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USPTO Director Jon Dudas talks patent reform
February 28, 2007
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Over at ZDnet there is very good coverage of a recent speech about patent reform by USPTO director Jon Dudas. Mr. Dudas spoke at the Tech Policy Summit on the issue of whether the patent system was hurting innovation. Mr. Dudas stated that the biggest problem leading to bad quality patents is the obviousness requirement, which the Supreme Court is addressing in the KSR v. Teleflex case argued last .......
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Today's lesson from the Federal Circuit (that you should already know): Don't miss deadlines
February 27, 2007
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In a case decided today, the Federal Circuit affirmed the TTAB's dismissal of a party's cancellation claim. The party seeking cancellation sought to do so by proving uncontrolled licensing of the trademark, but failed to file a notice of reliance with regard to the relevant testimony on the issue before the deadline. The TTAB denied the motion to reopen the testimony period, finding no excusable neglect. The Fe.......
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Comparison of Commercial Products not the vehicle to analyze equivalence
February 27, 2007
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In a second appearance before the Federal Circuit, AquaTex again appealed a decision of the District Court that Techniche Solutions' Cooling Apparel did not infringe their U.S. Patent No. 6,371,977 for a protective multi-layered liquid retaining composition. The Federal Circuit had previously affirmed the lower court's finding of no literal infringement while remanding the case back to the District Court for furt.......
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Back to the Future: trade dress found functional in 1985 still functional in 2007
February 27, 2007
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The Federal Circuit once again rejected Bose Corporation's application to register a speaker design as a trademark. The court had earlier affirmed a finding of functionality by the USPTO, and because there were no changed circumstances since that decision, the court once again affirmed the same finding based on the doctrine of res judicata (claim preclusion). More details of the case after the jump. Bose sta.......
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Voluntary dismissal prevents award of attorney fees under § 285
February 27, 2007
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In a recent case, the Federal Circuit found that when a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses its case under Rule 41(a)(1)(i) before an answer is served, the defendant is not a "prevailing party." As a result, attorney fees under § 285 could not be awarded by the district court. More details of the case after the jump. RFR Industries holds two patents directed toward railroad crossing fillers, .......
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No Crying Over Spilled Milk - Held to Claim Construction During Prosecution
February 23, 2007
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Nouri Hakim appealed the decisions of the District Court of Western Louisiana granting Cannon Avent Group's motion for summary judgment that Avent did not infringe one of Hakim's patents ("the '931 patent") and finding another of Hakim's patents invalid ("the '620 patent"). The patents-in-suit involved the art of non-spill drinking cups and the apparatus in the spout of the cup which prevents ac.......
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Roundup of media coverage of Microsoft v. AT&T oral arguments, more to come for Microsoft?
February 23, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
Now that the oral arguments before the Supreme Court have passed, various media outlets have had the opportunity to weigh in on the arguments and offer their predictions as to how the case will come out. A sampling of this media coverage is below: Seattle Post Intelligencer USA Today Boston Globe Houston Chronicle Forbes Los Angeles Times BBC News Wa.......
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Interesting tidbits from today's oral argument in "Microsoft v. AT&T"
February 21, 2007
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A few interesting exchanges took place in today's oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the Microsoft v. AT&T case. Click to read these portions of the arguments.The first related to jurisdiction. The parties had entered into a "high/low" settlement before the arguments, which essentially means that they have settled the case, but depending on how the Court comes out, the terms of the settlement will be dif.......
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Government contractor entitled to patent infringement immunity
February 21, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
The Federal Circuit ruled today that a contractor working for the government was entitled to immunity from a patent infringement suit under 28 U.S.C. § 1498(a). The contractor was hired to clean up various sites contaminated by hazardous waste, and the terms of the contract required the contractor to use a particular method to perform the cleanup. This method was patented, and the patent holder sued. The F.......
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On this date: 1842
February 21, 2007
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William Greenough patents the first sewing machine. Patent available at the USPTO here, and at Google here.....
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