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Samsung Awarded Patent for Virtual Musical Instrument

Recently, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) was awarded an interesting patent, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), that allows a mobile phone or music player to essentially be used as a virtual guitar. More specifically, U.S Patent No. 8, 378, 202 is entitled a “portable communication device capable of virtually playing musical instruments.” As noted […]

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Report On Newly Enacted America Invents Act (AIA)

Introduction Many, if not most of you are probably aware of the newly enacted America Invents Act (AIA).  The AIA is major patent legislation that includes significant changes to American patent law.  It was signed into law on September 16, 2011.  This report provides a summary of the most important provisions that are included in […]

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US Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office Launch Cooperative Patent Classification System

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. The CPC is the product of a joint partnership between the USPTO and the EPO to develop a common, […]

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Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference-Austin, TX Sept. 14-15

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the University of Texas will be conducting a conference designed specifically for independent Texas inventors and  entrepreneurs.  The  Conference will be held September 14-15 at the University of Texas at Austin in the Thompson Conference Center located at 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Texas. Presentations and workshops will be conducted by […]

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USPTO Intervenes in Case Alleging Copyright Infringement of Non-Patent Literature

The USPTO recently file a Motion to Intervene in a case filed by John Wiley & Sons (a global publishing company) against the law firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff (“MBHB”).  In the case, John Wiley alleges that MBHB infringed its copyrights by copying and distributing its works.  MBHB, allegedly, copied these works in the […]

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