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House subcommittee sends Patent Reform Act of 2007 to full Judiciary Committee

The House subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property this week has approved the House version of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908). The bill now goes to the full House Judiciary Committee for further review before going to the House for a full vote. Although this is a key first hurdle […]

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Preliminary injunction against Google image search’s display of copyrighted images reversed

In a lengthy and tech-heavy opinion [Update (12/4): the court has released an amended opinion, available here], the Ninth Circuit this week reversed a preliminary injunction against Google restricting its image search from displaying thumbnails of images copyrighted by Perfect 10, Inc. There are several aspects of the ruling of interest, such as: Holding that […]

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Coalition of over 100 companies expresses concerns over the Patent Reform Act of 2007

In a letter to democratic and republican leadership as well as the members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, the Innovation Alliance, along with over 100 other companies, expressed concern over many of the proposed reforms in the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908 and S. 1145). The group states that many of […]

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More continuation rules rumormongering: 2 continuations + 1 RCE?

With the AIPLA 2007 spring meeting going on in Boston this week, there has been no shortage of rumors flying about the substance of the new continuation rules expected to be issued by the USPTO in July. According to multiple reports (all apparently originating with Hal Wegner), the substance of the rules is likely to […]

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sues Oscarwatch.com for trademark infringement

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has sued the operator of the website oscarwatch.com for trademark infringement based on the use of "Oscar" in the website's address. AMPAS holds several federal trademark registrations for "Oscar" for various goods and services, such as "telecasts in connection with recognition of distinguished achievement in the […]

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Roundup of media coverage of KSR and Microsoft

Below is a sampling of various media reports regarding yesterday's two Supreme Court patent decisions, KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp.: "Court douses patent wildfire" (Chicago Tribune) "Ruling toughens patent process" (USA Today) "Patent protections tempered by Supreme Court rulings" (Los Angeles Times) "High court puts limits on patents" […]

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New rules on continuations: coming to a CFR near you this July?

If the latest rumors are true, the USPTO may be giving inventors and patent prosecutors the newest summer blockbuster. According to Hal Wegner, on April 10, 2007, the USPTO submitted two rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, one related to continuation practice and "patentably indistinct claims," and another related to […]

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House subcommittee holds first hearings on Patent Reform Act of 2007

Yesterday a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, held the first hearings on the House version of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (HR 1908). The witnesses were: Gary L. Griswold, President and Chief Counsel of Intellectual Property 3M Innovative Properties, St. Paul Minnesota (testimony on […]

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Compulsory patent licenses for AIDS drugs: the beginning of an international trend?

The global concern over the spread of AIDS, particularly in developing countries, is prompting some countries to take action to make patented drugs more accessible to its citizens. Earlier this year, Thailand decided to "break," or require a compulsory license to, the patent for Efavirenz, marketed as Sustiva® and Stocrin®, patented by Merck (Orange Book […]

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Patent Reform Act of 2007

As noted yesterday, four members of Congress (Leahy and Hatch in the Senate, Berman and Smith in the House) announced introduction of new patent reform legislation yesterday. Also as predicted yesterday, it is similar in many respects to patent reform legislation introduced in 2005 and 2006, but with a few new twists. More details of […]

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