Patent & IP news for May 5, 2014

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post image The IPEC: how does it feel? from

How is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) faring? This intriguingly-named court, replacing the much-admired Patents County Court, is currently manned by His Honour Judge Richard Hacon who is taking time off from his serious ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

Visionary judge reflects. "IPEC: Reflections from HHJ Hacon on the first six months" is the title of an exciting event which the AIPPI UK is holding on 22 May 2014.  The speaker is none other ...

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post image Reformatio in peius: a clarification from

PLC has recently picked up a 2012 EPO Board of Appeal decision that considers exceptions to the legal principle of the prohibition of reformatio in peius in relation to patent claims. Reformatio in peius is ...

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Unitary patent system and the unified patent court: next steps from

A media release from the European Commission last month (European Commission - MEMO/14/308   15/04/2014) brings us up-to-date with the narrative relating to unitary patent protection.  It reads as follows:
Filling the legal ...

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Hopes Dampened For Copyright Exceptions For Libraries/Archives At WIPO from

World Intellectual Property Organization delegates sitting on the copyright committee had to declare defeat late into the night yesterday as they could not agree on the conclusions of the meeting or its future work. The ...

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Action items from UK IP & Banking report from

Last November I posted an item on the UK Intellectual Property Office's report on Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance. A follow up report is ...

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Supreme Court Reestablishes Standard for Attorneys’ Fees Under §285 from

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court in Octane Fitness v. ICON Health and Fitness issued a ruling that reestablishes the previous standard for awarding attorneys' fees in the event of an exceptional case ...

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Jury Instructions Rejected in “Over-Litigated” Case from

The court ordered the parties to resubmit jury instructions after finding that they were over-litigating the case and warned that arguments in chambers may be charged against trial time. "The parties’ continual expansion of the ...

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Psm from

I’ll return to actual blogging once I’m finished grading exams, but for now, here’s a fun one: Question 10: [Limit: 150 words] Explain why the following claim from a patent entitled “Systems ...

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Supreme Court Reinstates $6.6 Million Attorney Fee Award from

Kobe Properties v. Checkpoint Systems (Supreme Court 2014) Today the Supreme Court issued a GVR decision in this case: The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case ...

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Akamai from

Professor Mann provides insightful comments on the Akamai oral arguments here: I will note that there was a good chance that the Supreme Court would significantly alter that ...

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A Brief Overview Of Current IP Issues At The WTO from

Intellectual property issues may not be at the top of the post-Bali negotiations at the World Trade Organization, but there are many IP-related issues going on at the WTO. Below is an overview of some ...

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Supreme Court Rules on Patent Litigation Fees from

Last week, the Supreme Court issued its decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Management Systems, Inc.  The question before the Court in the former case ...

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ITC Terminates Investigation Based On Expired Patent In Certain Mobile Devices (337-TA-744) from

On April 30, 2014, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued a notice terminating the investigation in Certain Mobile Devices, Associated Software, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-744) because the only remaining asserted patent has ...

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