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By Jason Rantanen One of the main pieces of empirical data being drawn upon by folks arguing for and against various patent law reform proposals is the rate of new patent lawsuit filings.  As the ...

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STRONG Patents Act of 2015 -- An Alternative Patent Reform Bill from

By Andrew Williams -- Yesterday, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the "Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015." What is ...

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EFF opposes Coons' STRONG patent reform bill from

Needless to say, EFF opposes the Coons bill, noting among other things:


First, it imposes standing requirements that would bar groups like EFF from challenging bad patents in the public interest. The bill states that ...

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More on the Minnesota plagiarism matter from

In discussing the plagiarism issue as to two college presidents in Minnesota, Maura Lerner has text

The problem arises, says Anderson, when the wording is too close to the original. “You not only need to ...

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Dispute over a patent deal in Dallas from

An article in the Dallas Business Journal includes the text:

Dallas inventor Andrew Silver is suing Dallas-based TableTop Media LLC, doing business as Ziosk, for more than $3.5 million, claiming that the technology company ...

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At WIPO, Experts Look At Challenges, Solutions For Successful Technology Transfer from

Low levels of research and development in developing countries, human capital deficit and construction of balanced intellectual property systems were at the centre of discussions at the recent Expert Forum on Technology Transfer at the ...

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Customized Proposal Preparation Patent Invalid Under Alice from

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's claims for infringement of its proposal preparation patents because the asserted patents lacked patentable subject matter. "[T]he asserted claims are directed to the abstract ...

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Rohrabacher to Congress: “Don’t let the ‘Innovation Act’ be a part of our legacy” from

Not everyone agrees that another round of patent reform is necessary at this time. Doubters believe that the Innovation Act, H.R. 9 in its current form, will not improve the United States patent system ...

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Michelle Lee to be confirmed by Senate from

TheHill predicts an easy confirmation vote for Michelle Lee in the US Senate. The post noted:

Lee, a former Google executive who has been leading the Patent Office on an acting basis since early 2014 ...

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Need for consistent message on biofuel support from

Biomass Magazine quotes the head of POET:

--Jeff Lautt, CEO of Poet LLC, spoke about the synergies between first generation ethanol production and cellulosic development. He noted Poet’s cellulosic joint venture with Royal DSM ...

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Guest Counterpoint: Patent Exhaustion and Helferich’s Assertion Problem from

Guest Post by Professor Amelia Smith Rinehart (University of Utah) Recently, the Federal Circuit held that the New York Times and others infringed patents claiming methods and systems for delivering content to smartphones.[1] In ...

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A landmark decision from the CJEU on private copying levies? Case C-463/12 Copydan Båndkopi from

This morning the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-463/12 Copydan Båndkopi, a reference for a preliminary ruling from Denmark, seeking clarification on key questions relating to ...

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Faculty of Science 5Oth Anniversary Event Explores STEM Careers from

As part of a full year of events marking its 50th anniversary, the Faculty of Science at York University is hosting Celebrating #WomenInSTEM, on Saturday, March 7 from 10am onward in the main floor of ...

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More on Valuing the Public Domain from

Michael Risch previously posted on the study by Paul Heald, Kris Erickson, and Martin Kretschmer on the value of public domain photographs on Wikipedia. Those authors, along with Fabian Homberg and Dinusha Mendis, have posted ...

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Breakdown in management-staff relations at the European Patent Office from

Merpel has received a very sad communication from the European Patent Office (EPO)  Described as "Open Letter from the representatives of the management during the GCC on 27.02.2015" it appears to describe a ...

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Not yet finito for Finita: plant varieties reference races through the CJEU from

With so much else going on today, it seems almost a pity to let everyone know that the tangled world of plant variety protection was stirred to its roots by the publication of the Opinion ...

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USPTO drops the SAWS program ? from

Yahoo News reported on March 3:


In a post on the USPTO’s website, the organization acknowledged that the program in question, named the Sensitive Application Warning System (SAWS), was outdated and unhelpful.“Upon careful ...

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Annual USTR Notorious Markets Report Points Fingers, Includes Domain Registrars For First Time from

The fifth annual Office of the United States Trade Representative review of “notorious” intellectual property infringing markets has been released, pointing out the world’s biggest problem commercial-scale markets. And for the first time, the ...

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Marshall feature enforcing US 6,886,750 from

• Marshall Feature Recognition LLC v Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc. Case No. 2:14-cv-00253-JRG-RSPPlaintiff Marshall Feature Recognition is a Texas limited liability company with a place of business in Marshall.The defendant is accused ...

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