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post image Horizon 2020 and beyond: where digital technologies hit cultural heritage from

Katfriend and occasional guest blogger Valentina Torelli  -- she of the warring chocolate cows -- has been turning her attention to new horizons, indeed to the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme and some other initiatives that ...

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post image MAPPING: Magna Carta, Carte Blanche and "the mother of all challenges" from

"The mother of all challenges: how to reconcile security with freedom". This was the proposition that opened the final round of discussions on internet governance and surveillance at the MAPPING Extraordinary General Assembly in Rome ...

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post image More on MAPPING: taking a deeper peep or two at the internet from

Joe CannataciThe second session of the MAPPING Assembly (on which see earlier Katpost here) addressed mass surveillance on the internet and the balance between the interests of security and privacy, asking whether there was ...

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post image MAPPING: the debate continues from

After lunch, MAPPING's programme for its Extraordinary General Assembly was reshuffled a bit in order to accommodate further questions and answers arising out of the morning session. Enforcement and monitoring of the terms of ...

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post image MAPPING Europe's future: a Roman convocation from

MAPPING is the acronym of Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance [Merpel prefers MAPPIG], a project funded by the European Commission to draw together people from different strands of life within the information ...

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post image Applicant-Assignees from

One aspect of the America Invents Act of 2011 was to allow patent owners to directly file patent applications as the named “applicant.” Under the prior rule, only inventors could be applicants except in unusual ...

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Apple, Samsung lawyers blame each other for failure to settle patent dispute: court filing from

On Monday, the Korea Times, citing unnamed sources "directly involved with the matter", reported that "Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits". The sources ...

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US High Court Opens Door To More (And Older) Copyright Suits from

Music, movie, and television companies suffered a major defeat yesterday, when the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The ruling will lead to a flood of new copyright infringement suits ...

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U.S. patent reform movement lacks strategic leadership, fails to leverage the Internet from

Approximately ten years ago I became an anti-software patent activist. I ran a Europe-wide campaign in 17 languages (not the first one in Europe to advocate the abolition of software patents, but it was forceful ...

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Independent Review Of WIPO Development Up For Debate from

The World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on Development and Intellectual Property opened this week with a loaded agenda and some politically-charged issues. One of them is an independent assessment of the mandated mainstreaming of a ...

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Committee On WIPO Standards Stumbles Over Development Agenda from

The World Intellectual Property Organization technical committee working on standards to facilitate work of intellectual property offices and their communication had to adjourn its fourth session last week for lack of agreement on the committee ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Copyright 3-year Statute of Limitations Trumps Laches Defense from



Frank Petrella wrote two screenplays and one book based on the life of boxing champion Jake LaMotta.  One of the screenplays, registered in 1963, identifies Patrella as the sole author, written ...

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Reduced PTO Fees from

Under PTO rules, a “Small Entity” is entitled to pay certain PTO fees associated with patent prosecution at a reduced rate, usually 50%.  As the PTO raises filing and post-issuance fees, it is important to ...

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Damages Expert Excluded For Overreaching Royalty Base from

The court granted defendant's motion to exclude plaintiff's damages expert because of his improper royalty base analysis. "[Plaintiff] highlights the iPhone and iPad as the smallest saleable unit available for consideration. But throughout ...

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BRICS Ministers Join Forces For Access To Medicines from

At a side event to the opening of the 2014 World Health Assembly, strong statements were made by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) country ministers and representatives to assume leadership and cooperate ...

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Trade Secret Subject Matter Eligibility from

By Dennis Crouch While the U.S. Supreme Court contemplates its most recent case on patent subject matter eligibility, a California appellate court has just decided a case on trade secret subject matter eligibility – finding ...

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Gates Foundation Echoes WHO Concern Over Limits To Drug Access In Trade Deals from

Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today addressed the World Health Assembly, highlighting a new initiative on newborns. And at a press conference earlier in the day, a senior colleague signalled support for ...

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When does "a" mean "the"? from

Claims use "a" and "the" in ways that are at odds with plain English usage, which can lead to some strange results.

Let's say I'm describing a text processing algorithm which counts how ...

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ALJ Pender Denies Motion To Terminate Investigation Based On Lack Of Standing And Domestic Industry In Certain Wireless Devices, Including Mobile Phones And Tablets II (337-TA-905) from

On May 15, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 12 (dated May 1, 2014) in Certain Wireless Devices, Including Mobile Phones and Tablets II (Inv. No. 337-TA-905). By way of background, this investigation ...

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Tobinick v. Olmarker (Fed. Cir. 2014) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Interferences are not yet dead, although their echo is expected to attenuate over the next decade or so as a result of the provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that ...

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