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LendingTree, LLC v. Zillow, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

Claims of Another "Loan Application" Patent Invalidated under Section 101 By Joseph Herndon -- In a nonprecedential opinion issued earlier today, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 that had survived the ...

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post image Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat this week from

IPKat keeps it coolWere you away and missed the last week of the IPKat? Never Too Late 106 is here to bring you what you missed.
Copyright in the Animal Kingdom
Internkat looks back ...

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post image USPTO Issues 2 Cents on Section 101 in Light of 2 Life Science Cases from

Elizabeth Isaac

On July 14, 2016, the USPTO issued a Memorandum in response to two recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit rulings in subject matter eligibility cases under 35 U.S.C. § 101 concerning life ...

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Rebecca Tushnet: The Inconsistent and Confusing Role of Registration in American Trademark Law from

Patent law scholars argue over how much time and money the Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) should spend on pre-grant review of patent applications. Likewise, they argue over the degree to which patents should be given ...

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PTAB/USPTO suffer reverse in Magnum Oil Tools from

The decision of PTAB was reversed:

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board
(“Board”) instituted review and issued a final written
decision holding all challenged claims of the ’413 patent
obvious under 35 U.S.C ...

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Semiconductor Memory Circuit Board Configuration Patents Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court denied defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings on the ground that plaintiff’s semiconductor memory circuit board configuration patents encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the claims were not directed toward an ...

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UNCTAD’s Work On IP To Continue In Strengthened Four-Year Mandate from

NAIROBI, Kenya (IP-Watch) – Intellectual property rights related to trade and development will continue to be part of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s programme work, according to an agreement on the ...

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UNDP Initiative Seeks Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs From 10 Developing Countries from

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a joint initiative with the Geneva-based Impact Hub, an international community of social entrepreneurs. The initiative is a platform named "#Accelerate2030," aiming at supporting and promoting the ...

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“Real-time” from

Oral arguments debating the meaning of the claim limitation “real-time” are always interesting.  Here’s a recent one: [Emblaze Ltd. v. Apple, Inc.]. You can read the court’s Rule 36 Judgment here [http://www ...

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Shortridge v. Foundation Construction Payroll Service, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Michael Borella -- Douglas M. Shortridge, the named inventor of U.S. Patent No. 8,744,933, sued Foundation Construction Payroll Service, LLC ("Foundation") for infringement thereof in the U.S. District Court for the ...

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The Washington Post resurrects the patent quality debate from

The Washington Post is hitting on a lack of quality at the USPTO:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is so focused on rewarding its employees for the number of applications they review that ...

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post image I’m a Limerick-al Gangsta from

Laura Robinson

Creativity abounds at our office, and especially when we spend a weekend together at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section yearly meeting in Dallas.  After telling a few (very funny ...

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Merges & Mattioli on the Costs and (Enormous) Benefits of Patent Pools from

Patent pools bundle related patents for a single price, reducing the transaction costs of negotiating patent licenses but creating the threat of anti-competitive harm. So are they a net benefit from a social welfare perspective ...

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post image Book Review: Innovation & IPRs in China & India from

The summer temperatures may send London into meltdown, but that doesn't mean that publications have stopped. Hot off the presses is, "Innovation and IPRS in China and India: Myths, Realities and Opportunities," edited by ...

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