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post image BPAI/PTAB Obviousness Decision Trends from

The vast majority of BPAI/PTAB decisions focus on the question of obviousness. Basically, the Board is reviewing whether or not an examiner's obviousness rejection is proper. I created the chart above by using ...

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post image CAFC Obviousness Decision Trends from

Following up on Dennis's post earlier this morning, below I've provided a few charts showing the Federal Circuit's practice of citing KSR in its obviousness opinions. The data comes from a study ...

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post image Brands as indicators -- or as investments? from

IP Finance welcomes the following guest post from fellow MARQUES Class 46 blogger Nikos Prentoulis, a Greek IP attorney whose current thoughts are running along the following lines:
Nike sells UMBRO… and perhaps asks us ...

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Apple v. Samsung: Court Denies Permanent Injunction and Allows Samsung to Continue Selling Infringing Devices from

By Dennis Crouch If the Apple-Samsung patent infringement lawsuit had been litigated back in 2005, the parties would have likely settled by now. Ebay changed that calculus and now and adjudged infringer such as Samsung ...

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News from Abroad: Parliament Approves EU Unitary Patent Package from

A unitary patent package covering 25 member states of the EU (Italy & Spain are not currently taking part) may finally be realised after approval of a new EU patent regime by the EU parliament. In ...

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts for the Geek in Your Life from

Christmas is just around the corner and many are already done with their Christmas shopping. There are folks who are not, and we confess to be among those who still have one or more things ...

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WIPO To Negotiate Treaty For The Blind In June; ‘Still Some Distance To Travel’ from

In a swift 15 minute session this morning delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization extraordinary assembly agreed to convene a high-level meeting in Morocco in June to finalise a treaty on international exceptions to ...

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The Role of Territoriality in Patent Exhaustion from

Patent exhaustion is one of the most fundamental restrictions on patent rights. Under this doctrine, an authorized sale of a patented article moves it outside the scope of the U.S. patent monopoly. With respect ...

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Advice to the UK -- look at that IP locked up in bank collateral from

I'm finally catching up to some administrative work on the Athena Alliance website -- specifically posting an article that appeared a couple of months ago. The article, "Unlocking the Hidden Value of Intangible", was published ...

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What Prior Art Searchers Need to Know about the Migration from Dialog to ProQuest Dialog from

Intellogist has followed the development of ProQuest Dialog from the announcement of the product to a demonstration of the new system, and we’ve been impressed with the combination of intuitive search and navigation features ...

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FTC to Study Data Broker Collection and Use of Consumer Data from

The Federal Trade Commission issued orders requiring nine data brokerage companies to provide the agency with information about how they collect and use data about consumers. The agency will use the information to study privacy ...

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WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities from

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the constructive spirit of engagement among member states and the decision to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to agree on the provisions of an international treaty. “Member states ...

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Emerging Markets' New Report Card: Pimco's Global Advantage Bond Index is Patented from

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H.R. 6621 Hits a Temporary Snag from

Rep. Lamar Smith pushed for a voice vote today for H.R. 6621. However quick passage was thwarted by the Orange County Republican Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher's concern regards revised section (m) of the Bill ...

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No Permanent Injunction for Apple in Samsung Patent Battle from

Yesterday, the Judge Koh of the United States District Court for the Federal Circuit denied Apple's request for a permanent injunction in their ongoing patent war over smartphones with Samsung. The denial of the ...

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ALJ Pender Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Electronic Devices With Communication Capabilities (337-TA-808) from

On December 14, 2012, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 26 in Certain Electronic Devices with Communication Capabilities, Components Thereof, and Related Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-808).  In the Order, ALJ Pender granted Complainant HTC ...

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ALJ Shaw Issues Notice Of Initial Determination In Certain Microprocessors (337-TA-781) from

On December 14, 2012, ALJ David P. Shaw issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Microprocessors, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-781). By way of background, the Complainant in ...

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