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1 hr ago | The Washington Post

Federal patent employees had no work, so they surfed the Internet, probe reveals

Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries - and even bonuses - while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched television, an investigation has found.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law, US Politics, US News

3 hrs ago | Government Executive

Keith Alexander Wants to Patent Method For Detecting Cyber Threats -- Is That Ethical?

Keith Alexander is trying to explain himself. The former director of the NSA stoked astonishment when reports surfaced that he would ask from $600,000 to as much as $1 million per month as a cybersecurity consultant.

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Related Topix: Law, Science / Technology, Inventions

4 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Inside the stressed-out, time-crunched patent examiner workforce

Every year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office handles more than 500,000 new patent applications.

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Related Topix: Law, Cornell University, Inventions, Science / Technology, World News

5 hrs ago | Gadgetell

Wikipedia wins fight against brands paying for positive entries

The Foundation recently modified the Wikipedia editing terms, making it a requirement for editors to disclose whether or not they have been paid to make changes to pages.

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Related Topix: Wikimedia Foundation, Law

9 hrs ago | Law.com

Harold P. Weinberger, Jonathan M. Wagner and Norman C. Simon

Harold P. Weinberger, Jonathan M. Wagner, and Norman C. Simon write: Since its enactment in 1947, Section 43 of the Lanham Act - the federal false advertising statute - has rarely been addressed by the Supreme Court.

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Related Topix: Law, Opinion

11 hrs ago | Sys-Con Media

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 31

The Constitution recognized, for the first time in history, the intrinsic right of an inventor to profit from his invention.

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Wed Jul 30, 2014

Ubergizmo

Moto Maxx Trademark Filed

When it comes to keeping trade secrets, well, a secret, Motorola has been doing a pretty good job thus far, although one cannot say the same about the Moto 360 smartwatch .

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Related Topix: Law, Cell Phones, Cellphones, Electronics, Gadgets

Law.com

Rules, Standards, and Specialized Courts

Virtually every lawyer is familiar with the rules versus standards trade-off. Rules provide clearer guidance but sometimes produce bad results .

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Related Topix: Law, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, US News

Law.com

Design Patents and Their Role in an IP Portfolio

For many companies, the concept of an intellectual property portfolio often means a handful of utility patents, a trademark or two, and maybe some copyrights.

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Related Topix: Law

JD Supra

Using Copyright to Protect Your Brand's Characters

When "Brand Protection" is discussed in the advertising context, trademark protection is typically what comes to mind.

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Related Topix: Law

Roll Call

Still Room for Congress on Patent Fee-Shifting, USPTO's Lee Says

The deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said on Wednesday that "legislative clarification" is still possible on the issue of fee-shifting in patent lawsuits, even after two Supreme Court decisions on the matter earlier this year.

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Likelihood of Confusion

The PTO's Cambridge Roundtable: Read all about it

Because this my blog I think I should excerpt some of the things I said. Or, rather, because this is my blog I shall excerpt some of the things I said.

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Related Topix: Cambridge, MA, Law

News Max

Patent Office Workers Paid to Exercise, Do Laundry, Shop Online

Paralegals hired by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to handle a backlog of appeals and cases were actually paid more than $5 million to perform no work, according to the Commerce Department's Inspector General .

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ComputerWorld

Infor wins appeal of long-running patent lawsuit

EPlus first sued Lawson, an ERP company Infor acquired in 2011, in 2009, alleging that a number of configurations of Lawson's procurement software infringed on patents it held.

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The Washington Post

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The directorship of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has sat vacant for more than 16 months, at once a reflection the fact that the world of patents has long been what one veteran observer calls a "backwater" and that it isn't anymore - especially as the technology world has rapidly gained political might and turned its attention to ... (more)

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Politico

Clinton: Redskins name 'insensitive'

"I think it's insensitive and I think that there's no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation's capital," Clinton said during an interview on Tuesday with Jorge Ramos, who asked her if she thought the name was a "racial slur."

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Foreign Policy

The NSA's Patents, in One Searchable Database

What do a voice identifier , an automated translator , a "tamper-indicating" document tube , and a supersecure manhole cover have in common? They're all technologies for which the secretive National Security Agency has been granted patents by the U.S. government, giving the agency the exclusive rights to its inventions.

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Related Topix: Inventions, Science / Technology, Cryptography, Science, Computer Science, Law

Hispanic Business

Rivada Networks Gets Location-Based Services Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent #8,787,944, Method and System for Providing Enhanced Location Based Information for Wireless Handsets, to Rivada Networks.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014

Freshnews

Ryogen Awarded Two Patents Directed to Polynucleotide Sequences that...

Ryogen LLC, an R&D company focusing on polynucleotide sequences implicated in human diseases, was awarded two new patents this month, bringing the total number of its issued U.S. Patents to 32. U.S. Patent No.

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Related Topix: Law, Suffern, NY

Digital Trends

Samsung patents more smartwatch designs with round faces

Samsung already has a slew of smartwatches out on the market, but all of its wearables have one thing in common: the square screen.

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Related Topix: Law, Cameras

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