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post image Floating Island Patent Portfolio Combines Clean and Green from

Floating Island International (FII) is a Montana-based company that has developed technology for creating islands that can effectively support plant and animal life (full disclosure:  FII is a client of my firm and FII CEO ...

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Docs @ BIO: USPTO Provides Update on Myriad-Mayo Guidance from

By Donald Zuhn -- At last week's BIO International Convention in San Diego, Andrew Hirshfeld, USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, and June Cohan, a Legal Advisor with the USPTO's Office of Patent ...

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WIPO Copyright Committee Opens With Debate Over Broadcasting Treaty from

The World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committeebegan a week of discussions with delegates trying to decide what rights the treaty protecting broadcasting organisations should confer and if it should include internet transmissions. At the outset ...

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Kinetic Concepts [KCI] and Wake Forest settle vacuum wound treatment case from

From the post titled Wake Forest Baptist announces $280M settlement over patent dispute

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From the early 1990s until the lawsuit was filed, KCI had paid ...

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Attorney’s Competitive Decisionmaking Role Does Not Bar Entire Law Firm From Confidential Information from

The court granted in part plaintiff's motion to preclude defense counsel from accessing documents marked "confidential - outside counsel only" based on counsel's financial interest in defendant. The court precluded one firm partner from ...

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The Washington Wrong-Skins: A Moral Victory over Tasteless Trademarks from

The football field is for helmets not headdresses. In the much talked about June 18, 2014 decision in Blackhorse v Pro Football, Inc. the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made a clear statement ...

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Federal Circuit: To Satisfy the Written Description Requirement, a patent “must at least describe some species representative” of the accused product. from

By Dennis Crouch AbbVie v. Janssen Biotech and Centocor Biologics (Fed. Cir. 2014) This decision is important in the way that it confirms a strong Post-Ariad Written Description requirement – especially with regard to genus-species claim ...

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First Wireless Phone is Among 18 Early Inventions Filmed by Pathé from

Coming up with better ideas for communication and transportation is nothing new. British Pathe captured many of the 20th Century’s most innovative on film.  A news film archive popular until television made it superfluous ...

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Docs @ BIO: Hello, I Must Be Going from

Judge Randall Rader Says Goodbye at BIO By Kevin E. Noonan -- Last week, Judge Randall R. Rader, until recently Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, opened a day-long session on ...

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Abbvie loses on "written description" grounds from

In Abbvie v. Jannsen, an interesting portion of the decision related to "written description":

We also hold that record evidence
sufficiently supported the jury verdict
that the asserted claims lacked
adequate written description
under 35 ...

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Choon’s Design Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Loom Kits For Creating Linked Articles from

On July 1, 2014, Choon’s Design Inc. of Wixom, Michigan (“Choon’s”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337. The complaint alleges that the following entities (collectively ...

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