"A federal judge denied Research In Motion Ltd.'s request to enforce a $450 million settlement reached between the BlackBerry maker and patent firm NTP Inc. 'The court finds the parties do not have a valid and enforceable settlement,' said the order filed by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer. 'In accordance with the Memorandum Opinion submitted by the Court under seal, RIM's motion to enforce the parties' settlement agreement is denied.' Judge Spencer's decision is a setback for RIM, whose shares were halted Wednesday at $65.25 on the Nasdaq Stock Market before the decision was released."
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
"Pfizer Inc, and Incyte Corporation announced that the two companies have entered into a global collaborative research and license agreement for the development, manufacture and marketing of novel oral CCR2 antagonists. Under the agreement: Pfizer gains exclusive worldwide development and commercialization rights to Incyte's portfolio of CCR2 antagonist compounds, the most advanced of which is currently in Phase IIa studies in rheumatoid arthritis and insulin-resistant obese patients. Pfizer's rights extend to the full scope of potential indications, with the exception of multiple sclerosis and one other undisclosed indication, where Incyte retains exclusive worldwide rights, along with certain compounds. Incyte will not have obligations to Pfizer on pre-clinical development candidates it selects for pursuit in these indications. Incyte will receive an upfront payment of $40mn and will be eligible to receive additional milestone payments of up to $743mn for the successful development and commercialization of CCR2 antagonists in multiple indications, as well as royalties on worldwide sales."
"Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:ACTG)(Nasdaq:CBMX) announced that Acacia Patent Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has acquired rights to patents relating to Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) used in archiving and transmitting medical images. 'Acacia's revenue growth in 2005 is primarily being driven by new licensing programs for patented technologies that we acquired this year,' commented Paul Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Acacia. 'The PACS technology is the 32nd patented technology that we have acquired this year. We plan to continue acquiring new patent portfolios as we move more toward our goal of becoming the leader in technology licensing,' concluded Mr. Ryan. "
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
"Luxembourg-based Inpro Licensing Sarl is suing Research In Motion at a London court for allegedly infringing a U.K. patent it holds relating to the relay of data between BlackBerry phones and pagers and the Internet. If Research In Motion loses the case, it may force the Waterloo, Canada-based company and partners such as T-Mobile International AG to stop selling or supporting the devices in Britain, according to lawyers acting on the case. Research in Motion has around 375,000 BlackBerry subscribers in the U.K., around 10 percent of its global total. Inpro, a patent licensing firm that is also pursuing similar claims against Research In Motion in Germany, may be trying to exploit the company's ``perceived weakness'' in failing to resolve long-running patent litigation in the U.S., Peter Misek, a Canaccord Capital Corp. analyst in Toronto who rates the shares ``buy'' and doesn't own them, said in a note to clients yesterday. "
Monday, November 28, 2005
"According to a recent survey by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the University of Massachusetts ranked at the top in the Commonwealth for technology licensing income in 2004, for the first time. For universities reporting licensing income above $10 million, the University of Massachusetts was placed 11th nationally by AUTM. The university's licensing income has grown from $195,000 in 1994 to more than $26 million in 2004. Much of this growth is particularly due to the success in licensing at the UMass Medical School, according to UMass officials. Another trend shown by the report is that licensing is rebounding strongly from the tech bust at the turn of the century. U.S. colleges and universities collected $1.034 billion in revenue from licenses on new drugs, agricultural products, components and other technologies during 2004, the second highest total ever, slightly less than the $1.076 billion total in 2000."
Sunday, November 27, 2005
"As globalization fosters economic growth around the world, Americans should be vigilant of an unintended consequence: the imposition on U.S. businesses and consumers of the non-science-based, environmentalist-promoted, European Union-embraced standard known as the 'precautionary principle.' The precautionary principle is the subject of a new Washington Legal Foundation report entitled 'Exporting Precaution: How Europe's Risk-Free Regulatory Agenda Threatens American Free Enterprise.' Authored by Lawrence Kogan of the Institute for Trade Standards and Sustainable Development, the report describes how 'international bureaucrats and influential activist groups use the precautionary principle as a vehicle to diminish America's competitive position in the global economy and advance special interest agendas hostile to free enterprise and technology.'"
"Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a microelectronics and semiconductor industrial park being set up in the middle-eastern Emirate of Dubai, has reached a supply agreement with Circuits-Multi-Projets (CMP), to gain access to leading-edge process technology from STMicroelectronics. The DSO said the deal also involves technology transfer to Dubai and that it intends to broker out access to 90-nm manufacturing across the Middle-East and Africa, although this is likely to be academics initially."
Saturday, November 26, 2005
" In response to recent corporate developments at Hemosol Corp. and Hemosol LP, ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI.SV) today reaffirmed that the Company plans to work closely with Hemosol and its stakeholders as it explores available options. Going forward, the Company said it will consider all possibilities which create value and maximize the opportunities for the Cascade technology. The Cascade process, developed over the past three years by ProMetic and its partners and tested by Hemosol, consists of a series of filtering steps through which human plasma is processed to recover an exceptionally high yield of the most valuable therapeutic blood plasma proteins. Plasma proteins, a global business currently estimated at US $6 billion, are specialty products typically sold to group purchase organizations, hospitals or physicians for use in the treatment of various medical conditions."
"A steep decline in licensing revenues saw revenues at Imagination Technologies Group plc decline for the half year ended September, even though the licensable circuit developer and IP group increased royalty revenues by over 200 percent over the corresponding period last year."
Friday, November 25, 2005
"Movie piracy in China is costing the major film studios nearly $300 million a year, with more than nine out of every 10 DVDs sold in that country being a fake or stolen product, Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said recently. Glickman was among those who testified at a US Senate subcommittee hearing called by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to discuss ways to ensure protection of American intellectual property rights in China."
Thursday, November 24, 2005
"Via Licensing Corporation, a Dolby Labs subsidiary that develops and administers patent licensing programs and patent pools on behalf of technology companies and standards bodies, has announced the availability of a joint patent license for patents that are essential to the implementation of the TV-Anytime Phase 1 interactive TV standard (TVA-1 standard)."
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
"iPackets International, Inc. (OTC: IPKL), a global provider of wireless data solutions for the network operator and enterprise markets, announced that it has acquired intellectual property assets that include a breakthrough wireless software technology called RPM (Reliable Packet Management)."
"Delphi Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Delphi Corp., recently signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Korea-based medical device company Oxus Co., Ltd."
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
"CipherTrust, Inc., the global market leader in messaging security, has announced the launch of CipherTrust IronNet, a new gateway security appliance designed to improve productivity, reduce liability related to the exchange of offensive content, aide compliance with government enforced regulations, and prevent loss of intellectual property through data leaks. "
"Flash™ manufacturers, application vendors and digital rights management providers can now protect intellectual property and create security keys from standard Flash™ memory with PRO-Tector Flash™ Software Developer's Kit."
"A Chinese intellectual property right group planned to sue producer of 'Super Girls,' an 'American Idol'-type television pop star contest, which made a phenomenon in China's TV audience rating in summer. 'Contestants in the commercial TV program chose a large number of famous Chinese and English songs without applying for the rights to use them,' said Ma Jichao, director of the Legal Department of the Chinese Association of Music Intellectual Property Rights."
"SigmaTel Inc. (NASDAQ:SGTL), a developer of mixed-signal multimedia semiconductors, announced the establishment of a European Intellectual Property (IP) protection and licensing strategy. Similar to SigmaTel's ongoing IP strategy in the United States, the European licensing program will initially focus on the protection and enforcement of 19 patents related to power management, multimedia applications and MP3 hardware and software. The European licensing program will encompass current SigmaTel customers, who have an implied license when they purchase SigmaTel products, as well as other MP3 manufactures and MP3 semiconductor developers who may include SigmaTel intellectual property in their product designs. "
Monday, November 21, 2005
"eSilicon® Corporation, the leading fabless supplier of custom integrated circuits, announced today that it has concluded a licensing greement with Innovative Semiconductors for its USB iPHY technology. 'eSilicon® has shipped millions of chips with Innovative's USB PHY technology, which demonstrates its value,' said Hugh Durdan, eSilicon's vice president of marketing."
Question: May I ask you, did you hear anything today on trade or currency or intellectual property rights from China that you haven't heard before?
SECRETARY RICE: Terry, I think on intellectual property rights, it was a much more extensive discussion in which, rather than just representing that they actually understood that they had a responsibility on intellectual property rights, they were actually talking about how they intend to exercise that responsibility and to implement that responsibility. They went to great lengths to talk about prosecutions, about some potential organizational changes that they might make inside the country to make it easier to prosecute cases of piracy. As I said, they signed on to these guidelines at APEC, which are guidelines to help countries that wish to be responsible on issues of intellectual property. They also noted that as their own economy grows and becomes more entrepreneurial and begins to produce intellectual property, itself, that piracy is going to be a problem for this country. So I have to say, having sat through now four or five years of these discussions, that the discussion on intellectual property rights was much more detailed, much more specific about steps that China might take. I think on other issues of trade, yes, they are moving forward, but I think it really was on intellectual property rights that I saw a difference."
"The United States Patent and Trademark Office's annual Performance and Accountability Report is now posted on uspto.gov. The report provides a comprehensive account of the agency's programmatic activities for the year as well as production and financial data for FY 2005. The 2002, 2003 and 2004 reports received the Association of Government Accountants' prestigious Certificate of Excellence."
Sunday, November 20, 2005
"NASA has selected 300 Small Business Innovation Research and 40 Small Business Technology Transfer research proposals. The small business innovative projects have a total value of approximately $21 million; technology transfer projects have a total value of approximately $4 million. The innovative research contracts will be awarded to 219 small, high technology firms in 36 states. The technology transfer contracts will be awarded to 39 small, high technology firms in 17 states. Selected proposals may receive up to $70,000 for a small business innovative research contract and up to $100,000 for a technology transfer contract. The goals of the small business innovative research program are to stimulate technological innovation; increase the use of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally funded research. The goals of the small business technology transfer program are similar. The program also requires a collaborative research effort between a small business and a research institution. For the complete list of selected companies on the Web, visit: http://sbir.nasa.gov."
"Los Angeles, CA. Jazzplanet.net, the website that will license the recorded performances and compositions of hundreds of independent Jazz artists through a complete online process, announces its start date of November 21st, 2005. The site will feature a huge inventory of independently recorded Jazz that is free and clear for licensing to the Film, TV, Commercial and related industries. Jazz Planet will also provide an extensively cross- referenced database that keys in on Jazz genres; the moods, style, era, and instrumentation, as well as artist info and tracks from world-class Jazz artists who do not have a record label behind them."
"Research In Motion Ltd., facing a patent lawsuit that may halt U.S. sales of its BlackBerry e-mail pagers, said it finished a new design that would keep the systems running if the company loses the case. The so-called workaround, an alternative technology designed not to infringe on patents held by NTP Inc., is done and being tested, Co-Chief Executive Officer James Balsillie said today at a UBS AG conference in New York."
"The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has asked a judge to ensure that government users can continue to send each other email on their "essential" BlackBerry devices, even though the court has ruled against the maker of BlackBerry devices in a patent infringement case. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia may soon reinstate an injunction requiring Research in Motion (RIM) to stop selling BlackBerry devices and software in the US. But the DoJ, in a statement of interest filed with the court, argues that government workers would lose an important tool if BlackBerry devices are no longer available."
Saturday, November 19, 2005
"NanoSignal Corp, an OTC Pink Sheet fully reporting company, symbol NNOS.OBPK, announced today that it has entered into an international licensing and franchising agreement with FranTech International Licensing, Inc. of Ventura, California. Under the agreement FranTech will promote licenses and franchises in 220 countries. The licensees and franchises will have the right to market NanoSignal Corporation products including their proprietary SLICES® technology."
"Are we on the threshold of a new age - that of knowledge societies? The scientific upheavals of the 20th century have brought about a third industrial revolution: the new technologies that are essentially intellectual technologies. This revolution, which has been accompanied by a further advance of globalization, has laid down the basis of a knowledge economy, placing knowledge at the heart of human activity, development and social change. Yet information is not knowledge; and the incipient world information society (the subject of the Nov. 16-18 Tunis Summit) will only fulfill its potential if it facilitates the emergence of pluralistic and participative knowledge societies that include rather than exclude."
"As president of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design near Tel Aviv, Amotz Weinberg oversees a faculty and student body trained to develop ideas in materials research, industrial design and fashion. Lately he has been enthusiastic about some Shenkar researchers who discovered a way to use nanotechnology to create plastic bottles that can withstand boiling liquids. The benefits, he explained, will be prolonged shelf-life for products like juices. 'Israel is a small country with no market,' Weinberg said. 'It does not have cheap labor like China or raw materials. 'The one thing that we can do well,' he added, is intellectual property. But when it comes to turning that intellectual property - the fruits of Israeli technology, science and design - into money, Weinberg grows cautious. 'We prefer to sell the exclusive ability to use the patent rights for a lump sum payment upfront,' he said. 'Many patents are bought to prevent others from using the process, and are locked away in a drawer.' In the current 'I think, therefore I earn' economy, intellectual property - whether an innovative plastic, a new drug compound or a hot pop song - has become a bedrock source of added value. But for the individual inventor, designer or creator not backed by a large corporation, profiting from that asset requires initiation into a world of legal know-how, negotiating skills, and the possible use of legal and financial music."
"IT leaders increasingly have to understand the law as it relates to technology, employment and outsourcing. The job description for IT readers increasingly incorporates the need for considerable legal knowledge. No longer is understanding the basic terms and conditions of a contract or software licensing agreement adequate for those in senior positions."
"Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are appearing in a new Government promotion on the protection of intellectual property rights. It was launched at a luncheon organised by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Amercian Chamber of Commerce. Speaking at the luncheon, Director of Intellectual Property Stephen Selby said the protection of intellectual property rights is an issue of global concern."
Friday, November 18, 2005
"Sense Holdings Expands Licensing and Patent Rights to Handheld Explosives, Chemical, Biological and Narcotics Detector. Sense Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:SEHO) (FWB:OUP), a developer of next-generation biometric and explosive detection security technologies for government and commercial security markets, announced that it has expanded its worldwide licensing rights to include all relevant technologies and applications related to a compact, handheld, real time explosive detection device in development. The device is being jointly developed by Sense and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), from whom the Company has now acquired all relevant intellectual property rights. In addition, the Company has rights to acquire the field of use for all biological warfare agents."
"In the December 30, 2004 bulletin (no. IPB2004-5, located at http://www.torys.com/publications/pdf/IPB2004-5.pdf), we described the small entity fee debacle highlighted by the decision in Barton No-Till Disk Inc. v. Dutch Industries, and we reported that the federal government had introduced amendments to the Patent Act (in Bill C-29) to allow patent holders to retroactively correct the situation. Bill C-29 has now been passed and will be proclaimed into force on February 1, 2006. Patent holders will have one year from the date of proclamation (i.e., until February 1, 2007) to correct small entity designations for the applications or patents. Patent holders that do not make corrections within this period risk having their patents invalidated if a claim to small entity status is determined to be incorrect. "
"Mann's Bait Company recently unveiled its HardNose™ soft plastic bait series. Each HardNose™ bait is manufactured by Mann's in the United States using certain proprietary technology, which technology is the subject of a pending patent application, U.S. Patent Application No. 11/083,422 entitled Fishing lures Having Elastomeric Portions. The company expects claims of broad scope to issue from this patent application."
"Sticky Web, Inc. (PINK SHEETS: SIKY), a pioneer in bulk email technology, announced today that it has signed the definitive agreement with General Patent Corporation International (GPCI), a leading intellectual property firm. The agreement states that GPCI will act as the exclusive agent for the purpose of licensing a proprietary bulk e-mail technology protected by the US Patent No. 6,631,400."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Taiwan's VIA Tech developing own CPU, not seeking to renew Intel license... "VIA Technologies Inc (2388.TW) said it is developing and delivering its own central processing units (CPUs) with new specifications, and is not holding talks to renew its Intel Corp license. 'According to agreements on cross-licensing reached (with Intel) in 2003, the CPU licensing will expire in April 2006,' an official from the Taiwanese firm said."
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
INTERPOL: Global congress addresses international counterfeits threat... "International law enforcement officials, government and business leaders are calling for more co-ordinated and effective action to tackle counterfeiting, which is estimated to cost millions in addition to threatening thousands of lives. The aim of the Second Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy is to identify what strategies are working in addressing this crime and to find new solutions and opportunities for co-operation in reducing its impact. More than 500 delegates from 66 countries are attending the two-day congress co-sponsored by Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO), with support from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)."
Test for novelty of patents reconsidered by House of Lords... "The House of Lords has determined that there are two legal requirements for the test of novelty of patents: 'prior disclosure' and 'enablement'. Whilst these concepts have previously been joined together in the concept of an 'enabling disclosure', the House of Lords stated that it is important that the two concepts be kept distinct. The House of Lords came to this conclusion in its decision in Synthon BV v Smithkline Beecham plc  UKHL 59. Allowing Synthon's appeal, the House of Lords restored the trial judge's finding of invalidity for lack of novelty for a patent relating to paroxetine, a compound used to treat depression and related disorders."
Nervana Introduces Intellectual Property Semantic Search Service Tailored for Life Science Organizations... Nervana &TM, Inc. (www.nervana.com), a semantic search technology company, announced Nervana IP Discovery version 1.0, which provides life science organizations robust semantic search capabilities with higher knowledge interaction and discovery, essential for timely advances in research and development. [It] increases the data an individual searcher can assimilate, eliminates the need for separate licenses for patent, biotech or pharmacy data sources, and delivers higher operational and economic efficiency for the customer.
Disclosing Only a Single Embodiment Can Render Broad Patent Claim Invalid for Failure to Satisfy Written Description Requirement
Disclosing Only a Single Embodiment Can Render Broad Patent Claim Invalid for Failure to Satisfy Written Description Requirement: Lizardtech, Inc., et al. v. Earth Resource Mapping, Inc., et al., No. 05-1062... "In an October 4, 2005 opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington finding that certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,710,835 ('the '835 patent') were invalid for failure to satisfy the written description requirement of 35 U.S.C. section 112, on the grounds that the expansive language of those claims was not supported by the single disclosed embodiment. Lizardtech, the exclusive licensee of the '835 patent, alleged infringement of various claims of the '835 patent by Earth Resource Mapping's ('ERM's') geospatial imaging software product. The '835 patent related to what are known as 'wavelet transforms,' which are used to allow digital images to be greatly compressed with very little loss of information."
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Bentley inks insulin spray deal... "Bentley Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that it has signed a licensing agreement to deliver insulin nasal spray products through much of the developing world. The deal involves Biocon Ltd., based in Bangalore, India, which would supply the insulin and market it in some 85 companies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Both companies would work together in the clinical development and regulatory approval of the progress."
Iron Mountain Enhances Verification Options Increasing Intellectual Property Management Effectiveness... "Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) announced that its Intellectual Property Management business unit has enhanced its verification service offerings to strengthen the value of technology escrow. Technology escrow is fast becoming a key component of corporate risk management and business continuity strategies. However, the value of an escrow arrangement is heavily dependent on the quality of the escrow deposit materials."
Alternate Energy Corp. Files Provisional Patent Application... "Alternate Energy Corporation (AEC) (OTCBB:ARGY.OB) announced that it has filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in connection with its proprietary process of producing pure hydrogen. Mr. Blaine Froats, Chairman & C.E.O. of AEC, stated, 'As a result of working closely with Experchem Laboratories of Toronto, Canada over the past nine months, our method of producing hydrogen has benefited from significant enhancements. The modifications and improvements to our hydrogen production process have resulted in more efficiency, an increased production of hydrogen, and the ability to develop what we believe is a saleable, in-demand by-product.
A provisional patent application establishes an official United States patent application filing date for an invention and permits one year's authorization to use a 'Patent Pending' notice in connection with the invention and to assess the invention's commercial potential before committing to the higher cost of filing and prosecuting a non-provisional application for patent."
Canada: Saint John to host spring international trade conference... "The Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce will host an international conference in Saint John next spring aimed at re-establishing an Atlantica trade corridor. Called Reaching Atlantica, the conference is expected to welcome participants from the Atlantic provinces and several New England states. 'This is very significant for Saint John,' said Bob Manning, an officer of the Saint John board of trade, who also heads the event's working committee. 'Basically it's the re-establishment of the trade corridor that used to exist years and years ago and kind of disappeared as trade moved in Central Canada.'"
Monday, November 14, 2005
The emerging trade in second-hand Microsoft licences... "Last week saw the beginning of trade in second-hand licences for Microsoft software, by discount-licensing.com. The licences that it provides are acquired from companies that have become insolvent or that are downsizing. The cost of the licences is quoted as typically 20-50% below the price provided by existing Microsoft retailers."
Building a biotech base... "Art Wotiz is part of the backbone of biotechnology. NovaBone Products LLC, Wotiz's three-year-old company with 11 employees split between Jacksonville and Alachua County, makes a synthetic bone graft material called NovaBone that is being used effectively in spinal fusions. NovaBone -- a granular substance that accelerates healing and bone growth -- was created from technology developed at and licensed from the University of Florida. The technology was initially geared toward dental applications, but Wotiz's company bought the rights to pursue its potential for bone grafting in 2002."
Sparkice and iPico Form Chinese Venture... "In a bid to see its technology at the heart of RFID adoption in China and across Asia, South African RFID specialist iPico Holdings, located in Pretoria, has created a joint venture (JV) with Beijing-based SparkiceLab, the RFID arm of Internet and e-commerce company Sparkice Beijing. The new company, Sparkice-iPico, brings together SparkiceLab's RFID systems integration services and iPico's RFID hardware and middleware for deployment contracts in China. However, a key factor behind the partnership is iPico's bid to establish its iP-X technology in the Asian market."
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Indian farm research sector opened to U.S. companies... "India on Saturday opened its public sector agriculture research sector to U.S. private companies enabling the private sector to 'help identify research areas' that have the potential for 'rapid commercialisation' with a view to developing new and commercially viable technologies for agricultural advancement in both countries. This public-private partnership was described as a key feature of the U.S.-India Knowledge Initiative on Agricultural Education, Research, Service and Commercial Linkages. The objective of the Initiative is to re-energise the Indo-U.S. partnership by promoting teaching, research, service and commercial linkages to address 'contemporary challenges.' Areas of collaboration are expected to include research on sustainable agriculture and marketing systems, the use of new information and communication technologies commercialisation, and implementation of international food safety and sanitary requirements."
Ireland: End of the pot of gold?... "The bulk of Microsoft's earnings derive from royalties on copyrighted software code. Microsoft programs such as Internet Explorer, Word and Excel have dominated the market for years and computer manufacturers pay a fee to the company for every package they install on their machines. The intellectual property attaching to Microsoft's products is intangible, making it relatively simple for the multinational to transfer this asset to low-tax destinations. Microsoft uses its Irish operation as a base for software sales to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For international tax experts, however, the question is: how can Microsoft be legitimately tax-based in Ireland when much of the intellectual property emanates from America? The front-page article in last week's WSJ depicted Ireland as a country ready, able and all-too-willing to attract American multinationals hell-bent on tax minimisation. It detailed the creation four years ago of Round Island One, a vehicle that now controls more than $16 billion in Microsoft assets."
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Protecting IP... "Creators and governments are not the only ones who recognise the value of intellectual property; another group who sees it as profitable are criminals. This from Erica Smith, chief executive officer of Copyright Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP). Smith was speaking to the Barbados Advocate after the official opening of a work-shop on the "Enforcement Of Intellectual Property Rights" organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO.) "
Vodafone licenses open-standard anti-piracy tech... "U.S.-based technology group Intertrust said an agreement by British mobile carrier Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research) to license its anti-piracy software would be a breakthrough deal to protect online music. Anti-piracy technology for digital media, also known as Digital Rights Management (DRM), controls usage of digital music, video and other content to prevent illegal copying and file-swapping."
Friday, November 11, 2005
New Company Launched to Spread Linux... "Five major Linux supporters are backing a new company whose goal is to acquire patents and offer them royalty-free in order to extend open source operating systems worldwide. The Open Invention Network (OIN) has launched with undisclosed financial backing from IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony, according to the companies.
The company's members said they would create an enterprising new model where patents are shared royalty-free "to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux operating system or certain Linux-related applications."
Legislation to Strengthen Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights... "U.S. Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and George Voinovich (R-OH) today introduced new legislation called the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act that will significantly enhance Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement domestically and internationally. The new legislation will protect American jobs and businesses by creating one organized force to combat IP theft and elevating the government's response to IP theft to the same level as money laundering and other black-market crimes.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses as much as $250 billion a year, and 750,000 American jobs have been lost due to counterfeit merchandise. Counterfeit drugs make up ten percent of the pharmaceutical market, and thousands of fake machine parts are used in airplanes each year."
"UK intellectual property legislation requires the filing of forms for particular actions associated with patents, trade marks, registered designs and design right. This requirement is prescribed by statutory instrument, in particular the current Patent Rules 1995, the Trade Marks Rules 2000, the Registered Design Rules 1995 and the Design Right (Proceedings before the Comptroller) Rules 1989 as they have been amended. The forms themselves are set out in directions made by the Comptroller in patents and trade marks, whereas for registered designs and design right the forms are prescribed by statutory instrument. All current forms can be downloaded from the Patent Office website. The Patent Office is undertaking a review of its statutory forms with a view to reducing the administrative burden on external users. We also want to make more forms available for electronic filing and case file management as part of the Office's e-Business and Information Systems Strategy. This review is limited to the forms themselves, and does not extend to considering any fees required on them."
Via Licensing Expands Call for Patents for Its IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networking Patent Licensing Program
Via Licensing Expands Call for Patents for Its IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networking Patent Licensing Program; Call For Essential Patents Now Includes IEEE 802.11(e) Quality of Service Enhancements Amendment... "Via Licensing currently offers a joint license for patents that are essential for implementation of the IEEE 802.11 family of standards as defined in the patent license agreement on behalf of France Telecom SA, Fujitsu Limited, Japan Radio Company, Ltd., LG Electronics, Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, and Sony Corporation. The goal of expanding the call for patents is to identify owners of the patents that are necessary for the practice of the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standards documents listed above. Essential patents are understood to be issued patents that have one or more claims that would necessarily be infringed by the implementation or use of the IEEE 802.11 standards. Patent owners are encouraged to submit patents for evaluation so they may be qualified to become licensors under Via Licensing's IEEE 802.11 Joint Patent Licensing Program."
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Bush To Push China On IP... "President George W. Bush will press China on intellectual property rights and its currency regime when he visits Beijing next week, a senior White House official said Wednesday. 'These are areas where more progress by our Chinese colleagues will help to bring balance to our trade relationship and more opportunities to export and invest for the United States,' Michael Green, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, said in a question-and-answer session, which was posted on the White House's Web site. 'These are also areas that can strengthen the Chinese long-term economic picture and provide new opportunities for Chinese citizens,' Green said."
Bush: Need for a strong focus on IP rights... "President Bush, who will be visiting Japan, China, South Korea and Mongolia starting November 15, says he will focus his discussions with Asian leaders on the War on Terror and 'the need for all of us to work to spread freedom.' Speaking with foreign print media reporters at the White House November 8, Bush said he also plans to 'remind our partners in the Far East that trade must be not only free, but fair.' He stressed the need for 'a strong focus on intellectual property rights throughout the world' and working toward a successful completion of the Doha round of trade negotiations."
BioShield II Legislation Closer to Compromise on Drug Patenting... "Critics of BioShield II, such as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, argued that the 10-year market exclusivity granted to pharmaceuticals that serve as countermeasures to an array of diseases would allow manufacturers of those drugs to use loopholes in the bill to extend their patents to other drugs that have little to do with countering bioterrorism. That could keep generic versions of those drugs out of production, denying consumers access to more affordable generics and raising healthcare costs for employers that offer prescription drug benefits to their employees."
Survey results: IP in the AAAS Scientific Community... "In early 2005, the Science & Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (SIPPI) project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conducted a survey to help determine the effects patenting has had on research conducted by academia, industry, non-profit organizations and government in a range of scientific fields. The survey was conducted using a random, stratified sample of 4,017 drawn from AAAS membership. A total of 1,111 AAAS members responded to the survey, providing a response rate of 28%. Of these respondents, 76% reported that they were actively conducting or managing research or specializing in intellectual property. This survey allowed us to gain some insight into the way scientists approach their own intellectual property, including their motivations for protecting IP. From the results of this survey, it appears that there may be some appreciable differences in the methods by which scientists in different fields and sectors protect and disseminate their IP."
USEC, Oak Ridge National Lab Receive Award for American Centrifuge Technology Transfer... "The Southeast Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) has given a Partnership Award to USEC Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for their cooperative efforts to develop and demonstrate USEC's American Centrifuge uranium enrichment technology. The first-of-its-kind award was presented by the Southeast FLC in connection with its annual awards program to honor successful technology transfer projects at the region's federal laboratories. The FLC is a congressionally mandated forum for technology transfer professionals at the nation's more than 700 federal laboratories. The Southeast FLC recognized USEC, ORNL and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employees who were instrumental in establishing the partnership to develop USEC's next-generation technology to produce fuel for commercial nuclear power plants."
MPEG LA Announces Plan for Blu-Ray (TM) Patent License; Call for Essential Intellectual Property is First Step... "MPEG LA, LLC issued a call for patents and patent applications that are essential to the Blu-ray(TM) Standard. 'MPEG LA is pleased to assist in bringing together the essential patent holders at the advent of this important new technology in order to assist users with its efficient adoption in devices, discs and related implementations,' said MPEG LA Chief Executive Officer Baryn S. Futa. The call begins a process of evaluating and determining patents that are essential to the standard in order to include them in a joint patent portfolio license providing users with fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to the technology as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses."
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Content must catch up with new-media world... "A study released by NBC Universal on Monday put a fine point on just what is at risk not only to media and entertainment industries but also to the overall U.S. economy. 'Engines of Growth: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Intellectual Property Industries,' commissioned by NBC Universal, yielded 'shocking' conclusions according to NBC Uni chairman and CEO Bob Wright regarding copyrighted music, books, TV shows, films and patents. The piracy of intellectual-copyrighted products is costing the U.S. about $250 billion annually. Globally, it is estimated that more than one-third of all software is pirated. Domestically, what hits home is that 40% of the growth of U.S. private industry contributing to the all-important gross domestic product is from intellectual property-related industries. In other words, this still problematic matter is a U.S. economy-buster." Visit ipcentral.info to read the full report: Engines of Growth: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Intellectual Property Industries by Stephen E. Siwek, Economists Incorporated
USPTO publishes patent search templates... "The USPTO posted a notice on its website with information on patent search templates that will describe fields of search, search tools, and search methodologies for some 1,300 technologies."
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
U.K. venture group aims to invest in tech transfer..." A new venture capital group is scaling the region's ivy towers in search of technology. Rather than invest in little companies with big ideas, Angle Technology Ventures plans to pour money into technologies coming out of local universities. The United Kingdom-based investor, which has U.S. offices in Vienna, already has helped fund Rockville-based Aberro, which makes automated software testing applications. Angle won't disclose its investment but typically provides $500,000 to $2 million in venture capital."
UCSD physicist proposes new way to rank scientists' output... "Jorge E. Hirsch, a physics professor at UCSD, devised an alternative that appears to be a simpler and more reliable way to rank scientific output within a discipline than any now in use. In a paper published in the November 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which appears this week in the journal's early online edition, Hirsch explains that his 'h-index' can give a reliable 'estimate of the importance, significance and broad impact of a scientist's cumulative research contributions.' What's more, for each scientist, his method provides a single number, which takes only 30 seconds to compute, that can be used to compare a scientist's relative rank within a discipline."
Venture Capital & Angel Investors Vote Innovation Asset Group One of Top Three Emerging StartUps... "Innovation Asset Group (IAG), an Oregon software company, has been named one of the top three winners of the Funding Post second annual Pitching Across America competition. IAG helps companies gain the enterprise-wide visibility needed to understand the relationships between their intellectual property assets and contracts and commitments. FundingPost (www.FundingPost.com), a company that has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors for almost 5 years, established the Pitching Across America competition in which 100 Venture Capital Funds and Angel Investors served as judges voting on 300 business summaries from emerging companies nationwide. The largest Venture Capital competition ever organized, this year’s Pitching Across America was sponsored by WolfBlock and PRNewswire. Emerging companies were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 10 and judging criteria consisted of several key points including: the professionalism of the written summary, current stage of development (customers, revenue), competitive advantage and need in the marketplace, feasibility for success, and whether the company is “VentureWorthy™.”
SBC Knowledge Ventures Named ''Innovator of the Year for 2005'' by Intellectual Property Management Taskforce... "SBC Knowledge Ventures, the intellectual property unit of SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC), has been named 'Innovator of the Year for 2005' by the National Knowledge and Intellectual Property Management Taskforce, the organization announced. The Taskforce, coordinated through the Center for Advanced Technologies in Dallas, is an eight-year-old, industry-led and funded consortium consisting of business, government, and academic institutions that are committed to improving the creation, recognition, and economic impact of intellectual capital, intellectual property and intangible assets. The award will be presented during the Taskforce's 7th Annual Executive Briefing, held Nov. 8 -9 in Washington, D.C. San Antonio-based SBC Communications (www.sbc.com) created SBC Knowledge Ventures in 2003 to more effectively and strategically manage, commercialize, grow and extract value from its intellectual property (IP) assets. Since then, the unit has pursued an innovative licensing program that has resulted in the commercialization of arrange of SBC patents, software and trademarks. At the same time, the organization has worked to greatly expand the SBC IP portfolio, helping to ensure a robust and valuable asset base for future commercialization."
Monday, November 07, 2005
Irish unit lets Microsoft cut taxes in U.S., Europe... "Irish officials say U.S. companies aren't exporting their intellectual wealth to Ireland, just sharing it. 'This isn't about sucking knowledge out of the U.S. This is about building up capability elsewhere,' says Enda Connolly, a manager at the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland. The IRS is fighting intellectual-property migration in court, and the Treasury Department has issued a draft of new rules to limit it. Their efforts have done little to slow the trend. A Washington panel advising the White House on tax policy is now floating a possible new strategy: Simply eliminate the taxes on overseas corporate income that motivate firms to move their intellectual property and other assets offshore. Most major U.S. trading partners have already taken this step, giving their firms a competitive edge against American companies."
U.S. says product piracy in China is growing... "Illegal copying of music, movies and other goods by Chinese product pirates is rising despite official promises to stamp it out, U.S. officials said Monday, calling for stronger enforcement of intellectual property laws. Almost two-thirds of all seizures of fake products by U.S. Customs officials come from China, far more than any other country, and despite stronger laws and top-level pledges to crack down the problem has been getting worse, the officials said. 'The bad news is that the amount of seizures of pirated products is increasing,' said Jon W. Dudas, under secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. 'The percentage is growing. Also the dollar figure is rising,' he said. Shipments from China accounted for 63 percent of all seizures last year, or trade worth $87.3 million, according to U.S. Customs statistics. That compared with 66 percent in 2003, or $62.5 million, 49 percent in 2002 and 46 percent in 2001. The country with the next largest amount of seizures in 2004 was Russia, with only 5 percent."
Grokster to Close Service In Settlement Over Piracy... "Grokster Ltd., a developer of controversial Internet file-sharing software, agreed Monday to shut down its controversial file-sharing service to settle a landmark piracy case filed by Hollywood and the music industry, the Associated Press has learned. The surprise settlement permanently bans Grokster from participating directly or indirectly in the theft of copyrighted files and requires the company to stop giving away its software, according to people familiar with the agreement. They spoke on condition of anonymity because settlement details were to be disclosed to a federal judge later in the day in Los Angeles."
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Europe's top judges start campaign on patent cases... "A group of Europe's most senior judges is campaigning for a unified European patent court following years of delays in reforming intellectual property litigation. In a rare lobbying attempt by leading judicial figures, 24 intellectual property judges from 10 countries have urged EU member states to create a new court of first instance and a single appeal body for all cross-border patent disputes as soon as practicable."
Saturday, November 05, 2005
CAFC finding: Sorensen v. ITC and Mercedes-Benz... "Following an investigation under 19 U.S.C. § 1337, the United States International Trade Commission found no infringement of United States Patent No. 4,935,184 (filed July 27, 1989) (’184 patent), which covers injection molded products. In the Matter of Certain Auto. Tail Light Lenses and Prods., Inv. No. 337-TA-502, Notice of Final Initial Determination (July 9, 2004) (Initial Determination); Notice of Final Determination (Aug. 20, 2004) (Final Determination). Ole Sorensen had alleged that certain models of imported Mercedes-Benz automobiles contained injection-molded laminated tail lights that were made by a process that infringed the ’184 patent. The Commission found no infringement because under its interpretation of one limitation present in all the claims of that patent, the molded materials must differ in some characteristic other than color. The accused infringer, however, used materials that differed only in color. Therefore, and without analysis of whether other limitations of relevant claims of the ’184 patent were met by the accused products, the Commission found no domestic injury. Because the Commission erred in its interpretation of the relevant limitation, this court reverses the determination of that limitation, vacates the judgment of non-infringement, and remands for further proceedings on infringement and injury.
Fisher-Price, Inc. v. Graco Children's Products, Inc., et al.... DISCUSSION: Fisher-Price is the owner of the ‘862 patent. The patent is directed to a collapsible infant swing having two configurations: a deployed configuration and a storage configuration. "Fisher-Price, Inc. (“Fisher-Price”) appealed from the final decision of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (i) holding claims 6 and 7 of United States Patent No. 6,520,862 (the “’862 patent”) invalid by reason of indefiniteness and (ii) dismissing Fisher-Price’s suit against Graco Children’s Products, Inc. (“Graco”) and Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. (“Newell”) for infringement of claims 6 and 7. Fisher-Price, Inc. v. Graco Children’s Prods., Inc., No. 03-5405, 2005 WL 408040, at *1 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 17, 2005) (“Summary Judgment”). Because we conclude that the district court erred in its determination that claims 6 and 7 are indefinite, we reverse and remand.
Opinion kaisernetwork: Bush Should Urge Brazil To Respect Intellectual Property Rights for Antiretrovirals, Opinion Piece Says... "President Bush during his visit this week to South America for the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina, should urge Brazil to respect the laws of intellectual property, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Kenneth Adelman writes in a Miami Herald opinion piece. 'Brazil is a prominent member of the 'axis of IP evil'' because it is one of the countries that has 'flagrantly disregard[ed] intellectual property rights' in its efforts to produce generic versions of patented antiretroviral drugs, Adelman says (Adelman, Miami Herald, 11/3). The Brazilian government in March threatened to break the patents on four antiretrovirals -- Merck's efavirenz, Abbott Laboratories' lopinavir and ritonavir, and Gilead's tenofovir -- if the drug manufacturers did not agree to allow the country to produce generic equivalents or buy them at discounted prices (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/3). Last month, Brazil reached an agreement with Abbott that will lower the per-pill cost of lopinavir, also known as Kaletra, from $1.17 to 63 cents and protect the drug's patent. Under the terms of the agreement, Brazilian manufacturers will not produce a generic version of the drug domestically (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/12). According to Adelman, Brazil's actions concerning the antiretroviral patents were made 'not to save Brazilian lives, but to spur Brazilian business.' Brazil is 'no longer a poor country' and is now the world's 10th largest economy, in part because of 'this illegal seizure' of U.S. technology and information, Adelman writes."
Friday, November 04, 2005
China's Export Controls: Can Beijing's Actions Match Its Words?... "Members of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) decided not to take up the question of inviting China to join the group. China had applied to join the voluntary export control regime in July 2004, and that year's October plenary in Seoul had "failed to reach a consensus" on Beijing's bid. China's failure to win consensus support underlines a more fundamental challenge Beijing poses to global nonproliferation efforts and institutions. Recent interviews with U.S. and British officials reveal the reason for not formally considering Chinese membership again this year was continued concern over Beijing's implementation of pledges to adhere to export control standards equivalent to the MCTR. Russia and the United Kingdom were more willing than the United States to acknowledge that China had made progress. But all of the other countries agreed that Beijing still needed to do much more to block certain weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-sensitive exports."
Purdue Research Park Honored by Peers... "The Association of University Parks, which represents leaders of more than 130 of the nation's university-affiliated research facilities, is recognizing the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette with its Excellence in Technology Transfer award."
Patriot Scientific 10-Q Reveals Details of Major Patent Licensing Agreement with Intel; Intel License Validates Worth, Importance of Patriot's Microprocessor Patent Assets... "During Patriot Scientific Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: PTSC.OB) Q1 of 2006 - a period ending August 31, 2005 - the Company entered into a $10 million dollar licensing agreement with Intel Corporation (NasdaqNM: INTC) to provide Intel with licensed access to Patriot's suite of patents. These patents represent the fundamental core technology behind virtually every microprocessor manufactured since 1995, according to statements made in Patriot's most recently-issued 10-Q. Earlier in 2005, Patriot Scientific had previously licensed this same technology to AMD (NYSE:AMD)."
U.S. Patent Office Publishes the First Patent Application to Claim a Fictional Storyline; Inventor Asserts Provisional Rights Against Hollywood... "Further to a policy of publishing patent applications eighteen months after filing, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is scheduled to publish history's first "storyline patent" application today. The publication will be based on a utility patent application filed by Andrew Knight in November, 2003, the first such application to claim a fictional storyline. Knight, a rocket engine inventor, registered patent agent, and graduate of MIT and Georgetown Law, will assert publication-based provisional patent rights against anyone whose activities may fall within the scope of his published claims, including all major motion picture manufacturers and distributors, book publishers and distributors, television studios and broadcasters, and movie theaters. According to the official Patent Office website, provisional rights 'provide a patentee with the opportunity to obtain a reasonable royalty from a third party that infringes a published application claim provided actual notice is given to the third party by [the] applicant, and a patent issues from the application with a substantially identical claim.' "
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Regulatory Compliance Takes the Lead as the Most Important Driver of Information Security, Surpassing Worms and Viruses... "Compliance with regulations has taken the lead as the primary driver of information security, for the first time surpassing worms and viruses, according to a survey released today by leading professional services provider Ernst & Young. The sheer number of regulations and the consequences of not complying with them has escalated information security to the boardroom. Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents -- representing 1,300 global companies, government and non-profit agencies in 55 nations -- cited compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the EU's 8th Directive or their equivalent as the primary driver of information security."
Effective Management of U.S. Patent Litigation... "Intellectual property litigation is becoming an important part of business operations in the United States. The explanation for why this is so relates to the changing nature of patent litigation. First, the increasing volume of intellectual property litigation reflects the rise of businesses that are significantly based on or rely on intellectual property. While patent protection is somewhat important even to the 'old school' steel and textile industries (for example to protect their manufacturing processes), generally speaking, intellectual property is the very life-blood of the new U.S. economy. Many businesses are started with, and defined by, an idea such as a business model or a particularly novel technological product. As intellectual property becomes the defining aspect of a corporation, the importance and likelihood of copying grow, as does the impossibility of 'ignoring the infringement by a competitor' when a competitor moves in...."
Private Trading Systems Files Provisional Patent on Electronic Trading System... "Private Trading Systems, Inc. (Pink Sheets: PVTD) announces filing the first provisional patent on its electronic transaction processing and trading system. The provisional patent filing becomes a key element in the overall intellectual property strategy of the Company, which is anticipated to include patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright components under the guidance of its patent counsel, Kenyon and Kenyon - New York. The process leading up to the patent filing included a coordinated team effort involving Private Trading's domestic and foreign supporters. The Company anticipates extending their intellectual property coverage to various asset-based technology applications."
Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. Acquires IP for Improved Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs... "Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTXX), an over-the-counter healthcare company that develops and markets products that provide consumers with 'better ways to get better(TM),' today announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Viridian Packaging Solutions, LLC, a manufacturer of dry handle swab products. The principal assets being acquired are Viridian's patent related to dry handle swab technology and other associated intellectual property. Additional assets include equipment, machinery and tooling. The purchase price for the assets consists of approximately $750,000 in cash payments, $208,000 in forgiveness of prepayments previously made by Matrixx to Viridian, and a contingent payment of up to $200,000 to be paid by Matrixx in two years based on volumes of dry handle swab products produced by the Company utilizing the acquired intellectual property."
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Defenders of Property Rights Runs Ad Highlighting Brazil's Abuse of US Trade Policy... "Defenders of Property Rights (DPR) placed a full-page, paid advertisement in the November 1st, 2005 edition of Washington, DC's Washington Times newspaper. The advertisement urges 'graduation' of Brazil from the United States GSP trade program in an effort to highlight Brazil's abuse of American intellectual property rights while enjoying preferred trade status under the United States Trade Representative's program. The ad was timed to run during the current review of the GSP program prior to its expiration at the end of 2006."
General Patent Settles Lawsuit with Truck Accessories Group... "General Patent Corporation International (GPCI), a leading contingency IP licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, announced today that it has settled on behalf of its client, Upstream Technologies LLC (Upstream), a patent infringement lawsuit against Truck Accessories Group, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana (TAG). GPCI represents Upstream in the enforcement of its patent."
UPenn: John Zawad Named Managing Dir of IP and Tech Transfer... "Dr. John Zawad has been appointed Managing Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, effective today. In this position, he will develop and implement a strategic plan for commercializing Penn's technologies. He will help lead a streamlined technology transfer organization and lead a multi-year effort to create more significant royalty streams and valuable equity positions in enterprises created to commercialize Penn technology."
Sovereign Bank Opens International Trade Banking Office in Hong Kong... "Sovereign Bank announced today the opening of Sovereign Trade Services (HK) Limited, in Hong Kong. Sovereign Bank's new Hong Kong subsidiary will provide commercial customers with accelerated issuance of commercial letters of credit, opened by the Bank in favor of beneficiaries located in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. Local exporters will also benefit from speedier letter of credit negotiation."
Cuba and Canada Sign Trade Accords at Havana Trade Fair... "Canadian companies taking part in Havana's International Trade Fair -FIAHV'2005- signed three contracts on Monday with ALIMPORT, Cuba's chief food importing entity. The contracts, related to foodstuffs, were signed during the inauguration ceremony of Canada's prominent pavilion at the EXPOCUBA exhibition grounds. Alexandra Bugailiskis, Canada's ambassador to Cuba, said that the participation of more than 40 Canadian companies and organizations is a good indication of the growth of economic relations between Canada and the island."
CalbaTech's Subsidiary, LifeStem, Inc. Files Provisional Patent Application for Stem Cell Microbank and to Trademark 'Stem Cell Microbank'... "CalbaTech, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CLBE), an emerging life sciences company (www.calbatech.com) concentrating on providing products and platforms to the research market for biotech and pharmaceutical companies and to academic institutions, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, LifeStem, Inc., filed for US Trademark protection for the name of its stem cell collection service, Stem Cell Microbank, and filed a provisional patent application on the process of the Stem Cell Microbank for its process of stem cell banking."
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Solomon Files New Patent Application... "Solomon Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:SOLM) announced today that it has filed a provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a System and Apparatus for a Multiple Input and Dual Output Electric Differential Motor Transmission Device Utilizing One Ring Gear. The patent, expanding on existing intellectual property held by Solomon, describes a device with minimal parts embodying a self-contained motor/transmission/differential drive unit. The device has applications in a variety of terrestrial systems including automobiles, trucks, and off-road vehicles for civilian, commercial and military use. Combined with Solomon's automation technologies the device provides a novel platform for realizing electric hybrid vehicle benefits in more traditional vehicle systems."
UK: Monotype asks designers to Keep Design Alive... "Monotype Imaging has launched Keep Design Alive, a campaign aimed at encouraging creative professionals to take personal responsibility for font and software licensing to help end the culture of font piracy. Designed to educate designers and raise awareness, the campaign points out that sharing or copying fonts is like stealing another designer's work."
Austin: Federal leaders talk importance of rights to IP... "Cabinet officers and members of Congress joined legal and business experts here Monday to discuss how to educate the public - particularly the younger generation - on why intellectual property rights matter. The federal government must strike a balance in any new laws to guard intellectual property without stifling the creativity of the nation, agreed U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a San Antonio native; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio."
IP in the Tax Efficient Supply Chain... "For many companies, brand management is - the - essential value driver of the organization. The ability to control the "look and feel" of the customer experience is essential to maintaining the company's position within the marketplace. The tax implications of branding include: --The determination within the supply chain of when goods are "branded" and therefore where the value is added. This, in part, determines the situs of taxability and the value of the goods for income and property tax purposes. --The ability to license and protect intellectual property associated with the brand, such as copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade names, will often impact the jurisdiction of income taxation. --The ability to attach the value of certain intellectual property may impact the customs and duties charges on the importation of products. --The situs of where such intellectual property is held will impact the tax costs of dispositions when a business unit, and its related intellectual property, is sold."