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post image Not all "dollars" are the same: the saga of Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and Dollar General from

The trade mark law system prides itself on being able to protect marks in such a way that each mark can serve as a source indicator for the goods or services uniquely identified by that ...

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post image August employment from

Somewhat disappointing employment news from the BLS this morning. They report only 142,000 net new jobs in August with the unemployment rate ticking down to 6.1% (where it was in June). Economists had ...

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AbbVie Inc. v. Mathilda & Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust (Fed. Cir. 2014) from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, in AbbVie Inc. v. Mathilda & Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust, the Federal Circuit affirmed a determination by the District Court for the Southern District of New York that U ...

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Seeing stars: General Court hits OHIM ruling on the head from

It's a little while since we last heard from Valentina Torelli, who has graced our weblog with the occasional guest post, so we are pleased to welcome her back with this contribution concerning a ...

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A look at why part-time employment is high from

As I noted earlier this morning, involuntary underemployment remains well above pre-Great Recession levels. A research note from the Federal Reserve staff last spring ("Why is Involuntary Part-Time Work Elevated?") tries to explain this situation ...

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India’s IP Policy On Stage As New Leader Heads To US from

Will India’s new government bring in radical changes in the country’s intellectual property rights regime? That question has generated enormous buzz but no definitive answer ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept ...

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Rewards Program and Recruiting Patents Invalid for Claiming Unpatentable Subject Matter from

The court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's anonymous communication patents were invalid for lack of patentable subject matter. "Plaintiff . . . asserts that the methods and systems of the [patent-in-suit] claim more ...

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News from Abroad: Myriad Patent Upheld by Full Federal Court of Australia from

By Claire Gregg* and Martin O'Brien** -- The Full Federal Court of Australia has handed down its long awaited decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc today, affirming that isolated DNA and RNA are ...

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Friday fantasies from

The beginning of December sees two big patent events on which this Kat is keeping his eye. Both, coincidentally, are on 4 and 5 December, and they are not a long way away from one ...

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WHO: Fight Ebola Now, Solve Patent Issues Later from

The world and the global health community have been taken by surprise by the worst outbreak of Ebola so far. The World Health Organization today (5 September) said a vaccine could be available in November ...

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