Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Voda v. Cordis: Plaintiff May Not Assert Foreign Patents in US Courts

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Dennis Crouch over at PatentlyO has an excellent review of this important patent decision.
Jan Voda, an Oklahoma medical doctor sued Cordis for infringement of his patent on an interventional cardiology catheter. Voda had obtained patents both in the US and abroad. Not wanting to waste time and money on multiple suits, Voda asked the US court to also determine his claims of foreign infringement based on his patents in the UK, Canada, France, and Germany. The US court agreed, but Cordis appealed — arguing that the district court improperly extended its jurisdiction.
In a 2–1 decision, the Federal Circuit (Gajarsa) has held that the district court cannot exercise supplemental jurisdiction over Voda’s foreign patent claims.

Click here to read Dennis’s full review of the Federal Circuit Decision.

APPEALS COURT CONFIRMS GENERAL CIGAR

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 24, 2005–The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has ruled today in favor of General Cigar Co., Inc. in a lawsuit filed by Cubatabaco in 1997 over trademark ownership of the Cohiba(R) brand in the United States.
The Second Circuit held that “General Cigar’s legal right to the Cohiba mark has been established as against Cubatabaco. General Cigar has a right to use the mark in the United States because it owns the mark in the United States.”
As a result of the ruling, General Cigar will be able to continue to manufacture the Cohiba brand and market it in the U.S.
Here is General Cigar’s press release.

HP Secretly Rendering Printer Cartridges Unusable?

(Via Slashdot.)

HP Secretly Rendering Printer Cartridges Unusable?:

Momoru writes “Looks like a woman is suing Hewlett Packard, claiming that their “smart chip” technology, besides giving information about ink usage, is also secretly programmed to not work after a certain certain date.” From the article: “HP ink cartridges use a chip technology to sense when they are low on ink and advise the user to make a change. But the suit claims those chips also shut down the cartridges at a predetermined date regardless of whether they are empty.”

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MGM Studios v Grokster

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The U.S. Library of Congress – Copyright website has all the briefs filed in the Grokster case.
The United States has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief supporting the petitioners (plaintiffs) in MGM Studios Inc., et al v. Grokster, Ltd., No. 04-480 on the Supreme Court’s docket. The Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari on December 10, 2004. The Court will decide whether the providers of peer-to-peer

National Inventor Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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Famed musician Les Paul, Segway inventor Dean Kamen and Alec Jeffreys who invented genetic fingerprinting are among the 13 world-class inventors who will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) later this year.
Other 2005 honorees are Leo Sternbach, the chemist who discovered Valium, Clarence Birdseye who gave the world the convenience of frozen foods, C. Donald Bateman for the ground proximity warning system, Robert Gundlach for the modern photocopier, Matthias Baldwin for the steam locomotive, Leopold Godowsky and Leopold Mannes for kodachrome color film, Garrett Morgan for the gas mask and traffic signal, Glenn Seaborg for plutonium isolation, Jacob Rabinow for optical character recognition and Selman Waksman for streptomycin.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame was co-founded in 1973 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Council of Patent Law Associations.
This year

OSI Hopes To Decrease Number of Licenses

OSI Hopes To Decrease Number of Licenses:

Noksagt writes “Various outlets report that the OSI may cut down the increasing number of Open Source licenses. Right now there are about 50 approved licenses; incompatible licenses confuse and impede developers and end users alike. The OSDL has been pushing hard for this at LinuxWorld. Sam Greenblatt, a member of the OSDL board, said ‘Eventually there should be three licenses: The GPL, a commercial version of the GPL, and, of course, there will be the BSD because you can’t rid of it.’”

(Via Slashdot.)

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Henry Intellectual Property – Patents and Copyrights

As mentioned in the previous post, my grandmother passed away last week. While my mom and her brother and sister’s were sorting through all the items in the home, my uncle Tom brought up a box of the “Buck-A-Neer” fishing lures that my grandfather and great-grandfather used to make and sell. A few years back I searched through the USPTO archives to see if they ever got a patent, but had no success. This weekend, my mom found the patent!! What a great find.

Here is a scan of the Official Letter Patent:

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Here is a copy of the patent

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The patent if for the “Buck-A-Neer” which was Manufactured by Buck Henry’s Baits, located at 507 Belmont N.E., Warren, Ohio.

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The product brochure:

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If that wasn’t impressive enough for the Henry family, I also have some original copyrights from my relatives that my grandmother had given me last year. One of the copyright registrations is dated April 1896.

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I plan to have these items framed and placed in shadow box displays for in my office at the firm.

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Microsoft Researching Patent Law with New Experts

Microsoft Researching Patent Law with New Experts:

wikinerd writes “According to The Register, Microsoft seeks to hire new patent experts. In their words, patent experience itself “is helpful but not mandatory” and advance knowledge of patent law is not required. The applicants need only be Computer Science or Electrical Engineering PhD holders, without any qualification in law. They will be involved in prior art search, patentability research and technical analysis. The article outlines some of the most controversial MS patents, such as online bill payment.”

(Via Slashdot.)

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