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Happy National Inventors' Day!
February 11, 2007
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Today is National Inventors' Day, a day to celebrate the contributions that inventors have brought into our lives. National Inventors' Day is today (February 11) because it is also the birthday of one of the most prolific inventors of all time, Thomas Alva Edison, who was awarded 1,097 patents over the course of his lifetime, including most famously the incandescent light bulb (Patent No. 223,898). Nat.......
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Inventors Hall of Fame announces 2007 inductees
February 10, 2007
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The National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced this year's inductees. In all, 16 inventors were inducted, 7 living and 9 posthumously. Those honored include: Paul Baran and Donald Davies for digital packet switching Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield for Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Emmett Chappelle for Bioluminescence techniques Leroy Hood for the.......
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Dippin' Dots: brought to you by inequitable conduct, but not an antitrust violation
February 09, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
What do Dippin' Dots, the little beads of ice cream sold at fairs, stadiums, and malls, have to do with patent and antitrust law? For the Federal Circuit, they presented the "close case" where a patent holder can be found to have engaged in inequitable conduct during prosecution of the patent but is not liable for a Walker Process antitrust claim by an infringement defendant. This is possib.......
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India's Union Cabinet approves accession to Madrid Protocol
February 08, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
Today, India's Union Cabinet approved India's accession to the Madrid Protocol, the international treaty relating to registration of trademarks. The next step will be introduction of Bill in India's Parliament to finalize the accession and to amend India's trademark laws to include the requirements of the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol permits trademark applicants to fine a single application.......
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Seventh Circuit: single sale insufficient use in commerce to support trademark registration
February 08, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
In Custom Vehicles, Inc. v. Forest River, Inc., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a trademark plaintiff did not engage in sufficient use in commerce to support trademark rights. Even worse for the plaintiff, the court held that even if there were sufficient use, the mark at issue was descriptive, and there was no secondary meaning, so the plaintiff had no trademark rights to enforce. Ultimately, the.......
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Bush proposes 8% increase in USPTO funding for fiscal 2008
February 06, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
In his proposed budget released on Monday, President Bush proposed $1.9 billion in funding for the USPTO in fiscal year 2008. In addition to this amount, USPTO fees would also not be diverted to cover other government programs, instead permitting the USPTO to use the full amount of collected fees for operating expenses, including hiring and training additional examiners. If approved, the budget wou.......
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Are wedding receptions full of copyright infringers?
February 06, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
Maybe, if you ask Richard Silver. Mr. Silver claims to have invented the dance known as the "Electric Slide" at a disco in 1976. He registered a copyright on his performance of the dance in 2004. While Mr. Silver's claims may seem dubious (such as, for example, his claims on his website that he also invented break dancing and "the robot" dance), he has, thus far, been vigorous in using copyright l.......
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Jurisdiction over Foreign Patents Requires - 1367(c) Analysis
February 02, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
The question before the Federal Circuit in Jan K. Voda, M.D. v. Cordis Corporation was whether where an accused infringer is shown to have moved its infringing activities offshore to Germany, the U.K. and elsewhere, does supplemental jurisdiction of the court, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ? 1367, permit an infringement determination under the parallel foreign patents, where all patents originate from a single Patent Coo.......
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Federal Circuit again dismisses patent case for lack of standing
January 30, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
The Federal Circuit has once again found the plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit did not have standing to bring its infringement claim. In order for a single plaintiff to have standing to assert infringement of a patent, that plaintiff must be the owner of the entire interest in the patent. As succinctly stated by the court: "Absent the voluntary joinder of all co-owners of the patent, a co-owner ac.......
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Federal jury finds H.264 video compression standard does not infringe patent
January 30, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
A federal jury in San Diego recently found that Broadcom, a company that produces chips used in everything from mobile phones to next-generation DVD players, does not infringe two patents held by Qualcomm on video compression technology. Why is this finding important? Qualcomm asserted its patents covered the H.264 video compression standard, which is the standard used by everything from DirecTV and Dish Network.......
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