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USPTO Transitions and Traditions from

The USPTO only houses a handful of political appointees – Director (Michelle Lee), Deputy Director (Russ Slifer), Chief of Staff (Vikrum Aiyer); and a couple more senior advisors including the Chief Communications Officer (Patrick Ross). These ...

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Bayh-Dole Act: Failing to Disclose Government Funding from

Interesting filing from the folks at KEI. That alleges IONIS Pharma (formerly ISIS) and Cold Springs Harbor Labs failed to disclose Federal funding supported development of the inventions underlying their patents covering nusinersen and its ...

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Judge Love Orders Mutual Disclosure of Mock Trial or Focus Group and In Camera Inspection of Participants from

The court ordered the parties to disclose the identities of the participants in any mock trial or focus group prior to jury selection. "The parties are notified that if either party intends to conduct mock ...

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Experts: Void from U.S. patent “train wreck” is being filled by China’s patent system from

In a few short years China’s patent system has gone from an IP rights wannabe to one of the most responsive and patent-friendly systems in the world. Leading U.S. IP experts say that ...

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Achieving SDG Health Targets Using ‘The Vital Role of Law’ from

Effective laws, including those around intellectual property rights, and an enabling legal environment, are as essential to a healthy society as clean water, a group made up of a representative of the World Health Organization ...

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

New Year New Cat Too busy working on those new year’s resolutions to keep up with IPKat this week? No problem – here is the 130th edition of Never Too Late.
Book review: Maintenance time ...

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FDA Issues Guidance Regarding Biologic Drug Naming from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Late last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its latest Guidance for Industry relating to the biosimilar application process set forth in the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation ...

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Free Software Foundation Gives ‘Major Overhaul’ To High Priority Projects from

Coolness alert! The Free Software Foundation has announced an updated list of high priority projects on a global scale. Top priorities now include a free software phone operating system, clouds, hardware, voice and video chat ...

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Transferring Venue: How Long Is This Gonna Take? from

Filing a motion to transfer venue in a court case can be an important tool for a defendant who wants to move the case to home turf, as it were, or it may turn out ...

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FTC sues Qualcomm for antitrust violation; Apple may buy baseband chipsets from other suppliers from

Late last month, a ruling against Qualcomm by Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) was significant and elicited positive reactions in the U.S. and in Europe. From today's perspective, the KFTC decision seems ...

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DOJ and FTC release new Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing of Intellectual Property from

Updating policies that had been on the books for more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission recently issued new Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property ...

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post image BGH: to cease means to recall from

We would like to bring the attention of our German Readers a recent decision (published 13 January 2017) of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) with far-reaching implications for practitioners. In essence, the BGH ...

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The Crowley copying considered in context from

In the context of a post about Monica Crowley [ Why plagiarism took down Monica Crowley, Trump’s pick for a top national security post ], one commenter stated

I am conservative and I like Monica, but ...

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Cameras in the courtroom from

Here’s a link to the SCOTUSBLOG discussing a bill that would compel the Supreme Court to televise its court proceedings: [Link]. I believe the Ninth Circuit is the only circuit court to provide video ...

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