Patent & IP news for March 6, 2014

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post image Getty Images goes free: is embedding an alternative to copyright? from

Getty Images is probably the world’s most important photographic archive. Founded in Seattle in 1995, it has constantly grown by acquiring an impressive number of important photographic agencies and, by closing agreements with famous ...

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post image When romance meets IP: be the charming date of one of our #HappyKat event attendees! from

Irresistible!We all know that IP is fun and sexy, but: can it be also romantic? 

The answer is 'YES!' when it comes to the thrilling opportunity that has just arisen in relation to our ...

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post image BREAKING (ish): 16th Draft UPC Rules of Procedure out now! from

The AmeriKat purring away at the thought
of the 16th Draft
(photo courtesy of Joe Delaney of 3 New Square)
After a very long day, it feels like Christmas morning for the AmeriKat. Having languished ...

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Senate Legislation Update -- The Commerce Committee Gets in the Act from

By Andrew Williams -- \ Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been ...

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WIPO Enforcement Committee: Positive Sharing Of Experiences But Future Work Elusive from

After two-and-a-half days of non-stop information sharing on ways to build respect for intellectual property and enforce IP rights, members of the World Intellectual Property Organization could not agree on the future agenda of the ...

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Setback for Apple: U.S. judge denies renewed bid for permanent injunction against Samsung from


After it just became publicly-known that Apple itself had disclosed confidential licensing terms with respect to which it wanted Samsung sanctioned, Apple has to deal with ...

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WIPO Director General Election: Down To Three Candidates from

World Intellectual Property Organization members this morning held a first round of voting for the director general candidate to lead the UN organisation for the next six years. The top three candidates, from Australia, Nigeria ...

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Gurry Wins Committee Vote For Next Director General Of WIPO from

After a bumpy road, the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization today was recommended by the WIPO Coordination Committee to be returned to office for another six-year term.Related Articles:

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Plaintiff’s Merger With Defense Counsel’s Former Client Warrants Disqualification from

The court granted plaintiff's motion to disqualify defense counsel who had served as lead patent counsel for a company that merged with plaintiff. "[F]or purposes of Rule 3-310(E), [plaintiff] is [defense counsel ...

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Announcing the Gowlings IPilogue Prize 2013-2014 from

Since 2007, IP Osgoode awards prizes every year to students of Osgoode Hall Law School for their contributions to our website. These prizes are generously sponsored by the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP ...

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ICanada: Budget 2014 and the Shape of a Digital Economy Strategy from

While many Canadians were justifiably preoccupied with the athletic achievements and disappointments taking place at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, they may have overlooked the fact that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released his 10th ...

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In Memoriam: Prof. Sarah Tran from

Up until last week, Sarah Tran was a law professor at SMU in Dallas where she taught patent law among other courses. She passed away this past week at the age of 34 from leukemia ...

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ALJ Gildea Permits Trial Testimony By Way Of Videoconference In Certain Integrated Circuit Devices (337-TA-873) from

On February 25, 2014, ALJ E. James Gildea issued Order No. 57 in Certain Integrated Circuit Devices and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-873). According to the Order, Non-party Cellco Partnership d/b/a ...

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CJEU ruling in Svensson case: Free linking in a free web? from

The re-posting of this analysis is part of a cross-posting collaboration with MediaLaws: Law and Policy of the Media in a Comparative Perspective. On February 13th, the Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) released ...

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EPO Sees More Applications, More Modernisation, Battistelli Says from

Patent quality is top priority for the European Patent Office, which “wants to be the best in the world,” President Benoît Battistelli said in a 5 March interview. The office's latest annual report shows ...

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The ART Act: New Legislation Proposes Royalties for Visual Artists Based on Secondary Sales from

When music is sold, or a poem or novel is purchased, the composer or writer receives a portion of the initial sale or royalties on future sales of copies of the work. The more copies ...

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In Memoriam: Sarah Tran from

I was deeply saddened to hear that my co-blogger, SMU Law Professor Sarah Tran, has lost her battle with leukemia at age 34. This post from SMU describes some highlights of her incredible life, and ...

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Cybor Watch: Two Haikus Summarizing Lighting Ballast v. Universal Lighting Technologies from

Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics North America Corporation (Fed. Cir. Feb. 21, 2014) (en banc)

Markman: Law or fact?

Stare decisis succeeds.

Rule 52(a)?


Cybor reaffirmed.

Narrow margin: 6 to 4


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With A “Clean Slate,” WIPO Director Nominee Gurry Looks Ahead from

Incumbent Francis Gurry of Australia today was nominated to be the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization until 2020, with WIPO members to make their final decision on 8 May. In his return ...

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ALJ Shaw Denies Motion For Summary Determination In Certain Crawler Cranes (337-TA-887) from

On February 25, 2014, ALJ David P. Shaw issued the public version of Order No. 21 (dated February 20, 2014) in Certain Crawler Cranes and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-887). According to the Order, Respondents ...

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FMC Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Sulfentrazone from

On March 5, 2014, FMC Corp. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (“FMC”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges that Beijing Nutrichem Science and Technology Stock Co ...

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