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post image New Zealand to Outlaw Patent on Software from

According to Kiwi Blog “A good move from the Gov’t on patents” there is a new Patent Bill that will prohibit patents on software.  Logically, this suggests that there is something special about software ...

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WIPO Committee On Development This Week: North-South Differences from

The committee evaluating the incorporation of a development dimension into the World Intellectual Property Organization activities meets this week with a heavy agenda and some loose ends inherited from the previous meeting. In particular, delegates ...

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Is IBM’s Watson Still Patent Eligible? from

Watson? It is an artificially intelligent computer system that is capable of answering questions presented in natural language. It is, in essence, the modern day equivalent to the all knowing Star Trek computer. It is ...

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WSIS Forum Addresses Future Of Information And Communication Technology from

The 2013 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum opened today to address the future of information and communication technologies (ICT). This meeting of the WSIS Forum marks ten years since the first phase ...

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Supreme Court: Patent Rights Block Farmers from Saving and Re-Planting Patented Seeds from

Bowman v. Monsanto Company (Supreme Court 2013) In a short opinion a unanimous Supreme Court has sided with Monsanto in holding that the doctrine of patent exhaustion “does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented ...

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Federal-Mogul Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Windshield Wiper Devices from

On May 9, 2013, Federal-Mogul Corporation of Southfield, Michigan and Federal-Mogul S.A. of Belgium (collectively, “Federal-Mogul”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges that ...

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How Listing Ukraine As A Priority Foreign Country In Special 301 Violates WTO Agreements from

Prof. Sean Flynn asks whether US sanctions of Ukraine under the US Special 301 program violates World Trade Organization rules. He also asks whether the operation of watch lists threatening sanctions for intellectual property matters ...

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Did the Federal Circuit Ignore the Supreme Court in CLS Bank? from

While the Supreme Court has done away with the "useful, concrete and tangible result" test from State Street Bank v. Signature Financial, in Bilski v. Kappos, 8 out of 9 Justices (i.e., everyone except ...

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Marathon Patent Group – The Hot Bet? from

Apparently since around mid-November of last year, Marathon Patent Group (MPG) evolved from American Strategic Minerals and discarded its mineral and real estate assets in favor of an IP management and enforcement services business model ...

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Supreme Court Affirms Federal Circuit in Seed Patent Exhaustion Case from

In a rare affirmance of the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court found no exhaustion in the seed patent case.  Bowman v. Monsanto Co. Justice Kagan, writing for a unanimous Court, held that the doctrine of ...

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European Commission To Develop Global Internet Policy Platform from

The European Commission today announced plans for a Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), an online platform to improve knowledge and participation on issues related to global internet policymaking. Related Articles:

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US Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Monsanto In Patent Exhaustion Case from

The United States Supreme Court found today that a farmer who buys patented seeds may not reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the right holder's permission. The case, known as Bowman v. Monsanto ...

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ITC Issues Public Version Of Opinion Affirming No Violation of Section 337 In Certain Wireless Communication Devices (337-TA-745) from

On May 8, 2013, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion affirming-in-part and reversing-in-part the Remand Initial Determination (“RID”) in Certain Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing ...

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