Patent & IP news for May 14, 2014

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post image Swiss-type claims and double patenting: of opportunities and anomalies from

A recently published European Patent Office Board of Appeal decision caught this Kat's eye, since it deals with Swiss-style patent claims.  One of the first things that ever puzzled him was Swiss-style claims and ...

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post image An elegant way to have different defences to patent infringement under the UPC? UK IPO may have found one... from

The IPKat is grateful to Bernie McDonald of GJE, who pointed the Kat to this subject matter and has posted an excellent commentary here, and also to Tim Belcher, new colleague at EIP, for writing ...

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post image Kats at INTA 7: Trade Marks at the Breakfast Table from

A continental breakfast --
but which continent ...?
On this, the final morning of INTA 2014, this Kat let himself in for a completely new experience -- moderating a two-hour Breakfast Table Topic for an expected audience of ...

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Guest Post: How to Patent Grapefruit Juice -- The New USPTO Guidance for Patent Eligible Subject Matter Is Both Sticky and Sour from

By Anthony D. Sabatelli* -- What does grapefruit juice, or more specifically pomelo juice, have to do with all this? I will get to that connection in just a bit. For those of you not in ...

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Reforms To Spanish Patent Law Promote Filings At National Level from

On 11 April 2014, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved a draft law reforming the current Spanish Patent Law of 1986. The reform aims to reconcile the regulation with the international framework, strengthen the Spanish ...

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WIPO Committee To Review Development Agenda Implementation, Consider Proposals from

The World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) meets next week with a crowded agenda. There will be reports on development-related projects and core issues such as an independent review of ...

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Damages Expert May Not Rely on Revenue Sharing Agreements to Determine Reasonable Royalty for Wireless Location Patent from

The court granted defendant's motion to strike portions of plaintiff's damages expert's report for improperly relying on revenue sharing agreements. "The revenue sharing agreements are contracts for 'app' developers to list their ...

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Freescale Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Integrated Circuits from

On May 12, 2014, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. of Austin, Texas (“Freescale”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges that the following entities (collectively, the “Proposed ...

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International Seed Treaty Brainstorming For Sustainability from

A working group established by the international seed treaty of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week is examining ways to raise its income level, in particular innovative approaches to attract more industry ...

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Guest Post: The Federal Circuit Blocks Trademark for Being Disparaging to Muslims from

Guest Post by Professor Mark Bartholomew (SUNY-Buffalo). I asked Professor Bartholomew to comment on this recent Federal Circuit decision after noting his recent article on Trademark Morality. DC In re Geller (Fed. Cir. 2014) Section ...

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Board circular reasoning obvious limitation benefit from

Takeaway: Sometimes the Examiner asserts that the reason to add a feature from a secondary reference is to obtain that very same feature. Is this circular reasoning and thus an improper rationale for obviousness? Today ...

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