (Law360),

Mattel – No mistrial in Bratz case despite juror’s ethnic slur; trial on damages continues: (Property, intangible), (Law360),

Microsoft – CAFC tosses Microsoft’s $8M award in patent suit over gray-scale image technology: Judge removed from case: Research Corporation Technologies v Microsoft: (Law360), (Patent Prospector), (Law360), (Patently-O),

Microsoft – Microsoft files ITC complaint against Taiwanese manufacturer Primax alleging infringement of patents relating to computer mouse technology; Microsoft also files patent infringement lawsuit against Primax: (Managing Intellectual Property), (Law360),

Microsoft – CAFC affirms judge presiding over patent infringement case: Uniloc v Microsoft: (Law360), (Patent Prospector),

Napster – CRS hits Napster, BitTorrent with patent suit over internet sales: (Law360),

Nike – Nike sues EMS over use of DRI-FIT as keyword: (The Trademark Blog),

Nuijten – Government receives extension of time to 13 August for opposition to grant of certiorari in Nuijten: (Hal Wegner),

PA Advisors – PA Advisors agrees to dismiss three Microsoft subsidiaries from patent infringement suit against 13 online advertising providers and search engines: (Law360),

Phoenix IP – Phoenix IP, Emerson Electric settle suit over computer-assisted utilities sales and energy expense forecasting patents: (Law360),

Rambus – Rambus believes new Samsung DRAM products may infringe patents; asks judge to compel defendants to reveal information on new products: (Law360),

RIAA – Judge in Jammie Thomas trial seems likely to declare mistrial: (Techdirt), (Ars Technica),

RIAA – Central Michigan University want cease and desist order for MediaSentry: (Ars Technnica),

RIAA – File-sharing case involving 11 students at Tufts University demonstrates difficulty in tying IP addresses logged by MediaSentry to specific MAC addresses (and users): (Ars Technica),

Samsung – Japan-based Atratech Japan Corp files patent infringement suit against flat-screen tv giants including Samsung, Vizio, LG and Mitsubishi claiming infringement of circuitry patent: (Law360),

Sun Microsystems – DataTern targets Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corp over database patents: (Law360),

Tessera – District Court of ND California stays Tessera’s patent case against several semiconductor manufacturers pending ITC outcome: (Law360),

Tessera – CAFC decides not to re-stay Tessera case against Motorola, Qualcomm and others for infringement of chip-packaging patents: (Law360),

Toshiba – Acacia unit International Printer Corp settles copier patent claims with Toshiba: (Law360),

TruePosition – Federal judge cuts TruePosition’s $45.3M patent infringement award to $18.6M and issues permanent injunction against Andrew Corp in dispute over technology for determining position of cell phone: (Law360),

Vast Resources – TTAB reverses 2(d) refusal, finds CLIMAX and JELLY CLIMAX MAXIMIZER not confusingly similar for vibrators: In re Vast Resources (nonprecedential): (TTABlog),

Verizon – Domainer loses cybersquatting lawsuit: Verizon v Navigation Catalyst: (Technology & Marketing Law Blog), (Techdirt),

Wacoh – Japanese company Wacoh sues nine car companies including Ford Motor Company, American Honda Motor Company and General Motors over sensor patent: (Law360),

Walt Disney Co – THOIP, rights holder in ‘Little Miss’ series of children’s books files suit against Disney over sales of t-shirts featuring characters and slogans like ‘Little Miss Sassy’: (Law360), (Counterfeit Chic), (43(B)log),

Westinghouse Digital Electronics – Westinghouse settles Orion online sales patent claims: (Law360),

Whetstone Electronics – Whetstone sues Epson, Kodak, HP and others for infringement of printer patent: (Law360),

Wozniak Travel – Court finds lessened standards no excuse for delaying dilution suit: Saul Zaentz Co v Wozniak Travel: (Seattle Trademark Lawyer),

Yingbin Nature Wood – Amendments to specification introducing generic term not new matter: Yingbin Nature Wood Ind. Co. v ITC: (IP Updates)


Wales joins rush for new gTLDs: (Managing Intellectual Property)

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