November 29th is the deadline for applying to write the Patent Agent Exam in April 2014. This may be the last year for the exam under the current rules as amendments to the Patent Rules affecting the Patent Agent Exam (and the Trade-marks Agent Exam) are likely to be released in the new year.
Judge Chin of the District Court of New York held today that the Google Books scanning project is ‘fair use’, granting Google’s motion for summary judgment. Google has scanned more than 20 million books and includes the results in its search engine. The Authors Guild and individual authors sued for copyright infringement and sought class action status. The Authors Guild has indicated it will appeal the decision.