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  • Where in the world ...? Mercks clash over law governing coexistence deal

    The IPKat
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    It is only a short time since this Kat thundered about the awful consequences of parties entitled to use the same name not getting together to settle their differences by negotiation and mediation rather than litigation. Sadly, even when those parties do get together and sort things out between themselves, there is no guarantee that they will not end up in court as determined adversaries.  One such instance is Merck KGaA v Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp and others [2014] EWHC 3867 (Ch), a Chancery Division, England and Wales, decision of Mr Justice Nugee of 21…
  • Image processing apparatus and image processing method

    FreshPatents.com: Image analysis - USPTO Class 382 Patent Applications Update
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    There is provided an image processing apparatus including an image processing unit which performs image processing on each of a plurality of images of a same subject having different resolutions, and an image combining unit which combines an image processing result of each of the plurality of images obtained by...
  • Claim Differentiation Fails to Save Patentees from Their Own Words

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    McDermott Will & Emery
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Cardsoft, LLC v. Verifone, Inc.; World Class Technology Corp. v. Ormco Corp. - In each of two essentially contemporaneous decisions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected the patentee’s contentions on appeal that claim...By: McDermott Will & Emery
  • Sanofi Shakes Off Patent Losses

    Patexia Rss Feed
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    In tandem with its research and development update,  Sanofi announced optimistic pipeline guidance along with flat to slightly growing guidance for diabetes sales through 2018
  • Prolitec awarded patent for ambient-scenting technology - Milwaukee Business Journal

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    28 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Milwaukee Business JournalProlitec awarded patent for ambient-scenting technologyMilwaukee Business JournalThe patent covers the company's AirQ ambient-scenting systems, which are used in retail stores, hotels, casinos, spas, fitness centers and other commercial venues in more than 90 countries. The systems convert aqueous or non-aqueous liquids into plumes ...
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  • Prolitec awarded patent for ambient-scenting technology - Milwaukee Business Journal

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Milwaukee Business JournalProlitec awarded patent for ambient-scenting technologyMilwaukee Business JournalThe patent covers the company's AirQ ambient-scenting systems, which are used in retail stores, hotels, casinos, spas, fitness centers and other commercial venues in more than 90 countries. The systems convert aqueous or non-aqueous liquids into plumes ...
  • Canadian patent applications in steady decline: study - The Globe and Mail

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Globalnews.caCanadian patent applications in steady decline: studyThe Globe and MailPatents are a key measure of a country's ability to turn research into viable products, and Canada is slipping. Per capita patent filings in Canada have been on a steady decline since 2000, according to a study of more than one million applications to Patent applications by Canadians declining across the countryMacleans.caPatent application rates declining in CanadaGlobalnews.caAlberta a winner at innovation, new patent database showsEdmonton Journalall 9 news articles »
  • Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent Office - MIT Technology Review (blog)

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    MIT Technology Review (blog)Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent OfficeMIT Technology Review (blog)Jobs's patent documents are a record of Apple's history from startup to one of the world's largest companies. His first patent, won in 1983, is titled simply “Personal Computer.” One of the newest, filed after his death and approved in August, covers and more »
  • Emerging Non-Volatile Memories Patent Landscape - PR Newswire (press release)

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Emerging Non-Volatile Memories Patent LandscapePR Newswire (press release)Currently, there are more than 8,600 relevant patent families filed all over the world. Patent families were filed by more than 800 patent applicants mainly located in USA, Japan, Taiwan and China. From a quantitative point of view, the most active and more »
  • A European Patent Filing from Apple Describes Voice Controls Destined for a ... - Patently Apple

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A European Patent Filing from Apple Describes Voice Controls Destined for a Patently AppleApple's Master Siri patent that we covered back in January 2012 listed Apple TV (the set top box) as one of devices that Siri could one day work with. Last month Amazon surprised the market with a device that they've branded as "Echo." It was like Siri
 
 
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  • Mozilla Will Relay Firefox User Input (Even Keystrokes) to Microsoft and the NSA Through Yahoo in the US

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    The fall of the Gecko (Mozilla) Summary: Mozilla is letting Microsoft manage users’ data in Firefox, including keystrokes in the address bar TECHRIGHTS has published plenty of pro-Mozilla and pro-Firefox articles over the years. Speaking for myself, I have posted literally thousands of pro-Firefox links over the past decade as I viewed Firefox as the software that rescued the Web from Microsoft’s monopoly and iron grip. It was Firefox that had Web developers cease their Internet Explorer-only mentality (or dogma). It is with deep regrets that I have to revoke my support for…
  • Microsoft Found to Have Broken the Law in China (Tax Evasion), Just Like Practically Everywhere

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    Things must be grim when China is upholding the law whereas the West refuses to Summary: China is reportedly taking action against Microsoft’s notorious habit of tax evasion and fining the company well over $100 million NOW THAT Microsoft has been found to be evading tax (a crime, but not one that executives of large corporations often go to jail for) and fined for it in a nation as large as China (just like in India half a decade ago, as well as in other places) is the US going to follow suit? Last week we showed that the IRS was on this case, so Microsoft began bullying the IRS (the…
  • Links 26/11/2014: Docker Patched, New DragonFlyBSD

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux About Linux Weekly News – 24th November 2014 Desktop Expensive “Free/Libre Software Laptop” Uses A NVIDIA GPU While there’s been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 “open to the core” laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don’t get out your wallets quite yet. Server…
  • Message to the Corporate Media: Bill Gates is Not an Ebola Expert

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Summary: Brainwash in the corporate media, including media that the Gates Foundation bribes in exchange for sheer bias, paints the super-rich as the solution rather than the problem OVER THE PAST few months there has been something rather appalling going on (other than Ebola itself). Partisan politics and self-serving authoritarian Turf Wars exploited Ebola, racists used it to prop up antiquated shades of xenophobia, and class war made use of it as well. Much of the Western media reports (if not misreports) about Ebola in Africa without speaking to a single African (or a black person for that…
  • US Government Finally Probes Microsoft Over Financial Fraud, Microsoft Then Bullies the Government With a Lawsuit

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    How DARE the government investigate us? Summary: Microsoft is finally being investigated — perhaps properly too — for its well-known tax abuses that have so far proved that Microsoft is “too big to jail”; Microsoft is suing the investigator, exerting its abusive power to discourage further investigation MICROSOFT’S track record of dirty tricks [1, 2, 3, 4] is not the same as its track record of crime because one thing should have executives put in prison, whereas the other one cannot. Laws and ethics often intersect, but not always. Microsoft with its…
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    The IPKat

  • Never mind the Oreos and Black Friday: here's a reader's cry for trade mark help

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    On the whole, this Kat enjoys all that is best about US culture and has few problems with it. Yes, there are exceptions. He sees no basis for importing Black Friday into a country that has no tradition for it and no Thanksgiving immediately preceding it, and he is definitely not enthusiastic about Oreos -- a biscuit (cookie, if you prefer -- he doesn't mind) that is a grey squirrel, displacing many of the more subtle domestic biscuit species and diminishing their markets. The receipt of an email mentioning Oreos on Black Friday was not therefore likely to please him overmuch. That said, the…
  • Where in the world ...? Mercks clash over law governing coexistence deal

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    It is only a short time since this Kat thundered about the awful consequences of parties entitled to use the same name not getting together to settle their differences by negotiation and mediation rather than litigation. Sadly, even when those parties do get together and sort things out between themselves, there is no guarantee that they will not end up in court as determined adversaries.  One such instance is Merck KGaA v Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp and others [2014] EWHC 3867 (Ch), a Chancery Division, England and Wales, decision of Mr Justice Nugee of 21…
  • Something to read this end-of-year break? Here are a couple of new titles

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Legal Innovations In Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law, edited by John O. Haley (Affiliate Professor of Law, University of Washington, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University, among other things) and Toshiko Takenaka (Washington Research Foundation/W. Hunter Simpson Professor of Technology Law, University of Washington School of Law), is the third in the Studies in Comparative Law and Legal Culture series brought out by Edward Elgar Publishing.  According to the book's web page:Legal Innovations in Asia explores how law in Asia has developed over time as a…
  • Aldi and the likelihood of consumer confusion: a lesson in self-interest

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    Sadly this Kat, as is well known to readers of this weblog, is not the world's most talented modern linguist. Accordingly he will occasionally grapple with a foreign language text but generally in order to be baffled by it. However, there are times when actions -- legal actions at any rate -- speak louder than words and times when judicial decisions transcend all barriers to communication. One such decision is yesterday's ruling in Case T-240/13 Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Co. OHG v OHIM, Alifoods, SA, a ruling which this Kat has tackled in French but with a good deal of help from an…
  • From Earls Court to High Court: when litigation is far from Ideal

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Left to oneself and without any knowledge of law, the typical sentient human being, being of sound mind and average judgement, might be prepared to assume that, when one business has been using its name since 1908 and another has been using the same name since 1920, it would be difficult to establish nearly a century later that the use of the name by one of them might infringe the trade mark rights of the other.  However, when it comes to the extension of business activities to the internet, it is easy to see how one business might seek to use that facility as a stick with which to beat…
 
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    Patent Docs

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Patent Docs

    Patent Docs
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The authors and contributors of Patent Docs wish their readers and families a Happy Thanksgiving. Publication of Patent Docs will resume on November 28th.
  • ABA Journal Announces 2014 Blawg 100

    Patent Docs
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Patent Docs Makes List for Third Year in a Row The ABA Journal, the American Bar Association's flagship magazine, has announced its annual list of the 100 best legal blogs -- or blawgs -- following a nomination process that began over the summer (see "ABA Journal Accepting Nominations for 8th Annual Blawg 100"). The 100 blogs selected by the ABA Journal were chosen from a list of more than 4,000 law blogs. The 100 honorees on the 2014 list have been divided into thirteen categories: Criminal Justice, Tort/Consumer, Law Practice Management, Legal Research/Legal Writing, Litigation, Niche,…
  • How the Kirtsaeng Decision Could Ruin the U.S. Branded Drug Industry

    Patent Docs
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant copyright and patent protection in the same part of Article I, specifically in Section 8, Clause 8: To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. This coincidence of these Powers has raised questions of whether development of the law in one area can affect the law in the other, for example, with regard to concepts such as exhaustion and extraterritoriality (see "Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp.
  • Court Report -- Part II

    Patent Docs
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Glaxosmithkline LLC et al. 2:14-cv-06627; filed November 19, 2014 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania • Plaintiff: Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. • Defendants: Glaxosmithkline LLC; Aptalis Pharma US, Inc.; Aptalis Pharmatech, Inc.; Aptalis Pharma Canada Inc. Declaratory judgment of non-infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,919,115 ("Orally Disintegrating Tablet Compositions of Lamotrigine," issued April 5, 2011) based on Par's filing of an ANDA (and…
  • Genetic Technologies Ltd. v. Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (D. Del. 2014)

    Patent Docs
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- In Genetic Technologies Ltd. v. Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, yet another district court (actually, a magistrate judge) has succumbed to the siren song, or drank the Kool-Aid, or (fill in your favorite Apocalyptic metaphor here) of applying the Supreme Court's Mayo v. Prometheus decision in ways not required by the decision, that produce an entirely subjective standard for patent eligibility, and that are arguably contrary to how the Court itself explained its earlier decision in the CLS Bank v. Alice case. The case concerned U.S. Patent No. 7,615,342, wherein…
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  • USPTO Backlog

    Dennis Crouch
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The backlog of pending cases generally has two major inputs: (1) how many applications are filed and (2) how fast the USPTO is at examining those applications.  The USPTO is operating faster than ever, but we also have more applications than ever.  I expect that the figures here will drop dramatically in FY2016.
  • Patent Jobs 2014

    Dennis Crouch
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    We have a new set of Patent Law job postings on the Patently-O Job Board: Patent Attorney/Agent – Law Firm – Washington, D.C. Patent Attorney – Law Firm – Chicago, IL Patent Attorney – Law Firm – Alexandria, Va. IP Paralegal/Docketing Specialist – Law Firm – Milwaukee, Wisc. Patent Attorney or Agent – Law Firm – Salt Lake City, Utah Patent Attorney / Design Lawyer – Law Firm – Silver Spring, Md. Patent Engineer – Small Corporation – San Francisco, Calif. Associate Attorney – Law Firm – Pittsburgh,…
  • Vail 2015

    Dennis Crouch
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I will be part of the faculty of the Intellectual Property Law Program at the National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado January 7-11, 2015,  www.cleandski.com.  I hope to see you there. For a $100 discount, use the promo code FACULTYINSIDER. – Dennis
  • Stays Pending Review

    Dennis Crouch
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    In Versata v. Callidus, the Federal Circuit holds that the erred by refusing to stay litigation to await the outcome of an CBM post-grant review proceedings.  Generally, stays of litigation are given to the discretion of the district court judge and reviewed only for abuse of discretion. However, the AIA provides that Federal Circuit review on this issue is de novo when the justification for a stay is CBM review. Versata filed its lawsuit in 2012 — alleging infringement of three different patents. U.S. Patent Nos. 7,904,326; 7,908,304; and 7,958,024.  More than one year later,…
  • Looking at Inter Partes Reviews

    Dennis Crouch
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Since the new procedure launched in 2011, third parties have filed more than two thousand requests for Inter Partes Review. IPR Filings In their new University of Chicago Law Review essay, Professor Brian Love and Shawn Ambwani explore some of the results from these past two years. See Inter Partes Review: An Early Look at the Numbers, 81 U Chi L Rev Dialogue 93 (2014) [Essay]. Love, who tends to favor a strong post-issuance review regime, suggests that (based upon the initial numbers) the regime is doing its job: Though it would be premature to make sweeping claims about IPR at this…
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    Patent Prospector

  • Bad Injector

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:20 pm
    "Antares is a developer of automatic injection devices used to self-administer pharmaceuticals." It got a patent (7,776,015) that it wanted broadened under reissue (35 U.S.C. § 251), as it had not bothered to file a continuation. Owing to prosecutorial and patent office incompetence, the reissue claims went to a different invention. Asserted in litigation, the CAFC caught the reissue error (district court Judge Sue L. Robinson did not) and pitched the patent (CAFC 2014-1648).
  • Stay

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Verstata asserted software patents against rival Callidus, which counterclaimed with its own patents. Callidus filed limited reexamination proceedings against the Verstata patents, and asked the court for a stay pending reexam. The district court denied the stay. The CAFC reversed that. Versata Software v. Callidus Software (CAFC 2014-1468) precedential; Judges Chen (author), Mayer and Linn Section 18(b) [of the law (AIA = American Invents Act)] identifies four factors that a district court should consider when deciding whether to grant a stay: (A) whether a stay, or the denial thereof, will…
  • Not So Wild Tangent

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Ultramercial sued Hulu and WildTangent for infringing 7,346,545, which claims receiving payment for a consumer viewing Internet advertising. The district found the patent invalid under § 101. The CAFC balked at that, but reversed itself after the Supreme Court Alice ruling (CAFC 2010-1544). "We do not purport to state that all claims in all software-based patents will necessarily be directed to an abstract idea," the court stated. But since Alice, not one has yet to pass muster.
  • Wrong Address

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Texas gets a lot of patent cases, but the judges there are as incompetent as in the rest of the country. In Azure Networks v. CSR, East Texas Judge Michael H. Schneider got bamboozled into an ersatz claim construction for "MAC address" during an assertion of 7,756,129, claiming a personal network device. Based upon two brief descriptive passages, the district court decided that the patentee had acted as its own lexicographer. On appeal (CAFC 2013-1459), a CAFC panel pointed out how stupid Judge Schneider was: "The statements in the specification relied upon by the district court neither…
  • Obvious After the Fact

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    A petition for rehearing en banc at the CAFC for a drug obviousness case (Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Teva - CAFC 2013-1306) was denied. What was remarkable was the inane confusion at the court. Judges Dyk and Wallach stated that "post-invention evidence" is rightly not allowed in considering obviousness. As Judge Newman observed: "Precedent is clear that the information and comparative data presented as evidence of nonobviousness need not have existed before the patent application was filed," noting the secondary consideration of commercial success, and citing several instances where evidence of…
 
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    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog

  • Does TM Law Limit Superman's PD Reproduction?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: In another entry, you mentioned that there were public domain Superman strips. If someone published a book of the public domain Superman strips, would that be infringing upon Superman as a trademarked character? Or would it infringe (if at all) only if the book title included Superman? Would a generic title get around that? Or does the fact that those particular strips are now public domain outweigh any trademark concerns? You're within your legal rights to simply reproduce the public domain Superman strips. And you're within your rights to use Superman within the title of your…
  • Can Someone "App" My Reading Program?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I have written a reading program and created written materials as well as manipulatives that go with it. I have received a lot of questions from teachers as to whether I will make much of it into apps. Can someone create an app from my program without permission? I learned during my writing of my program that you can't protect an idea only your expression of the idea. Is the creation of an app considered a different expression of the idea and therefore legal? We assume that by "reading program," you mean a process or system to assist readers. You are correct that it's hard to…
  • Why Can't I Copyright a Character?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I want to copyright a character from a graphic novel that I wrote. I've already copyrighted the graphic novel. How do I copyright just the character? When you say you've copyrighted your graphic novel, we assume you mean that you registered the work with the Copyright Office. However, according to the Copyright Office Compendium, the Copyright Office won't register characters. That doesn't mean you can't stop others from copying your character as depicted in the graphic novel. As you'll see from perusing character standards, you may have already achieved copyright protection…
  • Charles Ives Fair Use?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Here's a question for you regarding published music. Charles Ives Variation on America is a piece of music arranged for band and protected through copyright with the Theodore Presser company. I would like to take 11 measures of the Trumpet 1 part to post in a small Facebook group (private) of trumpet players that will be discussing this excerpt to prepare for future auditions and performances. Do you believe that for this educational purpose, I can post this small excerpt and not have to worry about copyright? Reproducing short excerpts of a work for purposes of commentary,…
  • Upcycled Band T-Shirts Pulled from Etsy

    The Dear Rich Staff
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Can we revisit this topic of upcycling/repurposing of band t-shirts? Specifically relating to transformativeness and or derivative works relating to intellectual property and copyright infringements. I'm curious how the laws or interpreting of laws have evolved around this topic since your previous post. I just had some items pulled from my Etsy shop at the request of a band's attorney citing intellectual property rights violation. From what I grasp the offense is taken mostly from the public displays of the bands name and logo in the picture listings as well the attorney's…
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  • Amazon patent applications published on 27 November 2014

    Administrator
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    6 US patent applications published on 27 November 2014 and assigned to Amazon 1 20140351906 STORAGE GATEWAY ACTIVATION PROCESS 2 20140351412 DETERMINING AND MONITORING PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES OF A COMPUTER RESOURCE SERVICE 3 20140351394 REPORTING PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES OF A COMPUTER RESOURCE SERVICE 4 20140351229 EFFICIENT DATA COMPRESSION AND ANALYSIS AS A SERVICE 5 20140351106 BANDWIDTH METERING IN LARGE-SCALE NETWORKS 6 20140350711 Inventory Tracking
  • Apple patent applications published on 27 November 2014

    Administrator
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    12 US patent applications published on 27 November 2014 and assigned to Apple 1 20140351621 METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DYNAMIC POWER CONTROL 2 20140351605 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIPING ENCRYPTED DATA ON A DEVICE HAVING FILE-LEVEL CONTENT PROTECTION 3 20140351262 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING DATA 4 20140351244 ORDERED INDEX 5 20140350891 INTERFACE FOR TRANSFERRING TIME-SAMPLED SENSOR DATA 6 20140349705 VIRTUAL ACCESS MODULE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND METHODS 7 20140349646 Conflict Handling in a Device Configured to Operate According to Multiple Cellular Communication Protocols 8…
  • Canon patent applications published on 27 November 2014

    Administrator
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    44 US patent applications published on 27 November 2014 and assigned to Canon 1 20140351805 DISTRIBUTION CONTROL APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTION CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM 2 20140351747 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING PLURAL EVENT DATA GENERATED BY PROCESSING APPARATUS 3 20140351698 DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME 4 20140351286 IMAGE SEARCH APPARATUS, IMAGE SEARCH METHOD, AND SYSTEM 5 20140350358 SUBJECT INFORMATION ACCUMULATING APPARATUS 6 20140349440 PLANARIZATION METHOD 7 20140349439 ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF…
  • eBay patent applications published on 27 November 2014

    Administrator
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    No US patent applications published on 27 November 2014 and assigned to eBay
  • Fujitsu patent applications published on 27 November 2014

    Administrator
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    46 US patent applications published on 27 November 2014 and assigned to Fujitsu 1 20140351950 COMMUNICATION DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD 2 20140351836 CONTENT PROVIDING PROGRAM, CONTENT PROVIDING METHOD, AND CONTENT PROVIDING APPARATUS 3 20140351812 RECORDING MEDIUM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND NETWORK SYSTEM 4 20140351754 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INPUT CONTROL METHOD 5 20140351710 VIRTUAL SOCIAL GROUP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, VIRTUAL SOCIAL GROUP MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM 6 20140351628 INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL CIRCUIT, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR…
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    FreshPatents.com: Image analysis - USPTO Class 382 Patent Applications Update

  • Image processing apparatus and image processing method

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    There is provided an image processing apparatus including an image processing unit which performs image processing on each of a plurality of images of a same subject having different resolutions, and an image combining unit which combines an image processing result of each of the plurality of images obtained by...
  • Method for brightness equalization of various images

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The present invention provides a method for brightness equalization of a plurality of images to equalize brightness when composing, into a single image, a plurality of images acquired from a plurality of cameras....
  • Combining multi-sensory inputs for digital animation

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Animating digital characters based on motion captured performances, including: receiving sensory data collected using a variety of collection techniques including optical video, electro-oculography, and at least one of optical, infrared, and inertial motion capture; and managing and combining the collected sensory data to aid cleaning, tracking, labeling, and re-targeting processes....
  • Myocardial blood flow quantitation with dynamic spect or spect/ct imaging

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    A quantitative Single Photon Computed Emission Tomography (SPECT) reconstruction system for myocardial blood flow quantitation with SPECT or Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) dynamic imaging. The present invention solves the problems of physical interference and patient motions in dynamic SPECT imaging to enable the quantitative ability for myocardial...
  • Image processing apparatus, image processing method and medical imaging device

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit, a slice image generating unit, a region extracting unit and a tubular structure extracting unit. The storage unit stores a volume image of a three-dimensional region of a subject. The slice image generating unit generates a plurality of slice images corresponding to...
 
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    Florida IP

  • Attorneys Fees Under the Copyright Act? (Good Idea To Have A Contractual Right Also)

    Woodrow Pollack
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    I've previously written about the litigation brought by Yellow Pages Photos ("YPP") against Ziplocal and Yellow Pages Group ("YPG").  YPP proceeded to trial against Ziplocal and YPG.  YPP next sought an award of its attorneys fees against Ziplocal.At trial, the jury found that Ziplocal breached the End User License Agreement ("EULA") between Ziplocal and YPP.  That agreement provided:In the event of legal action to enforce this agreement or in conjunction with the use of the product the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its attorney's fees and costs, in addition to…
  • Attorney Fees Upheld For Prevailing Defendant

    Woodrow Pollack
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    InDyne, Inc. sued Abacus Technology Corp. for copyright infringement relating to Abacus's setting up of a NASA website.  InDyne's allegations were that Abacus used InDyne's software for setting up the NASA website and such usage infringed InDyne's copyright.The trial court granted summary judgment of non-infringement to Abacus, finding that InDyne did not have sufficient evidence to show that the copied elements of software were original, and thus worthy of copyright protection.  Abacus sought and was awarded its fees as a prevailing party under 17 U.S.C. § 505.  InDyne…
  • Where To Litigate "Disposable Living-Grass Pet Toilets?"

    Woodrow Pollack
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Fresh Patch, LLC owns U.S. Patent 8,522,719 directed to a pet toilet continuous delivery and replacement method.  Fresh Patch ("Real Dogs Use REAL Grass") offers a subscription service where they send you a patch of grass each week for your pet to use as a toilet.  DoggieLawn ("Your Dog's Backyard In A Box") offers a competing service.  Fresh Patch sued DoggieLawn and its owner for patent infringement.  DoggieLawn moved to transfer the case from the Middle District of Florida to DoggieLawn's home in the Central District of California.  The Court addressed the typical…
  • Different Standards For Deciding Whether To Stay?

    Woodrow Pollack
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    You may recall that Judge Covington denied a defendant's request to stay litigation, rejecting that defendant's argument that it was merely a "peripheral" defendant since it had only bought the accused product from another defendant.  While the Court noted in that decision that cases are generally stayed against peripheral defendants, that general rule does not apply where the peripheral defendant and the plaintiff are competitors.  In denying the peripheral defendant's request for stay, the Court required that defendant to put forward "an undue hardship or inequity."  Because…
  • Who Do You Sue For Copyright Infringement, Father or Son?

    Woodrow Pollack
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    When last we checked in with Malibu Media (owner of a library of adult films and associated copyrights), Malibu had filed suit against John Doe and then used the Court's subpoena power to take an IP address which identified an alleged infringer's network connection and force the ISP to identify which subscriber belonged to that IP address.  (The Electronic Frontier Foundation has written about Malibu Media here.) In another case, a little further down the enforcement timeline, Malibu Media had received from the ISP the subscriber's identity.  But instead of suing the subscriber,…
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  • Google on the cutting edge of corporate patent strategy and big data usage

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Google, which once discounted patents as tools of strategic importance has built an in-house function that can only be described as world class.
  • Sanofi Shakes Off Patent Losses

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    In tandem with its research and development update,  Sanofi announced optimistic pipeline guidance along with flat to slightly growing guidance for diabetes sales through 2018
  • US urges India to toughen patent laws to draw investors

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    A top US trade envoy urged India on Tuesday (Nov 25) to strengthen its drug and other intellectual property laws, saying such a move is needed to draw vital investment to spur a sputtering economy.    US urges India to toughen patent laws to draw investors - Channel NewsAsia
  • PTAB Knocks out Illumina Claims

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last week the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) nullified claims 1-13 of US Patent 8,296,076 in response to an inter partes review brought by Ariosa Diagnostics. The '076 patent is owned by Illumina and is at the center of patent infringement litigation filed by Illumina against Ariosa. USPTO Board Nullifies Illumina NIPT Patent Claims | GenomeWeb
  • Lost Royalties Offer a Third Path to Recover Patent Damages

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Courts and litigants often assume there are two basic forms of damages available under patent laws: lost profits or a reasonable royalty. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has made clear plaintiffs are not limited to these narrow categories and can recover damages on entirely different theories.   Lost Royalties Offer a Third Path to Recover Patent Damages | The Recorder This often overlooked remedy blends elements of reasonable royalty and lost profits in cases...
 
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