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post image Software Patent Apocalypse? from

The data coming out of the district courts and the USPTO make it fairly apparent that the “Software Patent Apocalypse” may be here, at least for the foreseeable future. This result has been widely predicted ...

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"Seeking Alpha" labels Abbvie a patent troll. Blocking patents. from

"Seeking Alpha" has a post on 12 November 2014 titled Gilead Sciences Gets Ambushed By The Patent Troll, AbbVie

For those not familiar with the history of Abbvie, the following is from wikipedia:

On October ...

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USPTO Provides Update on Status of Revised Myriad-Mayo Guidance from

By Donald Zuhn -- During a session of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Intellectual Property Counsels Committee (IPCC) fall conference, which took place this week in Nashville, TN, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provided ...

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Apologies: IPKat emails causing problems from

In the last 24 hours we have been told by several readers that posts received by email from the IPKat are causing problems when opened in Outlook: the program hangs for anything from several seconds ...

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African IP Body Steps Up Regional Effort To Adopt Plant Protection Protocol from

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), with the help of the United States and an international plant variety organisation, is working to grow regional support for a controversial draft law. The draft protocol would ...

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Mr Kohl and his ghostwriter... the Regional Court of Cologne decides from

According to German media reports, the Regional Court of Cologne yesterday handed down an interim injunction banning journalist Heribert Schwan (the ex-ghostwriter of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl) from including a list of alleged direct ...

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WIPO’s Assistance To Developing Countries: Taking Forward The Unfinished Reform Agenda from

At this week’s Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), WIPO Member States continue to debate next steps on the unprecedented 2011 External Review of WIPO’s assistance to developing countries. With a new ...

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Withdrawing Infringement Claims During Discovery and After Claim Construction Does Not Justify Attorneys’ Fee Award from

The court denied defendant's motion for attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 after plaintiff dropped three of six asserted patents before a jury trial. "[T]here is no basis to conclude that ...

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Ireland's proposed Knowledge Development Box from

The 2015 Budget speech by the Irish Minister for Finance mentioned that Ireland is taking steps to develop a "Knowledge Development Box" (KDB). Most people took this as meaning that it would be implemented in ...

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