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Patents Online Business Newsletter January, 2000 - Volume No. 2 Issue No. 1
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News - Headlines...

  • Recent Patent cases (October 1999 or later).
    Here you are with the published opinions of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit about recent patent cases:
    • Claim Differentiation: The doctrine of claim differentiation can shed light on the proper scope to be afforded a claim limitation, for there is presumed to be a difference in meaning and scope when different words or phrases are used in separate claims.
    • Double Patenting: Obviousness-type double patenting is a judicially created doctrine grounded in public policy, which prevents the extension of the term of the original patent via the patenting of an obvious variation.
    • Doctrine of Equivalents: Based on the fundamental principle that no one deserves an exclusive right to technology already in the public domain, this court has consistently limited the doctrine of equivalents to prevent its application to ensnare prior art.
    • Inventorship: A primary purpose of patent law is to reward invention.
    • Means-Plus-Function Claims: It requires both identification of the claimed function and identification of the structure in the written description necessary to perform that function.
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  • StorageTek Pays 100 Million as Result of Patent Litigation .
    StorageTek will pay Odetics a total license fee of $100 million as a result of the two patent infringement suits filed against StorageTek by Odetics.
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  • Brazil adopts international classification system.
    The President of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has issued Normative Acts Nos 150/99, 151/99 and 152/99. These Acts were published on October 19, 1999 and will become effective as of January 3, 2000.
    One major innovation will be the use of the International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks. At the time a new application is filed for a 'composite' or device or design mark, it will be necessary to indicate up to five possibilities of classification, and must contain a reference to a Category, Division and Section as well as the codes of figures as identified by the International Classification.
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  • 17th Trilateral Conference 1999 in Berlin
    The European Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office agree on a standard for electronic filing of patent applications that will begin testing in 2000. At the occasion of their annual Trilateral Conference held in Berlin, the three patent offices defined a work programme to set up the necessary technical infrastructure in each office and to create a consistent legal framework. The agreement also deals with the mutual recognition of electronic signatures.
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  • India May Contest U.S. Patent on Diabetic Remedy...
    Patent number 5,900,240 was granted in July to a team of three researchers, including two non-resident Indians, from the American firm, Cromak Research Inc., in New Jersey.
    Legislations like the Patent (Amendment) Act 1999 have been enacted by the Indian government under pressure from the WTO. Other legal mechanisms that would provide for sovereign control over the indigenous plants and traditional knowledge in light of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, have remained pending before Parliament.
    As a result, private companies and institutes from America, Europe, Japan and Australia are known to be scouting the countryside for valuable plant species and micro-organisms. Several multinational pharmaceutical giants have entered into research collaboration with Indian companies to collect and transfer plant and animal species.
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