• Supreme Court Denies TVEyes v. Fox News, Leaves Intact 2d Circuit Ruling on Market Harm of Transformative Uses

    On December 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in TVEyes, Inc. v. Fox News Network, LLC, declining the opportunity to decide what would have been the Court’s first case on fair use in a copyright context in 20 years. Denying the petition, the Supreme Court declined to answer whether a transformative use of a copyrighted work causes a cognizable market harm under 17 U.S.C. § 107(4) if it is used in connection with a commercially successful business that the…

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  • In re Marco Guldenaar Holding B.V. (Fed. Cir. 2018)

    By Michael Borella — One final 35 U.S.C. § 101 case inched across the finish line at the end of 2018. And while this one is not particularly remarkable substantively, its concurrence from an opinionated judge may give it an unwelcome shelf life. Background Applicant Marco Guldenaar Holding B.V. filed U.S. Patent Application No. 13/078,196. During prosecution, the Examiner rejected a number of its claims under § 101 as allegedly being directed to patent-ineligible subject matter (the claims were also rejected as being obvious under § 103). Guldenaar appealed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but the Board affirmed…

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  • Conference & CLE Calendar

    January 3, 2019 – “International Post Grant Practice: Strategic Considerations Before the USPTO, EPO and CNIPA” (Intellectual Property Owners Association) – 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET) January 8, 2019 – “New EU Guidelines for Patenting AI and Machine Learnin…

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  • 状態になる / 状態となる // 状態に戻る


    状態になる / 状態となる / 状態に戻る

    $$ There is therefore no risk of the receptacle becoming detached accidentally and discarding the bone debris into the surgical site. / したがって、容器が誤って分離状態になると共に、骨片が手術部位に捨てられてしまうリスクがない。(USP8956358)

    $$ Moreover, the replicas become decorrelated with one another. / 更に、複製物は、互いに相関が除去された状態になる。(USP8185162)

    $$ In doing this, the umbilical can become severely twisted. / これを行うと、アンビリカルがかなりねじられた状態になる可能性がある。(USP8113846)

    $$ The lancet 101 is then ready to be used. / ランセット101はこうして使用可能な状態となる。(USP8603126)

    $$ With pack 35 removed, the safety needle is ready for use. / パック35が取り除かれると、安全針は、使用できる状態となる。(USP8235950)

    $$ When in a "fully primed" state, as illustrated in FIG. 10a, the chamber 9 is sealed by piston 7 engaging with O-ring 14. / 図10aに示すように、“完全充填”された状態になると、ピストン7がOリング14と係合することによりチャンバ9は密閉される。(USP8678240): when in PP state

    $$ This brings the second module into a predetermined state and so it would be unaware that the first module had issued a request unless the first module were to maintain its reset request signal until it received an answer, either sending the request continuously or reissuing the request from time to time. / このために第2モジュールは所定状態となるので、それは、第1モジュールが、解答を受け取るまでそのリセット要求信号を維持しなければ第1モジュールが要求を発したことに気付かないで、その要求を連続的に送り続けるか或いは時折その要求を再発行するであろう。(USP5398233): bring…into a state

    $$ At this point, the present state value is read as an index to the code value and the state machine returns to the reset state. / この時点で、現在ステート値が該コード値に対するインデックスとして読取られ、ステートマシンはリセット状態に戻る。(USP5392038): return to PP state

    $$ When the variator is at the geared neutral ratio the driven wheels and the vehicle are at a halt. / 変動器がギヤ中立比にあるときは、被駆動車輪及び車両は停止状態となる。(USP8393990): at sth

    $$ As a consequence the static loads remain completely supported by the passive resilient means alone. / この結果、静的負荷は、完全に受動型弾性手段によってのみ支持された状態となる。(USP8061677): remain PP

    $$ The higher values of acceleration are most conveniently achieved in a continuously oscillating system in which the mechanical system of actuator 3 and perforate element 4 is mechanically in resonance. / 高い値の加速は、最も好都合には、連続的に振動する系において達成され、その場合、アクチュエータ3及び穿孔エレメント4の機械系は機械的に共振状態となる。(USP7284962): in sth

    $$ The block is then rendered unallocated. / そのブロックはその後割当てがなされていない状態となる。(USP6138216): render PP


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  • What Mattered in 2018: Industry Insiders Reflect Biggest Moments in IP

    There is near unanimity that the Supreme Court’s decisions in Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy Group, 138 S.Ct. 1365 (2018) was among the most significant events of the year. Several also point to the Federal Circuit’s decisions in Berkheimer v. HP Inc., 881 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2018) and Aatrix Software v. Green Shades Software, 882 F.3d 1121 (Fed. Cir. 2018), the impact Director Iancu has had on the USPTO and the patent system, and Congress passing the The Music Modernization Act. Beyond…

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  • Williams-Sonoma Lawsuit Accuses Amazon of Offering Infringing Products for Sale Online

    On Friday, December 14th, San Francisco, CA-based home furnishing retailer Williams-Sonoma filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California alleging claims of trademark and design patent infringement against Seattle, WA-based e-commerce giant Amazon.com. The lawsuit targets Amazon’s pattern of trading upon Williams-Sonoma’s goodwill and infringing the company’s intellectual property including the use of the registered mark “WILLIAMS-SONOMA.” If the allegations are true, this is simply the…

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  • 状態から



    $$ An anomaly may arise from a number of conditions, for example, faults, which can be classified according to their doma…

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  • Rolling the dice at the CAFC

    A claim involved in the case:


    A method of playing a dice game comprising:

    providing a set of dice, the set of dice comprising a
    first die, a second die, and a third die, wherein on-
    ly a single face of the first die has a first die
    ing, wherein only two faces of the second die have
    an identical second die marking, and wherein only
    three faces of the third die have an identical third
    die marking;

    placing at least one wager on at least one of the
    following: that the first die marking on the first
    die will appear face up, that the second
    die mark-
    ing on the second die will appear face up, that the
    third die marking on the third die will appear face
    up, or any combination thereof;
    rolling the set of dice; and

    paying a payout amount if the at least one wager

    Organizing human activity?

    In its brief, Appellant that the Patent Offi
    ce uses a certain label —methods of organizing human activities—
    as a “catch-all abstract idea” and expresses concern
    that the Board has used the phrase improperly as an
    “apparent shortcut.”

    We agree that this phrase can be confusing
    and potentially misused, since, after all, a
    defined set of steps for combining particular
    ingredients to create a drug formulation could be
    categorized as a method of organizing human activity.

    Judge Mayer, concurring:

    I agree that the claims at issue here are patent in
    eligible, but write separately to make two points. First,
    subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 is a pure
    question of law, one that can, and should, be resolved at
    the earliest stages of litigation. Second, claims directed to
    dice, card, and board games can never meet the section
    101 threshold because they endeavor to influence human
    behavior rather than effect technological change.

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  • The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2018

    Before proceeding it is worth noting two things. First, that my list focuses on specific and identifiable events. Second, there are a number of stories worth mentioning, but which just missed the cut for one reason or another. The two that will probably be most glaring omissions are the Federal Circuit’s decision in Vanda Pharmaceuticals v. Westward Pharmaceuticals, 887 F.3d 1117 (Fed. Cir. 2018), and the final rules implementing the Phillips claim construction standard. With respect to Vanda,…

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  • Capitol Records v. ReDigi: No Fair Use or Lawful Resale of Music Files Under First Sale Doctrine

    The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a decision in Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc. affirming a previous finding out of the Southern District of New York that ReDigi’s digital music file reselling platform infringed upon the plaintiffs’ copyright to the music files being resold. The Second Circuit panel upheld the lower court’s decision over ReDigi’s arguments that its platform enabled the lawful resale of digital music files under the first sale doctrine.

    The post…

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  • Quotes of the day

    Whether a claim is directed to statutory subject matter is a question of law. Although determination of this question may require findings of underlying facts specific to the particular subject matter and its mode of claiming . . . . Arrhythmia Research Technology v. Corazonix Corp., 958 F.2d 1053 (Fed. Cir. 1992). It is well-established that […]

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  • Illumina, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2018)

    By Kevin E. Noonan — U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston stuck again on Christmas Eve, giving the biotech patent community a rhetorical lump of coal in their stocking by invalidating on summary judgment claims directed to methods for isolating cell-free fetal DNA from maternal DNA on the grounds that they are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The author of the Ariosa v. Sequenom decision a few years ago, Judge Illston has rarely seen a patent she likes (or is not willing to invalidate), and the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit’s recent § 101 jurisprudence has given district…

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  • Friendly questions at oral argument

    If you are heading out to Colorado for the CLE and SKI! in Snowmass next week, you might find yourself dining at Gwyn’s High Alpine Restaurant while hitting the slopes. The Gwyn’s High Alpine Restaurant trademark application was the subject of a recent Federal Circuit oral argument. The oral argument is a good example of […]

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  • Exclusion of Patent Infringing iPhones Delayed Is Justice Denied

    In devices such as the iPhone, Apple and Intel merely operate on the technological connectivity platform Qualcomm created. In short, what Intel does well doesn’t compete meaningfully with Qualcomm where American 5G leadership is concerned… Apple’s cavalier conduct toward other people’s intellectual property should run into a red, white and blue brick wall at the American border, courtesy of the ITC, in the form of immediately effective exclusion and cease-and-desist orders, keeping iPhone…

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  • Girl Scouts File Trademark Complaint Against Rival Boy Scouts

    The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have filed suit to force the Boy Scouts of America to put the “Boy” back into “Boy Scout.” The two venerable youth organizations will soon face off in a high-stakes trademark battle in federal court.  The Girl Scouts filed a trademark complaint in November 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In it, the Girl Scouts claim the Boy Scouts’ use of the trademarks SCOUTS, SCOUTING and SCOUTS BSA without the word “boy”…

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