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post image Mark Twain on the America Invents Act from

It is strange to see how Americans’ attitudes have changed toward the patent system.  Mark Twain, who was probably representative of what intelligent Americans’ felt about their country at the time, writes extensively about the ...

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post image Impoverishing from

As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer in this hypothetical land of opportunity, there is one constant: politicians dissemble. The America Invents Act floated into law as a pseudo-jobs-creation bill. It will ...

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In re Scroggie from

The CAFC affirmed the BPAI in Scroggie: Because the Board correctly determined that the claims at issue would have been anticipated and obvious to one of skill in the art, this court affirms.

At issue ...

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Paragraph IV Disputes Conference from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding its next Paragraph IV Disputes conference on December 6-7, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. The conference will allow attendees to: • Pinpoint patents that may be vulnerable to a ...

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Webinar on Impact of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on University Research and Tech Transfer from

Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering a two-part webinar providing "Patent Reform: Impact and Strategy for University Research and Tech Transfer" on October 14, 2011 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM (Eastern). Charles Macedo of ...

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Webinar on Post-Grant Proceedings under Leahy-Smith America Invents Act from

Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings After New Patent Reform Law" on September 28, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EDT). Scott McKeown of Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt and ...

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How to Lose a Trademark Part I from

By Rene Dial Losing Your Trademark For Becoming Generic  Yes, it is possible to lose your trademark after years of advertising and building up goodwill in the community. Your trademark can go the way...


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The Bill is Signed: President Obama Signs America Invents Act from

President Obama started by commending the students of what he called "One of the best high schools in the country." He mentioned that; "We have an exhibit of some of the projects that you guys ...

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Steven Horowitz: Copyright's Asymmetric Uncertainty from

If you are trying to catch the attention of student law review editors, write an abstract like Steven Horowitz did for Copyright's Asymmetric Uncertainty. Horowitz, a Sidley Austin associate coming off Posner/Kennedy clerkships ...

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Snooze, ya lose from

A week ago, there were at least three subject matter eligibility cases that had been orally argued but not yet decided by the Federal Circuit: Dealertrack v. Huber (argued on May 4th, Dyk, Linn, Plager ...

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China and biofuels from

From a post by JOHN C. K. DALY :

PetroChina, a traditional hydrocarbon company, is clearly thinking outside the box to increase its alternative energy portfolio.

According to PetroChina’s Petrochemical Research Institute deputy chief engineer ...

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A footnote, emphasized from

Within a story about unemployment that was picked up by yahoo news, a reference in a footnote was emphasized:

According to at least one analyst, Rob Valletta, an economist at the San Francisco Fed--who ...

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Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Signed by President Obama on September 16, 2011. from

On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), discuss earlier at AT! here.  The AIA is the first major overhaul of the U.S. patent laws approximately ...

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Obama Makes the "America Invents Act" Law from

The Patent Reform Bill that everybody has been waiting for has been signed into law. President Obama visited Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, and signed the American Invents Act ...

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