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BIO and ASTA Announce That GEMAA Is Now Effective from

By Donald Zuhn -- The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced today that the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA) has received four signatories, and as a result is now ...

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Ceres Power - An expert's assessment from

A recent announcement from Ceres Power plc, previously discussed here, noted that:

“… the Company has continued to explore various strategic options and these discussions are on-going. In the event, the Company is not able to ...

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Senior Sony PlayStation Attorney Stephen Kong Joins Stradling Yocca from

Prior to joining Stradling, Mr. Kong was Senior Corporate Counsel for Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. While at Sony PlayStation, he was the lead attorney for the US R&D; and Strategic Business Development Groups ...

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Study: UN Development Needs Reform; US, Indian Ambassadors Agree from

A study compiling the results of two surveys on the need for reform of United Nations development activities was presented this week in the presence of US and Indian ambassadors who agreed on needed improvements ...

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Patent Litigation Settlement Roundup – Nov. 16, 2012 from

Acacia announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized a program for repurchasing shares of the Company’s outstanding common stock. The stock repurchase program will be put into effect immediately. Under the ...

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The Copyright Office Expands DMCA Exemptions to Broaden the Use of Technological Controls from

Last week, the U.S. Copyright Office published new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), making circumvention of certain technological measures for restricting access to copyrighted works legally acceptable. The exemptions took effect ...

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ITC Issues Public Version Of Opinion on Remedy, Public Interest, and Bonding In Certain Lighting Control Devices (337-TA-776) from

On November 8, 2012, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion on remedy, public interest, and bonding in Certain Lighting Control Devices Including Dimmer Switches and Parts Thereof (IV ...

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International Patent Cooperation: Trilateral Conference and IP5 from

These IP5 Offices together handle approximately 80% of the world’s patent applications. The IP5 began meeting in 2007 and have since worked together to explore ways to further optimize their joint efforts to improve ...

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CAFC reinstates jury verdict awarding $15M for infringing offer to sell oil drilling services from

The Federal Circuit in Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. v. Maersk Drilling USA, Inc., No. 2011-1555(Fed. Circ. Nov. 15, 2012), issued an opinion that reinstated a jury’s verdict of $15M based on an ...

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FIPA: the Full Intellectual Property Assessment from

A Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) between the People’s Republic of China and Canada is now in the final stages before ratification.  FIPAs are designed to reduce the risk of foreign investment ...

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Webcasting IV? Update on Copyright Board of Canada Proceedings on Highly-Anticipated Webcaster Royalty Rates from

On September 24, 2012, the Copyright Board of Canada (the “Board”) began a two week public hearing for two proposed Re:Sound tariffs: Tariff 8.A (Simulcasting and Webcasting) and Tariff 8.B (Semi-Interactive Webcasting ...

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UK Collecting Societies To Adopt Minimum Standards from

The UK government has released a minimum standards document detailing codes of conduct to be implemented by all UK collecting societies. The document details collecting societies’ obligations to rights holders and licensees, and follows recommendations ...

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Legal Challenges of Autonomous Driving from

On September 25th earlier this year, California became the third state in the US, following Nevada and Florida, to pass legislation in allowing the operation of driverless cars on the road. Two short years earlier ...

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ALJ Rogers Grants Motion To Terminate The Investigation In Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory Devices (337-TA-821) from

On November 14, 2012, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued Order No. 17 in Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory Devices, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-821). According to the Order, Complainant Nanya Technology Corporation ...

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Bullying and Balancing Rights in AB v Bragg Communications from

Recently Canada is engaged in national dialogue about online bullying in the wake of Amanda Todd’s suicide. One aspect being discussed is what role the law should play in protecting victims of bullying.  Should ...

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ALJ Rogers Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Integrated Circuit Chips (337-TA-859) from

Further to our October 22, 2012 and October 25, 2012 posts, on November 13, 2012, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued Order No. 5 in Certain Integrated Circuit Chips and Products Containing The Same (Inv ...

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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-861) Regarding Certain Cases For Portable Electronic Devices from

On November 9, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Cases For Portable Electronic Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-861). The investigation is based ...

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Supplemental Examination: Looking at the First Supplemental Examination Request from

By Dennis Crouch Supplemental examination has been seen by many as a complete replacement for the filing of ex parte reexaminations. The process offers an added level of legal benefits to patentees for a relatively ...

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Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent & Trademark Office from

The USPTO continues to move toward opening its full complement of four satellite offices in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and San Jose. Detroit is up and running with about ½ staff of 50 patent examiners and ...

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