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post image Informing the pharma innovation debate: Harmonised IP standards and its effects from

Image from here [Since this is a more theoretical post, in the interests of our readers, I'm stating at the outset that this piece is essentially regarding policy questions that ought to arise while ...

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IBM-Vermont, patent reform, and Senator Leahy from

from the Burlington Free Press:

"The category is government," Bombardier [ the head of IBM's facility in Essex Junction, VT ] said. "The answer is: This Vermonter wrote the first major update of patent law in ...

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MasterObjects sues Google and Amazon on Instant Search Patent -- If It's Instant, What Took You So Long? from

This week, a Netherlands company called MasterObjects (not a troll -- they actually appear to have a product) finally got around to suing and Google for infringing their patent on "instant search" -- the function ...

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IP Enforcement Permeates ICANN, US Internet Policy from

The push for ever more far-reaching intellectual property enforcement in the domain name system was heavily criticised at a conference of the Non-Commercial Users' Constituency (NCUC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ...

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CBS Sunday Morning on March 13, 2011 from

Charles Osgood introduced the stories for March 13, 2011. We are learning more about the human toll of events in Japan. The scale of destruction and human misery. "Disatser in Japan." The next story was ...

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NFL Players vs. Owners: A Hail Mary of a Lawsuit from

About 10 years ago, the NFLP decided that they wanted Reebok (and only Reebok) to make hats with the teams’ logos on them. American Needle, Inc., a competitor of Reebok, had been making these types ...

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MIT Seminar remarks end PJ Crowley tenure at US State Dept from

PJ Crowley said at an MIT seminar: "What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defense."

The remarks were picked up by a ...

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CAFC affirms obviousness of Infosint's patent claims from

PatentDocs covered the Infosint case in June 2010:

On June 17, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the defendants judgment as a matter of ...

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Should proximity in time play a role in a “common sense” obviousness analysis from

In the recent oral argument of Cimline, Inc. v. Crafco, Inc., Chief Judge Rader raised an interesting issue with respect to the timing of an obviousness analysis when the analysis turns on the application of ...

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"60 Minutes" on March 13, 2011 from

**Relating to Saddam Hussein having biological weapons. Next Saturday marks 8th annivesary of invasion of Iraq. An Iraqi defector code-named curve ball. "60 Minutes" found curve ball. a 44 year old chemical engineer. He escaped ...

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Supreme Court Patent Watch: i4i Files Brief in Microsoft Case from

Microsoft would like to have the standard for invalidating a patent claim lowered to a mere preponderance of the evidence standard. They say that prior art not considered by the Patent Office should not be ...

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Canadian Music Week 2011: Marketing Artists in a Digitized Music Industry from

Tiffany Wong is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. This year’s Canadian Music Week (March 9-13, 2011) transformed the ritzy, historical Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto into a multi-floor concert fest ...

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How Pirates Stole Lola: Ellen Seidler Explains the Intricacies of Online Theft at CMW. from

Clara Klein is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Ellen Seidler is a reluctant anti-piracy advocate.  Though advocacy was not her initial intention when she released her film And Then Came Lola, (co-directed ...

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John Duffy on Business Method Patents from

"[W]hy did business patents arise, and why did they survive?" John Duffy (GW Law) seeks to answer these questions in Why Business Method Patents?, the fifth paper in my review of Stanford's Bilski ...

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Microsoft and Apple – The Gossip Girls of Tech Trademark from

By Scott Nyman Many tech companies view the rapid expansion of mobile computing as the next electronic frontier, and I don’t disagree. In attempts to carve out the largest slice of this growing market ...

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Senator Al Franken boosts S.23 from

Franken quoted in the Alexandria Echo Press :

“If America is going to out-innovate the rest of the world, we need a patent system that incentivizes real innovation and provides our inventors with the protections they ...

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Loser argument Examiner changed position from

Takeaway: The BPAI is not impressed when Applicants bring up the fact that the Examiner changed position during prosecution. The Board has ignored such arguments, citing to a decision from the Federal Circuit's predecessor ...

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No suspense in CSI: Miami's "Hunting Ground" from

Supposedly this episode was written and directed by series star Adam Rodriguez. There was zero suspense, with the CSI team homing right in on the bad boys. Chelcie Ross ("Connie" on Mad Men) was the ...

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Microsoft v. i4i: Shifting Weight of Evidence versus Shifting Burden of Proof from

Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership This case, now pending before the US Supreme Court, questions the standard of proof necessary to invalidate an issued patent based on issues not considered by the USPTO during ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

March 16-17, 2011 - FDA Boot Camp*** (American Conference Institute) - New York, NY March 18, 2011 - Intellectual Property Panel Symposium (George Washington University Law School) - San Francisco, CA April 5-6, 2011 - International Patent Forum 2011 (Managing ...

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