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post image Wednesday whimsies from

EPO and a Kat's reproach. A little over 24 hours ago, the IPKat's faithful friend and colleague Merpel posted the news that the UK's Intellectual  Property Office (IPO) had issued a statement ...

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post image "FAGE, Feta, Fontina": GIs come under scrutiny from

Last week this Kat attended "Geographical Indications: FAGE, Feta, Fontina, and the battle for world markets", this being a seminar organised by AIPPI UK and held in the cosy comfort of the London office of ...

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post image Failure! What failure? Things to do with patent filing figures from

Was it only yesterday that this Kat, in his Wednesday Whimsies, posted a link to the UK Intellectual Property Office's The Patent Guide A handbook for analysing and interpreting patent data, which states:
"At ...

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post image Half-Billion Dollar Verdict Against Apple from

Mansion-sized patent jury verdicts have been slow, but are not forgotten. Yesterday a jury awarded $500 million to the patent holder Smartflash LLC.  The jury also found that that the infringement was willful. The three ...

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post image Alice Flyover from

Alice Lesson #14: If possible, add an airplane to your claims. U.S. Patent No. 8,965,812 Evaluating commodity conditions using aerial image data Assignee: Archer Daniels Midland Co. Issued: February 24, 2015 1 ...

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post image Scents and sensibilities: how far can copyright stretch? from

Scents and sensibilities. Yesterday's joint BLACA-IPKat event on sensory copyright (on which see earlier Katpost here) was a great success. Arguing that copyright law was already capable of protecting original smells and tastes ...

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Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report ...

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FTC’s Power to Investigate Settlements from

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) monitors litigation settlements for their potentially anti-competitive results.  Most settlements are kept confidential by the parties, but certain settlements are automatically required to be submitted for review ...

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Case against WARF stem cell patents ends from

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

A nine-year legal challenge to human embryonic stem cell patents ended Tuesday, when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The decision means the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ...

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For Samsung charity begins at “home,” Marshall, Texas from

Samsung has had to defend itself from dozens of patent suits in the Eastern District of Texas, one of the most popular venues for patent plaintiffs.  At times it may feel to a defendant like ...

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New Secret Initiative To Improve Drug Access In Middle-Income Countries, Change Country Classification System from

This week a confidential high-level expert meeting was convened in Geneva to start work on a potential change in the country classification used by global health actors to remedy the growing problem of access to ...

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Google May Contributorily Infringe WiFi-Based Positioning Patent Despite Substantial Noninfringing Uses of Android OS from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that it did not contributorily infringe plaintiff's WiFi-based positioning patent and rejected its argument that the accused software had substantial noninfringing uses. "The parties’ dispute ...

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WTO Least-Developed Countries Request Waiver Of IP Rights On Pharma Products from

This week at the World Trade Organization intellectual property committee meeting, least-developed countries submitted a request to extend a waiver allowing them not to enforce intellectual property rights on pharmaceutical products. The countries have extended ...

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Tobacco Plain Packaging Discussion Flames Up Again At WTO from

The issue of plain packaging for tobacco products as a health measure has been smouldering at the World Trade Organization since Australia decided to implement legislation requiring plain packaging in 2012. Now, as more countries ...

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Appellant Biax wins reversal of 285 fee award at CAFC from

In Biax v. Invidia, the CAFC reversed a fee award given by D. Colorado:

We reverse the district court’s grant of fees under
§ 285 and affirm the district court’s denial of fees under ...

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Matrix Genetics asserts breakthrough with Spirulina genetic engineering from

From a press release


Spirulina are cultivated worldwide for use as a human and animal food supplement due to their high protein content. They are also a rich source of B vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidant ...

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Status of USPTO’s Withdrawn Abstract Idea Patents from

by Dennis Crouch In the Summer of 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the seminal case of Alice Corp v. CLS Bank that pushed further against the patenting of abstract ideas or their non-inventive ...

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