Sunday, April 30, 2006

China's Action Plan on IPR Protection 2006

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"To better protect the IPR, resolutely punish and combat various infringement and other illegal activities, the National IPR Protection Working Group Office, in conjunction with other relevant departments, formulated 'China's Action Plan on IPR Protection 2006' (hereinafter referred to as the 'Action Plan'). Focusing on major issues in relation with China's IPR protection efforts, the Action Plan clearly defines the China's tasks in IPR protection in 2006. It is a comprehensive, scientific and highly workable action plan with priorities, and therefore plays an important role in guiding China's IPR protection endeavor. "

Monday, April 24, 2006

Government-funded venture capital firms spark agency innovation

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"Federal agencies that need innovative solutions to their most vexing technical problems have moved into a field once reserved for industry: venture capital (VC) funding. The trend began with In-Q-Tel, a six-year-old private, nonprofit VC firm sponsored by the CIA. In-Q-Tel invests CIA funds in promising early-stage companies. Those companies develop products for the CIA that also have commercial value. Based on In-Q-Tel’s success, the Army followed suit by forming its own private equity investment outfit. NASA and the Energy Department are also planning firms patterned after In-Q-Tel. “Who would have thought the words ‘CIA’ and ‘venture capital’ would be used in the same sentence?” said Amit Yoran, In-Q-Tel’s chief executive officer and former director of the Homeland Security Department’s National Cyber Security Division."

Intergraph Reveals Patent License Deal With Acer

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"Intergraph Corp. (INGR charts news PowerRating), a provider of spatial information management software, revealed a patent license deal between its intellectual property unit and Acer Inc. As per agreement terms, Acer will make a one-time, fully-paid royalty payment of $7.5 million based upon a 1% royalty on applicable product revenues. Intergraph said it expects to record after-tax intellectual property income from this agreement of about $4.3 million, net of all fees, expenses and estimated taxes, in the second quarter of 2006."

Judges question Apple's stance on alleged trade secret leaks

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"A three-judge panel from the 6th District Court of Appeals questioned Apple Computer's position in a case that sought to identify the sources who leaked confidential information about an unreleased product to online media outlets in 2004, the Associated Press said. According to the report, Apple contended that the unidentified sources, presumed to be company employees, violated its trade secrets. It then subpoenaed the Internet service providers of three online journalists to turn over e-mail records to uncover the possible sources, the report said."

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Law scholar brings international expertise to ASU

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"Kenneth Abbott, a leading scholar in international law, has joined ASU from Northwestern University in Chicago to teach an interdisciplinary set of courses, some in the College of Law and some in the School of Global Studies. He will hold a joint appointment as a professor of law – the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar in the College of Law – and as a professor of global studies. "

Millennium Cell Receives Notification of Allowance for Portable Hydrogen Battery Applications U.S. Patents

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"Millennium Cell Inc. (NASDAQ:MCEL) announced that it has received Notices of Allowance from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for U.S. Patent Application Publication Number 2004/0035054 A1 entitled 'System for Hydrogen Generation,' and U.S. Patent Application Publication Number 2004/0148857 A1 entitled 'Hydrogen Gas Generation System.' As a result of these allowances, Millennium Cell now has 32 issued patents and 63 patents pending worldwide."

Beijing Bans Naked Computers

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"In a move to reduce software piracy in China, Beijing has banned the sale of so-called 'naked' computers, that is, personal computers sold without software, according to an announcement on Friday. The timing could be a political move to coincide with Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to the United States. The U.S. has urged a crackdown on illegal copying of software, music and other electronics. The Beijing Copyright Bureau announced the ban would be in force by the end of 2006. The Business Software Alliance reports that 35 percent of the software installed on computers is pirated, and much of that occurs in developing countries like China. According to the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) 'Out of Cycle Review (OCR) of China' published on April 29, 2005, industry sources believe that China's inadequate IP Rights enforcement is resulting in infringement levels of approximately 90 percent or above for virtually every form of intellectual property."

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Eli Lilly faces patent lawsuit

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"Eli Lilly and Co. takes on academic heavyweights Harvard and MIT in a patent infringement trial slated to start today before a federal court jury in Massachusetts. If Lilly loses the case, it faces prospects of forking over millions of dollars in damages and past-due royalties to the two elite universities, an affiliated research institute and a small cancer research firm. The Indianapolis drug maker's trial brief, filed last week, estimates damages of $24.15 million if Lilly loses the case. That includes 'hypothetically negotiated license' fees of $2.15 million and a 'running royalty' of $22 million on U.S. sales of two Lilly drugs at issue in the case. The lawsuit was filed against Lilly in 2002 by Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Whitehead Institute and Ariad Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Mass."

Monday, April 10, 2006

India, Pakistan agree to jointly patent basmati rice

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"India and Pakistan agreed to jointly patent a popular variety of aromatic basmati rice, top trade officials said. The officials proposed that a sub-group of experts convene to discuss the matter and suggest steps for the registration of the brand worldwide. 'Basmati rice is from both sides an important issue from international point of view... and we should see to that our interests, both Pakistan and India, are taken care of by adequate protection,' S.N. Menon, India's commerce ministry secretary told reporters in Islamabad."

Sunday, April 09, 2006

SMPTE Issues VC-1 Standard, License Terms Pending

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"SMPTE Issues VC-1 Standard, License Terms Pending VC-1, the advanced video compression codec derived from Microsoft Windows Media 9 has finally become a SMPTE standard. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers released the standard documents this week after more than two years of disputatious review. 'The work was contentious at times, and initially some people thought that SMPTE would just 'rubber stamp' the Microsoft document,' said Peter Symes, vice president of engineering for SMPTE. 'In fact, many individuals and organizations contributed to the final documents.' The documents--SMPTE 421M-2006 'VC-1 Compressed Video Bitstream Format and Decoding Process,' and two supporting recommended practices have been posted at the SMPTE Web site."

Few buyers at patent auction

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"Buyers and sellers had a tough time connecting at the highly publicized {Ocean Tomo} auction. Seventy-four lots of patents were offered up for auction, but only around 25 sold. Most of the time, the bids failed to meet the minimum reserve set by the seller, causing the item to be withdrawn."

Mohawk Innovative gets grant of $600,000

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"Mohawk Innovative Technology Inc. has received a grant worth as much as $600,000 to continue development of foil bearings in compressors for fuel cells. The oil-free bearings, by eliminating lubricating oil, won't contaminate the air in fuel cell stacks, said Said Jahanmir, the researcher on the project. That makes for more reliable, lighter-weight and more efficient fuel cell operation, he said. 'Contamination can poison the fuel cell stack,' Jahanmir said. The fuel cells have aerospace applications, and the company will be carrying out the research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."

NetCo Acquires Innovative Technology to Produce Ethanol

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"NetCo Investments Inc. (OTCBB:NIVS) today announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire all the assets, including patents of Syntec Biofuel Inc. ('Syntec'), a Canadian, scientific research company, located in British Columbia, who has developed and patented a Catalyst to convert Syngas into Ethanol. Syntec has spent the past 5 years developing its catalytic research at laboratories at the University of British Columbia, and now at their own laboratory, where they have demonstrated proof of concept using precious metals. They have been funded through private equity and the Canadian government agencies, National Research Council of Canada and Natural Resources Canada. Syntec is now in Phase 2 of development, refining its Catalyst using non-precious metals for long term stability tests under industrial conditions and expects to be ready to file a second patent application in the 4th quarter of 2006. A prototype plant has been constructed and commissioned using landfill gas. NetCo has undertaken to raise US one million dollars to fund the program and will be filing a Private Placement Offering Memorandum."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

'Guilty' plea in largest-ever US piracy case

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"Two men involved in what U.S. authorities called the largest bust of pirated music CDs and computer software in America each pleaded guilty to five criminal counts on Monday, law enforcement officials said. The pair, Ye Teng Wen, 30, and Hao He, 30, both of Union City, Calif., pleaded guilty, on five piracy-related charges, to making 200,000 illegal CDs, much of it Latin music, said Kevin Ryan, U.S. Attorney for Northern California. The two, along with a third man, Yaobin Zhai, 33, were indicted in October on charges of copying Symantec computer security software and Adobe Systems' Photoshop, as well as music CDs. Each of the five counts against the men--which include copyright infringement, trademark violations and trafficking in counterfeit labels--carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. Ye and Hao will be sentenced at a later date. Zhai, who did not plead guilty, is due to appear in court in May."

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 with Scott Taub, Acting Chief Accountant, SEC

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"Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 - Compliance Strategies to Evaluate Internal Control Effectiveness -- In a free Xtalks web conference on April 19, 2006, Scott Taub, Acting Chief Accountant, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and Eric Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Movaris, will provide an overview of how you can protect your organization from the new implications of Sarbanes-Oxley and Section 404. Section 404 continues to pose a problem for many organizations. How can investor protection be maintained in the most time- and cost-saving way? How can you best identify risk areas to focus on when assessing the effectiveness of controls? Join us for an exclusive presentation from Scott Taub, Acting Chief Accountant for the Securities & Exchange Commission. Mr Taub will discuss common areas of concern in Section 404 compliance and offer recommendations to meet compliance goals."

Vietnamese lawmakers slam technology transfer bill

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Vietnamese lawmakers have criticized a proposed technology transfer bill, saying it is not feasible and does not encourage the transfer of new technologies. The bill, among others, was discussed Friday at the ongoing session of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee in Hanoi. Ho Duc Viet, director of the NA’s Commission for Science, Technology and Environment, said it failed to “facilitate entities [organizations or individuals] in taking part in technology transfer activities.”