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post image Friday fantasies from

Mew-singsForthcoming events. There's plenty to choose from on the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page, but some events come to this Kat's notice so late that he doesn't have the chance to ...

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post image The Unitary EU Patent System: a new book from

The Unitary EU Patent System, edited by the dynamic and thoroughly scholarly pairing of Justine Pila and Christopher Wadlow, has just been published by Hart Publishing. According to the web-blurb:
The purpose of this book ...

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post image When the translation is the prior art: or is it? from

Translations have long engaged IP law and practice. In the 19th century, the fundamental issue focused on whether copyright extended protection to a translation. After an initial period of disagreement (U.S. law said “no ...

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post image 4Q GDP - 3rd estimate from

Not much new in the big picture to report from this mornings latest GDP revision. No revision to the annual growth rate for the 4th quarter of 2014 -- still at 2.2%. And the growth ...

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post image Fickleness of patent litigation turns on a single letter in claim from

Bottom line: The Federal Circuit construed the meaning of a phrase (i.e., a contact hole) which typically is construed to mean “one or more” to mean “two or more.” This case illustrates the fickleness ...

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post image A Message from Merpel from

Readers of this weblog will not fail to have noticed the quantity of blogposts on the legal, administrative and social issues that have turned the European Patent Office (EPO), once a byword for expertise, efficiency ...

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Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Exela Pharmsci Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit availed itself of another opportunity to demonstrate that the Supreme Court's recent decision in Teva v. Sandoz may be relevant in cases that are the exception rather ...

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Administrative Council offers ' formal recognition of the trade unions within the EPO's legal framework' from

My hopes for some progress resulting from this week's meeting of the Administrative Council (AC) of the European Patent Organisation (EPOrg), the multinational body that runs the European Patent Office (EPO), haven't been ...

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Troll situation worsening? from

Andrew Langer at TownHall on trolls


Clearly the situation is worsening. Trolls are targeting a variety of industries, with retailers, car companies and financial institutions among their favorite prey. About half of patent trolling victims ...

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Innovation Act commentary from

Margaret Hosteler on the Innovation Act:

On February 5, 2015, the House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), flanked by a bipartisan group of his peers, reintroduced his “Innovation Act” (H.R. 9). The bill ...

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Plagiarism not such a big deal anymore from

Plagiarism is not necessarily a career killer.  Laurence Tribe is still at Harvard.  Glenn Poshard is still at SIU.

More recently, from Politico:


In further evidence that plagiarism is no longer a career-ender, Jared Keller ...

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Use of Trade Show to Identify Potential Infringers Justifies Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction Over Patentee from

Following jurisdictional discovery, the court denied defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's declaratory relief action for lack of personal jurisdiction. "[Defendant's] receipt of service of the amended complaint while he was attending the ...

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IP Industry Issues Report On Intermediaries’ Role In Fighting IP Infringement In Supply Chain from

A leading business group has published a report that it says shows how intermediaries can help keep fake and pirated products out of the supply chain and off the internet. The International Chamber of Commerce ...

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Manila Principles On Intermediary Liability Offer Vision For Balance from

A new set of principles launched this week by a range of global non-governmental organisations attempts to set out guidelines for internet intermediaries’ liability for content of communications. The six principles, which are seeking endorsement ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Russ Slifer Sworn-In as USPTO Deputy Director and Patent Quality Initiatives from

Post by Jill Link


USPTO Director Michelle Lee nominated Russ Slifer as Deputy Director of the USPTO. Slifer previously served as the Regional Director for the Denver Satelite Office of the USPTO. He is a ...

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It is All About the Maize and the Bees as Osgoode Attends the Oxford International IP Moot from

On March 19th-21st, 2015, the 13th Annual Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot took place in Oxford, England. It is the largest student mooting IP competition in the world, attracting top IP talent from every corner ...

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Loser pays: disincentive for trolls? from

From an opinion piece by Stan Sorkin, president of the Connecticut Food Association :

Patent litigation reform legislation should also include a “fee shifting” provision. If a troll knows an adverse outcome will make him responsible ...

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Ford wins patent / trade secret case involving Eagle Harbor Holdings from

From Reuters:

DETROIT (Reuters) -- A jury has found that Ford Motor Co. did not infringe on four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the company in a $240 ...

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Comment on IEEE policy on standards patents from

CEO of Inerdigital comments on IEEE policy:


Here’s where patents come in. When an organization does something to improve the standard, they have to commit to negotiate licenses for any patents they have on ...

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IPO Webinar on IP5 Global Dossier from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "IP5 Global Dossier: A New Era in Global Patent Prosecution?" on April 2, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Don Levin of ...

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U.S. Biosimilars Conference from

American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding a conference on U.S. Biosimilars on April 21, 2015 in Munich, Germany. ACI faculty will offer presentations on the following topics: • Minimizing the Uncertainty Surrounding the Pathway ...

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