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FTC and Google Settlement Reporting in the Works

POLITICO: “Federal regulators may end a two-year antitrust probe of Google’s search business by letting the company make voluntary changes, such as limiting use of restaurant and travel reviews from other websites and letting search ad campaigns be easily ported to rival search services, two sources with knowledge of the case told POLITICO. The FTCContinue Reading

EPO and SIPO launch Chinese-English machine translation for patents

News release: “Breaking new ground in providing access to the most comprehensive technological information, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) today launched the Chinese-English component of the EPO’s free automatic translation service Patent Translate. As a result, the collections of the two largestContinue Reading

The Study on the Functioning of the European Trade Mark System

Knaak, Roland, Kur, Annette and Von Mühlendahl, Alexander, The Study on the Functioning of the European Trade Mark System (November 1, 2012). Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law Research Paper No. 12-13. Available at SSRN “As an element in the comprehensive evaluation of European trade mark law currently undertaken by the EuropeanContinue Reading

Patent Granted to License Textbook Content Shared on Web-based Systems

Ars Technica: “In a newly approved patent, an economics professor hopes to bring to the academic publishing world what seems to be forthcoming in the video game industry—new restrictions that would seemingly eliminate a secondary market for digital goods and prevent legal borrowing. Last week, the 2006 patent for a “Web-based system and method toContinue Reading

District Court, Northern District CA – Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., Case3:10-cv-03561-WHA Document1202 Filed 05/31/12: “In 2007, Google Inc., announced its Android software platform for mobile devices. In 2010, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems, Inc., and thus acquired Sun’s interest in the popular programming language known as Java, a language used in Android. Sun was renamed Oracle America, Inc. ShortlyContinue Reading

Twitter Introduces the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Twitter blog: “One of the great things about Twitter is working with so many talented folks who dream up and build incredible products day in and day out. Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of these inventions. However, we also think a lot about how those patents may be used inContinue Reading

Microsoft Purchases Majority of AOL's Intellectual Property, Including Netscape Patents

Ben Kersey: “Microsoft and AOL …signed a deal that would see MSFT pick up 800 of AOL’s patents for around $1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2012, with Microsoft being able to leverage AOL’s remaining 300 patents under a non-exclusive license. As it turns out, there wasContinue Reading

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls, Bessen, James E., Meurer, Michael J. and Ford, Jennifer Laurissa, (September 19, 2011). Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-45. “In the past, non-practicing entities (NPEs) – firms that license patents without producing goods – have facilitated technology markets and increased rentsContinue Reading

Patent Reform Unleashing Innovation, Promoting Economic Growth & Producing High-Paying Jobs

House Committee on the Judiciary: Background on H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act: “On June 23 the House overwhelmingly approved HR 1249, the America Invents Act, by a vote of 304-117. H.R. 1249 updates our patent system to encourage innovation, job creation, and economic growth. The last major patent re­form was nearly 60 years ago.Continue Reading

FTC Report Examines How Authorized Generics Affect the Pharmaceutical Market

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission issued a final report, Authorized Generic Drugs: Short-Term Effects and Long-Term Impact, that concludes when pharmaceutical companies introduce an authorized generic version of their brand-name drug, it can reduce both retail and wholesale drug prices. The report also found that authorized generics have a substantial effect on the revenuesContinue Reading

Patent Trolls

“Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.” ThisContinue Reading

FTC Report Recommends Improvements in Patent System

News release: “A new Federal Trade Commission report recommends improvements to two areas of patent law policies affecting how well a patent gives notice to the public of what technology is protected and remedies for patent infringement. The report, The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies with Competition, emphasizes that the patent systemContinue Reading