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post image Cigarette Trade Marks and Logos May Go Up in Smoke in France from

Everybody knows that the French wear striped shirts with bérets and that they eat cheese and bread while smoking cigarettes. Well, the French government wants to put a stop to that. Not the cheese part ...

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post image Big Hero 6 Innovator Contest from

The XPrize Foundation, Inc. in association with Disney’s new movie “Big Hero 6″ has created it’s own contest for young innovators.  The challenge is for kids 8-17 to describe how they would S ...

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Facebook’s Privacy Patent from

What do you think of Facebook’s new patent in terms of Section 101? The patent (No. 8,844,058) issued on September 24, 2014 covers a social-networking data privacy method that basically allows users ...

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Gilead Monopoly Prevails Over Non-Discriminatory Access As Debated Hepatitis C Deal Sets Off from

Gilead on 15 September struck voluntary licence deals with seven India-based generic manufacturers to expand access to its hepatitis C innovative drugs in developing countries. With a limited territory covered, this, yet deserving, pact raises ...

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In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2014) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- In the lastest instance of a plaintiff attempting to extend the Supreme Court's holding in FTC v. Actavis that "reverse payment" settlement agreements in ANDA litigation could be anticompetitive and ...

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YODA: You Own Devices Act from

A magical aspect of intellectual property is in the way that rights can pervade a system without the need for the rights-holder to physically engage with the supply chain. Someone may have personal property rights ...

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Panellists Discuss Value Of Patent Pooling For HIV/AIDS, Potential For Other Diseases from

A side event to this week’s World Intellectual Property Organization annual General Assembly highlighted the work of the Geneva-based Medicines Patent Pool in fighting HIV/AIDS, and discussed whether it makes sense for the ...

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Unified Patents Petitions for IPR to Counter Patent Troll PanTaurus’ Patent Litigation Assault from

Much debate has centered on patent reform and efforts to curtail the litigious activities of patent assertion entities (PAEs) also referred to as “patent trolls.” However, and as underscored for example by the number of ...

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Law Schools and Clinical IP Hiring from

By Jason Rantanen Last month, the American Bar Association’s governing body approved a requirement that all law students at ABA-accredited law schools take a minimum of six credit hours of clinical or other “experiential ...

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WIPO General Assembly Highlights Positions On Key IP Policy Issues from

In the opening days of this week’s annual World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly, member governments showed a diversity of views on issues such as negotiations for possible treaties on broadcasters’ rights, design law ...

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Federal Circuit Argument in Myriad Appeal Scheduled from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit has scheduled oral argument in Myriad Genetics' appeal of denial earlier this year by the Utah District Court of its motion for preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics (see ...

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Assertion of Frivolous Infringement Claims No Basis for Misuse Defense from

The court granted plaintiff's motion for summary judgment that its electronics testing patents were not unenforceable for patent misuse. "[Defendant argues] that a counterclaim of patent misuse is . . . cognizable when the patent holder is ...

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CAFC reviews procedure for granting stay of district court proceedings during CBM review by USPTO from


Traditionally, we have reviewed district court decisions
on motions to stay pending U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office proceedings under the abuse ...

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The opinion in UPI SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION v. ITC authored by Judge Newman begins

Before the court are the appeal of respondentintervenor
uPI Semiconductor Corp. (“uPI”) and the
companion appeal of complainant-intervenors Richtek
Technology Corp. and ...

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Gibbons Hires Fourth Intellectual Property Apprentice from

Ankit D. Patel has joined Gibbons P.C. as an Apprentice in the Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Patel is the fourth participant in the firm’s Apprenticeship Program, which Gibbons launched in 2010 to help ...

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Eligible Software Patents from

I’m looking for a few examples of high quality software patents outside of the business method realm and that should remain patent eligible under Alice & Bilski. Only send me ideas that you are fine ...

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First study on new Canada - EU trade agreement discusses consequences of increased protection for pharmaceutical innovation from

Today, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a new report entitled 'Making Sense of the CETA', providing the first in depth analysis of the new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada ...

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(Red Nose) Day In Court from

Thank you to Chris Torrero for sending us a link to this story! As many of you may know, in the UK, Red Nose Day is an annual telethon organised by Comic Relief to raise ...

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Patent Invalid for Unduly Preempting the Field of “Automatic Lip Synchronization For Computer-Generated 3D Animation Using a Rules-Based Morph Target Approach” from

by Dennis Crouch McRO (Planet Blue) v. Activision Blizzard, et al. (C.D. Cal. 2014) Decision PDF In his second major Section 101 decision in as many weeks, Judge Wu (C.D. Cal) has relied ...

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