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  • Constitutional Challenges to IPR Continue

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    Dennis Crouch
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Dennis Crouch Respect for property rights has always been a core American principle.  That respect generally means that a government grant of a property rights cannot be cancelled or annulled outside of judicial action.  In a set of 19th Century cases, that principle was repeatedly upheld, including in the patent law context (both patents for land and patents for inventions). See, e.g.: McCormick Harvesting Mach. v. Aultman, 169 U.S. 606 (1898) (“[W]hen a patent [issues], it has passed beyond the control and jurisdiction of [the patent] office, and is not subject to be revoked…
  • Patent Propaganda, Glamourisation, and Erosion of Citizens’ Rights in the Process

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    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Taking away from people’s rights to empower corporations Summary: An overview of recent coverage about patents, demonstrative of inherent bias in the world of patent practitioners and the journalists whom they misinform Patent propaganda is rampant and increasingly widespread in the corporate media because patents these days mostly serve large corporations. It’s means of protectionism, not for the ‘small guy’ (as the saying goes) but for any large corporation that loathes fair competition (it’s against shareholders’ interests to have competition). Like in…
  • Intellectual Ventures Software Patents Too Generic (i.e., Abstract)

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    Dennis Crouch
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    by Dennis Crouch On appeal, the Federal Circuit has affirmed that Intellectual Ventures’ asserted patent claims are invalid for lacking eligible subject matter. Intellectual Ventures v. Capital One (Fed. Cir. 2015) (Patent Nos. 8,083,137, 7,603,382, and 7,260,587). The basic idea behind the patent ‘137 patent is to help users budget and then stick to their budget. Incredibly important task that many of us find quite challenging.  The court identified Claim 5 as representative.  That claim includes two steps: (1) storing a user profile with a set of categories – each…
  • Access to Private PAIR/EFS-Web via Chrome ends in September 2015

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    stevenipper
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    According to the USPTO, users will no longer be able to use Google Chrome to access PAIR/EFS-Web after September 2015. ADVISORY (22JUNE2015) In April 2015, Google Chrome removed the default ability to use the Java plug-in for browser version 42. This impacts your ability to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR because Java is required for your authentication into these systems. Currently, Chrome has a temporary workaround that will allow you to use the Java plug-in so that you can continue to log into EFS-Web and Private PAIR: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6213033(link is external) This…
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  • Patent Paralegal – Law Firm – Reston, Va. - Patently-O

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Patent Paralegal – Law Firm – Reston, Va.Patently-ODuties will also include management of patent docket including reviewing and docketing patent correspondence, updating the status of patents and patent applications, assisting patent attorneys, and inspection of electronic patent file histories
  • Apple has a clever idea that could replace the charging port in your iPhone - Business Insider

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Business InsiderApple has a clever idea that could replace the charging port in your iPhoneBusiness InsiderApple may be working on a new way to charge your iPhone that could make the phone sleeker and more durable. A recently published patent application lays the foundation for how Apple could create an iPhone with no ports. The patent application, which ...and more »
  • Patent Protections Within The TPP Aren't Unprecedented, They're What ... - Forbes

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    ForbesPatent Protections Within The TPP Aren't Unprecedented, They're What ForbesSpecifically, pharmaceutical developers require 12 years of data protection rights and adequate patent enforcement processes such as “linkage”, which is already reflected in numerous US FTAs and helps avoid the unnecessary costs and time of litigating ...and more »
  • Summit Therapeutics (SMMT) Granted Composition of Matter Patent from EPO - StreetInsider.com

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    Summit Therapeutics (SMMT) Granted Composition of Matter Patent from EPOStreetInsider.comSummit Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SMMT) announces that the European Patent Office ('EPO') has granted a composition of matter patent for the small molecule utrophin modulator SMT C1100 and that the period of opposition for this patent has now expired ...Summit Therapeutics Granted Key Patent by European Patent Office for Utrophin BenzingaSummit Therapeutics adds Europe to patent list for key compoundProactive Investors UKSummit Therapeutics plc: Grant of Key Patent by European Patent Office for…
  • Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-style folding pin USB adapter - Apple Insider

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Apple InsiderApple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-style folding pin USB adapterApple InsiderContinuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent ...Apple Granted Patent 47 Today Covering a Secure Identity Service for iMessage Patently AppleLatest Apple Inc. Patent Relates To New Magnetic Folding Adapter For UKBidness ETCall 4 news articles »
 
 
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  • Alice Case Beats Microsoft Patent Troll, USPTO Director Michelle Lee Wants Reform

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    Summary: Latest developments surrounding software patents and patent trolls in the United States For somewhat of a change, today we have some good news. Amid complaints about the patent system (see for example “Patent abuse hurts in Lansing, nation”) the USPTO‘s Michelle Lee, whom we wrote about before [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], remarks on patent reform at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Patent Reform Forum. She said that “there are certain changes that only Congress can make via legislation. Which is why I’m pleased that patent litigation reform…
  • Links 7/7/2015: Lenovo ThinkPad With GNU/Linux, More Containers Hype

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux How I Discovered Linux & Changed the World When Rick migrated us over to Linux, I had no idea what Linux was or why it would be any better than the Windows systems we had been using. I had seriously considered changing the whole operation to Macs, until the sticker shock set in. The fact that Rick assured me the hack would have not occurred on Linux was surely one of the reasons I went along. With some online guidance from Rick, I installed Linux on my personal/work computer at home under a…
  • There is No ‘New Microsoft’: Under Nadella, Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android Carries on

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    Summary: Kyocera is again being targeted by Microsoft, using patent aggression, with a secret settlement being reached whose negative impact on Android remains to be seen AS LONGTIME readers may recall, back in 2007 Microsoft picked Kyocera for its anti-Linux patent campaign, leading us to years of research and protests, even when Kyocera adopted Android, only to be sued by Microsoft earlier this year (with ‘partners’ like these, who needs enemies?). Kyocera is not “just peanuts”; despite not being so well known in Western nations, this is a company with 68,185…
  • Patent Propaganda, Glamourisation, and Erosion of Citizens’ Rights in the Process

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Taking away from people’s rights to empower corporations Summary: An overview of recent coverage about patents, demonstrative of inherent bias in the world of patent practitioners and the journalists whom they misinform Patent propaganda is rampant and increasingly widespread in the corporate media because patents these days mostly serve large corporations. It’s means of protectionism, not for the ‘small guy’ (as the saying goes) but for any large corporation that loathes fair competition (it’s against shareholders’ interests to have competition). Like in…
  • Corporate Media Should Stop Grooming Black Duck by Calling it ‘Open Source’ and Repeating Its Lies

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    Summary: Black Duck uses gullible (or easy to manipulate) journalists to spread its marketing talking points, which grossly overstate risks of using Free software THE Microsoft-connected firm Black Duck was started as an anti-GPL entity, by its very own admission. This firm which keeps openwashing itself at every opportunity is purely proprietary and it holds patents on software. So how can one be fooled into characterising it as “the open source vendor”, as this new article does? ChannelWeb calls it “open source”. That’s like calling a demolition company…
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  • They Invented What? (No. 2)

    Jake Ward
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 6,368,227: Method of swinging on a swing I claim: 1. A method of swinging on a swing, the method comprising the steps of:      a) suspending a seat for supporting a user between only two chains that are hung from a tree branch;      b) positioning a user on the seat so that the user is facing a direction perpendicular to the tree branch;      c) having the user pull alternately on one chain to induce movement of the user and the swing toward one side, and then on the other chain to induce…
  • Google Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion – May 8-22

    Jake Ward
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    From the Google Public Policy Blog, with some traction in the news this week- Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion We invite you to sell us your patents. The Patent Purchase Promotion is an experimental marketplace for patents that’s simple, easy to use, and fast. Patent owners sell patents for numerous reasons (such as the need to raise money or changes in a company’s business direction). Unfortunately, the usual patent marketplace can sometimes be challenging, especially for smaller participants who sometimes end up working with patent trolls. Then bad things happen, like lawsuits,…
  • They Invented What? (No. 1)

    Jake Ward
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 3,963,275:  Method of breaking free-standing rock boulders What is claimed is: 1.)  The method of fragmenting a free-standing boulder comprising determining the average diameter of said boulder to determine the time required for sound to traverse said average diameter, determining the compressive strength of said boulder, selecting a projectile having a mass which will establish an impact stress within said boulder greater than the compressive strength of the boulder, when impacted upon said boulder with…
  • Inventing to Nowhere Documentary.

    Jake Ward
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    JW Note:  Very interesting documentary video on Youtube relating to the importance of a strong patent system.  Hat tip to the PatentlyO blog.Filed under: General Commentary
  • New Guidance on Section 101 Subject Matter Eligibility Issued.

    Jake Ward
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    From the USPTO Director’s Forum Blog on Monday, December 15, 2014: Following the valuable feedback that we received from the public through written comments and multiple public meetings over the last several months, we are issuing new examination guidance on subject matter eligibility under § 101 in view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Alice Corp., Myriad, and Mayo. You can find the guidance in a Federal Register notice officially published on December 16, 2014, entitled “2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility.” Claim examples have been…
 
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  • Katonomics: Anything Under the Tuscan Sun

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Your Katonomist is delighted to return her paws to IPKat.  Economics, evidence, biker gangs and terrible puns await.Judge as you may, but while this Kat was sunning herself in Italy, she was reading Howkins 2000 book, "The Creative Economy."  The mention of the American Supreme Court's 1980 comments on patentability presented far too good of an opportunity for a punny title and to reflect on changes to economic understanding of patents over the last years.  Howkins mentions Lessig's predictions that the American penchant for business model patents would sound the death knell…
  • Life sciences come to life again, this time in Berlin

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    The best part of a year ago ("A matter of life and death? No, it's more important than that. Life sciences in the limelight", here), this Kat waxed lyrical on the then-forthcoming Life Sciences IP Summit 2014. Well, now he is looking at the programme for the Life Sciences IP Summit 2015 -- coming up in Berlin on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October. Much has happened since last year's event, including a shift of venue from Amsterdam. Could this have been anything to do with Merpel's saucy comments about how appropriate it was to host such a sexy subject in a city famed for its Red Light…
  • Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ...

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Here once again is our ever-dependable friend Alberto Bellan's take on last week's substantive Katposts, specially designed to facilitate a swift catch-up for those good folk whose professional, academic, commercial or romantic commitments kept them from reading them when they first came out.  This week's collection is the 53rd.  Thanks again, Alberto, for all your hard work!* Benna, Bnina, Baina: a carefully-scripted ruling from the CJEU Case C 147/14 Loutfi Management Propriété intellectuelle SARL v AMJ Meatproducts NV, Halalsupply NV is a Court of Justice of the…
  • Monday miscellany

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Two heads can be more effective than one,at least if they can think independently ..."Who are the addressees of the InfoSoc three-step test?" Readers of the 1709 Blog may have noticed fellow Kat Eleonora's excited post this morning which poses this question -- and in which she also announces the forthcoming publication in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) of an article with a title suggesting a possible answer: "Are national courts the addressees of the InfoSoc three-step test?", co-authored with leading British intellectual property judge and…
  • The General Court declines to visit Nagoya: challenges inadmissible

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    This Kat reported that August that German and Dutch associations of plant breeders had challenged EU Regulation 511/2014 (the Regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol and setting out compliance measures for EU users) before the General Court in order to seek its annulment. Details at that time were a little patchy, although some helpful comments provided a little more information. Now, our eagle-eyed blogmeister has noticed from an e-Bulletin from Herbert Smith Freehills (to whom a very grateful Katpat) that the General Court has rejected both challenges as inadmissible.The…
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    Patent Baristas

  • Indie Comedy Film ‘Trolls’ Takes on Patent Trolls

    Stephen Jenei
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    A new film, tentatively entitled ‘TROLLS‘, is currently in pre-production and into fundraising on Indiegogo.  Apparently, the film is a feature length comedy (comedy? really?) about start-ups, crowdfunding, and patent trolls. Understandably, the working title of Patent Assertion Entities! was probably not such a great idea.  Whether or not you believe that patent trolls are (quote) an ugly, stinky zit on the face of the American legal system (unquote), I have to applaud their moxie. From Indiegogo: Filmmakers in Austin, TX are using crowdfunding to bring their new comedy film…
  • USPTO Releases Enhancements to Private PAIR

    Stephen Jenei
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    ADVISORY (13Jun2015) USPTO Announces Enhancements to Private PAIR Beginning on June 13, 2015, users will notice several new Private PAIR features that will allow users to self-administer a number of routine administrative tasks that previously required the submission of a paper form.  These requests will be processed immediately. The enhancements include the ability to submit entity status changes, create new customer numbers, submit correspondence and/or maintenance fee address changes, and view saved or submitted requests.  The Address & Attorney/Agent tab has also been enhanced to…
  • Q&A with Matt Cutler on the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act

    Stephen Jenei
    27 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    Today we talk with Matt Cutler, a principal at Harness Dickey, about the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act) of 2015.  The 55-page PATENT Act is an attempt to make reforms to stop abusive patent litigation practices. It is the first patent reform bill to have bipartisan support.  (See the contents of S. 1137 here.) Patent Baristas: You are currently with Harness Dickey specializing in intellectual property litigation and Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO.  Can you tell me a little…
  • How Quality Translations Speed IP Protection While Reducing Both Risk and Costs

    Stephen Jenei
    8 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Protecting your intellectual property, whether domestically or internationally, is traditionally a complex and costly process. On an international scale, that cost is largely due to translations, with the largest patent filers often budgeting millions of dollars each year to ensure accurate translations are localized for each country in which they plan to file. Why so much cost? The mistranslation of even a single word can lead to office actions, delayed time to grant, an increased risk of litigation or even the reduction of patent scope and market opportunity for the life of the patent.
  • Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion. Is It Worth It?

    Stephen Jenei
    4 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Google announced an experiment it says will “remove friction from the patent market and improve the landscape.” The experiment, called the Patent Purchase Promotion, will run from May 8 through May 22, 2015. In it, the Program offers a way for patent holders to tell Google about patents they are willing to sell. From the Program: Question: Why is Google doing this? Answer: We view this as an experiment. We are looking for ways to help improve the patent landscape, and we hope that by removing some of the friction that exists in the secondary market for patents, this program might…
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  • Another Aleynikov Trade Secrets Case Ends with Narrower Statute

    Patent Docs
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:11 pm
    By Josh Rich -- In 2009, Sergey Aleynikov was a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs to write high-frequency trading code. He accepted an offer to join a new Chicago-based company, Teza Technologies. Before he left Goldman Sachs, however, he sent portions of Goldman's high frequency trading code to a German website for his own future use. After Goldman found out, it went to the FBI; Aleynikov was then arrested on a flight home from Chicago. With that arrest began a circuitous journey through the U.S. legal system, governed by two different sovereigns and under two different legal…
  • NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2014

    Patent Docs
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:59 pm
    By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2014. The NAI is a non-profit organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members. The organization was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, and translate the inventions of its members…
  • Conference & CLE Calendar

    Patent Docs
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    July 8-10, 2015 - Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2015: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing (Practising Law Institute) - San Francisco, CA July 9, 2015 - "Leveraging Post-Grant Patent Proceedings Before the PTAB -- Best Practices for Patentees and Third Parties in Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review and Covered Business Method Patent Challenges" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT) July 14, 2015 - Patent Quality Chat webinar series -- Face-to-face Examiner Interviews: A Demonstration of USPTO Tools - noon to 1:00 pm (EDT) July 16-17, 2015 - "Advanced Patent Prosecution…
  • PLI Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar

    Patent Docs
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be holding a two-day seminar entitled: "Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar 2015: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing" on July 16-17, 2015 in New York, NY, on August 10-11, 2015 in San Francisco, CA, and on September 10-11, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Patent Docs authors Donald Zuhn and Kevin Noonan will be presenting at the Chicago seminar. At the New York and Chicago seminars, PLI's faculty will offer presentations on the following topics: • Ethics in the PTO • Concurrent Sessions I: Advanced Specification Drafting Issues -- all concurrent sessions and…
  • Webinar on Non-Obviousness Post-AIA

    Patent Docs
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Section 103 and Non-Obviousness Post-AIA -- Navigating Timing Changes, Federal Court Treatment, and Secondary Considerations to Meet Patent Validity Requirements" on July 23, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Thomas L. Irving and Erika H. Arner of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will provide guidance to patent counsel regarding the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on Section 103 and non-obviousness, and offer best practices for meeting the non-obviousness requirement for patent validity. The…
 
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  • Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain

    Anthony McCain
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Donald Zuhn: Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents In 2014 Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft, Kyocera Settle Patent Suit Jack Purcher: Apple Sued Over “Ion-X” Glass Branding Christopher Versace: Congress Should Protect IP Patent Rights Louis Carbonneau: Patent Prosecution Elizabeth A. Howard and Johanna Jacob: Knowledge Is Key Get a Job doing Patent Law The Marbury Law Group, PLLC AuerbachSchrot LLC Loza & Loza, LLP Clements Bernard PLLC
  • Intellectual Ventures Software Patents Too Generic (i.e., Abstract)

    Dennis Crouch
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    by Dennis Crouch On appeal, the Federal Circuit has affirmed that Intellectual Ventures’ asserted patent claims are invalid for lacking eligible subject matter. Intellectual Ventures v. Capital One (Fed. Cir. 2015) (Patent Nos. 8,083,137, 7,603,382, and 7,260,587). The basic idea behind the patent ‘137 patent is to help users budget and then stick to their budget. Incredibly important task that many of us find quite challenging.  The court identified Claim 5 as representative.  That claim includes two steps: (1) storing a user profile with a set of categories – each…
  • Constitutional Challenges to IPR Continue

    Dennis Crouch
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Dennis Crouch Respect for property rights has always been a core American principle.  That respect generally means that a government grant of a property rights cannot be cancelled or annulled outside of judicial action.  In a set of 19th Century cases, that principle was repeatedly upheld, including in the patent law context (both patents for land and patents for inventions). See, e.g.: McCormick Harvesting Mach. v. Aultman, 169 U.S. 606 (1898) (“[W]hen a patent [issues], it has passed beyond the control and jurisdiction of [the patent] office, and is not subject to be revoked…
  • USPTO Can Demand Attorney Fee Awards, Even When it Loses the Case

    Dennis Crouch
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Shammas v. Focarion (Lee) (4th Cir. 2015) [SHAMMAS v FOCARINO] The Patent and Lanham (TM) acts each include a mechanism for filing a civil action when the USPTO refuses to grant/register the applied-for rights.  See 35 U.S.C. 145 and 15 U.S.C. 1071(b) respectively. Both provisions include cost-shifting that forces the applicant to pay the PTO’s expenses of the proceedings, win-or-lose. Patent Cases: “All the expenses of the proceedings shall be paid by the applicant.” Trademark Cases: “unless the court finds the expenses to be unreasonable, all the expenses of the…
  • Privity: Prevailing Defendant Cannot Take Advantage of Indemnification Agreement to Attorney Fees when Offending Party Fails to Pay

    Dennis Crouch
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    by Dennis Crouch Buckhorn and Schoeller Arca Systems v. Orbis (Fed. Cir. 2015) As part of a license agreement, Schoeller Arca granted Buckhorn a license to its U.S. Patent No. 5,199,592 in a form termed “co-exclusive” because Schoeller retained a right to practice the invention.  The agreement gave Buckhorn the right to control any enforcement of the patent against third parties but included an indemnification provision where Buckhorn would reimburse Schoeller for its potential costs associated with an enforcement if it needed to be joined as a co-plaintiff. Later Buckhorn…
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  • Access to Private PAIR/EFS-Web via Chrome ends in September 2015

    stevenipper
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    According to the USPTO, users will no longer be able to use Google Chrome to access PAIR/EFS-Web after September 2015. ADVISORY (22JUNE2015) In April 2015, Google Chrome removed the default ability to use the Java plug-in for browser version 42. This impacts your ability to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR because Java is required for your authentication into these systems. Currently, Chrome has a temporary workaround that will allow you to use the Java plug-in so that you can continue to log into EFS-Web and Private PAIR: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6213033(link is external) This…
  • USPTO First To File Roadshows

    stevenipper
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Via this USPTO webpage: The USPTO will be hosting seven half-day roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). In prosecuting patent applications according to the FITF provisions since March 16, 2013, the USPTO has recognized some complications in the administrative processes as well as a need for a better understanding of the FITF provisions. A link to the information, including contact information and the agenda, can be accessed here:…
  • Adobe Acrobat Tips for Patent and Trademark Practitioners

    stevenipper
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Here are some helpful posts for patent and trademark practitioners on the use of Adobe Acrobat: Acrobat for Legal Professionals Blog (ALPB) on Converting Color PDFs to Greyscale or Black and White. ALPB on Converting Color PDF to Greyscale PDF (An Update). ALPB on Acrobat 8: New Examine Document Feature. ALPB on Creating Email Portfolios for Small Electronic Data Discovery Productions. ALPB on Preventing Edits to Bates Numbers . . . now with an Action!. ALPB on Preventing Edits to Bates Numbers applied in Acrobat. ALPB on Can I change the number of digits when I Bates Number?. ALPB on Bates…
  • Free/Low Cost IP Statute Supplements

    stevenipper
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    It used to be that almost every intellectual property attorney would personally have a printed copy of all of the U.S. patent, trademark and copyright statutes sitting on their desk. Every year, a new edition would be bought to replace the old edition… These compilations are not inexpensive. For instance, a softbound copy of “Federal Intellectual Property Laws and Regulations, 2014 ed.” by Thomson West will set you back $269. Then came the Internet, and the ability to access electronic copies of the statutes online. Many practitioners opted to stop purchasing printed copies…
  • The use of “characterized in that” in claims filed in the United States

    stevenipper
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    PCT Rule 6.3(b) states that: Whenever appropriate, claims shall contain: (i) a statement indicating those technical features of the invention which are necessary for the definition of the claimed subject matter but which, in combination, are part of the prior art, [and] (ii) a characterizing portion-preceded by the words “characterized in that,” “characterized by,” “wherein the improvement comprises,” or any other words to the same effect-stating concisely the technical features which, in combination with the features stated under (i), it is desired to…
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  • Abstract Loss

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Internet Patents asserted 7,707,505 against Active Network and others. The district court found '505 patent ineligible under §101, which the CAFC affirmed. On appeal, Judge Newman (CAFC 2014-1048) seemed to agree that case law for §101 has all the clarity of someone speaking while gargling a mouthful of marbles. "Recently, the courts have focused on the patent eligibility of 'abstract ideas,' for precision has been elusive in defining an all-purpose boundary between the abstract and the concrete, leaving innovators and competitors uncertain as to their legal rights." In this case,…
  • No Way For Means

    23 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    The incompetence of the patent office was demonstrated with 5,663,757, which EON asserted against 17 defendants. '757 survived two reexaminations. Then the district court found the patent indefinite for eight different means claim elements relying upon a disclosure that had no means for meeting the means. The CAFC affirmed (2014-1392).
  • Personal

    23 May 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Fenner Investments sued Verizon Wireless for infringing 5,561,706, which claimed locating and tracking "personal identification numbers." Claim construction of "personal identification numbers" as being personal led to stipulation of non-infringement. Fenner insisted "personal identification numbers" meant device-specific, not personal, despite the specification stating "personal identification numbers are not associated with any particular communications unit or physical location but are associated with individual users," and arguing the same to overcome prior art during prosecution. A CAFC…
  • Elevator Music

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Info-Hold sued Muzak and Applied Media Technologies for infringing 5,991,374, which claims playing the music ubiquitously found in commercial establishments. Ohio district court judge Timothy S. Black demonstrated bias towards Muzak in his claim construction. Such corruption is common in district courts throughout the country, and is often let pass on appeal, if the CAFC shares the same plutocratic bias. In this case, the CAFC (2013-1528) reversed and remanded.
  • Not Final

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Automated Merchandising Sytems (AMS) sued Crane for infringing four patents. Crane responded by filing inter partes reexaminations on the patents. The parties settled. AMS tried to stop the reexams, but the PTO refused. And the courts refused to contravene the PTO refusal. Automated Merchandising Systems v. USPTO (CAFC 2014-1728) precedential; Judges Prost, Taranto (author), Fogel The PTO told the district court "that its refusal to terminate the proceedings was 'a final agency action.'" On appeal, it told the CAFC the exact opposite. Such two-faced posturing did not matter. The courts are…
 
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  • The Pendulum Clock, and building a wooden gear clock from a kit made by Abong

    Bob Shaver
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    The first pendulum clock was invented in 1656 by Christian Huygens in the Netherlands.  This clock was based on an escapement, a device which allows the first gear of the clock to advance only one gear with each swing of a pendulum.  The pendulum clock greatly improved clock accuracy, and led to the addition of minute and second hands to the earlier hour hand.   I got the bug to build a wooden gear clock from a kit, and ordered a kit made by Abong. This clock was designed by Raymond Groothuizen in 2013.  He put a lot of research and trial and error into making the clock. They make other…
  • The Wirtz Water Pump, River Pump, Spiral Pump, or Coil Pump

    Bob Shaver
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    How do you use the energy of flowing water, such as in a stream or river, to pump water to a height far higher than the source of the water?  How do you do that without electricity, without solar power, just using the moving water?  A device that does just that was invented in 1746 by Wirtz of Switzerland.  It was largely forgotten when steam power and later electrical power came  along, but it has seen a resurgence of interest among people trying to use simple technology in the U.S. and also in developing countries. Its called a Wirtz pump, and is also known as a spiral pump, a river…
  • Shaver and Swanson, LLP, our new patent law firm

    Bob Shaver
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Scott Swanson, our Paralegal Amy Hennig, and our Office Manager Dicsie Gullick and I recently started a new law firm, to continue our work in patent and trademark law, as well as litigation involving patents and trademarks.  We got my daughter Ciera Shaver to work on the website, and she came up with this cool graphic.  This is a great graphic for a patent law firm, because Scott and I both ride bikes, and arguably, the bicycle is the perfect invention.  If not the ultimate invention, its a pretty darn revolutionary invention.  Our website is located at shaverswanson.com
  • The Largest Stone Moved by Man, The Thunder Stone

    Bob Shaver
    2 Sep 2013 | 5:46 pm
    The largest stone ever moved by man, as far as I know, is the stone moved to St. Petersberg to serve as the base for the equistrian statue of Peter the Great.  It was called the Thunder Stone, and was moved four miles by land from a swamp in Finland, to a waiting barge.  It weighed 1250 tons, by far the heaviest stone known to have been moved by man.  It traveled by barge to its resting place in St. Petersburg, and was carved to it's final shape as it was being moved.  It started out as 1500 tons, and was something like 1250 tons when in its finished form. It was moved by placing…
  • Behistun Inscription, Iran

    Bob Shaver
    9 Sep 2012 | 7:03 pm
    In 1835 Sir Henry Rawlinson investigated some writings and figures carved in a stone wall on the road between the ancient capital of Babylonia and Media, located in modern Iraq .  The writings were on a panel carved into the rock, the panel being 15 meters high and 25 meters long.  The panel is 100 meters above the foot of the cliff.  Using copies of the text that he made, Rawlinson determined that the text of the inscription was a declaration, geneology, and history lesson written by King Darius of Persia, written before his death in 486 BC.  The inscription was important because the…
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  • Should I Quote Hemingway or Dickens in Stage Play?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I'm working on a stage play. In my play, I wanted to have a character quote two separate passages from Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms." The first is the first two paragraphs of the novel and the second is a short dialogue exchange (four lines). In both cases, the work is sourced. Would I be able to include these passages under fair use? If not, would older work, such as Dickens be usable?"A Farewell to Arms," first published in 1929, is protected under copyright in the U.S. until 2034 (95 years after publication date). According to the Hemingway Society permission to use excerpts…
  • Same Sex Marriage and Copyright Redux

    The Dear Rich Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Back in 2013 when the Supreme Court made its DOMA decision, we reviewed the effect it would have on copyright law. At that time we indicated that the primary effect would be that in states where same-sex marriage is legal, the surviving spouse would acquire copyright renewal rights and termination rights. Now that the Supreme Court has held that same-sex marriage, is legal in all states the rule applies across the country. In other words, a surviving spouse will acquire the right to recapture copyright for pre-1978 transfers as well as the right to send and benefit…
  • Can I Stop App Maker From Using My eBook Title?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I recently discovered that a new Apple app is using my exact common law trademark -- a phrase associated with my former profession. Through Apple, I contacted the app designer, who said she registered the trademark with the USPTO and it was tough luck for me. Since February 2013, I have used my trademark for the title of my copyrighted eBook, which is available globally on Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. Since that date, any cursory internet search for those keywords would reveal my eBook, my website and my personal contact information. How can I regain…
  • Wants to Use Recycling Logo As Part of Trademark

    The Dear Rich Staff
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I started a small comic book publishing company called Disposable Fiction Comics, LLC. We are using the recycling logo as part of our logo. I know that the recycle logo is part of public domain, but I was considering trademarking it, but I started realizing that may not be possible as it would make it private property. The classic recycling logo -- three bent arrows in a triangle shape --has been used in many variations in dozens of registered trademarks from recycled fabrics to recycled metals to cement to photocopier cartridges to edible marijuana seeds.
  • Making an NDA With Someone in Remote Location

    The Dear Rich Staff
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Can you advise me as to the best process for arranging a non disclosure agreement with a party in a remote location? Can the agreement be signed and attached in an email? Would this be sufficient or is an original necessary?Thanks to the federal e-signature law, contracts that are signed and executed electronically are as valid and enforceable as paper contracts. All you need to do is email it to the remote party who emails it back with an electronic signature. People use different types of e-signatures, including typing the signer's name into the signature area, pasting in a…
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  • Amazon patents granted on 07 July 2015

    Administrator
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    25 US patents granted on 07 July 2015 and assigned to Amazon 1 9,078,082 Interacting with cloud-based applications using unrelated devices 2 9,077,956 Scene identification 3 9,077,891 Depth determination using camera focus 4 9,077,643 Programmatically simulating system conditions 5 9,077,066 Wideband tapered antenna with parasitic grounding element 6 9,076,450 Directed audio for speech recognition 7 9,076,378 Method of driving an electro-wetting display panel and electro-wetting display apparatus for performing the same 8 9,076,303 Implementing contests in social networks 9 9,076,180…
  • Apple patents granted on 07 July 2015

    Administrator
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    47 US patents granted on 07 July 2015 and assigned to Apple 1 D733,744 Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface 2 9,078,286 Mesh base transceiver station network optimized for backhaul access 3 9,078,230 Selective location determination 4 9,078,128 System and method for secure identity service 5 9,077,952 Transport controls for a media device 6 9,077,943 Local image statistics collection 7 9,077,917 Image sensor having HDR capture capability 8 9,077,878 Alternative lens insertion methods and associated features for camera modules 9 9,077,795 Latch mechanism device and…
  • Canon patents granted on 07 July 2015

    Administrator
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    92 US patents granted on 07 July 2015 and assigned to Canon 1 9,077,967 Image reproduction apparatus and control method therefor 2 9,077,957 Video reproducing apparatus, display control method therefor, and storage medium storing display control program therefor 3 9,077,921 Image pickup apparatus, image pickup system, driving method for image pickup apparatus, and driving method for image pickup system using two analog-to-digital conversions 4 9,077,918 Photoelectric conversion apparatus with first and second conductors that respectively supply corresponding voltages to digital circuits of a…
  • eBay patents granted on 07 July 2015

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    7 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    1 US patent granted on 07 July 2015 and assigned to eBay 1 9,076,173 Product identification using multiple services
  • Fujitsu patents granted on 07 July 2015

    Administrator
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    45 US patents granted on 07 July 2015 and assigned to Fujitsu 1 D733,704 Personal computer 2 9,078,377 Air volume control device and air volume control method 3 9,078,369 Fastening device, casing using same, and fastening method 4 9,078,204 Base station, communication control method, and wireless communication system 5 9,078,193 Apparatus for determining route, method for determining route, non-transitory computer-readable recording medium having stored therein management program, and management device 6 9,078,159 Data collection method, mobile terminal and data storage device 7 9,078,155…
 
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  • Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

    Weintraub Tobin
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who enjoy Basmati rice or...By: Weintraub Tobin
  • Flash Boy’s Conviction Thrown Out—Again

    Orrick - Trade Secrets Group
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    In a stunning victory for the former Goldman Sachs programmer, New York State Justice Daniel Conviser threw out Sergey Aleynikov’s jury conviction on state law charges that he stole intellectual property from Goldman. Trade Secrets Watch has...By: Orrick - Trade Secrets Group
  • Not a Soccer Fan But SHEBELIEVES

    Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Although I’m an avid sports fan, I rarely watch soccer and quite frankly I also rarely watch women’s professional sports. I have some very logical reasons for my avoidance of soccer (in what other sport does the clock tick up and “extra minutes” are...By: Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
  • Absolut Apologies, Comparisons, Truncations

    Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    It has been a while since a billboard campaign has caught my interest and attention, but the currently running Absolut Goes Dark ads are an exception worth noting......By: Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
  • Motion for Additional Discovery Seeking Details of Kyle Bass-led Coalition Partially Succeeds

    Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    We continue to monitor the various strategies and tactics being employed by pharma companies that have been targeted by the “Coalition for Affordable Drugs” – a group led by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass. In a recent decision, the PTAB granted-in-part...By: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
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  • Fraud Detection in Patient Records Patent -- Is it Patent-Eligible?

    Woodrow Pollack
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    "In other words, Claim 1 comprises..." Perhaps the most dangerous words in a court opinion directed to the patent eligibility of a challenged patent. I say dangerous because essentially any patent claim can be presented "in other words" in order to describe them broadly directed to some abstract idea and doing so avoids careful analysis of the particular meaning of all words in a challenged claim.  Fairwarning IP, LLC sued Iatric Systems for infringement of U.S. Patent 8,578,500 directed to a method and system for detecting fraud and misuse in connection with electronic patient…
  • Are the Kardashians' European Activities Beyond The Reach of a U.S. Court?

    Woodrow Pollack
    11 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Nope.Lee Tillett owns U.S. Trademark No. 4079066 for KROMA in connection with cosmetics.  Tillett exclusively licensed the mark to Kroma Makeup EU, LLC ("Kroma EU") granting Kroma EU the right to import, distribute, and sell products using the mark in Europe.  Kroma EU's business thrived selling cosmetics under this mark.Separately, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian set out to create a Kardashian-themed makeup line.  They engaged Boldface Licensing + Branding ("Boldface") to assist in this venture.  Boldface conducted a preliminary trademark search for terms like…
  • Staying Litigation Because of Request for Inter Partes Review?

    Woodrow Pollack
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    Not yet.  The request is premature until the Patent Office determines whether or not to institute the Inter Partes Review ("IPR").TAS Energy, Inc. sued Stellar Energy Americas, Inc. for patent infringement concerning U.S. RE 44,815.  TAS and Stellar are competing engineering firms that each sought to design and construct a gas turbine inlet air cooling and thermal energy storage system for Duke Energy.  TAS additionally sought a preliminary injunction to enjoin Stellar's activities, but that motion was denied.  Stellar next petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office…
  • Request for Directed Verdict -- Is "Pods" Generic?

    Woodrow Pollack
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    No.A jury agreed with PODS that U-Haul infringed the "pods" trademark and that U-Haul was unable to prove that the mark was generic.  U-Haul asked for a directed verdict notwithstanding the jury's conclusion and separately asked for a new trial.The Court noted the narrow lens through which a Rule 50 directed verdict motion is viewed:A Rule 50 motion should be granted only if the evidence is so overwhelmingly in favor of the moving party that a reasonable jury could not arrive at a contrary result.(quote omitted).  U-Haul argued that it had presented significant evidence including…
  • The Infringer Sourced The Infringing Goods in China, So Infringement Was Willful, Right?

    Woodrow Pollack
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    No.Washington Shoe Company ("WSC") has sold certain shoes in Target.  (There is debate through the opinion discussed below whether WSC sold its shoes through Target "for years," but I will not get into that factual dispute.)  WSC sent an initial demand letter to Olem Shoe Corp. concerning the below boots:Olem responded that it was investigating the claim, but WSC had not identified any copyright registrations.  WSC responded with registration information, but the Copyright Office was unable to locate the deposit copies corresponding to the boots.  WSC then filed…
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  • More IV Patents Invalid Under Alice

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Earlier this week, a Federal Circuit court affirmed that three patents asserted against Capital One by Intellectual Ventures are invalid for lacking eligible subject matter. In light of Alice Corp, the court found no inventive step in any of the claims, rather it saw a set of instructions for applying an abstract idea. Intellectual Ventures Software Patents Too Generic (i.e., Abstract) | Patently-O
  • Alzheimer’s vaccine

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Axon Neuroscience , has reported successful Phase I clinical trial of a vaccine named AADvacI, against the “tau” protein, that  cause the neurodegenerative disorders associated with Alzheimer’s disease. AADvac I stimulates body’s immune system to produce specific antibodies against defective tau protein and protects the brain from degeneration.  
  • 1. MinION- the gene sequenser

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    A palm-sized gene sequencer called MinION, has been developed by  UK-based Oxford Nanopore Technologies.  This is a portable  device capable of sequencing relatively small stretches of nucleic acids and hence useful in sequencing small genomes. It can be plugged  into the USB port of a laptop, to display data on the screen as they are generated, unlike the conventional sequencers which display the data at the end of a run that can take days. Used for ebola virus sequencing ...
  • Artificial cell membrane

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:19 am
    Scientists at the Univerity of California have developed a synthetic cell membrane capable of growth. This artificial cell membrane is claimed to be  continually synthesising  all component s for growth of the membreane using a single autocatalyst as per Neal Devraj, who headed the research team. This will be new tool for synthetic biology studies on origin of life.
  • A look at the top 15 Supreme Court patent rulings of the past 15 years

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has greatly increased its focus on patent law, an area in which the justices once had little interest. This article has a ranking of the court's 15 most important patent rulings since 2000. Top 15 High Court Patent Rulings Of The Past 15 Years - Law360  
 
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    SiNApSE IP News

  • GI: Kolhapur spicing things up!

    SiNApSE Staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    TweetIn addition to Kolhapuri Chappals (registered as GI), Kolhapur is also going to be famous for its Kolhapuri Masala. Yes, you heard it right! The Karveer Adarsha Mahila Aaudyogik Sahkari Sanstha... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Copyright Battle of Epic Proportions

    SiNApSE Staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    TweetFlipkart and Amazon are at loggerheads again. The matter concerns the online sale of Amish Tripathi’s book `Scion of Ikshvaku’. This time it is Flipkart which has been sued by the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Copyright: Padmini and ors.Vs.Raj Television Network Limited

    SiNApSE Staff
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    TweetCase title Padmini and ors.Vs.Raj Television Network Limited Citation Original Application No. 763 of 2013 in C.S. No. 686 of 2013 (Decided On: 13.04.2015) Facts The plaintiffs are the legal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Intellectual Property: Weekly Warm up with Sinapse!

    SiNApSE Staff
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    TweetYoung Intellectuals: Mr. Dattatri H.M. In the latest edition of our feature, Young Intellectuals we bring you an interview with M Dattatri HM who heads the legal and secretarial functions of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Young Intellectuals: Mr. Dattatri H.M.

    SiNApSE Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:54 pm
    TweetThrough Sinapse’s “Young Intellectuals” feature, we bring to you interviews with young Intellectual Property professionals, who are making a big difference in the Indian and Global Intellectual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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