1. A former director of the USPTO said this of the Office’s final rules on post-grant opposition proceedings: “We continue to have concerns that some of the final rules do not necessarily provide the kind of flexibility and efficiency of process that we believe they could.” Who is he?
2. Which trade association last week published a report critical of China’s patent policies?
3. WIPO has commissioned an independent investigation into technical assistance it provided to North Korea and Iran. It is being led by Stig Edqvist of Sweden and John Barker of the US. Edqvist previously investigated a high-profile assassination. Whose?
4. Musicians from which country performed for politicians last week after they passed a law giving performers more rights to royalties?
5. How many days did it take the jury in the Apple v Samsung trial in California to reach its decision?
Answers to last week’s questions
1. Judge William Bryson wrote a dissenting opinion in Myriad saying: “The court’s decision, if sustained, will likely have broad consequences, such as preempting methods for whole-genome sequencing.”
2. India’s Supreme Court was due to hear final arguments in a patent dispute that affects Novartis’ Glivec (the hearing was postponed to September).
3. Judge Richard Posner of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in a copyright dispute between MyVidster and Flava Works.
4. Ukraine has filed a request for a panel to hear its complaint that Australia’s tobacco plain packaging rules violate TRIPs.
5. Victoria Pendleton promotes Pantene.