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Porcine Breed Diversity in China from

It seems that Orwell was right: all pigs are equal, but some are more equal than others. By Kevin E. Noonan -- The question of how diverse different breeds of domesticated animals may be has begun ...

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Correa on patent fuzziness from

From IPS News service:


In this column*, Carlos Correa, the South Centre's special adviser on trade and intellectual property issues, argues that the rights conferred by patents are based on partial and often imperfect ...

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Failure to Raise Owner’s Manual in IPR Does Not Estop Defendant From Asserting Physical Machine as Invalidating Prior Art from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to strike defendants' preliminary invalidity contentions as to seven references that were not cited in defendant's petition for inter partes review. "Plaintiff contends that Defendants raised or reasonably ...

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WHO Board Recommends Extension Of Plan For Health Innovation, IP from

The World Health Organization Executive Board this week recommended the extension of an important strategy and plan of action on health, IP and innovation. It also set out steps to resolve questions over evaluation and ...

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In re Papst Licensing: Federal Circuit Speaks on Claim Construction from

By Jason Rantanen In re Papst Licensing Digital Camera Patent Litigation (Fed. Cir. 2015) (Download In re Papst) Panel: Taranto (author), Schall, Chen In its first precedential opinion addressing claim construction after Teva v. Sandoz ...

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Federal government budget and intangibles: FY2016 from

As readers of this blog may remember, over the years I have done a rough analysis of how much the federal government invests in intangible assets -- see a couple of previous posting and my 2013 ...

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Laura Smith-Hewitt from

Following the posting of Merpel's "Life as a patent examiner according to the EPO - paid-for article in the New Scientist", here, a number of comments were posted to the effect that the subject of ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: USPTO Issues Examples of Abstract Ideas and Claim Eligibility from

Post by Luke T. Mohrhauser



A threshold requirement for obtaining a patent is that the subject matter must meet eligibility requirements. Recent changes from the Supreme Court have impacted the types of patent eligible inventions ...

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Zymomonas to make ethanol biofuel using N2 gas as nitrogen nutrient source ? from

As to a study published in PNAS that Zymomonas can fix nitrogen gas from the atmosphere, Jenny Rood writes in The Scientist

The results suggest that elemental nitrogen could one day replace the traditional industrially ...

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Questions About Funding, Text Of Tufts Study On Drug Costs from

The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment has sent a letter to the author of a much-noted Tufts University (US) study that found high development costs for medicines, with copies to the university administration. The letter ...

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US Patent No. 8,944,395 to "Apple Electric" from

The first claim of US 8,944,395 states

A golf car for use by a user, the golf car comprising:

a display device for displaying at least play-related information on a display screen thereof ...

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New Synechococcus elongatus UTEX 2973 similar to, but not equal to PCC 7942 from

From a story
Cyanobacterium found in algae collection holds promise for biotech applications

To characterize the new strain, Washington University sequenced its genome. To the scientists' surprise, the new strain turned out to be remarkably ...

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Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update from

Several new green patent complaints were filed in late 2014 (late October, November, and December) in the areas of environmental remediation, LEDs, green dry cleaning solvents, and smart grid.   Environmental Remediation Peroxychem LLC v. Innovative ...

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PTAB improper reference restriction election species from

Takeaway: In appealing an obviousness rejection, the Applicant attacked the availability of a reference on the grounds that this contradicted an Election of Species requirement. More specifically, the Applicant argued that since the Applicant chose ...

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IP Osgoode Speaks Series Video: The Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein from

IP Osgoode would like to thank everyone who attended The Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein’s lecture regarding intellectual property related cases and their impacts on November 24, 2014 at Osgoode Hall Law School. The ...

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