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Electric hybrids in 1915 from

From the Montreal Gazette on 31 Jan. 2015:


At the New York Auto Show in 1915, the motoring world witnessed the debut of a gasoline-electric hybrid called the Owen Magnetic - "the car of a thousand ...

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Flashback on technology of LS9 from

A flashback from New Scientist on 7 August 2010, from the article -- A replacement for crude oil from engineered bacteria --


GENETICALLY modified bacteria that munch on sugar to produce feedstock for refineries could bring down ...

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What would Chief Justice Marshall say? from

I was reminded of Chief Justice Marshall’s statement for the Court in Marbury v. Madison: It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. Those who ...

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Patent Law Jobs from

Patent firms are hiring and posting jobs on  Here is a list of jobs posted over the past four days.  Employers say the best patent-focused candidates come from Patently-O.  Good luck with ...

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Special Report: Will India Bend To US Pressure On IP Rights? from

It is no secret that the United States has been scaling up pressure on India to adopt intellectual property measures similar to those common in the United States and the European Union. But to what ...

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Webinar on Overcoming § 101 Rejections Post-Alice from

Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections Post-Alice Corp. -- Leveraging USPTO Guidance and Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements" on February 12, 2015 from 1:00 to ...

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IPO Webinar on Teva v. Sandoz from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "After Teva: How Will Patent Litigation Change?" on February 5, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Paul Berghoff of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert ...

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More Patent Holders, Filers Need to be Mindful of Bad Behaviors from

Companies that denigrate independent patent holders who enforce their rights should take care not put all of the blame for the patent system’s ills on NPEs — There is plenty of bad patent behavior to ...

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IP Rights Must Remain Distinct From Fake Medicines Policy At WHO, Members Warn from

Intellectual property issues emerged at the World Health Organization Executive Board today as members discussed fake and substandard medicines, with some countries saying that the fight against such medicines should not serve as a pretext ...

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Defendant Not Barred From Seeking Lump Sum Royalty Damages as Alternative to Ongoing Royalty or Injunction from

The court denied plaintiff's motion in limine to preclude defendant from asking the jury to award lump sum damages. "[Plaintiff] contends that [defendant] should be precluded from asking the jury to award damages in ...

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post image Exhaustion of rights (first sale doctrine): what are the broader implications of the CJEU's ruling in Art & Allposters? from

The principle of exhaustion (also referred to as the ‘first sale’ doctrine) is a hot topic in copyright with important commercial ramifications, particularly in relation to 'online exhaustion' and the viability of a second-hand market ...

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post image 4Q GDP and investment in intangibles from

Somewhat disappointing news this morning from BEA's advanced estimate of U.S. 4th quarter GDP. According to this first estimate, GDP grew by only 2.6% in 4Q 2014. I say only because expectations ...

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What is the Probability of Receiving a US Patent? from

Following my post last week, I confidently proclaimed at a conference yesterday that the true abandonment rate was about 9%. I was--kindly, thankfully--corrected by the target of the comment, who just so happens to be ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Federal Circuit Emphasizes "Reasonable" in Broadest Reasonable Interpretation from

Post by Dan Lorentzen



During examination, the claims of patent application are given their broadest reasonable interpretation ("BRI") by the patent examiner.  This USPTO standard is intentionally broad—broader than the interpretation applied in litigation ...

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