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Dec06

BPAI Upholds Examiner’s Rejections

In Ex parte Volcani et al., the BPAI upheld an examiner’s rejection that the claims were directed to non-statutory subject matter.  The appellants’ disclosure is directed to determining the emotional impact of words upon a reader where values may...
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Dec06

USPTO Adds Prioritized Examination

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently unveiled an  accelerated examination option for a $4,000 fee. This option was announced the February 4, 2011 Federal Register. The accelerated examination would allow for applications to be processed...
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Dec06

Hangover 2′s Copyright Parody Defense

One of the more interesting intellectual property cases (and closely watched with the movie’s popularity) is the recent copyright infringement claim made against the studio releasing “The Hangover 2.”  In the last few weeks, the tattoo artist...
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Dec06

An Array of Bits

In Ex Parte Shepard, the BPAI found claims directed to “an array of bits” an abstract idea. An exemplary claim recited in part: 10. An array of bits comprising: a first plurality of bits; and a second plurality of bits intersecting the first plurality...
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Dec06

Computer Readable Medium

In the recent CyberSource v. Retail Decisions case, the Federal Circuit held that if a software method claim is unpatentable, then the software claim re-written as a Beauregard claim (computer readable medium containing program instructions) is also...
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Dec06

All Inventors! – The Race is About to Begin!

Inventors – if you are not practicing your sprint drills…you should be.  General Counsel – if you are not exploring internal speed tactics for your research and development groups…you ought to.  General practice firms – if you are not coaching...
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