• Japan Patent Office Reverses Initial Refusal of ‘Gotham City’ Trademark

    The Appeal Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) has reversed an initial decision by JPO examiner to refuse the mark “GOTHAM CITY” with a logo, and ordered to grant protection for the mark by decision of March 14, 2017 [Appeal case no. 2016-9140]. The JPO decision states that consumers are unlikely to confuse or associate the mark “GOTHAM CITY” with Batman’s place of residence and DC Comics when used on apparel, bags and fashion accessories.

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  • How patent troll rhetoric has wrecked the U.S. patent system

    The pressure to adhere to the patent troll rhetoric was difficult for people to grasp if they don’t live within Silicon Valley, Causevic noted. He noted a conference which he was invited to speak at which changed its title from “Have We Gone Too Far in Weakening Our Patent System?” to “Where Are We in Eradicating Weak Patents?”, a radical shift in focus. “The pressure is very personal,” Causevic said, citing a paper he had worked on which found that company directors were often pressured…

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  • IPO Webinar on Pharma Lessons from the PTAB

    The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled “Pharma Lessons from the PTAB: Litigation and Prosecution” on June 8, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET). Eldora Ellison of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, PLLC; Cynthia Lambert Hardman of Goodwin Procter LLP; and Kerry Taylor of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP will spell out winning strategies specific to the biopharmaceutical industry for both patent owners and challengers, and will also highlight lessons for patent prosecutors that emerge from PTAB practice. Topics to be discussed include: • The role of objective indicia of nonobviousness. Pharma patents…

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  • Web Conference on TC Heartland

    Foley & Lardner will be offering a web conference entitled “TC Heartland: A Deep-Dive into Next-Level Issues for Companies in an Integrated Economy” on June 15, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (CDT). Pavan K. Agarwal, Kevin J. Malaney, and Liane M. Peterson of Foley & Lardner LLP will address such next-level issues as: • Determining venue for multinational corporations, as well as cases involving multiple parties residing in diverse locations • Potential impact on Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical ANDA and biosimilar cases • Possible effects on cases brought by non-practicing entities • How the decision may affect pending lawsuits. While there…

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  • AXIS / AXES

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    AXIS / AXES

    —>shaft,

    $$ The vertical axis of the graph represents the intensity of the beam. / グラフの縦軸は、ビームの強度を示す。(USP8517579)

    $$ For the purpose of the present invention, `diameter` is defined as the size of the minor axis of the hole. / 本発明の目的において、「直径」は、穴の短軸のサイズとして定義される。(USP8294080)

    $$ The shaping of the directivity of sound radiation with frequency may be adjusted by the designer by determining the size of the major and minor axes, and if multiple exciters are used the level, frequency and phase response of the electrical signals connected to the exciters. (USP7564984)

    $$ In FIG. 1 the exciters 12 are equally spaced in a line running along the length of the long axis of the panel 10. (USP7564984)

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