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Federal Circuit Looks At Intellectual Property Terms Of Employment Agreement To Decide Patent Ownership from

In Preston v. Marathon Oil Co., the Federal Circuit examined the terms of an employment agreement in order to determine the owner of the patents at issue. Although aspects of the agreement were interpreted under ...

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Software Patents – A Question That Will Never Be Answered from

TweetIn a recent post on, patent law guru Dennis Crouch detailed two recent decisions from the CAFC, Bancorp Services, L.L.C. v. Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada and CLS Bank Intern ...

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DConn denies defendant’s MILs on EMVR and comparable licenses from

On July 27, 2012, in Sargent Mf’g Co. v. Cal-Royal Prods., Inc., Civil Action No. 3:08-cv-408 (VLB) (D. Conn.), the court considered defendant’s motions in limine (MILs) concerning lost profits and reasonable ...

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The limits of hard power from

I've just finished reading Hank Crumpton's fascinating memoir, The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service Crumpton was a long time CIA field operative who rose through ...

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TPM exceptions review from

Following my post on the ALRC’s reference re exceptions in the digital environment, a couple of people kindly pointed out the Attorney General’s department is also conducting a review of the exceptions to ...

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USPTO Advisory on US Application as Priority for EPO Filing from

Because 35 U.S.C. 122 prohibits the USPTO from providing information about an as-yet unpublished application to a third party without the applicant’s consent, timely delivery of pre-publication search results requires applicant cooperation ...

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Webinar Takeaways 3 & 4: Leverage Re-exams & Engage Senior Leadership from

Last week, we began summarizing the Key Takeaways from our July 11th webinar. After covering Litigation Cost and Efficiency, we move into Leveraging Re-exams and Engaging Senior Leadership.  These two actions provide IP executives a ...

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Ninth Circuit schedules Google-Microsoft appeal hearing for September 11, 2012 from

In early May -- a few weeks prior to being acquired by Google -- Motorola Mobility appealed a temporary restraining order (which was subsequently converted into a preliminary injunction) barring Motorola Mobility's enforcement of a German ...

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Federal Circuit Again Supports USITC Jurisdiction for Pure-Enforcement NPEs; Court Again Splits on Claim Construction from

by Dennis Crouch InterDigital v. USITC and Nokia (Fed. Cir. 2012) InterDigital is a publicly traded company whose primary revenue comes from patent licenses. The majority of 3G mobile handset manufacturers pay royalties to the ...

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Paul R. Gugliuzza—Rethinking Federal Circuit Jurisdiction from

Does the Federal Circuit’s non-patent caseload impact the development of its patent jurisprudence?  In Rethinking Federal Circuit Jurisdiction, 100 Geo. L.J. 1437 (2012), Professor Paul R. Gugliuzza(University of Florida Levin College of ...

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Acacia Q2 2012 Earnings Report Reveals 5% Of Deals Contribute To 85% Of Revenue from

A detailed analysis of Acacia’s second quarter earnings is available at A Tale Of Two Quarters – Acacia Research Illustrates Patent Play Volatility.  While the patent licensing firm posted $50 M in revenue, and nearly ...

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The Proper Scope of DNA (or "Gene") Patent Claims from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- One thing has become abundantly clear in the public debate about the patent-eligibility of isolated human DNA. That something is that there is a great deal of uninformed opinion extant, predominantly ...

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