Week’s news headlines – jan. 9th 2015


Symantec, Microsoft, Blue Cross: Intellectual Property


Lawyers representing Symantec Corp. (SYMC) in a patent suit in Delaware federal court brought by Bellevue, Washington-based Intellectual Ventures LLC were told there are some words they can’t use to describe their litigation opponent.


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Feds fight over who owns national park trademarks


They are some of the most iconic places inside two of the nation’s most iconic national parks, and now federal officials are facing a challenge over just who owns those names — and even the name of Yosemite National Park.


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Without appropriate rights to intellectual property, can Canada really support new ships over the long term?


On 2 December, 2014 Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) released a Request for Information (RFI) which raises serious questions around the appropriateness of Canada’s current Intellectual Property (IP) policy, as it relates to the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) procurement. The policy, which has been in place for some time, makes it clear that all foreground data (IP that is first created or developed under a Crown procurement contract) will be owned by the third party undertaking the development, even though Canada has paid for said work.


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Liberty Ammunition, IBM, Coca-Cola: Intellectual Property


The U.S. government has been ordered to pay $15.6 million to a Florida munitions company in a patent infringement action.


The U.S. Court of Federal Claims found that the U.S. had infringed patent 7,748,325, which covers a lead-free bullet. The ammunition is used to replace the U.S. Army’s M855 bullets, which contained lead.


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ASIPI’s anniversary marked in style


ASIPI’s 50th anniversary was celebrated with mexican tradition, music and flavours last month. Mexico City brought together experts in intellectual property during three academic, remarkable days. Socal events for all tastes in landmarks places of the Aztec City, surprised the over 850 attendees of these XVII Work Sessions and Adminstrative Council of our inter American Association of intellectual property.


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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) –Smooth Or Bumpy!


Today patent offices across the world are seeing increasing number of patent applications.


Globalization in almost all the sectors like commerce, technology, education etc. has led to the increase in patent applications. It has been observed that same patents are filed in multiple countries, increasing the redundancy of applications. This has led all the patent offices and officers to work together in cooperation. It is believed by many patent examiners and commissioners that this type of co-operation is very crucial to increase productivity .In addition to this large number of pending applications and backlogs has made this cooperation a must and giving rise to what is known as Paten Prosecution Highway.


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Kyle Bass plans legal action on pharma patents


A US hedge fund manager who rose to fame by predicting the subprime mortgage crash in 2008 has identified his next target: the pharmaceuticals industry.


Kyle Bass, founder of Dallas-based Hayman Capital Management, plans to mount legal challenges against questionable drug patents as part of an investment strategy that would bet on the share prices of targeted companies falling.


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Domain Name Case Under ACPA Failed Because Trademark Was Not Distinctive


Federal appeals court holds that plaintiff failed to satisfy all elements of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act in action against competing airline


The federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) [15 U.S.C. 1125(d)] is a provision in U.S. law that gives trademark owners a cause of action against one who has wrongfully registered a domain name. In general, the ACPA gives rights to owners of trademarks that are either distinctive or famous at the time the defendant registered the offending domain name.


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Toyota Fuel Cells, Google, Dotcom: Intellectual Property


Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), maker of the Prius hybrid car, said it will make about 5,680 patents related to fuel cell technology available royalty-free through 2020.


In a speech yesterday at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Senior Vice President Bob Carter of Toyota Motor Sales said the company is making the patents available to “speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.”


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3D Printing at the Center of Controversial Intellectual Property Debate


3D printing is at the center of a monumentally important, extremely controversial copyright infringement debate with global implications. This lawsuit that involves powerhouses like Google, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the US International Trade Commission (ITC), a quasi-judicial, independent, bipartisan, federal agency that provides the legislative and executive branches of the government with trade information and expertise.


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Victoria’s Secret drops opposition to Elkhorn-area entrepreneur’s Pink Store trademark


An Elkhorn-area entrepreneur says she finally can focus on building her everything-pink online retail business, now that a yearlong trademark fight with lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret is behind her.


“It’s a huge weight off my chest,” Rebekah Doolittle said Monday.


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Toyota to Give Away Fuel-Cell Patents to Boost Industry


Toyota (IW 1000/8) will give away thousands of patents for its fuel-cell cars, it said Tuesday, in an effort to encourage other automakers into the new industry.


The world’s largest vehicle maker said it will allow royalty-free use of about 5,680 patent licenses, including 1,970 related to fuel-cell stacks and 3,350 concerning fuel-cell system control technology.


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Hoax! Don’t copy and paste that ‘Copyright’ Facebook message


No, Facebook does not own your intellectual property you share on its website.


However, even if Facebook did own it, you couldn’t reclaim your legal property by sharing a post.


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Apple Turnover Trade Dress Totally Flipped


As if we all haven’t already indulged a little too much over the holidays, we chose our first day back to write about non-traditional trademark protection for the configuration of single-serving apple pie pastries. It’s OK, don’t worry, if the Blossom pastry to the left is tempting, you always can get back on track tomorrow!


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