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  • British Rail Once Patented a Flying Saucer

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    21 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Anyone want to see what a patent for a flying saucer looks like? British Rail Once Patented a Flying Saucer | Gizmodo UK Signalling failures would still mean you'd be late for your commute to Mars.
  • They Invented What? (No. 242)

    Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog
    Jake Ward
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    U.S. Patent Appl. Pub. No. 20080299533: Naughty or nice meter. JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2015! For more holiday TIW? from years past, click here. BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION: Undoubtedly, the abstract and background show the uniqueness of the product of this invention. The “Naughty or Nice Meter”, although initiated from the Christmas Holiday season, is a product that allows a visual representation of being “Naughty or Nice”. The product honors and exemplifies the time-honored traditional saying as to whether you have been…
  • Apple Obtains Patent for New Display

    Arizona IP Attorney » Blog
    JacksonWhite Law
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    With the new reveal of all things Apple it seems individuals are sending in their preorders for phones, watches, and more. Well, iPhone enthusiasts may have something more to look forward to! Recently, the US Patent Office released 47 new patents granted to Apple, which include a personal head mounted display system that would give users the experience of being in a theater. Along with movies, the system could be used for video games, putting gamers right in the action. While Apple owns the rights, it is still unknown if they will be delivering a product anytime soon. How the Product Works…
  • Disney Opposes Deadmau5 in Trademark Battle

    Arizona IP Attorney » Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Mickey Mouse has been an icon since 1928, but a possible trademark has The Walt Disney Co. concerned for their mouse friend. The Walk Disney Co. is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse a trademark filed by Deadmau5. Deadmau5 (dead mouse) is an electronic music star who wears a LED powered mouse helmet during shows. The man behind the ears is Canadian disc jockey, Joel Zimmerman. Joel has received Grammy nominations and even preformed at the Grammy Awards. Lawyer Up, Mickey In 2013, Zimmerman filed an application in hopes of trademarking his wide-smiling mouse symbol. Disney…
  • They Invented What? (No. 1)

    Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog
    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…
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  • Maryland adds cybersecurity, patent law to graduate program - TheNewsTribune.com

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Maryland adds cybersecurity, patent law to graduate programTheNewsTribune.comBALTIMORE — The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has expanded its new master of science in law program to include specializations in patent law and cybersecurity, bringing the number of options to five. The master's degree ...and more »
  • GOP prepares assault on 'patent trolls' - The Hill

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    GOP prepares assault on 'patent trolls'The HillCongressional Republicans see legislation advancing “early this year” to address the problem of “patent trolls,” and advocates are gearing up for the fight. Republicans are bullish on their chances of passing changes to the legal system to combat so A 2015 IP Policy OutlookIPWatchdog.comall 2 news articles »
  • Rudd: Patent for MS medication extended for Texa - The Oshkosh Northwestern

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:42 am
    The Oshkosh NorthwesternRudd: Patent for MS medication extended for TexaThe Oshkosh NorthwesternErez Vigodman, who was new in his position as CEO last year, said emphatically that one of his key responsibilities would be to reduce costs by $2 billion to make up for the loss of revenue resulting from the patent expiration of Copaxone, the company
  • Auto sector sees dramatic rise in worldwide patent acquisition - IPWatchdog.com

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Auto sector sees dramatic rise in worldwide patent acquisitionIPWatchdog.comWe recently published an article discussing the state of innovation in the automobile sector. This first article in our two-part series compared the patent activities of U.S. automakers against those of other automobile manufacturers around the world
  • Walker debuts Patent Utility - The Advocate

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Walker debuts Patent UtilityThe AdvocatePromising nothing less than "the greatest hidden library of new ideas and competitive intelligence" in the world, Stamford-based Patent Properties launched its new U.S. Patent Utility service that allows companies to find underused patents for
 
 
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  • IRC Proceedings: January 11th, 2015 – January 24th, 2015

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    IRC Proceedings: January 11th – January 17th, 2015 #techrights log #boycottnovell log #boycottnovell-social log #techbytes log IRC Proceedings: January 18th – January 24th, 2015 #techrights log #boycottnovell log #boycottnovell-social log #techbytes log Enter the IRC channels now
  • Links 24/1/2015: Zenwalk Linux Reviewed, Netrunner 14.1 Released

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Server Oracle Goes After Cisco UCS, with the ‘Whole Megillah’ Oracle CTO Larry Ellison wants a bigger piece of the server market and is taking direct aim at Cisco’s UCS to grow share. Oracle’s new X5 Engineered Systems portfolio is a bid by the company to provide lower-cost two-socket converged infrastructure systems running Linux at very competitive price points. Kernel Space Gummiboot Gains PE File Searching Support To Find Linux Kernels The Gummiboot simple UEFI boot…
  • The Latest ‘Microsoft is Open Source’ Propaganda a Parade of Lies

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    A ‘reformed’ Microsoft just a myth perpetrated and propagated by corporate media Summary: Microsoft myth makers continue their assault on what is objectively true and try to tell the public that Microsoft is a friend of “Open Source” Calling Microsoft “Open Source” anything is like calling King Abdullah a proponent of women’s rights or pro-women anything (as some elites already shamelessly claim). Microsoft is a strong opponent of “Open Source” and as with Abdullah, those claiming otherwise are either bribed or on the same boat as…
  • Apple — Like Microsoft — Not Interested in the Security of Its Operating Systems

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    A big hole in Apple, but Apple doesn’t mind as long as the public doesn’t know Summary: Apple neglected to patch known security flaws in Mac OS X for no less than three months and only did something about that vector of intrusion when the public found out about it LAST year Apple admitted having back doors in iOS, conveniently dubbing them “diagnostics” (Orwellian newspeak). Apple did this only after a security researcher had found and publicised severe flaws that enabled remote intrusion into any device running iOS (there are unfortunately many such devices out…
  • As Battistelli Breaks the Rules and Topić Silences Staff, New European Parliament Petition for Tackling the EPO’s Abuses is Needed

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Benoît Battistelli meets Siemens Summary: The neglected (by EPO) Article 4a of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the European Parliament petition/complaint against the EPO’s crooked management Now that the internal communications person (i.e. PR) is out and things are heating up against the EPO Vice-President (never mind Benoît Battistelli, the EPO President), the corporate takeover of the patent system in Europe can be slowed down. We have just learned from this European patents maximalism blog that “Philips is among the top-10 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants…
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    Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

  • 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…
  • They Invented What? (No. 242)

    Jake Ward
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    U.S. Patent Appl. Pub. No. 20080299533: Naughty or nice meter. JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2015! For more holiday TIW? from years past, click here. BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION: Undoubtedly, the abstract and background show the uniqueness of the product of this invention. The “Naughty or Nice Meter”, although initiated from the Christmas Holiday season, is a product that allows a visual representation of being “Naughty or Nice”. The product honors and exemplifies the time-honored traditional saying as to whether you have been…
  • They Invented What? (No. 241)

    Jake Ward
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    U.S. Patent No. D250,901:  Toy figure. JW Note:  A spooky TIW? in view of the upcoming Halloween holiday.  Hat tip to the Creepy IP series at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The ornamental design for a toy figure, substantially as shown.Filed under: They Invented What?
 
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  • First sale doctrine in the US: a closer look at Costco

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    In  last Thursday's round-up, Annsley the AmeriKat brought news of Omega v Costco, a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling on that most fascinating of legal beasts, first sale doctrine.  Well, the IPKat has just received an analysis of that decision fresh from our recent guest Kat Marie-Andrée Weiss, which he is delighted to host.  Writes Marie-Andrée:First Sale Doctrine lets retailer sell in U.S. grey market watches bought abroad On 20 January a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit affirmed a Central District of California decision which had…
  • Strategies for patenting biotech inventions: broad claims, changing contributions and data that didn’t make it into the specification

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    This is the fourth post in series of six on biotech inventions. The earlier posts can be found here (introductory), here (ethics) and here (case law).The anatomy of a biotech inventionImagine that new human gene, causing activity X in the body, is discovered and is implicated in disease Y. What claims are possible? Can we claim similar genes with a similar activity? Can we claim the protein the gene expresses and antibodies that bind to the protein? Can we claim a diagnostic test for disease Y based on measuring the level of activity X? Can we claim modulators of activity X for treating…
  • Pharma and biotech patents: a law unto themselves -- and a litigation conference to match?

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Cloning: a plus for biotechThis Kat, who loves patent law but is no scientist, has been reading, with interest, enjoyment and increasing understanding, the recent blogposts by guest Kat Suleman Ali on the topic of biotech patents. Suleman started the year with "Biotech inventions: controversies, case law, uncertainties and financing" (here), and this was followed a week later by "The ethics of biotech patenting: a dialogue about monopolies, human dignity and the cost of medicines". Then, to cap it all, last Sunday he posted "Biotech patent case law: why is it different, idiosyncratic and…
  • Trade mark troubles in the Galápagos islands

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Can there be anywhere on earth whose isolation is more inversely correlated to its contribution to modern scientific thought than the Galápagos archipelago? Located in the Pacific Ocean some 973 km (605 miles) off the west coast of South America, this collection of 18 main islands, three smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets was a stop in 1835 on the voyage of the survey ship HMS Beagle, whose passengers included the young English naturalist Charles Darwin. What Darwin found at the Galápagos played a central role in enabling him to fashion his theory of natural selection. Indeed, the…
  • "New career system" for EPO Examiners: take on extra work

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Examiner by day, novelist by night A product of the free market system, this moggy likes the idea that people can use their spare time for money-generating activities.  It doesn't matter whether they use those extra, unaccounted-for hours driving a taxi, writing racy novelettes or growing marrows: the idea is the same.  Leisure time is put to productive use, the work ethic is put into practice and you don't mind when there's nothing decent to watch on the TV.The European Patent Office has spotted this human urge to be profitably occupied. To this end it has circulated the…
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    Patent Docs

  • Webinar on Post-Grant Patent Opposition in Europe and the U.S.

    Patent Docs
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Coordinating Post-Grant Patent Opposition in Europe and the U.S. -- Navigating Timing, Grounds for Opposition, Discovery, and Amendments to Maximize Protection in Both Jurisdictions" on February 26, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST). Michael J. Flibbert and Leythem A. Wall of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will provide patent counsel with guidance for addressing post-grant patent oppositions in both Europe and the U.S., and offer best practices for navigating the two systems to maximize patent protection in both…
  • What's Next? Some Consequences of the Teva v. Sandoz Decision

    Patent Docs
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- It has escaped almost no one's notice that the Supreme Court has spent the past decade or so being much more involved in patent law than in the preceding twenty years. Evident but perhaps less discussed is the change in the nature of how U.S. patent law is now developed as a result. With the institution of the Federal Circuit, the law developed gradually, relatively consistently and as an organic whole (insofar as an area of law subject to disputes between private parties can). With the advent of more frequent Supreme Court scrutiny the law...
  • Teva v. Sandoz: The Dissent

    Patent Docs
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:43 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- The recent history of Supreme Court patent cases has made the dissent a seemingly endangered species, the Court consistently deciding important patent cases by 9-0 votes and, at best, garnering concurring opinions for Justices to further set forth their views. In the Teva v. Sandoz decision this trend came to an end, with a dissent by Justice Thomas joined by Justice Alito that challenged both the majority's decision regarding the standard of appellate review for claim construction and Justice Breyer's rationale for reaching this conclusion. The majority had determined…
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. (2015)

    Patent Docs
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Is Deference in Claim Construction Review a Good Thing for the Patent System? By Andrew Williams -- As we reported earlier today, the Supreme Court held in a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Breyer that an "appellate court must apply a 'clear error,' not de novo, standard of review" to the evidentiary underpinnings of a district court's claim construction determination. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., No. 13-854, slip op. at 1-2 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2015). The Court grounded its decision in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 52(a)(6), which provides that in matters tried to district…
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. -- "Evidentiary Underpinnings" of Claim Construction: Supreme Court Holds Findings of Fact Require Deference

    Patent Docs
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Andrew Williams -- In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court held today that an "appellate court must apply a 'clear error,' not de novo, standard of review" to the evidentiary underpinnings of a district court's claim construction determination. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., No. 13-854, slip op. at 1-2 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2015). But what are those evidentiary underpinnings? Apparently everyone was in agreement that "when the district court reviews only evidence intrinsic to the patent (the patent claims and specification, along with the patent's…
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    Patently-O » Patent

  • Dr. Sheppard Selected as Director of USPTO’s Detroit Office

    Jason Rantanen
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    By Jason Rantanen Congratulations to my colleague at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Dr. A. Christal Sheppard, who I understand has been selected as the first Director of the PTO’s Detroit satellite office.  From her biography at the College of Law: Dr. Sheppard began her career as a scientist earning a M.S. and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.  After receiving a J.D. from Cornell University Law School and interning with Judge Rader at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President’s…
  • Director Lee: Next Step is to Focus on Patent Quality Initiatives

    Dennis Crouch
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    by Dennis Crouch In her confirmation hearings on January 21, Michelle Lee reported to the Senate that both the USPTO and the Courts have taken significant steps in addressing problems in the patent system following enactment of the AIA. However, Lee supports further “balanced” statutory reform to particularly address patent litigation abuses.  However, Lee was unwilling to take a stance on any particular reform, such as the automatic-fee-shifting  that was a central aspect of the Goodlatte patent reform bill in 2014.  Republicans now control the Senate, and thus Republican…
  • Giving Deference to the Supreme Court in Teva v. Sandoz

    Dennis Crouch
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    by Dennis Crouch In Teva v. Sandoz, the Supreme Court raised the standard of appellate review of a district court’s factual conclusions regarding extrinsic evidence relied upon during claim construction proceedings.  Although the decision represents a relatively small change in procedural law, it is important, both because claim construction has become such a major element of patent litigation and because the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has a history of reversing a high percentage of claim construction decisions. I asked a handful of patent law experts for their instant…
  • Teva v. Sandoz: Partial Deference in Claim Construction

    Dennis Crouch
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    by Dennis Crouch As President Clinton taught, the meaning of words is always up for debate.  In the patent realm, actual claim scope often depends upon the particular meaning given to the individual words and terms.  We have seen that claim construction can vary widely – easily flipping the outcome of cases.  Litigators know the construction is only ‘probabilistic’ until decided by the court.  And, district courts know that their decisions are likely to be overturned – at least partially because claim construction is a question of law reviewed de novo and…
  • Teva v. Sandoz: Deferential Review on Factual Issues; de novo review of final question of construction

    Jason Rantanen
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    By Jason Rantanen Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. (2015) Download Opinion Breyer (author), joined by Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan; Thomas (dissenting) joined by Alito. One (or both) of us will certainly write more on this very important opinion.  The Court holds that subsidiary factual issues are reviewed for clear error while legal determinations continue to be reviewed de novo.  From the Court’s syllabus: Held: When reviewing a district court’s resolution of subsidiary factual matters made in the course of its construction of a patent…
 
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    Patent Prospector

  • Willful

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
    In Bard v. Gore (CAFC 2014-1114), the CAFC abandons all pretense of equitable rule of law by ignoring its own precedents and exercising biased caprice. In dissent, Judge Newman sharply points this out. This case returns to the Federal Circuit on appeal of a district court decision on remand from an en banc decision of this court. The issue is willful infringement and its consequences, which this en banc court remanded for de novo determination as a matter of law, vacating the judgment entered on the jury verdict. The panel majority, while mentioning that willful infringement is now a matter…
  • Not Withdrawn

    26 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Prosecutorial nitwittery went unchecked by the district court, but a CAFC panel checked it by siding with the USPTO in refusing to withdraw a terminal disclaimer. 6,194,187 issued. Its owner, the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, then filed a terminal disclaimer, which the PTO accepted. The patent office later refused to withdraw the disclaimer, and so was sued for it. Defending the PTO via deference, the CAFC found "that the PTO did not act arbitrarily, act capriciously, or abuse its discretion in declining to use any inherent authority that it might have in withdrawing the…
  • Scanned

    26 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The death watch for software under §101 continues. In Content Extraction and Transmission v. Wells Fargo et al (CAFC 2013-1588), patents that claim scanning a document and recognizing certain keywords are damned as an "abstract idea," using oxymoronic pseudo-logic that "the concept of data collection, recognition, and storage is undisputedly well-known." Asserting software patents against the cossetted financial sector is itself the kiss of death. The corruption of the patent system via court fiat is largely complete, the grim reapers in black sitting on benches in…
  • Horrid Host

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    DDR Holdings v. Hotels.com illustrates the incompetence and caprice of Federal courts in handling patent cases. Asserted claims in 6,993,572 & 7,818,399 were found valid and infringed by a jury. District court Judge Rodney Gilstrap in East Texas rebuked motions as a matter of law (JMOL) over invalidity and infringement. On appeal, '572 was found blatently anticipated by the prior art. An extensive CAFC sidebar on §101 shows how unsettled patentability is. DDR Holdings v. Hotels.com et al (CAFC 2013-1505) precedential; Judges Wallach, Mayer and Chen (author) In reversing on '572 validity,…
  • 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).
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    Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog

  • Wants to Control Use of Video and Photos of Workshops

    The Dear Rich Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I work for an environmental non-profit and I have a question about how to handle photos and videos at our workshops. While presenting to schools, or out in the community we sometimes have people video tape our presentation or shoot photos of our step to step instructions. If people are using the images or video for their personal use then we are ok with that, or if they have a blog and they want to post what they learned then that’s great, we could use the exposure!!! What we don’t want if people filming our workshops and then using that video to educate others, same with the…
  • Can I Make a 90's Blog Using TV Images?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I've recently created a 90's blog, where I would basically like to make posts with reviews and commentary about various things from the 90's (TV shows, music, video games, etc). I'm wondering...would it be considered "fair use" if I use a picture based on what I'm posting about? For example, if I'm reviewing a TV show, I would have a picture from the show in the post, if I'm giving my thoughts on an album, I would have a picture of that particular album in the post. Based on things that I've read on your website, I don't think that I would be in violation of any copyright laws,…
  • Does Netflix TOS Trump Copyright Law?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: You’ve written that classroom use of Netflix might get a copyright pass but I have a question about that section of the copyright law ( Section 110). The Netflix TOS reads: "The Netflix service, and any content viewed through our service, are for your personal and non-commercial use only. During your Netflix membership, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, license to access the Netflix service and view movies and TV shows through the service on a streaming-only basis for that purpose. Except for the foregoing limited license, no right, title or…
  • Can I Video My Dedication to Public Domain?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I was curious whether or not an author can declare their work as being in the public domain verbally, like say on video, as opposed to something documented and signed on paper? Does a persons verbal statements (on video or simply witnessed) hold the same legal standing as those on paper, if even at all with regard to declaring a piece of work... photo, story, video, painting, etc. as being remanded to the public domain?Courts have held that a copyright owner may dedicate a work to the public domain simply by manifesting the intent to do so through an overt act. A signed document is…
  • Can Musician Terminate Management Contract?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I have a contract with an artist who is now seeing some success. He decided out of nowhere that he wanted to redo our contract after he got success. I refused. So he had a lawyer tell me that it’s terminated. We have 2 albums worth of songs. I’m also the indie label he signed to within the confines of the management deal he signed with me. Can I release an album if I co-wrote songs and co-authored audio production? I also co-own the masters. His lead vocals are on the album. Lastly, am I able to use his name and image? The contract says I can, but again, he says the contract is…
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    Latest Patents

  • Amazon patent applications published on 22 January 2015

    Administrator
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    1 US patent application published on 22 January 2015 and assigned to Amazon 1 20150026089 DELIVERING ORDERED ITEMS TO AN APPROPRIATE ADDRESS
  • Apple patent applications published on 22 January 2015

    Administrator
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    6 US patent applications published on 22 January 2015 and assigned to Apple 1 20150026623 DEVICE INPUT MODES WITH CORRESPONDING USER INTERFACES 2 20150026404 Least Recently Used Mechanism for Cache Line Eviction from a Cache Memory 3 20150026041 TRANSACTION FLOW CONTROL USING CREDIT AND TOKEN MANAGEMENT 4 20150023571 Controllable Signal Processing in a Biometric Device 5 20150023184 Fast Scan Algorithm for Higher Priority Service Search 6 20150022670 Noise Compensation in a Biometric Sensing Device
  • Canon patent applications published on 22 January 2015

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    22 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    4 US patent applications published on 22 January 2015 and assigned to Canon 1 20150023395 WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING FREQUENCY HOPPING ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR 2 20150021844 SHEET BUNDLE BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME 3 20150021374 SHEET BUNDLE BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME 4 20150021145 SHEET BUNDLE CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME
  • eBay patent applications published on 22 January 2015

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    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    7 US patent applications published on 22 January 2015 and assigned to eBay 1 20150026828 METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CHARACTER SET CONTROL, VERIFICATION AND REPORTING 2 20150026714 SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF SHARING VIDEO EXPERIENCES 3 20150026665 AUTOMATED TEST ON APPLICATIONS OR WEBSITES IN MOBILE DEVICES 4 20150026517 ALLOCATION OF REPLICA-SETS IN A STORAGE CLUSTER 5 20150026155 METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING SEARCH RESULTS 6 20150025995 GENERATING RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON TRANSACTION DATA 7 20150022622 METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS
  • Fujitsu patent applications published on 22 January 2015

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    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    16 US patent applications published on 22 January 2015 and assigned to Fujitsu 1 20150026693 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND JOB SCHEDULING METHOD 2 20150026555 DATA OUTPUT METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING DATA OUTPUT PROGRAM AND DATA OUTPUT SYSTEM 3 20150026326 INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PRODUCT 4 20150026299 IMAGE TRANSMITTING METHOD, PROGRAM AND APPARATUS 5 20150024756 RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND BASE STATION APPARATUS 6 20150024555 SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND…
 
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  • Method and system for comparing images

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A method comparing first and second images, including: identifying and matching first and second keypoints in the first and second images; arranging a distribution of values of a calculated plurality of first distance ratios in a histogram; determining a number of correct keypoint matches, including: determining a matrix, each matrix...
  • Device stand for point-of-sale mobile devices

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    This disclosure describes systems, methods, and computer-readable media related to employing adaptive multi-feature semantic location sensing methods to estimate the semantic location of a mobile device. An image of a transaction document may be captured. The captured image to a processing server for processing magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) information...
  • Pattern matching method and electronic device therefor

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A method and apparatus verify whether a pattern extracted from an image or a video frame is identical to an original pattern in an electronic device. The method includes extracting a pattern and converting the extracted pattern into a first pattern of a binarized grid type, verifying pixel information of...
  • Methods and apparatuses for encoding/decoding high resolution images

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The invention relates to methods and apparatuses for encoding/decoding high resolution images, which involve setting the size of the prediction unit to be encoded to an expanded macro-block size in accordance with the temporal frequency characteristics or spatial frequency characteristics among pictures to be encoded, and performing motion prediction motion...
  • Watermarking and signal recognition for managing and sharing captured content, metadata discovery and related arrangements

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Content played at an event is identified using watermarking and/or other content recognition combined with contextual metadata, which facilitates identification and correlation with other content and metadata when it is posted to a network....
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  • Launching Synthos Technologies

    Erin-Michael Gill
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Will have much more to come, but wanted to post a quick link to our introduction video... Thanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
  • Interviewed by Fox Business

    Erin-Michael Gill
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.comThanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
  • Helping the Markets Understand BlackBerry

    Erin-Michael Gill
    24 Oct 2013 | 6:31 am
    This week I helped Bloomberg News understand some of the BlackBerry dynamics a bit better. Unfortunately, BBRY is down about 2% since this went out, but it was important for investors to understand 1) that the extent to which BlackBerry's patent portfolio is licensed is key to generating a transaction value, 2) the portfolio is both large and young and 3) Apple has been citing this portfolio at a significant rate. A few high points from the story: "(V)alue may be lower if BlackBerry has already licensed much of its technology, said Erin-Michael Gill, managing director of MDB…
  • Explaining Patent Trolls to a Wall Street Audience

    Erin-Michael Gill
    8 Jun 2013 | 7:32 pm
    Asked to detail the President’s patent troll initiatives to an investor focused viewership. Thanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
  • Recent segment on Bloomberg TV

    Erin-Michael Gill
    8 Jun 2013 | 4:31 pm
    Discussing the Samsung-Apple patent wars with Sara Eisen and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg) Thanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
 
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  • The Structure of the European Unified Patent Court

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Need some help navigating the European patent court system? Here's a great primer! The Structure of the Unified Patent Court - FRKelly This second installment will examine the structure of the UPC, focusing on the framework of Courts to be established, and the composition of the panels of Judges that will preside over the various Courts.
  • 7 ways to use patent examiner interviews to expedite patent allowance

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    7 ways to use patent examiner interviews to expedite patent allowance A telephonic or personal interview can be efficient and economical for advancing prosecution of your patent application, or it can be a disaster for patent counsel who is unprepared or who makes potentially damaging admissions on the record.
  • Software and BM Patents Represent More than 50% of Microsoft and Google's 2014 Haul

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    A recent article published by IP Watchdog shed light on the breakdown of patents issued to Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, and other large companies in 2014. Based on their analysis, it was determined that of the 2,599 US patents granted to Google last year, over 1,500 were within the methods classes, which includes software. The same held true for Microsoft which tallied 1,575 method patents out of a total of 2,847 issued to the company. Software and business methods over half of Google, ...
  • British Rail Once Patented a Flying Saucer

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Anyone want to see what a patent for a flying saucer looks like? British Rail Once Patented a Flying Saucer | Gizmodo UK Signalling failures would still mean you'd be late for your commute to Mars.
  • Google just got a patent for a modern Polaroid

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Google just got a patent for a modern Polaroid – Quartz It looks like it's not just hipsters and Taylor Swift who are getting back into instant photos. Google was awarded a patent today (Jan. 20) for a handheld digital camera that can print out photos. Based on the drawings submitted to the US Patent Office, Google seems to have been exploring the possibility of making a digital version of the instant cameras that were so popular for sharing photos...
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  • Apple Obtains Patent for New Display

    JacksonWhite Law
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    With the new reveal of all things Apple it seems individuals are sending in their preorders for phones, watches, and more. Well, iPhone enthusiasts may have something more to look forward to! Recently, the US Patent Office released 47 new patents granted to Apple, which include a personal head mounted display system that would give users the experience of being in a theater. Along with movies, the system could be used for video games, putting gamers right in the action. While Apple owns the rights, it is still unknown if they will be delivering a product anytime soon. How the Product Works…
  • Copyright and Fair Use Now Included in Elementary Curriculum

    JacksonWhite Law
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    The MPAA and RIAA want to educate children on copyright, and to do so, they have released a new curriculum. The curriculum titled, “Be a Creator” will educate children in kindergarten through 6th grade on the value of copyright. Adding Fair Use principles When the curriculum was originally released in California, it did not include information regarding the fair use principle. The original curriculum was created by the California School Libraries Association and iKeepSafe. Many felt the materials were lacking and very one-sided. Missing from the lessons plans were the fair use and…
  • McDonald’s Files Trademark for ‘McBrunch’

    JacksonWhite Law
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    From McGriddles to Waffle Tacos, it seems the fast food breakfast menu has seen it all.  McDonald’s might be stepping up its breakfast game after a recent trademark filing. In July, McDonald’s filed a trademark for the term ‘McBrunch.’ Many are wondering what The Golden Arches is planning. Will they attempt a brunch menu? It would not be the first brunch to hit the fast food industry. Burger King attempted a brunch menu in select markets but ended up canceling the idea. Regular Course of Business A spokesperson for McDonald’s explained they file trademarks routinely as part of…
  • Disney Opposes Deadmau5 in Trademark Battle

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Mickey Mouse has been an icon since 1928, but a possible trademark has The Walt Disney Co. concerned for their mouse friend. The Walk Disney Co. is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse a trademark filed by Deadmau5. Deadmau5 (dead mouse) is an electronic music star who wears a LED powered mouse helmet during shows. The man behind the ears is Canadian disc jockey, Joel Zimmerman. Joel has received Grammy nominations and even preformed at the Grammy Awards. Lawyer Up, Mickey In 2013, Zimmerman filed an application in hopes of trademarking his wide-smiling mouse symbol. Disney…
  • Celebs Seek Copyright Justice for Leaked Nude Photos

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    It’s no surprise that celebrities have their private business made public more than the rest of the population. For some, this private business includes nude photos. Stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were two of many starlettes whose intimate images were accessed by a computer hacker and released to countless viewers across the web. These two are some of the victims pursuing the removal of these photos through copyright claims. A Flagrant Violation of Privacy Images have been removed from various sites due to threats of copyright infringement. As for the individuals who stole and…
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