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More indications this morning that the economy is getting better. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the economy gained 252,000 jobs in December with the unemployment rate dropping to 5.6%. This was ...

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Tufty and the tale of the "poisonous provisionals".  It is always with a mixture of pleasure and excitement that this Kat clicks through to the weblog of his friend, blogging colleague and emeritus IPKat team ...

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Forthcoming events.  Several new events have been added to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events list this week -- do take a peep.  They aren't all in London, or even in England. The list is updated ...

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post image Promega v. Life Tech, pt. 2: Inducement of One’s Own Self from

By Jason Rantanen Promega Corp. v. Life Tech. Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2014) Download Promega v. Life Tech Panel: Prost (dissenting-in-part), Mayer, Chen (author) Before the holidays, I wrote about the enablement issue in this case ...

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PTAB Update -- The Board Grants Its Second Motion to Amend (At Least in Part) from

By Andrew Williams -- For only the second time, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board ("PTAB" or "Board") granted a motion to amend claims. However, even though these two current motions were only granted-in-part, the fact ...

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China's patent targets for 2020: what does it say about China and the rest of us? from

The national perspective of patents, technology and innovation has been on the IPKat radar recently. Two weeks ago, this Kat reported on the apparent policy in China to engage in a form of import substitution ...

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Assignor Estoppel Defense No Basis For Denying Stay Pending IPR from

The court granted defendant's motion to stay pending its petition for inter partes review and rejected plaintiff's assignor estoppel argument. "[Plaintiff] argues that it will be tactically disadvantaged by a stay because it ...

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Fight Against Ebola Gaining Ground As Vaccines Pass Tests, WHO Says from

The World Health Organization today optimistically announced progress in the search for efficient vaccines to fight the Ebola virus. Tests conducted so far show acceptable safety profiles, and public-private vaccine alliance Gavi has committed to ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Are Trademarks for Beer Names Becoming a Commodity? from

Post by Alex Christian


While typically we think of finite resources such as oil and coal as commodities, it could be that the next big commodities are names for craft beers and breweries.  According to ...

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