Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2009’

Google registers its iconic home page as a design

One might think that Google’s minimalist home page is among the most commonplace of designs. Apparently not. On 2 September, Google obtained a US design patent for the company’s iconic home page, on the basis that it is an innovative “graphical user interface”. Google’s design patent, as distinct from an invention patent, is equivalent to a registered design in Australia under the Designs Act 2003.

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UPDATE: Full Federal Court dismisses appeal in University of WA v Gray

Mallesons has published an alert on the Full Court decision, available here.

UPDATE: The Full Federal Court has dismissed the appeal.

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USPTO grants patent over podcasting

Uncertainty has arisen in the podcasting arena after VoloMedia, Inc, a company based in Sunnyvale, California, announced that it had been granted the “US Patent for Podcasting” at the end of July this year. 

In the days following the announcement, two key questions emerged: can this patent be valid, and if so, how does VoloMedia intend to assert its newly acquired patent rights?

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