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9/26/2008 IP News & Blog Round-Up

  • The US and China have agreed to agree. - At the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) forum, the US and China agreed to sign two "memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on strategic cooperation to improve the administration and effectiveness of copyright and trademark protection and enforcement, as soon as possible..." Download the official press release here.
  • Microsoft saves 1.5 billion dollars. - A brief summary of the MP3 infringement suit brought by Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft back in 2003 that has come to its likely close this week. (from Patent Hawk)
  • Can wearing down an examiner get you a patent? - The debate over patent application continuation continues.... (from Just_n_examiner)
  • A new legal standard for design patent infringement. - An en banc decision by the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has significantly strengthened design patents by essentially rejecting the need for the "point of novelty" test. A copy of the ruling can be downloaded here. (from Law.com)


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