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post image Swedes consider the "penal value" of a trade mark infringement from

"Supreme Court sets high threshold for imposing imprisonment in infringement cases", a note by Tom Kronhöffer and Miriam Röstberg Omari (von lode advokat ab, Stockholm) and posted on World Trademark Review earlier this month, raises ...

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post image The Naked Truth: use of BARELY THERE wasn't even barely there from

HBI's Barely There: this bra
is apparently invisible, which
says much for the power
of imagination ...
"Dunnes rebuked for providing 'weak' excuses in revocation action" is the title of a World Trademark Review post ...

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post image "Art is pleasure, invention is treasure, and this nation has got to recognise that": congratulations, Trevor from

The Guardian has just (15 minutes ago) posted this year's British New Years Honours List. A swift scan reveals at least one IP personality: it's none other than Trevor Graham Baylis, already a ...

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The Uncomfortable Intersection between the Practice of Medicine and Reality from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The disconnect between patents and medicine (and more particularly, between physicians who prescribe patented drugs and the pharmaceutical companies who produce them) was illustrated nicely in a recent dustup between doctors ...

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LiveScience takes on Dr. Oz and publications in obscure journals from

LiveScience on Dr. Oz report on coffee beans:

Oz himself has been mum about the incident. According to an article in the Washington Post on Oct. 22, 2014, "Oz's Web site has been entirely ...

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Patents on pot? from

See post in Denver Post on pot:


No one is stealing from Holmes, a self-taught scientist, engineer, farmer and cannabis seed geek who next month will take a rare step to apply for a patent ...

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Guest Post by Camilla Hrdy on The Interpretation-Construction Distinction in Patent Law from

Camilla Hrdy is the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project.  Below, she comments on The Interpretation-Construction ...

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Absent Specific Reason, Claim Construction Not Necessary to § 101 Analysis from

The court granted in part defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' infringement claims for lack of patentable subject matter and rejected plaintiffs' argument that the motion was premature because claim construction had not occurred. "Plaintiffs ...

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Federal Circuit to Review Defense of Laches in Patent Law from

By Jason Rantanen This morning, the Federal Circuit issued an Order granting en banc review in SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC.  (Dennis’s  commentary on SCA here: ...

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There is no “I” in Federal Cyrcut from

It is not uncommon to hear advocates refer to a particular judge’s holding.  Advocates are particularly fond of doing this when they refer to an opinion that Judge Rich or a present panel member ...

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