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post image Are Patent Attorneys Overpaid? from

In his list of the 10-most-overpaid-jobs, Money Magazine's Rick Newman includes the following: Patent attorney ($170,000). We tend to think of patents as the breakthrough insights of revolutionary inventors, but they're increasingly ...

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post image Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec from

By Dennis Crouch Intellectual Ventures has received billions of dollars in investment & revenue for its patent licensing program. Almost surprisingly, the company has rarely resorted to litigation in order to enforce its rights. Rather, it ...

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How Music Can Help You, And You Can Help Music – An Interview With Graham Henderson from

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada, who will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 21 as part of Canadian ...

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GEN Compiles List of Top Biopharma R&D Spenders from

By Donald Zuhn -- Earlier this month, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News published its list of the top 20 best-selling prescription drugs worldwide for 2012 (see "GEN Compiles List of Top Selling Drugs for 2012"). The biotech ...

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Guest Post: Is there a justification for greater transparency in patent transactions? from

by Alan D. Minsk [1] Introduction In a recent article [2], Matt Rappaport argues for the need for greater transparency in the "marketplace" for transactions involving patents. Rappaport points out several inefficiencies that may result ...

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Global Pharma Companies See Battle For Survival In Non-IPR Compliant Pakistan from

Lahore, Pakistan - Weak regulation of the local pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan, including non-enforcement of intellectual property rights and the absence of a simple and swift dispute resolution mechanism, have hit the country’s health sector ...

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SCOTUS Adopts International Copyright Exhaustion in Kirtsaeng from

Tuesday, in Kirtsaeng v. John W. Wiley and Sons, Inc., the Supreme Court held 6-3 that the first sale doctrine of Section 109(a) of the Copyright Act trumps a copyright owner’s right under ...

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Spanx v. Yummie Tummie – Design Patent Lawsuit Takes the Fashion World by Storm from

Patent stories don’t normally make the evening news or the major outlets unless one of the antagonists is called Apple. That changed this week when news broke that Spanx, makers of shapewear undergarments for ...

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ITC Extends Target Date And Requests Additional Submissions In Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music And Data Processing Devices, And Tablet Computers (337-TA-794) from

On March 13, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued a notice in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computers (Inv. No. 337-TA-794).  In the ...

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MAKO Surgical Corp. Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Computerized Orthopedic Surgical Devices, Software, And Implants from

On March 19, 2013, MAKO Surgical Corp. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (“MAKO”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges that Stanmore Implants Worldwide of the ...

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European Commission VP Kroes Urges Open Internet, Prods Copyright Owners from

Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president responsible for the digital agenda, today told a parliamentary committee that choices of copyrighted content, cloud computing, internet freedom, and cybersecurity are key to European values and its economy. Related ...

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USTR Tells Congress: EU-US FTA Should Elevate IPR Enforcement from

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) yesterday notified the US Congress of its intent to negotiate a free trade agreement with the European Union. And in case there was any doubt, among ...

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David Kappos Headlines Post-Grant Patent Trial Program in NY from

A new addition to the program just announced today is David Kappos, who is the immediate former Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos, a life-long employee of IBM prior to taking ...

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Richard Taranto and CLS v. Alice from

On some of the other blogs, commenters have been wondering aloud if the Federal Circuit’s newest judge, Richard Taranto, will be allowed to participate in the CLS v. Alice case.  CLS v. Alice was ...

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