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It Ain't Necessarily So Down on the Farm: Not All Farmers Agree with Farmer Bowman in Bowman v. Monsanto from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The "conventional wisdom" surrounding the Bowman v. Monsanto case now before the Supreme Court on certiorari is that it is "David v. Goliath," the salt-of-the-earth farmer versus the corporate monolith, and ...

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Challenging Cybor: Lighting Ballast Control v. Philips Electronics from

By Dennis Crouch Lighting Ballast Control v. Philips Electronics (Fed. Cir. 2013) on petition for en banc rehearing The patentee in this case has now filed its brief requesting that the court sit en banc ...

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Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge : Getting The Rules Right For Agriculture: A Key Challenge For WIPO’s IGC from

An essential relationship exists among the conservation, development and use of genetic resources, sustainable agriculture and food security. There is an equally essential relationship between the conservation, development and use of genetic resources and small ...

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Animal Patents: Cat PJs & Other Pet Clothing & Accessories from

Do cats need pants? Do horses need goggles? Pet clothes and accessories symbolize the close relationship we have with animals. We want to make our pets as "comfortable" as we are. We want to make ...

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Toy Patent Litigation: Laser Pegs® Sues Lite Brix from

Laser Pegs®, maker of the toy industry’s first lighted toy construction set, recently announced it is suing Lite Brix for unfair competition and willful patent and trade dress infringement.The filed complaint suggests that ...

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Intense Drafting Session Ahead For WIPO Delegates Working On Genetic Resources from

Next week, World Intellectual Property Organization delegates will convene for the first committee meeting of 2013. First up is the protection of genetic resources from misappropriation, and the goal of the week is to bridge ...

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SOCAN I Say I Had a Great Time Last Semester in Osgoode’s IP Intensive Program? from

I write this blog as a final rumination on the past two and half months of my law school life, which have been spent at the copyright collective known as the Society of Composers, Authors ...

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What is the Difference Between ™, ®, and ©? from

You see these symbols every day, but what do they mean? Here is a handy guide to help you understand the difference between ™, ®, and ©. ™ ™ stand for “trademark.” When you see a ™ next to a word ...

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Is Nothing Sacred? Samsung Takes Its "Anti-IP" Case to the People. from

The American Football championship—the Super Bowl—is this weekend.  And, along with it, there is the opportunity to capture the attention and imagination of the American consumer (and make a few bucks)—and IP ...

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Replace the Jobs Council with a Competitiveness Council from

Yesterday, President Obama let the authorization for the Jobs Council expire, and he immediately took flack about it. Critics complained that this showed a lack of interest in the unemployment problem. I'm not that ...

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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-868) Regarding Certain Wireless Devices With 3G And/Or 4G Capabilities from

On January 31, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wireless Devices With 3G and/or 4G Capabilities and Components Thereof (Inv ...

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ALJ Rogers Grants Motion To Partially Terminate Investigation In Certain Integrated Circuit Chips (337-TA-859) from

On January 30, 2013, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. Order No. 12 in Certain Integrated Circuit Chips and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-859). According to the Order, Complainant RealTek Semiconductor Corporation filed an ...

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ALJ Gildea Grants Nonparty Microsoft’s Motion To Limit Subpoenas In Certain Devices With Secure Communication Capabilities (337-TA-858) from

On January 31, 2013, ALJ E. James Gildea issued the public version of Order No. 8 (dated January 10, 2013) granting nonparty Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) motion to limit the subpoenas duces tecum and ad ...

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Mario Bouchard: Copyright Quintet opus 1. no.1, by McLachlin et al from

On January 28, 2013, to a room full of intellectual property lawyers at an ALAI Canada luncheon meeting, IP Osgoode Advisory Board Member Mario Bouchard, general counsel to  the Copyright Board of Canada, presented his ...

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