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post image You don't have to be small: IPEC keeps action from

The cost-capped, damages-capped Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) in England and Wales is designed for use by small and medium-sized claimants; it also has a small claims track. Good news, though, is that you don ...

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post image BREAKING NEWS: Interflora appeal allowed, initial interest dissed from

The trade mark infringement action brought by Interflora against Marks & Spencer for use of its INTERFLORA trade mark as a keyword has been a regular source of content and comment on this weblog.  
The original ...

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post image What is the recent Spanish IP reform all about copyright-wise? from

Elena MolinaA few days ago The IPKat reported that Spain has now adopted the final text of a law that will enter into force on 1 January 2015, and significantly reform its IP law ...

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Judge Sheridan Dismisses More Plaintiffs in Lipitor Antitrust Case from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Late last week, District Court Judge Peter Sheridan (D.N.J.) dismissed with prejudice the complaint for antitrust injury by the so-called "End Payor Class Purchasers" against the parties in previous ...

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Patent Reform 2015: Republican Agenda from

by Dennis Crouch The DC politics of patent law is somewhat confusing, but the divide on tort reform is clear and the pending patent reform in Congress is largely tort reform but with a focus ...

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What Is Happening At The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference? from

Consultant Richard Hill writes: There is lots going on at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, in particular a typical North/South clash regarding who should do what. The global South would like to see a greater ...

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Failure to Comply with Discovery Order Warrants Terminating Sanctions from

The court found defendants in contempt of the court's discovery order and entered default against them on plaintiff's infringement claims and determined that lesser sanctions would be ineffective. "Defendants’ submissions to this Court ...

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ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display from

The much belaboured takeover of the internet by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union again has not taken place. Instead, ITU member states gathered at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, this week rather ...

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Wednesday whimsies from

When trade marks overlap. "When Trademarks Overlap with Other IP Rights", this year's INTA winter conference in Munich, Germany, takes place on 8 and 9 December in the warm and cosy Westin Grand Munich ...

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Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition from

On 19 August 2014, Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante released a draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. This publication is a 1,200 page document that in many ...

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Court Publicly Reprimands Ed Reines, Recipient of Email from then-Chief Judge Rader from

In early June, 2014, the Federal Circuit in an unusual per curiam order ordered Ed Reines to show cause as to why he should not be sanctioned for forwarding an email sent to him by ...

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CAFC affirms PTAB on Reexamination No. 90/009,654 from

Note the per curium presidential affirmance on November 5, 2014: Appeal from the United States Patent and Trademark
Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board in Reexamination No. 90/009,654.

Previously, from April 2010:

This ...

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World Customs Organization Adds To Anti-Counterfeiting System from

The Brussels-based World Customs Organization has updated its online tool for field customs officers to communicate in real time with rights holders on counterfeiting of their brands. The WCO announced its partnership with another company ...

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Reines reprimanded in Rader "recognition" matter; CAFC issues public rebuke for misconduct in disseminating an email of praise from

From the decision

On June 5, 2014, we ordered that respondent show
cause as to why his actions associated with the email did
not warrant discipline by this court, inter alia, because
they violated Rule ...

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CAFC vacates CD Cal decision in Williamson v. Citrix from

Appellant Williamson got 2 CAFC judges to agree with his viewpoint, and
the decision of CD Cal was vacated in Williamson v. Citrix

Appellant Williamson won on the meaning of -- pictorial map --:

We agree with ...

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The First Ever IP Hackathon Took Place at Osgoode Hall Law School from

Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino, Founder and Director of the Intellectual Property Law & Technology Group (IP Osgoode) at Osgoode Hall Law School, stirred up the IP community yet again with her innovative and invigorating way of ...

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US: WIPO Plan To Negotiate Higher GI Protection Sets “Deeply Troubling Precedent” from

The United States is accustomed to having a strong say in multilateral negotiations, but in the case of a move by a small number of World Intellectual Property Organization members to negotiate to raise protection ...

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Is Someone Using Your Copyrighted Work? from

Determine if your work that has been copied is protected by copyright law.  Copyright law protects the expression of almost every creative expression imaginable, as long as it’s fixed and original....


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Lex Machina Looks at ANDA Cases from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Lex Machina, a commercial venture spinning out of the "quantitative statistics" trend in patent scholarship popularized by Mark Lemley, Kimberly Moore, David Schwartz, and others, has released a Report on ANDA ...

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