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post image Girst woman to receive US Patent: May 5, 1809 from

Of "cinco de mayo" and patents, on May 5,1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to receive a U.S. patent, for a weaving technique.

The "cinco de mayo" holiday celebrates the victory of ...

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Who invented Bitcoin? from

From Ars Technica, on the evolving Craig Wright matter :

Of course, Craig Wright already said goodbye on Monday, telling the BBC his discussion would be the one and only television interview he would do. "I ...

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post image USPTO Publishes New Section 101 Subject Matter Eligibility Update from

Ann Robl

Today, during the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, the USPTO announced that a new Subject Matter Eligibility Update is being published in the Federal Register on May 6. A pre-publication version ...

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The Economist is at it again (when it comes to patents) from

Last August, The Economist attracted wide-spread attention with its cover story, "Set Innovation Free", here and here, in which it aggressively attacked the patent system as too often inimical to innovation. This Kat took issue ...

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USPTO: May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Updates from

From the USPTO: Federal Register Notice:  May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Update Memorandum – Formulating a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection and Evaluating the Applicant’s Response to a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection May 2016 Update:  Subject ...

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Presenting on IP Law for Entrepreneurs at University of Michigan-Flint’s Maker Day: May 19, 2016. from

Calling all do-it-yourselfers to MAKER DAY Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm University of Michigan-Flint Spend the day with inventors and makers, and those who support them, at the UM-Flint Innovation ...

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post image BREAKING! Italy nears UPC ratification with government approval of draft bill from

The AmeriKat getting ready to visit
Italy's Italian UPC division 
After a sunny lunch this afternoon, the AmeriKat returned to her desk to find some very exciting news from her friends at leading Italian ...

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Africa Should Speed Formation Of Pan-African IP Body, UN-Led Report Says from

NAIROBI, KENYA -- A recent report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is calling for faster establishment of a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO) to bring about what it sees as badly needed ...

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Burden of Proving Compliance With Marking Statute Does Not Shift to Plaintiff on Summary Judgment from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff could not recover pre-filing damages because of its licensee's failure to mark and found that the burden did not shift to plaintiff to ...

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USPTO Holds Patent Quality Symposium from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- On April 27th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a Patent Quality Community Symposium at the Office in Alexandria, VA (consistent with its efforts to disseminate its workforce into ...

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May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Update from

If you’re about to submit a response to a §101 rejection, please note that the May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Update was announced today.  Here is the link to the updated materials on ...

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post image On the Role of Scientific Advisers: Transparency and Expectations from

PatLit is pleased to have received a guest post by Chartered and European patent attorney Kirwin Lee. Kirwin discusses a very interesting character in the UK patent litigation: The "Scientific Adviser", who is a sort ...

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Compliance with EU Data Protection Regulation from

The re-posting of this analysis is part of a cross-posting collaboration with MediaLaws: Law and Policy of the Media in a Comparative Perspective. Introduction By means of an innovative and modern directive (Directive 95/46 ...

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IRS’ Aggressive Position Challenging the Treatment of a License Agreement as a Sale of a Capital Asset Rejected on Summary Judgment from

We previously reported that the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) took an aggressive position in challenging the treatment of a license agreement as a sale of a capital asset in the Tax Court case Mylan ...

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