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post image Friday fantasies from

Forthcoming events.  This Kat has recently added several new events to this blog's Forthcoming Events List, which you can check out for yourself. Some are completely free; others are free for some categories of ...

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post image "Oh-oh! It's the EPO": More Munich mewsings from Merpel from

Munich, host to the European Patent Office's main centre of operations, has been abuzz with speculation and intrigue this week, these being features of any organisation that does not enjoy the benefit of transparent ...

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post image Blurred Lines: sound-alike litigation in the music industry from

Robin Thicke’s hit, Blurred Lines, has caused controversy not only for its lyrics, but also for its musical provenance after Marvin Gaye’s children alleged that Blurred Lines infringed copyright in Marvin Gaye’s ...

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post image Clash of Bread Cultures from

Bread and beer are reported to have been the main foodstuff in medieval France and Germany but the crafts have developed in completely different directions.

German beer is governed by the German purity law of ...

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post image Beware of Digital Signature Folders from

In the good old times, patent attorneys used to work by messing up the file, scribbling amendments into documents, dictate submissions to the offices and then letting their secretaries do the clean up and prepare ...

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University of Chicago sues 10X Genomics for patent infringement from

GenomeWeb reports RainDance Technologies and the University of Chicago are suing 10X Genomics for patent infringement.In the lawsuit filed today in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, the plaintiffs accuse 10X ...

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Patent Exhaustion: Licensing Handset Manufacturers Did not Exhaust Patent as to Downstream Content Providers from

by Dennis Crouch A patent holder has exclusive rights in the patented invention and a cause of action against “whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell, or sells” the invention. 35 U.S.C ...

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The Role Of Social Media In M&A Transactions from

Despite the ever-increasing use of social media by businesses, social media assets are often overlooked in merger and acquisition (M&A;) transactions. When addressing a company’s assets in a purchase agreement, social media assets ...

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J&J. Issues press release about "final rejection" in re-exam of Remicade patent from

The press release states:

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson & JohnsonJNJ, +0.31% today announced receipt of a further action from the Patent and Trademark Office regarding the re-examination of U ...

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Internet Based Affiliate Pooling Patent Invalid Under Alice from

The court granted defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings that plaintiff's Internet based affiliate pooling patent was invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found the patent lacked an inventive concept. "[T ...

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Law Update: Changes to Design Law coming May 13, 2015 from

In 2012, the US enacted the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act designed to enact national laws sufficient to allow the US to become a member of the Hague Agreement for the registration of industrial designs ...

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Webinar: Update on UK's efforts to use IP for financing from

A little over a year ago, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) issued a report on Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance (see earlier posting). And ...

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Geneva Climate Change Talks Conclude With Formal Negotiating Text from

Following seven days of negotiations, 194 nations convened in Geneva agreed the negotiating text that is the basis for the accord they hope to reach in Paris at the end of 2015, to come into ...

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Forbes piece by Richard Epstein trashes Goodlatte's Innovation Act concerning patent reform from

Patent Law Gone Awry: How Bob Goodlatte's Bill Combines Useless Rigidity With Dangerous Discretion 

Richard Epstein observes

The bipartisan support for the legislation regrettably offers no evidence of the bill’s soundness.  It ...

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Webinar on Abstract Ideas after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l from

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will be offering a live webinar on "Abstract Ideas after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l: The USPTO Issues Interim Guidance and Examples" on March 19, 2015 from 10 ...

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European Biotech Patent Law Webinar from

D Young & Co will be offering its next European biotech patent law update on February 25, 2015. The 45-minute webinar will be offered at three times: 3:00 am, 6:00 am, and 11:00 ...

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ACI FDA Boot Camp from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding the next session of its FDA Boot Camp conference on March 10-11, 2015 in New York, NY. ACI faculty will help attendees: • Master the basics of the application ...

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John Marshall Law School 59th Annual IP Law Conference from

The John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property Law will be holding its 59th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference on February 27, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The conference will consist of the following sessions ...

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Webinar on Patent Indemnification Provisions from

Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Structuring Patent Indemnification Provisions After the AIA -- Allocating Infringement Risk While Accounting for AIA Changes to PTAB Estoppel and Statutory Bar Requirements" on February 19, 2015 from ...

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MIT sues Apple over US 6,057,221 from

The first two claims of 6,057,221 to MIT and UMaryland:


1. A method for cutting a link between interconnected circuits comprising the following steps:

directing a laser upon an electrically-conductive cut-link pad conductively ...

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