• Words of Wisdom

    Here’s a different kind of column to end the year. I always talk with taxi drivers. A few months ago while riding with an Ethiopian born cabbie in downtown DC we came to a complete stop. As cars around us started honking even though there was nowhere …

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  • Brott v. US

    There is an interesting new petition for writ of certiorari pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.  The question presented is: Can the federal government take private property and deny the owner the ability to vindicate his constitutional right to be justly compensated in an Article III Court with trial by jury? Sound […]

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  • Webinar on PTAB Developments

    Foley & Lardner will be offering a webinar entitled “PTAB — A Year in Review” on January 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (CST). George Beck, Andrew Cheslock, and Steve Maebius of Foley & Lardner LLP will discuss the year’s major developments and how they may impact practice before the PTAB going forward, and address specific topics: • 2017 Trends and Statistics • SCOTUS on IPRs — including SAS Institute Inc. v. Joseph Matal and Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC • PTAB Amendment Process — via Aqua Products v. Matal • Trends in Pharmaceutical…

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  • Webinar on Patent Reissue

    Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled “Strategic Use of Patent Reissue: Whether and When to Pursue a Reissue Application — Correcting Errors, Responding to an IPR Challenge and Mastering the Recapture Rule” on January 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:3…

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  • Webcast on Paragraph IV Patent Certifications

    The Knowledge Group will offer a webcast entitled “Paragraph IV Patent Certifications: Recent Legal and Regulatory Developments” on January 19, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EST). Robyn Ast-Gmoser of Polsinelli and Jason A. Lief of Cooley LLP will provide an in-depth discussion of recent Paragraph IV patent certification developments and trends, and also offer best practices while ensuring compliance with applicable laws. Key topics to be addressed by the webcast include: • Use of Citizen Petition by brands • Blocking patents and impact on commercial success findings • Recent disputes regarding 180-day exclusivity • TC Heartland and patent venue…

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  • IP Year in Review Webinar Series

    LexisNexis will be offering a webinar series entitled “IP Year in Review And Look Ahead” on January 18, 25, and 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm (ET). The series provide highlights over the past year, trends emerging for 2018, and use cases for success on the following topics: • Patent Research — January 18 • Patent Prosecution — January 25 • Patent Drafting — January 29 Those interested in registering for any of the webinars in the series, can do so here.

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  • 後側(うしろがわ)



    $$ The second arm of the goniometer is aligned with the long axis of the femur by pointing the end of the second arm to…

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  • Quote of the day

    “A patent is property carried to the highest degree of abstraction — a right in rem to exclude, without a physical object or content.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in his letter to Frederick Pollock dated June 26, 1894.

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  • 10 Critical Pieces of Advice for Inventors

    There really is no one-size-fits-all approach inventors can follow, and there is no inventing roadmap to success that will work in all cases. Notwithstanding, there are certainly a number of things that can and should be understood if an inventor is going to pursue inventing as more than a hobby. By understanding some basic but […]

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  • 動く



    –>move, run, travel

    $$ The seat pan 12 moves downwardly by an angle b that is the same as the angle b1 by which the seat backrest 14 moves downwardly/rearwardly. / 座部12は、角度b1と同じ角度bだけ下向きに動き、それによって、背もたれ14は下向き/後ろ向きに動く。(USP8157326): move

    $$ The sensor housing containing the sensor is movable laterally within the container, i.e. in a left/right direction as depicted in FIG. 19a. / センサーが入ったセンサー囲いは、容器内を横に動くことができ、即ち、図19aに描いたように、左右方向に動くことができる。(USP8141409): movable

    $$ Movement of the piston through the syringe barrel 40 results in displacement of mixed bone cement through the delivery tube 44. / ピストンが注射器の筒40を通って動くことによって、混合された骨セメントが送達チューブ44を通って排出される。(USP8139221): movement

    $$ Turning of the control knobs produces a corresponding movement of the cable and hence the tip. / 制御ノブを回すことにより、ケーブルがそれに対応して動き、したがって先端部が動く。(USP8113846): movement

    $$ As the roller moves back and forth it follows a circular path centered on the disc axis. / ローラーは、前後に動く際に、ディスク軸を中心とする円形の経路をたどる。(USP8108108): move

    $$ When this region is inside the enlarged diameter section 114 of the bore, the lancet piston can move with low friction. / この領域が内孔の増大された直径の領域114の中にある時、ランセットピストンは低摩擦で動くことが出来る。 (USP8092394): move

    $$ As the BFIP 15 is keyed to the inner race, the BFIP 15 will move in relation to the hinge pin 42. / BFIP15は、内側レースにキー止めされているので、BFIP15は、ヒンジピン42に対して動くことになる。(USP8087832): move

    $$ The casing 2 also has end walls 2a that prevent axial movement of the first rotation element 1 along the first axis 6. / また、ケーシング2は、第1回転部材1が第1軸6にそって軸方向に動くのを阻止する端壁2aaを有する。(USP7650871): movement

    $$ The cutting element is moved across the skin in the direction of the arrow A. / 切取部は矢印Aの方向に皮膚を横切って動く。(USP6176014): moved

    $$ FIGS. 6A and 6B show an alternative arrangement to those of FIGS. 5A and 5B to achieve the same objectives of providing a stop position that limits the travel of the collar (2) down the column (1). / 図6A及び図6Bは、カラー2が支持柱1上を下降する動きを制限する停止位置を提供する同じ目的を達成するために、図5A及び図5Bの構成に代わる構成を示している。(USP7980785)

    $$ Generally, the linkage is the portion of the suspension system that provides the majority of the travel of the wheel carrier relative to the body. / 全体として、該連結機構は、車体に対する車輪キャリアの動きの大部分を提供する懸架装置の部分である。(USP7168719)

    $$ This can be by means of a chain running on gear teeth formed on the radially outer surface of the central disc 26. / これは、中央ディスク26の半径方向外側の表面に形成された歯車の歯に掛けられて動くチェーンによって可能である。(USP7632208)

    $$ The provision of a track which is shaped so as to enable a carriage travelling along the track to follow a path having directional components in three dimensions has been proposed. / トラックに沿って動くキャレッジが三次元において指向性性成分を有する経路を辿ることができるよう形作られているトラックを設けることが提案されている。(USP8490927)

    $$ A suspension system according to claim 1, wherein said linkage provides, in use, at least 80% of the vertical travel of said wheel carrier. / 請求項1による懸架装置において、連結機構が、使用時、車輪キャリアの垂直方向動きの少なくとも80%を提供する、懸架装置。(USP7168719)


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  • The patent story with rectangular rapid flashing beacons [RRFBs]

    Back in 2012, IPBiz quoted Judge Richard Posner on the industry standard/patent interface:

    “Once a patent becomes essential to a standard, the patentee’s bargaining power surges because a prospective licensee has no alternative to licensing the patent; he is at the patentee’s mercy.”

    See Posner on industry standard patents

    Flash forward to 2017, and one has an interesting situation with rectangular rapid flashing beacons or RRFBs for short. A 29 December 2017 story in the Ann Arbor News, Federal rules, patent issues put brakes on Ann Arbor’s crosswalk plans , outlines part of what has been going on.

    The intellectual property relates to U.S. Patent Nos.
    8,081,087 and 9,129,540.

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  • Liu on Accountings of Profits Under U.K. Law

    I hope to publish a post on Judge Selna’s opinion in Ericsson v. TCL sometime next week; meanwhile, Professor Jorge Contreras’s analysis of the opinion on Patently-O is quite thorough and highly recommended.  Meanwhile, to close out the year, for readers interested in the remedy of accountings of profits (that is, awards of the infringer’s profits, sometimes referred to as disgorgement of profits) Professor Deming Liu has recently published two articles in the European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR) on the topic:  Reflecting on an Account of Profits for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights, 39 EIPR 686 (2017), and  What costs are deductible in accounting for profits for infringement of intellectual property rights? The Court says, “not all of them!”, 39 EIPR 749 (2017).  The articles are available on Westlaw.  Here are the abstracts of the two articles, respectively:
    The article debates on the changes the EC Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive brings about for the law of an account of profits in the UK. It also examines case law to establish how the courts take the account and what methods they use in allocating the profits. Inter alia, it criticises the court’s approach toward remuneration for the infringers’ skills and labour. Furthermore, it argues against the UK court’s refusal to change the principle of election between an account of profits and damages. It yet again takes issue with some courts’ approach to apportioning profits.
    The Court of Appeal in Hollister Inc Dansac AS v Medik Ostomy Supplies Ltd and Design & Display Ltd v Ooo Abbott visited the issue of what proportion of general overheads can be deducted in accounting for profits. The court held that such a proportion of the general overheads as attributable to the infringement can be deducted; in making such a calculation, the court adopts the concept of the opportunity cost. To what extent is that test correctly applied by the lower courts, and what techniques do the courts employ in apportioning the overheads in practical terms? The article discusses these questions.

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  • Patent Literature

    Pain and Suffering: Prof. Ronen Avraham was moved by the story of Robert Kearns (Flash of Genius) and asks Should Courts Award Pain and Suffering Damages in Patent Infringement Cases?  His answer is YES, “courts should award damages to solo inventors for noneconomic harm resulting from patent infringement.” Licensing Without Litigation: Mark A. Lemley has again teamed up […]

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  • The Top Trends in Patent Law for 2017

    As we mark the close of yet another year, we’re provided with a perfect opportunity to look back on the previous twelve months and see what has transpired. No one could call it a good year for patent owners (except those with the largest pockets, of course) starting with the United States’ 10th-place ranking among national patent systems in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s IP Index, and it didn’t appear as though any weaknesses in uncertain patentability across the U.S. technological landscape…

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  • A blast from the past

    I found myself feeling a bit nostalgic for the articulate and insightful questioning during oral arguments of retired Chief Judges Michel and Rader.  If you are like me, and appreciated their knowledge of patent law, I thought you might enjoy listening to an oral argument recording from the past that features them both, along with […]

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