Week in IP: December 9 – 15, 2012

I keep saying that I want the weekly wrap-up of intellectual property issues to actually be a weekly feature. As I have some time off, I want to catch up and edit these articles so that I can show some diligence on my part. Last week for example we had Apple getting its multi-touch patent rejected, a new patent on cell phone airbags by the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and a My Little Pony fan game getting a cease and desist. Here are the intellectual property stories for the week of December 9, 2012.

 

Monday, December 10

 

Abbott, Casio, Tesco, Best Buy: Intellectual Property

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-10/abbott-casio-tesco-best-buy-intellectual-property.html

 

Justices to Take Up Generic Drug Case

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/08/business/justices-to-take-up-generic-drug-case.html?_r=0

 

Bizarre Court Battle over Duff Beer Trademark

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/duff-beer-battle-in-germany-resolved-in-favor-of-duff-beer-a-871439.html

Duff Beer

Duff Beer

 

Trademark claim kills Harvester logo

http://www.eastfieldnews.com/news/trademark-claim-kills-harvester-logo-1.2966344#.UM5U-3ewWSr

Logo for the Harvesters

Logo for the Harvesters

 

Tuesday, December 11

 

Apple could lose key patent

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57558165/apple-could-lose-key-patent/

 

Microsoft, Porsche, Heineken: Intellectual Property

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-11/microsoft-porsche-heineken-intellectual-property.html

 

Apple, Google team up to pursue Kodak patents

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22161993/apple-google-team-up-pursue-kodak-patents-report

 

Mattel Returns to Judges Who Threw Out Bratz Verdict

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-10/mattel-returns-to-judges-who-threw-out-bratz-verdict.html

 

Music Publisher Sues VimpelCom for Copyright Infringement

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/music-publisher-sues-vimpelcom-for-copyright-infringement/472842.html

 

Wednesday, December 12

 

EU, Arczar, BIO-Key, Chrysler: Intellectual Property

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-12/eu-arczar-bio-key-chrysler-intellectual-property.html

 

Bio-Key Settles patent suit with Blue Spike

http://www.biometricupdate.com/201212/bio-key-settles-patent-suite-with-blue-spike/

 

Thursday, December 13

 

Amazon, Diane Von Furstenberg, AOL: Intellectual Property

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/amazon-diane-von-furstenberg-aol-intellectual-property.html

 

Air bag for cellphones could be just hot air

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019906531_sundaybuzz16xml.html

Patent Diagram on Cell Phone Air Bag

Patent Diagram on Cell Phone Air Bag

 

Unpaid Bloggers Won’t Be Getting Any Money Off The AOL–Huffington Post Deal

http://www.businessinsider.com/bloggers-wont-get-money-off-aol-deal-2012-12

 

Friday, December 14

 

Google, True Religion, Hasbro: Intellectual Property

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-14/google-true-religion-hasbro-intellectual-property.html

 

Google Paying Belgian Newspaper to List Their Content?

http://technorati.com/business/article/google-paying-belgian-newspaper-to-list/

 

Cottage Industry for Patent Suits Closed by Appeals Court

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/cottage-industry-for-patent-suits-closed-by-appeals-court.html

 

My Little Pony Fan Game Shut Down by Hasbro Over Trademark

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/technology/my-little-pony-fan-game-shut-down-hasbro-over-trademark

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About Simon Linder

I am a registered patent agent in the Silicon Valley area. I specialize in local intellectual property issues and talk about them on my blog.
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