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Patent Troll's 'Frivolous' Appeal Gets Punished $15K in Legal Fees

Newegg received vindication at the Federal Circuit last week when the court ruled that the case never should have been brought on appeal in the first place for want of jurisdiction, ArsTechnica reports.

Newegg will receive $15,000 in legal fees from AdjustaCam in the ruling, about half of the cost of defending the appeal to the Federal Circuit. But that doesn't even touch the $200,000 in legal fees already billed for the case at Texas District Level. Maybe patent trolling really does pay after all?

YouTube Foots the Bill for Bad DMCA Takedowns

YouTube just announced that it has opened up its coffers and will foot the legal bill for DMCA takedowns of a small number of videos, which the company believes are clearly "fair use."

This is welcome news to YouTube users who have been hassled by DMCA piracy complaints for reasons that have little to do with copyright protection.

Whoopsie! You've made an error in your patent filing -- one which wasn't discovered until after the patent has been prosecuted and granted. Don't worry, you wouldn't be the first. And instead of leaving you with a garbage patent, the USPTO allows for relatively easy corrections of small mistakes.

Now, thanks to a recent Federal Circuit case, we have a bit more information on just what counts as a small mistake -- and it turns out those mistakes don't have to be too small, after all.

Attention Patent Lawyers: USPTO to Hike Fees

The USPTO has published a proposed set of changes that calls for "slightly" increasing patent prosecution fees -- this despite the proposals also call for common fee increases ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent.

The proposed changes to the Information Disclosure Statement are being proposed ostensibly to benefit applicants. The fee hike has been justified by the USPTO on the grounds that the funds will be used to ensure enhanced patent examination quality and improved efficiency. The fees are scheduled to be implemented January of 2017, at a patent office near you.

Trade in illegal, endangered wildlife parts is a billion dollar industry. In Vietnam, endangered rhino horn can sell for $100,000 per kilo, making it worth more than gold. Those prices, and growing demand, have made the illegal wildlife trade the fourth largest black market in the world.

A new start up thinks they have the solution: flooding the market with 3D printed, bioengineered rhino horns.

China's Patent Office Wants to Protect Intellectual Property. No, Really

China has not recently enjoyed a sterling reputation with regards to the protection of intellectual property. Whether it's pirated software, bootlegged movies, or "pleather" designer handbags, China's got it all. There's even a term for it: Shanzai -- which roughly translates to "knock-off." Unnervingly, some journalists have reported that the term even has a certain cache about it.

In seeming response to this social and economic blight, the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO -- the Chinese equivalent of the US Patent Office) recently released a fourth amendment to the country's patent laws -- the Amendments. An invitation for public comment is reminiscent of Mao's Hundred Flowers Campaign in which intellectual opinion was sought. Let's hope this one isn't as embarrassing for Chinese politicians.

In early October, negotiators finally put the finishing touches on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is the largest regional trade agreement ever, binding 12 Pacific nations and 800 million people, and effecting 40 percent of global GDP.

But the text of the agreement remains a secret -- except, that is, the parts that have been released by WikiLeaks. The "public secrets" website has published the text of the TPP governing intellectual property rights, raising concerns that the partnership's treatment of intellectual property could harm the public interest.

Products Liability Firms Use 3D Printing to Manufacture Evidence

Law firms are now finding ways to make use of the 3D printer -- a technology that was once considered gimmicky. Then it became the centerpiece of the gun debate and organ growing.

A number of enterprising law firms have utilized 3D technology in their products liability practice. These machines bring a new twist to the term "manufacturing evidence."

Trademark research is about as fun as combing through discovery. The slow, often tedious process normally involves lawyers or researches pouring through databases to make sure that the mark is available to be used and registered. That means long, slow searches through state and federal registrations, as well as looking for marks that are unregistered but in use. Don't forget about all the fun but hard-to-find variables like phonetic equivalents, spelling variations, and foreign language uses, either.

Thankfully, that painful, painstaking process got a little less tedious today, as Thomson Reuters announced a new online tool, Trademark Clearance, promising faster than ever turnaround times.

The 'Inventor' of the Internet Is Suing Apple, Samsung in London

Unwired Planet Inc., a company that claims to have invented mobile Internet, stands poised to bring six different lawsuits in the United Kingdom. This is an unusual strategy since American courts are generally favored for such patent trolling suits.

Patent lawsuits in the UK are arduous and require special judge oversight. Additionally, American litigants are subject to the "American Rule," where each party pays for its own legal costs. In the UK, the loser is often responsible for the winner's attorney's fees. It's no wonder that America is the usual choice for Patent Trolls. So, Unwired's choice is a head scratcher.