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Archived updates for Thursday, August 31, 2006

I/P Tidbits

Pete Lattman's Wall Street Journal Law Bog reports on August 26, 2006 that "Examiners at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office have used Wikipedia to help determine a patent application’s validity on everything from from car parts to chip designs. But on Aug. 15, reports Business Week’s Lorraine Woellert, the PTO told its examiners that they could no longer use the controversial online encyclopedia as an accepted source of information." Here's why.

Ocean Tomo, LLC's Fall 2006 Live Intellectual Property Auction Catalogue contains information on the 275+ patent, trademark, domain name and copyright assets to be auctioned on October 26, 2006. Auction lots with patent and trademark numbers are listed by market sector here.

The TTAB Rules Blog summarizes the July 25, 2006 meeting between the AIPLA, IPO, ABA (IP Section), INTA, and USPTO to discuss continuing concerns with the proposed TTAB Rules.

The Patently-O Blog summarizes the current briefing in KSR v. Teleflex.

"2005 Trademark Decisions of the Federal Circuit" by Stephen Baird

Brown & Michaels have a new patent glossary.

The USPTO's EFS-Web has received over 145,000 submissions since its launch. Thirty percent of all new filings are now received via EFS-Web. The USPTO will be conducting free online EFS-Web training for its web-based patent application and document submission solution Thursday September 7th and Tuesday September 19th at 1:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time. Register in the the Evenet Center at

On June 16, 2006, security officers at a stadium in Stuttgart (acting at the behest of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association's) made more than 1,000 male fans of the Dutch soccer team remove their pants becuase their their bright orange lederhosen with lion's tails (in honor of Holland's national color and mascot) included chest straps emblazoned with a logo for a Bavaria beer that was not a world cup sponsor.
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