Patent & IP news for September 8, 2014

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post image British Columbia gives go-ahead to consumers' class action for patent abuse from

Via Toronto law firm Fleck & Chumak LLP's IP Address newsletter comes news of Low v Pfizer Canada Inc., 2014 BCSC 1469, a Supreme Court of British Columbia ruling which certified a class action on ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

Of secret disclosures, share deals and deputy judges.  "Disclosing business secrets to share purchasers" is an IP Draughts post by the ever-perceptive Mark Anderson, it being a review of the recent ruling in Richmond Pharmacology ...

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post image Trade secrets: even more exposed! from

This Kat, who only yesterday posted this book notice on a recent trade secrets publication, received an excited email from Sam Davies of the International Chamber of Commerce, letting him know that the ICC has ...

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post image Has the CJEU in Deckmyn de facto harmonised moral rights? from

"Legitimate interest"Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-201/13 Deckmyn [herehere and here].
There is probably no need to recall that this case ...

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Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... from

Refreshed by a fortnight's absence from the blogosphere, our dear friend Alberto Bellan returns to centre stage with his weekly round-ups of what you've missed if you were away last week. This is ...

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Is the predicted “death of hundreds of thousands of patents” coming true? from

In May 2013, Judge Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit predicted that the court’s decision in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corporation Pty Ltd. would result in ...

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Judge Bryson: Computerized Loyalty-Point Conversion System Not Patent Eligible from

Loyalty Conversion Systems v. American Airlines (E.D. Texas 2014) Data processing and business method patents continue to fall like dominoes. In this case, Federal Circuit Judge Bryson – sitting by designation in the Eastern District ...

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UN Internet Governance Forum Sees New Challengers, From Top Down And Bottom Up from

ISTANBUL - The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace by John Perry Barlow in the end somehow reconnected the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the new Internet Ungovernance Forum held in Istanbul last week. The nearly ...

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EU High Court Parody Ruling Could Create Problems, IP Attorneys Say from

A 3 September European Court of Justice decision on the concept of “parody” is a controversial attempt to harmonise copyright law judicially where legislative efforts have failed, and raises more questions than it answers, intellectual ...

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Upselling Method and Genotype Screening Patents Invalidated Via 12(b)(6) Motions in Light of Alice Corp. from

The magistrate judge recommended granting defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' infringement claims for failure to state a claim because their genotype screening patent-in-suit contained unpatentable subject matter. "Plaintiffs claims are directed to the discovery ...

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New US Ambassador Hamamoto Highlights Internet Governance, Ebola, IP from

Newly arrived United States Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Pamela Hamamoto last week met with journalists for the first time by highlighting internet governance and Ebola, with a mention of intellectual property rights, among ...

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New Abstract Ideas? from

In the recent spate of abstract idea cases, the identified abstract ideas have been concepts that are old and well known such that the court can easily take judicial notice of their antiquity.  The courts ...

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PTAB claim construction a number interpret from

In a post from earlier this year – When does "a" mean "the" – I  discussed the meaning of "A number of" as used in a claim. As I noted in that post, typical English usage would ...

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UCI Conference on Meaning of Myriad from

The University of California-Irvine School of Law will be holding a conference entitled "The Meaning of Myriad" from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on September 12, 2014 at the University of California, Irvine ...

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Court Report -- Part II from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. v. Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. 2:14-cv-05423; filed August 28, 2014 in the ...

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