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post image Monday miscellany from

There are easier ways ...Self-centred, or merely preoccupied?  The 1709 Blog's sidebar poll on the copyright position regarding selfies taken by black-crested macaque monkeys (or at least by one of them) has now notched ...

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post image Copyright, technology and a Katcontest! from

Copyright and Technology ...On 1 October 2014 the beautiful London offices of Reed Smith LLP will host the 1-day Copyright and Technology conference, which promises to be very engaging. Incidentally, also this Kat will be ...

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post image Court in the act: how many European Courts are there? from

Confusingly similar -- but these folk shouldn't be confused. The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has emailed the information that a new intellectual property case has been referred to the Court of Justice, but it ...

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post image Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ... from

Another busy week has passed for the IPKat and Merpel, but you can catch up on all the posts from last week that you have not had a chance to read yet. Here's the ...

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post image A view of US trends: the 2014 PwC Patent Litigation Study from

PwC's 2014 Patent Litigation Study has now been published online. You can read it in full here. The study's main thrust is summarised in its subtitle: "As case volume leaps, damages continue general ...

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post image Letter from AmeriKat: Judge Koh declares Takeda takes it too far with Mylan Dexilant declaration from

The AmeriKitten may be one paw down,
but thankfully has nine lives to go.
"Yes, yes, it has been a while" says the AmeriKat.  But with the English IP judges and barristers having fled the ...

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Vringo Stock Dive: Bad Day in Court or Flawed Business Model? from

Google’s successful CAFC appeal has vacated Vringo’s already reduced $30M award. Could it have quit while it was ahead? Vringo stock traded as high as $5.45 in 2013 and as low as ...

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Late Assertion of Unpatentability Defense Barred Despite Intervening Decision in Alice Corp. from

The court denied defendant's motion for judgment that plaintiff's patents were invalid for ineligible subject matter because defendant failed to preserve that argument. "After trial and shortly before the . . . hearing on post-trial motions ...

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The Politicization Of The US Patent System from

The Washington Post story, How patent reform’s fraught politics have left USPTO still without a boss (July 30), is a vivid account of how patent reform has divided the US economy, preempting a possible ...

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Search Error! Federal Circuit Invalidates Vringo Search Engine Patents from

On August 15, the Federal Circuit, in a nonprecedential opinion, reversed a lower court ruling, denying I/P Engine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vringo, Inc., a $30 million patent infringement jury verdict by invalidating two ...

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More on the benefits of human run factories from

In an earlier posting, I made the point that human workers are better at innovation and flexible production than robots/automation. Willy Shih makes the same point in his new paper, "What It Takes to ...

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OECD video on knowledge based capital from

We call it "intangible capital" or "intellectual assets" -- OECD calls it "knowledge-based capital" (KBC). Here is a new short video from OECD on KBC. For more on OECD's work on KBC, see their reports ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Legitimate Advocacy and Genuine Misrepresentation of Material Facts from

The Federal Circuit has issued a decision in Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc., upholding a district court's finding that Apotex's U.S. Patent No. 6,767,556 ("the '556 patent") is unenforceable due ...

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Scientific American discusses the lithium batteries of Sakti3, from

Within a post titled Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough , one finds text about trade secrets:

Avestor used a polymer separator to replace the electrolyte in its batteries. We don’t know what Sakti3 is using ...

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Giving Effect to the Order of Steps in a Method Claim from

Mformation Tech v. Research-in-Motion (Fed. Cir. 2014) Although several important patent litigation procedure issues are embedded here, the most important legal outcome of this case is the Court’s construction of the method claim to ...

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