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post image Monday miscellany from

Do you enjoy classifying patents? And are you tempted to offer some feedback. If so, from our reader Yegor Smurnyy comes the following message:
"I am a machine learning researcher and have created Patent Classifier ...

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

It's now exactly half a year since the IPKat instituted its weekly "Never too late" posts, kindly compiled by Katfriend Alberto Bellan in order to assist readers who were offline or on holiday during ...

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post image The SKYVolt's the limit, even if you forget the wind, sun and water ... from

You can't get blood from a stone, but you might get a bolt from a SKYVolt. Stone Electrical Ltd v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc is a decision of the Controller of the Irish ...

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post image Patent litigation and cost shifting in Europe: a new article from

"Patent litigation and cost shifting in Europe: critical appraisal and proposal of alternative solutions" by Filipe Fischmann (Research Fellow, Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), has today been published ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

January 8, 2015 - "Proving and Avoiding Inequitable Conduct in Patent Prosecution and Litigation -- Leveraging Court Treatment Post-Therasense and the AIA's Answer to Inequitable Conduct Issues" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST) January ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Par Pharmaceutical Inc. 1:14-cv-01494; filed December 18 2014 in ...

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"Significantly Less Memory” Requirement Does Not Transform Portable Device into a Special Purpose Computer from

The court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's electronic document distribution patents were invalid for lack of patentable subject matter because the claims were drawn to an abstract idea and not ...

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How long does patent and trademark prosecution take? (2014 edition) from

At the end of each fiscal year, the USPTO releases a Performance and Accountability Report, which is loaded with data about patent and trademark allowance rates, average pendency, and other details. The USPTO recently released ...

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The Interpretation-Construction Distinction in Patent Law from

By Jason Rantanen Last week, I wrote about my view that patent rights are malleable; that is, their scope and strength can be altered by the parties who interact with them after their issuance.  Malleability ...

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Treating government intangibles as investments from

As I've noted for a number of months when commenting on the GDP data (see most recent posting), the official statistics of the United States treats spending R&D; and on the creation of ...

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Comments on the “Real Name” Experiment from

By Jason Rantanen I’ve created this post so that folks can comment on the “real names only” rule that I’m applying in the Interpretation-Construction Distinction threads.  I’ll continue to delete posts under ...

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12 Patent Articles for the Holidays from

Looking for some patent-related reading for the 12 Days of Christmas (or other holidays)? Here are my tweets (or retweets) on 12 papers that caught my eye this fall. (Note that this list looks best ...

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Dietzen proposal in Forbes neither modest nor correct from

In Fixing What Ails The U.S. Patent System: A Modest Proposal [Forbes; Scott Dietzen], one finds the text

Back in 1789, when the first patent was granted, patent terms didn’t exceed 14 years ...

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