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post image Throwback Thursday: 1993 Patent Application Pendency from

  The chart above comes from the USPTO’s 1993 annual report.  Back then, applications received a first action on the merits within eight months of filing and appplications issued/abandoned in under 20 months (on ...

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post image Second Circuit Hears Argument in Authors Guild v.Google Fair Use Case from

A three-judge panel from the Second Circuit, composed of Judges Leval, Cabranes, and Parker, heard arguments from both parties last Wednesday in the Authors Guild, et al.v. Google, Inc. case, docket number 13-4829-cv.
Since ...

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post image BREAKING: AG Cruz Villalón says the distribution right includes right to prevent offer for sale of a work from

At last! After a couple of months, this morning Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón returned to the copyright scene with his Opinion in Case C-516/13 Dimensione Direct Sales and Labianca.

Sadly, so far the ...

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post image Is house of mirrors a bad reflection on a famous artist? Post-mortem moral rights in Poland from

This post is kindly brought to you by Katfriend and enthusiastic young lawyer Ewa Laskowska, who has been inspired to write this piece by her interest in a curious episode in the ongoing saga of ...

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Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- That it is more difficult today to be a patentee able to defend her patent rights than any time since the 1940's is nicely illustrated by the Federal Circuit's ...

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Remembering Ville Oksanen from

From EDRi: Ville Oksanen, Vice President and a founding member of Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi), passed away on Sunday 23 November 2014 in Helsinki from a sudden illness. He was 37 years old.

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Evidence of Plaintiff’s Attempt to Retain Defendant’s Damages Expert Precluded from

The court granted plaintiff's motion in limine to preclude any reference to plaintiff's attempt to retain defendant's expert. "Unbeknownst to [plaintiff], Defendants retained . . . [their] expert to evaluate and analyze damages relating to ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Shifting Pre-Trial Strategy in the Wake of Alice and Ultramercial from

Post by Paul S. Mazzola


Four recent Supreme Court cases involving patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (Bilski v. Kappos, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., Ass'n for Molecular ...

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Ericsson v D-Link: Standards, Patents, and Damages from

By Jason Rantanen Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) Download Ericsson v D-Link Panel: O’Malley (author), Taranto (dissenting-in-part), Hughes Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are an integral part of the modern technological ...

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Lacking A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi – Federal Circuit Finally Holds Ultramercial’s Patent Does Not Cover Patent Eligible Material from

On November 12, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Ultramercial, LLC’s patent covering an eleven step process of watching a commercial as a condition of accessing free ...

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Too big to what?? from

You have heard about banks that are "too big to fail."  Well, we are about to find out if some law firms are too big to make mistakes.

At least that is what Sidley & Austin ...

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