Thank You Donald Trump

Donald-trumpIn recent weeks there has been excitement surrounding potential candidates for the GOP nomination for President in 2012.   With the absence of a stable, long standing forefront leader, the field is wide open, leaving room for “celebrity” candidates to take the reins.  The Donald seems to be doing just that.  Using a shock and awe approach, he is gaining the most notable attention of late.  Dropping the gloves on taboo subjects and opening up about his true opinions is a fresh and welcomed approach.  Donald Trump does have his weak points however, and many GOP members consider him a “joke candidate”.  We tend to agree with this, although he is a strong business leader, he does not embody the image we desire for our nations leader.  His recent rise to political fame is most welcomed though, as we now have a more interesting train wreck to watch than Sarah Palin.

Barnes and Noble & Spring Design Patent Dispute Settled

Spring Design, a California based technology company, has proven nook-patent-disputevictorious in it’s patent battle against Barnes and Nobles that lasted a little over a year.  Spring Design released it’s competing e-reader exactly one day prior to the Nook launch, resulting in immediate litigation.  Under dispute was the employment of both a LCD and EPD (Electronic Paper Display) screen that both receive data from a single application.  Under the settlement deal, Barnes and Noble will have to license the API from Spring Design.

Patentee Reissue Policy Reversed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has reversed a decision issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) concerning the Ex Parte Tanaka appeal.  The reversal once again gives a patentee the right to obtain a reissue of a patent in order to add a dependent claim.  The USPTO initially denied Tanaka’s appeal as the original independent claim was not cancelled or modified and the error could not be rectified under Section 251.

Charles Gorenstein, a partner at the representing firm, Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) said the court accepted the argument that the addition of narrower claims to a patent without any other changes warranted a reissue because without those specifications the patent would not protect the whole of the invention.  The case’s outcome gives patent holders, under certain circumstances, the ability to appeal for a reissue of a patent with more properly written claims that pertain to the original invention.