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post image Letter from AmeriKat: Blue Ivy Carter, the Crimson Tide, Motorola v Apple and Prior User Rights from

The AmeriKat all bundled up
in London's 1 inch of snow...
This past week the AmeriKat has been trying to keep her paws and nose leather warm – a massive challenge given the Arctic cold ...

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post image So, confidentially, what DO you think of WIPO? from

A rare first: the IPKat
keeps his 
on WIPO to himself
You may have been waiting for years to tell the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) what you think of it.  If so, your ...

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post image Tea and Sympathy? Baroness Wilcox's appearance before the Scrutiny Committee on the unitary patent proposals (Part I) from

At 4:20 PM when the Committee adjourned, this
is probably what the Houses of Parliament looked like...
Last Wednesday, a week after the first hearing of evidence by the House of Commons Scrutiny Committee ...

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Contemptible Comments from

The past few weeks have seen the quality of comments received on the blog sink to abominable levels. If it were simply low quality comments with no bearing on the topic under discussion, one might ...

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Occupy IP, New Economy Businesses Clash with Old from

Have copyright holders become their own worst enemies? Poorly drafted bills in the U.S. Senate and Congress designed to curb music and other Internet piracy, in some cases by holding information aggregators who enable ...

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CBS Sunday Morning on February 5, 2012 from

Charles Osgood introduced the stories for Sunday, February 5, 2012. College and university life in America includes hazing. Tracy Smith reports on haszing, including about Carson Starkey, who was involved in an alcohol ritual. Second ...

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Apple's iterative approach to FRAND abuse is not for the faint of heart, but there's no better alternative from

"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are flying through an area of turbulence. Please return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts."

That's what Captain Cook (Tim Cook, not James) could ...

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Exclusive Interview Part 3: USPTO Deputy Director Terry Rea from

We begin by discussing first action allowances and whether they are frowned upon, then discuss the examination process and weave our way to Track 1 and whether you really must use Track 1 for patents ...

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Patent Reexamination, Patent Reissue | from

The America Invents Act brought a lot of changes for patent attorneys.  This post will discuss the impact of Section 19 of the Act on joinder of parties in litigation.  The amendments to 35 U ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

February 8, 2012 - Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference (Law Bulletin Publishing Co.) - Chicago, IL February 14, 2012 - New Supplemental Examination: USPTO Outlines New Rules (Strafford) - 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST) February 13-14, 2012 - China ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Abbott Laboratories et al. v. Sandoz Inc. 1:12-cv-00103; filed January 30, 2012 in the District ...

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Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins from

USPTO Hoteling Report The US Department of Commerce recently performed an audit and evaluation of the USPTO's Hoteling program. The report shows that the average Patent Hoteling Program (PHP) examiner spends 66.3 more ...

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