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ICANN Going Global

ICANN (the body responsible for regulating domain names) is expanding the domain name system to better reach an international audience.  Domain names consisting of non-latin characters, including Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew, are now permitted.  The program enables countries and territories…

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CAFC Upholds Finding of Inequitable Conduct For Failure to Disclose Contradictory Statements Regarding Prior Art

The Federal Circuit has recently affirmed a Northern District of California decision finding, among other things, U.S. Patent No. 5,820,551 (the ‘551 patent) unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson and Co., Case No. 2009-1511 (Fed. Cir.…

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Happy Birthday, Edison! National Inventor’s Day

February 11th is National Inventors’ Day in the United States.  It is celebrated on the birthday of one of the best inventors in the history of the United States: Thomas Alva Edison.  Edison has over 1,000 U.S. patents issued in…

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Hefty Fines For False Patent Marking

As many patent owners and licensees are aware, U.S. law allows manufacturers of patented products to mark the product with the number of the relevant patent (or simply “patent pending” if a patent has been applied for).  This not only…

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Extend Your Patent Term

In a recent case (Wyeth v. Kappos), the Federal Circuit issued an opinion concerning how Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) should be calculated.  The USPTO’s method of calculating PTA will now be revised based on the new standard.  The result favors…

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Trademarks: First Madrid Protocol Affidavits Coming Due

In a recent blog update (link below), USPTO Director David Kappos issued a reminder that the first affidavits for extensions of trademark protection issued under the Madrid Protocol will be coming due between February 1, 2010 and February 1, 2011.…

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Proposed Modifications to BPAI Rules Regarding Ex Parte Appeals

The United State Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is considering modifications to rules governing practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) in ex parte appeals. Changes to the BPAI rules were first proposed in 2007 and finalized…

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USPTO to Accelerate Review of Green Technology Patents

The USPTO is introducing a new pilot program which will accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications.  Under normal circumstances, patent applications are examined in the order that they are filed.  Currently, the average pendency time for applications…

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USPTO Director Kappos now blogging on new USPTO website

New USPTO Director David Kappos is reaching out and attempting to engage the public on the topic of patent law and other issues that matter to both inventors and the patent bar alike.  Mr. Kappos began the blog earlier this…

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Midwest Intellectual Property Symposium Held Nov. 19 – 20

The Midwest Intellectual Property Symposium was held November 19 & 20 at the University Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN.  The event was sponsored by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation and featured presentations by speakers in a variety…

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Woodard, Emhardt Attorneys Teach PubWEST Patent Searching Class At Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s Central Library

Patent searching is typically the first step in determining whether to pursue patent protection for an invention.  On November 11, 2009, Woodard, Emhardt attorneys Chuck Schmal and Doug Gallagher presented a class on techniques for conducting patent searches using the…

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Bilski v. Kappos

Monday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the highly anticipated Bilski v. Kappos case.  The Court’s decision in this case, which is expected by the spring of 2010, will shape what types of technology is and is not…

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