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post image It's not over till the Pink Lady sues: crunch time for apple appeal and application from

When it comes to IP litigation in Europe, courts are becoming increasingly user-friendly. As national courts in different jurisdictions vie with one another to attract forum-shoppers, and as computerisation of files and pre-trial case management ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

March 30-31, 2015 - Post-Grant Patent Challenges at the PTAB*** (Momentum) - San Jose, CA March 31, 2015 - "Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections Post-Alice Corp. -- Leveraging USPTO Guidance and Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al. v. Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. 1:15-cv-11294; filed March 26, 2015 ...

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Litigation with friends: a Scramble for Scrabble in the Court of Appeal from

It occasionally happens that an important case comes along for which there isn't an available Kat to write a blog-post. Conflicts of interest can take their toll. So it was here, that last week ...

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Supplier of Essential Medicines Supports TRIPS Waiver For Least-Developed Countries from

The IDA Foundation, a worldwide supplier of essential medicines to low-and medium income countries, has backed up the request by least-developed countries to extend a waiver that allows them to forfeit the obligations to protect ...

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Onward march to Nagoya - UK and EU draft implementing regulations from

The Nagoya Protocol entered into effect for the EU on 12 October 2014 (see IPKat post here).  On that day, the "Regulation No 511/2014 on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on ...

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No Reduction of Attorney Fees for Unnecessary “Frontloaded” Work from

The court granted in part defendant's motion for attorneys' fees under its inherent power because plaintiff's litigation was in bad faith and rejected plaintiff's argument that defense counsel frontloaded their work. "Defendant ...

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Pto delay petition make special age from

PTO takes 7 years to process Petition to Make Special for Age

Takeaway: The PTO took seven years to process a Petition to Make Special Based on Age. The Petition Decision indicated that "the delay ...

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After Swift Shakes it Off with Spotify, US Copyright Office Promises to Shake it Up from

The US Copyright Office has published a report that, at the very least, promises to reopen the debate surrounding rights of remuneration for performers and makers of sound recordings. This followed huge publicity generated in ...

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CBC v SODRAC Episode III: Oral Arguments Heard at the SCC from

On March 16th, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) heard oral arguments in CBC v SODRAC . The SCC granted leave to appeal from the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision back in September, which originally ...

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Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week from

Here's the 39th Never Too Late compilation of short notes on all those Katposts that you might have missed last week.  Once again this list has been masterminded by our dear friend and colleague ...

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America's Start-Up Slump: What the $X&?! Is Going On from

Guest posting by Erik R. Pages, President, EntreWorks Consulting, America’s start-up engine is ailing.   As the chart below (from a recent Brookings Institution analysis shows, start-up rates in America are declining ...

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David Wawrzynski accuses H. J. Heinz of taking his idea from

There is a disagreement in Pittsburgh between Heinz and an idea-pitcher, which underscores the need for a company to document interactions with third parties presenting ideas to the company.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Attorneys for ...

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Revision of PTAB Policies from

USPTO Director Michelle Lee is in the process of making a series of changes to the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB).  In her comments, Director Lee begins with he wry humor: “In recent appearances … I ...

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USPTO Director Announces "Quick-Fix" and Anticipated Changes to PTAB Practice from

By Grantland Drutchas and Andrew Williams -- On Friday, March 27, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee issued a statement on the PTO Blog indicating several "quick-fix" and proposed rule changes. The "quick-fix ...

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