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post image Trademark scam solicitations continue from

I received the solicitation below this week from WIPT (World Patents Trademarks) for one of my trademark registrations (for SOFTMWARE®). For a mere $2,738, WIPT will publish my registered trademark in a directory that ...

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post image Calling all junior practitioners: IPSoc event on the UPC from

IPSoc member examining
an expert witness in a
patent trial?
“Following on from Don McCombie’s recent series of posts on this weblog, IPSoc (the society for junior IP practitioners in the UK) has organised ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

Do remember to check the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page. We've added quite a few new events recently (and removed plenty of old ones), and there may be one or two just made for ...

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post image ALRC’s discussion paper on copyright in the digital economy from

The ALRC released its discussion paper on proposed reforms for Copyright in the digital economy today (or maybe, it’s tomorrow). There are 388 pages (pdf version) and, according to the Press Release, 42 proposals ...

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Bits and Bytes by Dennis Crouch from

Kevin Noonan at PatentDocs reviews the recent Special 301 report by the U.S. Trade Representative focusing on the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. "The Priority Watch List in the Report lists Algeria ...

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"When the Patent System is Attacked!" -- The White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues from

By Andrew Williams -- On February 14, 2013, President Obama stated in reference to non-practicing Patent Assertion Entities ("PAEs") (aka "Patent Trolls") "they don't actually produce anything themselves. They're just trying to essentially leverage ...

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How to Protect the Copyright of My Web Content from

Copyright is important in all forms of media because it provides legal ownership over the work someone produces. This allows the author, artist, etc. control over how their work is used. Without copyright laws, content ...

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Monitoring Patent Costs: Annuity Fees from

The next topic I’ll cover in our “Monitoring Patent Costs” series will be patent annuity or maintenance fees. Often times, applicants are unaware of these fees for “maintaining” a patent, and depending on the ...

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Will President Obama Come to Apple’s Rescue? from

If the President disapproves of the ruling for policy reasons he has the authority to nullify the determination. The statute specifically explains that upon disapproval of the President an ITC determination "shall have no force ...

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Data From Clinical Trials Identify Gaps In Health R&D from

Lower-income countries receive much less attention in terms of clinical trial research, according to a study published in this month’s World Health Organization (WHO) Bulletin. The study also underscored the value and importance the ...

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Author Cites Persistent Tobacco Industry Attempts To Influence WHO from

Thirteen years after publication of the landmark report, “Tobacco Company Strategies to Undermine Tobacco Control Activities at the World Health Organization,” little has changed and industry manipulations continue, one of the lead authors has said ...

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Here's the ITC letter instructing U.S. customs to start seizing older iPhones, iPads in 60 days from

Yesterday's disconcerting ITC decision to order (unless vetoed during the 60-day Presidential Review period) an exclusion order (import ban and cease and desist) against older iPhones and iPads over a 3G-esential Samsung patent could ...

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White House proposal on patents from

For a minute, let's lay aside all the rhetoric about who and what a "troll" is. Let's look at the Administration's actual proposals. According to the Fact Sheet: White House Task Force ...

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Extensive Financial Involvement in Reexamination May Implicate Estoppel from

The court granted defendant's motion to compel documents concerning plaintiff's involvement in its customer's request for reexamination as to one of defendant's patents-in-suit. "[Plaintiff] urges that [defendant] is not contending that ...

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Managing Counterfeiting Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry from

Pharmaceutical counterfeiting poses a threat to consumers and harms both the reputation and financial condition of pharmaceutical companies. On Tuesday, June 18, the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology will be hosting "Managing Counterfeiting Issues ...

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Patent Terrorist Declares Open Season on Inventors from

Political consensus by the powers that be has been achieved. It's open war on inventors. Any inventor who tries to enforce a legally granted patent is persona non grata before the courts. Said inventor ...

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The European Unitary Patent System – 5 things Patent Attorneys need to know now from

US patentees have many questions regarding the new Unitary Patent system in Europe. Gwilym Roberts of Kilburn & Strode in the UK offers this brief post on practical issues to and immediate action items. - DC = = = There...

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ALJ Gildea Denies Motion To Stay In Certain Microelectromechanical Systems (“MEMS Devices”) (337-TA-876) from

On May 31, 2013, ALJ E. James Gildea issued the public version of Order No. 6 (dated May 21, 2013) in Certain Microelectromechanical Systems (“MEMS Devices”) and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-876).  In ...

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