• Legislation For South Africa’s New IP Policy Likely After Elections Next Year

    Legislative changes giving effect to South Africa’s recently published Intellectual Property Policy “Phase 1” will not take place during this term of government, the country’s trade minister has said. Meanwhile, a side-by-side comparison with the 2017 draft legislation shows a series of changes in the final policy, and the pharmaceutical industry is complaining but appears determined to continue investing in the country.

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  • What You Need to Know about the District of Massachusetts’ New Local Patent Rules

    On June 1, 2018, the new patent local rules went into effect in the District of Massachusetts following a substantial overhaul that began over one year ago.  In January 2017, the judges in D. Mass. formed a committee which included ten local patent litigators to advise the court on revising its practices specific to patent litigation in the district.  The final draft of the proposed rules was released for public comment from December 2017 through February 2018, giving other patent litigators in…

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  • ‘Graphical User Interface’ does not necessarily invoke means-plus function analysis

    In Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc., before Judge Jimmie Reyna, Judge Richard Taranto, and Judge Todd Hughes, Zeroclick appealed a district court’s interpretation of the claims as containing “means plus function” limitations under 35 U.S.C. § 112 ¶ 6, arguing that the district court erred by imposing a means plus function analysis. The Court agreed with Zeroclick finding that the district court failed to give appropriate weight to the rebuttable presumption created by the absence of the word…

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  • ‘Graphical User Interface’ does not necessarily invoke means-plus function analysis

    In Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc., before Judge Jimmie Reyna, Judge Richard Taranto, and Judge Todd Hughes, Zeroclick appealed a district court’s interpretation of the claims as containing “means plus function” limitations under 35 U.S.C. § 112 ¶ 6, arguing that the district court erred by imposing a means plus function analysis. The Court agreed with Zeroclick finding that the district court failed to give appropriate weight to the rebuttable presumption created by the absence of the word…

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  • USPTO Vanda Memo Emphasizes Patent Eligibility Of Method Of Treatment Claims

    On June 7, 2018, the USPTO issued a memorandum to the Examining Corps providing patent eligibility examination guidance based on the recent Federal Circuit decision in Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals. The Vanda memo emphasizes that method of treatment claims can be found to satisfy 35 USC § 101 at the first step of an Alice/Mayo…… Continue reading this entry

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  • News from Abroad: Antibodies in the European Patent Office — Advanced Guide to Drafting and Prosecution

    The following article was reprinted with permission from J A Kemp. The European Patent Office (EPO) applies the same basic patentability criteria to antibodies as to other inventions, but it can sometimes appear that antibodies are treated as a special case. For an explanation of the basic approach adopted by the EPO, please see our related briefing “Antibodies in the European Patent Office – Basic Principles” (an updated version of this report can be found here). The present briefing is intended to develop those Basic Principles into a guide to the drafting and prosecution of patent applications for antibody inventions….

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  • Conference & CLE Calendar

    June 12, 2018 – “Best Practices Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) – 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET) June 12, 2018 – “Patent Eligibility, Prior Art and Obviousness 2018: Current Trends in Sections 101, 102, and 103″ (Pra…

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  • Guest Editorial: Yes, Native Americans and Patents Do Go Together

    Guest post by Michael Gulliford.  Mr. Gulliford is an advisor to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Founder of Soryn IP Group, a patent advisory and finance firm headquartered in New York City.

    Native Americans and patents don’t make headlines. That changed when the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, located in upstate New York, conceived a lucrative transaction that saw Allergan transfer patents covering the dry eye drug Restasis® to the Tribe. In return, the Tribe agreed to use its sovereign status to protect the patents from a controversial administrative proceeding coined the patent “death squad”, and to license the patents to Allergan. Allergan paid the Tribe $13.75 million upfront, with continuing royalty payments of $3.75 million per quarter.

    Although the story is far from over, so much remains unsaid. As an advisor to the Tribe on patent issues, allow me to explain.

    #1 – Tribes Are Vilified For Following The Status Quo

    Tribes, like States, are sovereigns and cannot be hauled into federal administrative proceedings that resemble lawsuits without consenting.  Here, the Tribe used its sovereign status to shield the patents from attack in a new administrative proceeding called Inter Partes Review (IPR), held at the Patent Trial & Appeals Board (PTAB).

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  • IP, AI, Health Commitments Mere Footnotes In Quarrel Between G6 And Trump?

    Leaders at the G7 Summit tried to mitigate tensions by taking on some US favourites in their final communiqué like “forced technology transfers,” a topic brought up only recently by the United States at the World Trade Organisation. Forced technology transfers, according to US diplomats, are licensing and administrative rules entertained by China to oblige foreign firms to share technology in exchange for gaining access to the Chinese market. They also had sought to agree on a vision for artificial intelligence, a range of health issues, and foreign cyber interference with elections.

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    区分

    (COMPARTMENT)
    $$ They are capable of receiving and retaining a ballast material by means of one or more tray compartments. / ・トレイ部材は、1つ又は複数のトレイ区分によってバラスト材料を収納して保持することができる。(USP8549792)

    $$ In addition the wall of the compartment is provided with detectors (19) and (20) which, in a preferred embodiment, are multiple CCD fittings. / その上、この区分の壁には、好ましい態様では複数のCCD取付け部品であるセンサー(19)および(20)が具備されている。(USP7578972)

    (SEGMENT)
    $$ On the inside the outer skirt 3 comprises a thread 6 consisting of thread segments 7. / 外側スカート3の内側はねじ6を備え、ねじ6はねじ区分7からなっている。(USP8393483)

    $$ The inner layer of insulation 4 is segmented, similar to a "lobster back" bend. / 内断熱層4は、「エビの甲殻状」のベンドと同様に区分化される。(USP7578315)

    $$ The traditional approach has been to use a segmented section in a sub raster scanning system, using either flat bed or external drum approaches. / 従来の手法は、フラットベッドまたは外部ドラム法のいずれかを用いて、サブラスタ走査システムにおいて区分化されたセクションを使用するものであった。(USP6278541)

    $$ FIG. 2 shows two embodiments of the TWC substrate wherein the portion of the plurality of channels is segmental (or striped) in shape; / 図2は、複数の通路の一部が区分けされている(縞状になっている)TWC基材の、2つの実施様を示す。(USP8127537)

    (SECTIOM)
    $$ The machining process produces an array of orthogonal section bodies 16 on the substrate. / 加工プロセスは、基体上に直交区分体16の列を製造する。(USP6699767)

    $$ The magnetic field has a larger/stronger signal between thicker sections 73 and a smaller/weaker signal between the narrower ends 71. / この磁界は、厚い区分73間の大きく/強い信号と、狭幅端部71間の小さく/弱い信号を有する。(USP6288534)

    (PARTITION)
    $$ In step 854, the same process is repeated for the set of daughters, so as to partition the daughters into groups having identical sets of heads. / ステップ854では、ドーターを主要語の同一の集合を有するグループに区分するためにドーターの集合について同じプロセスが繰り返される。(USP7565281)

    $$ For multiple instances of ACR across the NIP, the target rate for excess of admitted traffic over answering centre capacity (e.g. 1.8 s.sup.-1) is partitioned equally across instances. / NIPについてのACRの多くの場合(インスタンス)には、応答センタ容量を超えている認められたトラヒックについての超過分に対する目標レート(例えば、1.8s-1)は、各インスタンスに全体的に均等に区分される。(USP6330313)

    (OTHERS)
    $$ The screw is made from 12.9 grade high tensile steel. / ネジは区分12.9の高張力鋼製である。(USP8517650): grade

    $$ The two bending steps, large radius in the body and small radius at the corners, are separate. / 2つの曲げ段階、本体の大半径およびコーナーの小半径に区分けする。(USP8327668): separate

    $$ In one embodiment, the building can be used as a time piece, e.g. a lunar time piece, weekly time piece or a time piece that indicates any other measurement of time. / 1つの実施例では、例えば月、週、またはその他任意の時間の尺度を示す時間区分により、建造物を使用することができる。(USP8104232): piece

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