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post image Friday fantasies from

Refreshments are usually provided ...Forthcoming events. As ever, the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page remains at your disposal. Do please feel free to take a look at the selection of conferences, forums, seminars, lectures, happenings ...

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post image The Richemont ruling and beyond: dealing with counterfeit websites and the intermediaries that host them from

So busy, always something more to read ...When this Kat first spotted the very important ruling in Cartier International AG and Others v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and Others [2014] EWHC 3354 (Ch), [explanation: Cartier ...

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USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part III from

By Donald Zuhn -- In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in ...

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Are there ethical reasons for not "googling" your inventor client? from

How should the IP profession view the availability of online information? Taking patents as our focus, access to on-line public information would appear to be a central component of the patent system. After all, the ...

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WIPO Seminar Could Rekindle Discussions On Genetic Resources, TK from

After the failure to agree on work to be done by the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on genetic resources and traditional knowledge at the last general assembly, and a barren calendar of meetings on ...

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Neuchâtel Event Looks At Swiss Innovation, Competitiveness from

NEUCHATEL - Switzerland is among the best students of global innovation. It continues to score at the top of global indexes and reports on innovation and competitiveness. At a seminar last week at the University of ...

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PTAB’s Grant of IPR No Basis to Reconsider Court’s Preliminary Injunction from

The court denied defendants' motion to reconsider an earlier order granting plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction based on the PTAB's subsequent grant of inter partes review. "Defendants acknowledged the precise prior art ...

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Academic IP Conferences from

Aspiring IP scholars sometimes ask me what conferences they should attend, so here is a quick overview of some of the many options. Obviously, no one can (or should) go to all of these—young ...

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Cisco Argues that the Inducement Mens Rea Should Focus on Knowledge of Wrongdoing Rather than Merely Infringement from

by Dennis Crouch In the pending appeal of Commil v. Cisco, the Supreme Court is further honing-in on the knowledge aspect of induced infringement.  In particular, the court is addressing whether a defendant’s reasonable ...

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Lemley on licensing from

The abstract of the recent Feldman/Lemley paper on licensing states:

A commonly offered justification for patent trolls or non-practicing entities (NPEs) is that they serve as a middleman facilitating innovation, bringing new technology from ...

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Gevo/Butamax post Teva/Sandoz from

A January 2015 post at biofuelsdigest contained the text:


On April 11, 2013, the Delaware District Court (District Court) entered a final judgment of non-infringement in Gevo’s favor following the acknowledgment by Butamax Advanced ...

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Lexology comments on innovation Act from

From Lexology:


Heightened Pleading Requirements:

The proposed Innovation Act also requires plaintiffs to disclose significantly more information in its initial pleadings than previously required. Patent-plaintiffs would be required to explain why they are suing a ...

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IP trade and the 2015 Economic Report of the President from

The 2015 Economic Report of the President came out earlier this week. While it contains a number of statistics and policy proposals (see summary), I want to highlight just one small section on intellectual property ...

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Former PA Senator Santorum blasts "Innovation Act" from

The piece concludes

In the innovation sector, however, I am stunned that some conservatives on Capitol Hill that I greatly respect are supporting legislation that would undermine our Constitution and harm American innovation in the ...

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Cloned, Cloned Horses, We’ll Ride Them Today (With Profuse Apologies to the Rolling Stones) from

The American Quarter Horse is a breed that excels at sprinting over short distances—Quarter Horse races may range from 220 to 870 yards. It is the most popular breed in the United States, and ...

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Global Biotech IP Update from

Maschio & Soames will be offering a Global Biotech IP Update webinar on "Patent Eligibility Requirements in Life Sciences" on March 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm CST (Chicago), and Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00 ...

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ACI Conference on Post-Grant PTO Proceedings from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding a conference on Post-Grant PTO Proceedings on March 25-26, 2015 in New York, NY. ACI faculty will help attendees: • Evaluate and audit existing patent portfolios to identify patents ...

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Webinar on Drafting and Prosecuting Patent Applications to Withstand PTAB Scrutiny from

Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Drafting and Prosecuting Patent Applications to Withstand PTAB Scrutiny -- Building Reasonable Claim Construction to Avoid Unpatentability and Using Declarations to Survive Post Grant Proceedings" on March 5 ...

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