IP Think Tank Global Week in Review – 9 May 2008

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Highlights this week included:


Global – General

Global – Patents

  • Rise of machine translation services: (IPKat),
  • USPTO / EPO / JPO progress on ‘common application format’ for expedited examination: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),
  • Proponents: ‘Time is now’ for TRIPs biodiversity amendment in Doha round: (Intellectual Property Watch),
  • TRIPs amendment in favour of disclosures for genetic resources/traditional knowledge patents gathers support: (Afro-IP),
  • WIPO Arbitration Panel rules Boston Scientific’s coronary stents do not infringe Medinol’s patents: (IP Law360), (Therapeutics Daily),
  • Claim chart – useful patent tool: (Ezine @articles),
  • Gratis greentech and technical disclosures: (Securing Innovation),
  • New blog – Green Patent Blog: (Patent Baristas),
  • BP/G radio talk on software patents in US and EU: (IPKat),
  • Thomson Reuters publishes new study on patents and innovation: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),
  • Book review of Bessen & Meuer’s ‘Patent failure: How judges, bureaucrats, and lawyers put innovators at risk’ – Understanding both sides to the EE/IT v Bio/Pharma debate: (Hal Wegner),
  • Towards a global valuations standard: (Managing Intellectual Property)

Global – Copyright

  • Thomson Reuters to offer plagiarism detection service via Manuscript Central in conjunction with Crosscheck: (Thomson Reuters)


  • India: CII: 2nd symposium of University-Industry Council – 9-10 May, Bombay: (Spicy IP),
  • US: Webinar on current developments in patents featuring US Patent Commissioner – 13 May: (Philip Brooks),
  • EU: EC conference on counterfeiting and piracy – 13 May, Brussels: (Class 46),
  • US: IP Prospector/Beard Group hosting audio briefing for identifying and evaluating patent investments – 15 May: (Philip Brooks),
  • US CAFC: ‘The Federal Circuit: a National Court of Appeals: addressing new challenges’ – 15 May, Washington: (Patent Docs),
  • 4th annual ‘meet the bloggers’ session – 19 May, Berlin: (IPKat), (Catch Us If You Can!!!),
  • US: ACI ‘In-house counsel forum on pharmaceutical antitrust’ – 20-21 May, Maryland: (Orange Book Blog),
  • EU: Workshop for mediators in IP disputes – 26-27 May, Geneva: (IPR-Helpdesk),
  • US: PLI: ‘Advanced patent licensing 2008: What you need to know before licensing your patent’ – 28 May, New York / 11 June, San Francisco: (Patent Docs),
  • US: Worldwide Business Research: PharmaBiotech IP summit – 28-30 May, Philadelphia: (Patent Docs),
  • EU: Advanced workshop for mediators in IP disputes – 29-30 May, Geneva: (IPR-Helpdesk),
  • US: ACI ‘FDA boot camp’ conference – 29-30 May, San Francisco: (Orange Book Blog),
  • Australia: IPRIA/AIPPI Australia free public seminar on the future of the international IP system – 3 June, Melbourne: (IPRIA)
  • US: PLI: ‘Prior art & obviousness 2008: The PTO and CAFC perspective on patent law sections 102 & 103’ – 16 June, San Francisco / 1 July, New York: (Patent Docs),
  • US: BIO international convention – 17-20 June, San Diego: (Patent Docs),
  • US: PLI: ‘Fundamentals of patent prosecution 2008: A boot camp for claim drafting & amendment writing’ – 18-20 June, New York / 9-11 July, San Francisco: (Patent Docs),
  • US: LSI: ‘Multilateral patents’ – 23 June, San Francisco: (Patent Docs),
  • IP Business Congress – 25-26 June, Amsterdam: (IP Business Congress 2008),
  • US: LSI: Patent claim construction workshop – 16 July, Seattle: (Patent Docs),
  • EU: ATRIP meeting on future of European patent system – 21-23 July, Munich: (IPR-Helpdesk),
  • US: PLI: ‘Advanced patent prosecution workshop 2008: Claim drafting & amendment writing’: 24-25 July, New York / 11-12 August, San Francisco: (Patent Docs),
  • US: ACI 10th advanced forum on biotech patents – 15-16 September, Boston: (Generic Pharmaceuticals & IP)
  • Switzerland: Discussion of Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology report ‘The dignity of living beings with regard to plants’ and possible impact on patentability exceptions: (IPKat),

Pharma & Biotech

Pharma & Biotech – General

  • WHO IGWG negotiating on IP and public health: (Spicy IP), (Intellectual Property Watch), (Intellectual Property Watch),
  • Jon Santamauro, former US trade official now on BIO IGWG delegation: (KEI),
  • The best and worst patents for generics to fight: (IP Law360),
  • Big pharmaceutical companies continue to woo biotech: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • Africa: Failing infrastructure renders compulsory licensing pointless: (Afro-IP),
  • Canada: Ontario takes lead in global genetic war with cancer: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • Canada: Update on Patented Medicine Prices Review Board review of ‘Excessive price guidelines’: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • Canada: Proposed amendments to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • EU: Limitations on the scope of DNA patent claims in Europe: Monsanto struggles in its attempt to block importation of soy meal: (Holman’s Biotech IP Blog),
  • India: SCC journal article ‘Intellectual property rights and the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry’: (Spicy IP),
  • India: Jyothi Datta on the Bayh Dole Bill and CII event: (Spicy IP),
  • India: Compulsory for India?: (Spicy IP),
  • India: Merck vs Roche: towards differential pricing: (Spicy IP),
  • India/Philippines: Access to drugs: The India/Philippines solution?: (Afro-IP), (Managing Intellectual Property),
  • Rwanda: Four years after AIDS drugs bill passed, first low cost meds may head to Rwanda: (GenericsWeb),
  • US: Abbott’s first quarter lobbying tab hits $880,000: (Patent Docs),
  • US: House Bill would expand federal drug pedigree requirements and preempt state requirements: (FDA Law Blog),
  • US: Purchasing Canadian drugs and patent infringement: Litecubes decision: (Patently-O),
  • US: Neuralstem seeks to reopen stayed patent case against StemCells now that re-exam in almost complete: (IP Law360),
  • US: FTC wants to end deals delaying generics: (Philip Brooks), (IP Law360)

Pharma & Biotech – Products

  • Aricept (Donepezil): Court of Appeal orders NICE to grant Esai and Pfizer access to information on how it reached its decision on whether to recommend prescription of Aricept; NICE had claimed duty of confidence prevented disclosure: (IPKat),
  • Celebrex (Celecoxib) – US CAFC won’t rehear Celebrex patent dispute between Pfizer and Teva: (IP Law360),
  • Coversyl (Perindopril) – Canada: Judicial review of Minister’s decision regarding bioavailability comparison: Apotex v Canada (Minister of Health) & Servier: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • Eloxatin (Oxaliplaten) – Sanofi-Aventis claims German precious metals company is aiding Eloxatin patent infringement by providing active ingredient to generics makers: (IP Law360),
  • Erbitux (Cetuximab) – US: ImClone cries fraud over Erbitux patent deal: (IP Law360),
  • Evista (Raloxifene) – Canadian Federal Court refuses Novopharm’s motion to dismiss patent infringement proceeding for abuse of process: Eli Lilly v Novopharm: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • Fentora (Fentanyl buccal) – US: Watson challenges Cephalon’s Fentora patent: (TherapeuticsDaily),
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin) – Pfizer’s Lipitor US ‘893 patent survives reexamination: (Patent Docs),
  • Nexium (Esomeprazole) – Teva sues to invalidate AstraZeneca’s Nexium patents: (IP Law360),
  • Provigil (Modafinil) – Canadian Federal Court finds Cephalon’s Provigil patent invalid in its dispute with Aoptex: (Pharmacapsules@Gowlings),
  • Sublimaze (Fentanyl) – UK: Patents Court grants Alza’s request to join two proceedings concerning alleged infringement of its European patent relating to transdermal patches for Fentanyl: Ratiopharm (UK) Ltd v Alza Corp; Alza Corp v Sandoz Ltd: (IPKat),
  • Symbicort (Formoterol/Budesonide) – EPO revokes one of AstraZeneca’s Symbicort patents following challenge from Norton Healthcare and Generics UK: (Managing Intellectual Property), (IP Law360),
  • Tarceva (Erlotinib) – Roche v CIPLA: Drug Controller General of India rules out low-cost version of patented drugs: (Philip Brooks),
  • Tarceva (Erlocip) – CIPLA denies Roche’s allegations of wrongful promotion of Erlocip for unapproved uses: (Spicy IP)


  • Ethiopia: New branding scheme for Ethiopian coffees: (Afro-IP), (IP finance), (IPKat),
  • Ghana: WIPO, Ghana sign IP development plan: (Afro-IP), (WIPO),
  • Kenya: Kopiken puts photocopying bureaus on notice: (Afro-IP),
  • Zimbabwe: Taking stock of piracy: Zimbabwe reflects: (Afro-IP)


  • Cost, convenience drive rise in Asia arbitrations: (IP Law360)


  • Full Federal Court judgment of no copyright infringement in case over electronic program guide: Nine Network v IceTV: (LawFont.com), (LawFont.com),
  • New IP resource – PubPat for searching for Australian patents: (IP Menu News),
  • Goods or shape of goods as trade mark: Global Brand Marketing Inc v YD Pty Ltd: (IPRoo)


  • District Court in The Hague: Microsoft wins dispute over msnlock domain names and figurative trade mark registered by Unicaresoft: (Ars Technica), (Class 46)




  • Update on Louis Vuitton’s trade mark and copyright infringement complaints over Vuitton-style handbag depicted in artwork for Darfur fundraiser: (Innovationpartners)


  • OHIM: Service charter for 2008 and ‘delays in public inspection requests’: (Class 46),
  • Standard setting – Will US CAFC decision in Rambus v FTC impact Europe?: (IPEG),
  • EPO oppositions and appeals: (Patent Prospector),
  • Commission will fund translation technology development for Community patent: (IAM),
  • Gorgonzola applies to modify PDO spec: (Class 46),
  • CFI: REVERIE and REVERT ‘similar’: Redcats SA v OHIM, Manual Revert & Cia, SA: (Class 46),
  • EC Vice President adds to Community patent momentum: (Managing Intellectual Property), (IAM),
  • OHIM: Overview of Boards of Appeal decisions of 2007: (Class 46),
  • European Inventor of the Year awards for 2008 presented: (Managing Intellectual Property),
  • Free MIMOSA expert search in ESPACE EP database: (EPO),
  • EPO President on patenting of ‘green’ technology in the future: (IPKat),
  • European Patent Forum presentations available – Day 1: Technologies to save the planet: (EPO)
  • EPO admits backlogs cannot be mastered: (IAM), (BLOG@IP::JUR)


  • Bundesgerichtshof decides it is possible to apply for an injunction directly against internet auction house, where vendors are offering counterfeit goods: (Class 46);
  • Skype discontinues appeal against court ruling of open source general public licence violation: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt)


  • Indian patent law, s 107A(b) – parallel import debate: (Spicy IP), (Patent Circle),
  • Kerala leftists for copyleft!: (Spicy IP),
  • Story of bribe-taker in Trade Mark Office: (Spicy IP),
  • Irresponsible reporting by Mint on s 107A(b) Patents Act 1970: (Patent Circle),
  • The song and dance continues – More on Bollywood and piracy: (Spicy IP),
  • Trade mark tussle erupts between vodka barons Bacardi and Radico Khaitan: (Spicy IP),
  • Validity of trade mark registration decision adjourns infringement proceedings: BDA Private Ltd v Paul P John: (International Law Office),
  • Commerce Minister to make IP part of free trade agreement with Europe Free Trade Association: (Spicy IP),
  • Legal and policy framework for equitable access to documentary heritage: (Spicy IP)


  • Israel remains on US priority watch list: (The IP Factor),
  • Israel Patent Office issues guidance on 3D trade marks: (The IP Factor),
  • New Israel copyright law to come into effect: (The IP Factor)


  • Court of Turin confirms seizure order against Chinese manufacturer of cars imitating Daimler Chrysler’s SMART car: (Catch Us If You Can!!!)


  • Japan stops production of commemorative coins due to copyright infringement claim: (Daily Dose of IP)



  • Still problems with OSCYPEK PDO (a smoked cheese made from salted sheep’s milk): (Class 46)


  • Aceite de La Alcarria to be PDO for olive oil: (Class 46),
  • Cybersquatting, freedom of expression and drought – individual registers .es domains coinciding with acronyms for new Ministries to post political criticism: (Class 46)

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

  • Token use may not be evidence of genuine use, rules CFI: Sonia Rykiel Création et Diffusion de Modeles v OHIM, Cuadrado SA: (Class 46),
  • Judicial review of BSI’s vote on OOXML: (BriefBlog),
  • Reports of possible challenge to Google’s revised AdWords rules in UK and Ireland: (IAM),
  • Order to transfer myspace.co.uk to MySpace overturned: (Out-Law), (IMPACT),
  • Lucas film empire strikes back in Star Wars case over IP rights in costumes: (International Law Office),
  • UK minister backs Community patent: (Managing Intellectual Property),
  • Rundown on lecture: ‘The role of economic analysis in IP law: implications for competition’ (1st in UCL/Howrey competition and IP lecture series): (IPKat)

United States

US General

US Patent Reform

US Patents

US Copyright

US Trademarks

  • Ambush marketing: new laws for sports events?: (IP Law360),
  • Concise guide to likelihood of confusion – Larkin’s article ‘Section 2(d) and (e)(1) refusals and substantive issues in ex parte appeals: the applicant’s perspective’: (IP Updates)

US – Companies / Entities

  • Adidas – Adidas awarded $305 million against Payless for infringement of three stripe design: (The Trademark Blog), (IP Law360), (The Trademark Blog), (The Trademark Blog), (The Trademark Blog), (Out-Law),
  • Agam – Artist, Yaacov Agam, claims restoration of his work of art breaches copyright: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),
  • Alcatel-Lucent – Alcatel-Lucent wins partial appeal against Microsoft, Dell in patent dispute: (IP Law360), (ISinIP),
  • Alphatec – Alphatec to pay $11 million in settlement deal to resolve patent suit brought by DePuy Spine over pedicle screw technology: (IP Law360),
  • AuthenTec – AuthenTec wins judgment in fingerprint patent case brought against it by Atmel: (IP Law360),
  • Bilski – CAFC hears oral arguments in In Re Bilski concerning patentability of business methods: (PLI), (Anticipate This!), (Hal Wegner), (Patently-O), (IP Law360),
  • Blizzard – Blizzard attempt to kill World of Warcraft bot bad news for copyright law, first sale doctrine: MDY v Blizzard: (Public Knowledge), (Public Knowledge), (Electronic Frontier Foundation), (Techdirt), (Ars Technica),
  • Canon – Light Valve Solutions files suit against 3M, Canon and several others claiming their LCD projection products infringe two light valve patents: (IP Law360),
  • Decisioning.com – CAFC upholds judgment in favour of Macy’s (formerly Federated Department Stores) in patent suit brought by Decisioning.com over technology for establishing credit accounts: (IP Law360), (Patent Prospector), (Hal Wegner),
  • Don Best Sports – Summary judgment granted in part in patent case re: Situs of infringement: Renhcol Inc v Don Best Sports: (EDTexweblog.com),
  • Draka Comteq – Farukawa, Draka settle two patent infringement battles: (IP Law360),
  • ESPN – ESPN files trade mark suit against Quiksilver, alleging its use of an ‘X’ in surfing and snowboarding gear infringes the symbol for X Games: (IP Law360),
  • Fisher-Price – Fisher-Price awarded $5.7M in patent dispute with Safety 1st over infant carrier patents: (IP Law360),
  • Ford – Ford asks ITC to bar Mustang knockoff parts being imported from Taiwan: (IP Law360),
  • Fu – Ex parte Fu: New precedential KSR decision from BPAI; Species not per se patentable over prior art genus: (Hal Wegner), (Patent Prospector); (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog), (Post-Grant),
  • Google – CoreCodec sends takedown notice to Google over hosting/linking to material that allegedly infringes CoreCodec’s copyright in software: (Chilling Effects),
  • Google – IP & RICO claims collide in domain name registration suit: Vulcan Golf, LLC v Google Inc: (Chicago IP Litigation Blog),
  • Google – No settlement in sight for Viacom’s lawsuit against Google for alleged copyright infringement on YouTube: (Ars Technica), (IP Law360),
  • isoHunt – BitTorrent tracker site, isoHunt, tries ‘just a search engine’ defense in copyright infringement case brought against it by MPAA: (Techdirt), (Ars Technica),
  • Juxtacomm – Defendant’s motion for partial judgment on pleadings in patent case denied; separate contentions not required for second accused product where claims identical: Juxtacomm Tech, Inc v Ascential Software Corp: (EDTexweblog.com),
  • LG – LG, L-1 Identity Solution reach deal in iris-recognition technology suit: (IP Law360),
  • Light Cubes – Patent and copyright infringement by sale of offending products into the US: Light Cubes LLC v Northern Light Products: (Ladas & Parry),
  • Mass Engineered – Mass Engineered adds defendants, Bretford and CSAV, in patent infringement suit: Mass Engineered Design, Inc v Ergotron, Inc: (EDTexweblog.com),
  • Merrill Lynch & Co – Ex-Merrill adviser enjoined in trade secrets suit: (IP Law360),
  • Microsoft – IP takes centre stage in failed Microsoft bid for Yahoo!: (Managing Intellectual Property),
  • Monsanto – Supreme Court petition for certiorari; ‘whether… process patent cannot be infringed under either 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) or 35 U.S.C. § 271(g) unless every step of the patented process is performed during the term of the patent’: Monsanto v Syngenta: (Hal Wegner),
  • MPAA – TorrentSpy ordered to pay $110 million in damages to MPAA after being found liable for copyright infringement; intends to appeal: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt), (Daily Dose of IP), (Techdirt),
  • National Oilwell – Jury decides A&B Valve and Piping employees did not misappropriate National Oilwell’s trade secrets: (IP Law360),
  • Netgear – Ruckus Wireless files patent suit against Netgear over wireless routers: (IP Law360),
  • Nikon – Papst sues Nikon claiming infringement of two patents relating to digital cameras: (IP Law360),
  • Orion Bancorp of Florida – Orion Bancorp wins court order that Orion Residential must use ‘negative keywords’ to avoid being associated with ‘orion’ marks: (Out-Law), (IPKat),
  • Pabst – DC District Court unleashes on patent holding company: In Re Pabst Licensing GMBH & Co KG Litigation: (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),
  • Proctor & Gamble – Proctor & Gamble files patent infringement suit against Johnson & Johnson over Listerine strips: (IPBiz), (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360),
  • Prostar – Supreme Court petition for certiorari; ‘[w]hether the ownership of a patent is determined by state law… or instead is governed by federal common law whenever the effectiveness of an assignment is at issue’: Prostar v IpVenture: (Hal Wegner),
  • PSN Illinois – CAFC upholds noninfringement ruling; cancelled claims narrows construction for asserted claims: PSN Illinois, LLC v Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc: (IP Law360), (Patently-O), (Hal Wegner), (Patent Prospector), (Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog),
  • Rambus – Samsung dealt another setback in Rambus patent disputes: (IP Law360),
  • RIAA – Exonerated RIAA defendant, Andersen, files fourth amended complaint in her malicious prosecution lawsuit against record labels and RIAA: (Ars Technica),
  • RIAA – Federal judge in Florida speedily denies RIAA’s motion to dismiss P2P defendant’s counterclaims: Atlantic v Boyer: (Ars Technica),
  • RIAA – RIAA massively ramps up warning notices to college student over file sharing: (Techdirt),
  • Rothschild – Prof G N Rothschild settles LED patent infringement claims against Epistar Corp: (Philip Brooks), (IP Law360),
  • Rowling – Discussion of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter lexicon lawsuit: (Techdirt), (43(B)log), (IP ADR Blog),
  • Seiko Epson – ITC to investigate whether Asian importers and related US companies violated exclusion order barring them from importing goods found to infringe on Seiko’s ink cartridge patents: (IP Law360),
  • Sony – International Control Systems files patent suit against Sony Electronics, Panasonic, Philips and several other major television manufacturers over technology that maintains equal volume levels for different television channels: (IP Law360),
  • Syncsort – Judge OKs Syncsort’s trade secret claim in UNIX software suit against Innovative Routines International: (IP Law360),
  • Takata – TRW Automotive claims Takata infringed safety device patents: (IP Law360),
  • Toyota – CAFC affirms ITC’s finding of no infringement in case concerning transaxles in Toyota hybrid models: Solomon Technologies v ITC: (Patent Prospector), (IP Law360),
  • Unigen – Unigen agrees to consolidate three pending patent infringement cases against Walgreens, Target, and Perrigo Company of South Carolina: (Washington State Patent Law Blog),
  • Universal Recovery Systems – Universal retaliates against SoundBite Communications claiming patent infringement and fraud: (IP Law360),
  • Valence Media – Internet search engine operator, Valence Media, ordered to pay six major movie studios $111M following finding of willful inducement of copyright infringement: (IP Law360),
  • VeriSign – VeriSign obtains patent for domain name system redirection process that it has previously agreed not to use: (Ars Technica), (Techdirt),
  • Wal-Mart- Ex-Ramones’ drummer’s copyright infringement case against Wal-Mart, Apple and others fails: (Patry Copyright Blog)
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