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Federal Circuit considers intent required for inducing infringement en banc

The Federal Circuit resolved a perceived conflict in its case law regarding the necessary level of intent required for a defendant to be found liable for inducing infringement of a patent. The court considered one subsection of DSU Medical Corp. v. JMS Co. en banc to resolve the conflict. The court held that to prove […]

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Google launches new patent search

Last night, search engine giant Google launched a new service, Google patent search. The search allows users to search all United States patents since 1790. It also provides links to each U.S. patent listed in the prior art statement as well as other patents that cite the patent in their own prior art statements. The […]

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Holy trademark infringer, Batman!

The Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, commonly referred to as the GRU, appears to use a somewhat famous mark as part of its logo. The GRU's logo is shown below: Even Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to notice the distinctive logo at GRU headquarters: Of course, there are sovereign immunity issues that likely prevent DC Comics […]

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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace – Failure to Raise Verdict Inconsistency Defeats Appeal

In L&W, Inc. v. Shertech, Inc. and Steven W. Sheridan (“Shertech”), the Court affirmed in part the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan holding claim 7 valid and claim 10 invalid of Shertech’s ‘264 patent, and affirming the portion of the judgment holding that the ‘264 patent was not […]

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Court Applied Four-Factor Test for Preliminary Injunction Relief

In Sanofi v. Apotex (Sanofi-Synthelabo, Sanofi-Synthelabo,Inc., and Bristol-Myers Squibb Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Holding Partnership v. Apotex, Inc. and Apotex Corp.), the Court affirmed the decision granted by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York granting a preliminary injunction in favor of Sanofi. At issue was a patent (“the ‘265 patent”) for an […]

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Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center Elects New Board President

The Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center has a new president. Attorney and Iowa Army National Guard colonel, Janet E. Phipps Burkhead, was elected to the position at the Annual Meeting of the Museum and Education Center Board on December 12, 2006. The park and center were established to honor and recognize Fort Des […]

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Nintendo hit with patent infringement lawsuit over “Wiimote”

Nintendo, makers of one of the hottest Christmas gifts this year, the Wii, is being sued for patent infringement. Interlink is suing the electronics giant over the "Wiimote," the common name for the Wii's controller. Below is the Wiimote and Figure 1 of Interlink's patent: Interlink's patent is directed toward a "trigger operated electronic device," […]

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Man upset over patent, kills three at Chicago law firm

On Friday, a gunman forced his way into the Chicago offices of intellectual property law firm Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer. The gunman, Joe Jackson, killed three employees of the firm before being fatally wounded by Chicago police. Among those killed were two patent attorneys, Michael McKenna and Allen Hoover, and a mail clerk, […]

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Prepaid cellular phone seller sues over DMCA exception

TracFone Wireless, the largest seller of prepaid cellular phone service in the United States, has sued the Librarian of Congress and Register of Copyrights, alleging that one of the DMCA exemptions granted last month is unlawful. Specifically, TracFone is upset about the exemption permitting cellular phone users to "unlock" their phones in order to use […]

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The problem of marketing an idea: how much do you tell a prospective licensee?

Forbes has an interesting piece regarding marketing ideas, specifically way to protect an idea when pitching it to companies or ways to avoid “giving something away” in the process. It’s written to be easily understood by non-lawyers, and has some good general suggestions. Notably absent from the list: using the line “I’d tell you, but […]

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