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USPTO Issues Rules to Implement AIA Technical Corrections from

By Donald Zuhn -- In the past week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published two Federal Register notices to implement technical corrections to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. On Monday, the Office issued ...

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Do Patents Promote Innovation? The Market is the Final Arbiter from

In my opinion the best way to judge the success or failure of the patent system is by looking broadly at the type of competition it enables or disables in the marketplace. And that doesn ...

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Linguistic Diversity Essential For Innovation, Development, Roundtable Speakers Say from

Multilingualism not only expands cultural horizons but also provides a tool for innovation, speakers gathered at an international roundtable yesterday said. However, language uniformity is a tempting road taken by many - often for cost-related reasons ...

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US Trade Office Calls For Comments On Transatlantic Trade Deal from

Another step toward launching negotiations on a European Union-United States trade agreement has been made as the Office of the US Trade Representative filed a request for comments on the deal and announced a forthcoming ...

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Six EU Countries Take Legal Action Against Google Over Privacy from

The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL), the French privacy body, said this week in a statement that it will take legal action against Google after the search engine failed to implement ...

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China’s Great Leap Forward in Patents from

On March 28, Apple Inc. appeared in court in Shanghai to defend charges that Siri, its voice-recognition, personal-assistant software, allegedly infringes a Chinese patent. The plaintiff and owner of the patent, Zhizhen Internet Technology Co ...

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The Judgment In Novartis v. India: What The Supreme Court Of India Said from

Following the Indian Supreme Court decision in Novartis AG v. Union of India, Prof. Frederick Abbott says, "the judgment is well-crafted, with close attention to the facts presented, and appears to take a balanced view ...

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Getting the headlines right on "services" index. from

Kudos to the Wall Street Journal for getting the headlines right! Their Real Time Economics blog ("Vital Signs Chart: Slowing Nonmanufacturing Growth") correctly states that the ISM Index is of non-manufacturing companies -- not "services". As ...

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Do the Wright Brothers Deserve a Patent for their Flying Machine?: Why Eliminating Software Inventions from the Patent System Makes No Sense. from

Guest Post by Martin Goetz Imagine that the digital computer and the stored computer program (software) existed in the late 1800's. If so, there is a high probability that the Wright Brothers would have ...

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Federal Circuit addresses damages issues and worldwide sales from

On March 26, the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Power Integrations v. Fairchild Semiconductor Int’l, Inc., No. 11-1218, addressing damages issues and worldwide sales.  The case is linked here.

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Dawson v. Dawson: Suing Yourself for a Patent from

By Dennis Crouch Dawson v. Dawson (Fed. Cir. 2013) It's a fairly rare case where you sue yourself – especially when that occurs after your death. Dr. Chandler Dawson, now deceased, was a leading eye ...

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Searching for Prior Art from

A question that is often asked by new inventors is:  should I do a prior art search before filing a patent application?  The answer, as in most areas of law and life in general, is ...

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Okin Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Linear Actuators from

On April 3, 2013, Okin America, Inc. of Frederick, Maryland and Dewert Okin GmbH of Germany (collectively, “Okin”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges ...

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USPTO Publishes Final Rule Adopting New Rules of Professional Conduct from

By Andrew Williams -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") published its final rule in the April 3, 2013 Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 20180) in preparation for adopting new USPTO Rules of Professional ...

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