Week’s news headlines – jul. 25th 2014

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Kickstarting An Old Patent System For The New Software Era

Software patents have been having a rough time of it lately. It seems everyone has something bad to say about them, from the courts to the press, and even some software engineers.

And truly it is software that is being singled out as the villain in the patent universe—Vanity Fair has yet to publish an expose on “the razor blade wars,” nor has the Supreme Court addressed the important question of whether a chainsaw is merely an abstract idea. Patents on starting a car with just one click have seldom been the subject of disdain in the blogosphere.

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Inside Intel’s Intellectually Dubious Patent Study

At the heart of policy disputes over standard essential patents is a simple truth: Companies whose products depend on standardized technologies want to increase their profit margins by cutting input costs – the royalties they pay to use standardized technologies invented and patented by other companies.

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Taiwan launches database to enhance patent deployment

Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) officially launched an online database Tuesday that profiles thousands of patents and related reports, hoping to give Taiwanese companies a patent deployment edge.

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International – Trademarking a tragedy: the need to defend against rogue trademarks of tragic events

The entire world was in a state of shock, disbelief and sadness last Thursday at the news that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 had been shot out of the sky over war-torn eastern Ukraine. Some individuals, though, saw the tragedy as something else entirely: an opportunity. Reports  soon surfaced of mysterious companies registering trademarks for the term ‘MH17’, and despite it being the last thing Malaysia Airlines would want to think about at a time like this, it has been forced to register defensive trademarks this week against these rogue applications.

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Changing Old Antitrust Thinking for a New Gilded Age

More than a century ago, a wave of industry consolidation swept through the United States over the course of two decades, a frenzy of deal-making often facilitated by the banker John Pierpont Morgan.

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Google rival slams EU Commission over antitrust settlement proposals

One of the complainants in an antitrust case against Google has slammed the European Commission for apparently adopting wholesale Google’s proposal to settle the case, while giving complainants no fair chance to express their views on the settlement. Meanwhile, the Commission is considering revising the terms of the settlement, according to media reports.

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Parnell Acquires License for Intellectual Property and Rights to Develop Compounds for Bone and Dermal Regeneration

Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd announces the successful licensing of two compounds that will be added to Parnell’s already extensive pipeline through a license agreement with Australian-based CIMTECH Pty Ltd, a biotechnology company. The compounds now known as PAR 121 and PAR 122 have shown promise in bone regeneration and dermal regeneration, respectively. Parnell has received a license to develop the compounds for the veterinary market with the potential to also seek human drug approvals.

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Im-patent to innovate

“IF I have seen further”, Isaac Newton once demurred, “it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”. The process of invention has long been a cumulative one, in which incremental advances are made on previous innovations. However, a new NBER working paper* by Alberto Galasso of the Rotman School of Management and Mark Schankerman from the London School of Economics has found that the patent system is curtailing this tradition of progressive innovation.

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‘Patent trolls’ have become the scourge of businesses

What comes to mind when you hear the word “troll”? Perhaps an ugly, lumbering beast from The Lord of the Rings film series?

“Patent trolls” have become the scourge of businesses, large and small. More properly known as Patent Assertion Entities, they employ a business model that the FTC says is “based primarily on purchasing patents and then attempting to generate revenue by asserting the intellectual property against persons who are already practicing the patented technologies.”

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Athletic Club loses trademark dispute with rival club

“We are working diligently to make all the necessary changes and are currently designing a new logo and trademark and will be presenting this to the courts for approval within the week,” the email says.

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China: Do Just One Thing Redux. Trademarks.

From time to time I get calls from start-up companies about to embark on manufacturing in China. They are calling to ask what they need to do “to protect themselves.”

I tell them about NNN Agreements and how  they can help prevent potential manufacturers from replicating their product. And I tell them about how important it is that they have an OEM Agreement  with their Chinese manufacture

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Trademark Prosecution Case Of “Duck King In Chinese”: Prior Rights Protection Shall Coordinate With Maintenance Of Market Order

Beijing High Court rendered the re-trial judgment in December 2010, eventually putting an end to the trademark prosecution case of “Duck King in Chinese”, which lasted for almost ten years and has undergone multiple twists and turns. This case fully reflects the administrative and judicial procedures during the trademark prosecution process from trademark application to the final registration.

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Leaked discussion paper reveals Australian online piracy crackdown in full swing

Websites hosting pirated material would be blocked and internet service providers compelled to stop their users illegally downloading under proposals being floated by the Abbott government.

The federal government is proposing that internet service providers (ISPs), such as Telstra, Optus and iiNet, take measures to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement, according to a leaked copy of its discussion paper.

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property on the Internet
With so many people putting things online, it can be difficult to figure out who owns copyrights and how to protect one’s intellectual property. There are many different types of online posts, with the three main types being articles or blogs, photographs and other images, and videos. Anyone who thinks that their work has been used by others may have a legal case. It is important that they speak with a qualified attorney at Law Offices of Craig Delsack before doing anything about it.

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IT cos of Koramangala invest in intellectual property products

To overcome the slowdown in IT industry and ensure sustainable growth of the company, a huge number of IT companies based in Koramangala have started to invest in research and developmental works related to the intellectual property (IP) production. The industry insiders termed it as a good move because IP products would make Indian IT an integral part of the global merchandise even when the global IT industryis in its bad days.

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Hepatitis C Spurs Unusual Patent Wars Among Big Drug Makers

The intense rivalry to grab a dominating share of the lucrative market for hepatitis C treatments has largely focused on potential pricing and clinical research showing which medicines can cure the largest number of patients in the shortest amount of time.

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