Today we continue our weekly installment highlighting the best of the patent blogosphere from the past week. If there are any patent blogs you think should be highlighted by our Top 5, please comment on this post and we’ll check them out.
1) Director’s Forum: Top Reasons Why USPTO Is Moving to CPC – This post from the USPTO’s Director, David Kappos, discusses the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) project, how it is important, and highlights why they are cooperatively pursuing this initiative with the European Patent Office (EPO).
2) Spicy IP: New Patent Prevents Textbook Sharing (in US) – This post discusses a U.S. patent granted to economist Joseph Vogel, professor at University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. The patent restricts textbook sharing amongst students as a means of attempting to cut down on piracy. “The patent is designed to prevent “unauthorized access to copyrighted academic texts is provided in which trademark licenses, discussion boards, and grade content are integrated into a Web-based system.””3) Patently-O: Judge Posner: No Damages Despite Infringement – This post reports on Judge Posner’s Order in Apple v. Motorola (N.D.Ill. 11–cv-8540). In the order, “Judge Posner canceled the jury trial scheduled for this week and instead opined that the case is moot because there are no damages and therefore, “neither party can establish a right of relief.” In the order, Judge Posner indicated that a full opinion would be forthcoming, likely within the week. The crux of the order is that, even if Apple’s asserted patents are valid and infringed, Apple cannot prove any damages stemming from the infringement nor can it prove that the harm of ongoing infringement is sufficient to demand injunctive relief. “
4) IP Watchdog: Kodak Moves to Sell Patents in Bankruptcy Without Minimum Bid – This post highlights Kodak’s recent request to seek permission to sell a portion of the Kodak patent portfolio, and details what this kind of bidding process entails for the holder of the patent portfolio in question.
5) CAFC Blog: Rule 4(k)(2) Personal Jurisdiction Over a Foreign Defendant – This post discusses Merial Limited v. Cipla Limited. According to the post, “Foreign defendant Cipla chose not to respond to plaintiff Merial’s 2007 lawsuit for patent infringement because Cipla believed there was no personal jurisdiction under Georgia’s long arm statute.” This post uses the case as an example of what a foreign defendant should consider could lead to them risking a default judgment and contemplating challenging it on jurisdictional grounds in a collateral proceeding.