Patent & IP news for May 7, 2014

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post image Italian court says that it's up to rightholders, not YouTube, to monitor from

The hate & revenge
part of any
proper telenovela
Earlier this week, the Tribunale di Torino (Turin District Court) had some (interesting) say on the Ecommerce Directive and obligations of hosting providers, and was also keen ...

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It’s that time of year again as thousands of trade mark and other IP practitioners, including kats Jeremy, Birgit, Neil and me, gather together for the INTA Annual Meeting. Merpel is also attending to ...

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post image Aldi attacked for fishy facsimile – copycat capers continue from

This Kat reported last week on moves to broaden brand owners’ powers to crack down on supermarket copycat packaging, musing that trade mark and passing-off laws might already be fit for just that purpose, were ...

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post image No fudge? General Court deals with warring chocolate cows from

Colour marks, in black and white ...  Here's a guest post from Katfriend Valentina Torelli on, among other things, an issue that is increasingly occupying the attention of trade mark practitioners -- the scope of protection ...

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post image The Price Elasticity of Demand for Patents from

By Dennis Crouch In March 2013 the USPTO significantly raised the maintenance fee charges. Most pointedly, the 11 ½ year renewal fee has jumped 65% from $4,810 to $7,400. The 11 ½ year ...

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EU’s Nagoya Protocol Ratification: How It Works from

The European Union Council of Ministers on 14 April adopted a decision approving the ratification of a protocol meant to facilitate access to genetic resources and to provide the fair sharing of commercial benefits with ...

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Counsel’s Failure to Advise Court of IPR Breached “General Duty of Candor and Good Faith” from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to reconsider the court's prior invalidity finding because of the PTAB's different findings during inter partes reexamination and determined that the parties' breached their duty of candor ...

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Expert’s Failure to Address Prior Option to License Patents-in-Suit Renders Entire Opinion Unreliable from

The court granted defendant's motion to exclude all opinions of plaintiff's damages expert because of his failure to account for defendant's contractual right to license the patents-in-suit for around $2 million. "[Plaintiff ...

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ALJ Lord Issues Public Version Of Initial Determination In Certain Integrated Circuit Chips (337-TA-859) from

Further to our March 24, 2014 post, on April 21, 2014 ALJ Dee Lord issued the public version of the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Integrated Circuit Chips and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No ...

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Could The WIPO General Assembly Reject Francis Gurry’s Nomination? from

Tomorrow, World Intellectual Property Organization members decide whether to re-elect Francis Gurry as director general for another six years. The decision was complicated in recent weeks by detailed allegations of wrongdoing by Gurry put forward ...

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Revenge and Domain Name Seizure: CIRA Allows Transfer of Registration of Domain Names Used for Personal Attacks from

In March 2014, a single member Canadian Internet Registry Association (CIRA) panel allowed the transfer of two domain names which consisted, in both cases, of the personal names of people involved in a dispute with ...

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The Future of Copyright in a Global Context from

This past March, Toronto hosted the 55th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA). This year’s ISA Annual Convention brought together over 5300 scholars, practitioners, and students to discuss “Geopolitics in an Era ...

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Gaining Insight into Canadian Music Week: An interview with Susan H. Abramovitch from

Susan Abramovitch, a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and the Head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice, will be speaking on two panels this Saturday at Canadian Music Week (CMW) to discuss Canada ...

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ITC Issues Public Version Of Opinion In Certain Encapsulated Integrated Circuit Devices (337-TA-501) from

Further to our April 14, 2014 post, on April 28, 2014, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion finding a violation of Section 337 by Respondents Carsem (M) Sdn ...

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Silicon Labs Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Silicon Tuners from

On May 6, 2014, Silicon Laboratories Inc. of Austin, Texas (“Silicon Labs”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges that Cresta Technology Corp. of Santa ...

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Funk Brothers v Kalo – Eligibility or Unobviousness? from

Guest post by Paul Cole, European Patent Attorney, Partner, Lucas & Co; Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University, UK. New patent eligibility guidance issued by the USPTO (Andrew Hirshfeld, 4th March) will be the subject of a discussion ...

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