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Bowman v. Monsanto: Oral Argument from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., with Mark P. Walters representing Farmer Bowman, Seth Waxman representing Monsanto, and Melissa Arbus Sherry representing the Department of ...

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Oral Arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto from

By Dennis Crouch Bowman v. Monsanto Company (SCOTUS 2013) Transcript The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the patent exhaustion case involving Monsanto's glyphosate-resistant soybeans. Acting in a pro bono basis, Mark Walters ...

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Equitable copyright on the table from

A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling has attracted the attention of the copyright law community. On January 24th Master Abrams allowed the Delta Hotels v. Backus-Naur et al.motion pleading equitable ownership of copyright, an ...

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NASA Seeks Participants for Summer Rocket Workshop from

University faculty and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for spaceflight are invited to join RockOn 2013 from June 15-20 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. RockOn 2013 is an ...

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Will the USPTO Outreach Fix the RCE Backlog? from

The problem of the RCE backlog is a function of the prosecution dynamic and lack of meaningful oversight into areas where RCEs are common and patents issue only after going on the appeal track. Still ...

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Facebook Sued Over "Like" Button and Other Features from

Facebook, and its “Like” button, seem to be ubiquitous.

Well, last week, Facebook and social bookmarking service, AddThis, were sued in the Eastern District of Virginia for willful infringement of two patents, U.S. Patent ...

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Blind Treaty Discussions Could Wander, All Sides Ask For Focus from

Consensus remains elusive for World Intellectual Property Organization trying to prepare a text for final negotiations on an international instrument facilitating access to books and information to blind people, and some countries are growing concerned ...

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Gunn v. Minton: issue of patent law does not deprive state court of jurisdiction over malpractice claim from

By Jason Rantanen Read the opinion here: This morning the Supreme Court released its opinion in Gunn v. Minton. The Court held that the presence of a ...

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Gunn v. Minton: Supreme Court Narrows Arising Under Jurisdiction for Patent Cases from

By Dennis Crouch Gunn v. Minton, 568 U. S. ____ (Supreme Court 2013) In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court has limited the scope of "arising under" jurisdiction for patent cases and held that the ...

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Argument Summary: Supreme Court Hears Bowman v. Monsanto from

While one can never know for certain how the Supreme Court will rule, even a casual observer has to conclude that the Supreme Court seems poised rule in favor of Monsanto. Seconds after Bowman's ...

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Don’t Fall Prey to “Awkward” Patent Claim Translations from

Applying for patent protection in a foreign jurisdiction can be fraught with difficulties every step of the way. If not handled properly, translating the patent application from its original language to that of the target ...

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ITC Decides To Review Initial Determination And Remand The Investigation In Certain Wiper Blades (337-TA-816) from

On February 15, 2013, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued a notice in Certain Wiper Blades (Inv. No. 337-TA-816). By way of background, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 63 granting Respondents ...

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Stonger, Better--even FASTR? The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act from

On Valentine’s Day, the Fair Access to Science andTechnology Research Act [FASTR] was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  FASTR is a version of the previously introduced Federal Research Public ...

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