Patent & IP news for April 3, 2015

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post image March employment in tangible and intangible industries from

Today's job numbers from BLS are only somewhat ok. Employment is up by 126,000 in March with the unemployment rate staying a 5.5%. Economists had expected an increase of 245,000 jobs ...

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Forthcoming events.  As usual, the IPKat's list of forthcoming events is brimming over with good things to attend, special offers for readers etc. Please check it out.  You might also want to take a ...

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post image The Lincoln Continental (for you millennials, it was once a car) makes a Chinese comback from

General Douglas Macarthur famously said, “old Soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Whether or not this is true about soldiers, it seems not to be the case with at least some iconic automobile brands ...

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post image Belgians challenge national ratification of UPCA from

PatLit has learned from an informed source that in Belgium the ratification statute for the Unified Paten Court Agreement seems to have been challenged in that country's Constitutional Court. This information can be found ...

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Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) from

By Andrew Williams -- Can a Federal district court ever have subject-matter jurisdiction to hear a declaratory judgment action of non-infringement for a disclaimed patent? Of course, the Federal Circuit explained this week in the Apotex ...

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BREAKING: Copyright, links to leaks, celebrity pics and free speech as CJEU to get a dekko at Dekker from

Distinguished and genuine IP enthusiast Tobias Cohen Jehoram (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV, Amsterdam), has brightened our day with some breaking news from his lovely land. It reads like this:
"In this case (in which ...

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Congratulations Herbert Wamsley from

Herb Wamsley has been a mainstay and leader of the patent law bar for many decades — including 32 years leading Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)  and previously as chief of staff to the Patent & Trademark ...

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Hedge fund guy Bass challenges Shire drug patents from

The AIA allows people who don't produce anything to challenge the patents of patent owners who do produce something, an interesting inversion of the troll story wherein patent owners who produce nothing sue entities ...

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Writer on plagiarism copied without attribution from

The New York Post and NPR, among others, comment on the ironic situation of a paper on plagiarism being retracted because the paper itself copied without attribution. Here, the author is Shamim and the paper ...

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Damages Expert’s Testimony Excluded for Failure to Apportion the Value of Hardware Components Necessary to Practice Patented Invention from

The court granted defendants' motion in limine to exclude the testimony of plaintiff's damages expert regarding apportionment. "[Plaintiff's expert] determined what hardware components of the accused products were necessary to practice the patent ...

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William Watkins confused on Innovation Act from

William J. Watkins, Jr. in an article Conservatives wrong to oppose patent reform spends much time demonizing patent trolls:

Our 21st-century economy depends on innovation, which patents were supposed to encourage. But trolls obtain patents ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Likelihood of confusion at USPTO may be preclusive in litigation from

Post by Dan Lorentzen

Although trademarks exist outside of the federal trademark system set out in title 15 of the U.S. Code (the Lanham Act), federal trademark law provides a number of benefits to ...

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Oral argument in Marvel suggests Brulotte will survive from

Ronald Mann's discussion of oral argument in Marvel suggest bad news for arguments made by
Legal "economists"


Melnik repeatedly offered the only answer he had, the consensus of informed economic analysts that the rule ...

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Program on Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law from

The John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law will be holding its 7th Annual Program on Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law on April 24, 2015 in Chicago, IL ...

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IPO Webinar on Issue Preclusion from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Issue Preclusion: Impact of B&B; Hardware v. Hargis on Patent Law" on April 9, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Erika ...

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Webinar on Key Trade Secret Developments from

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will be offering a live webinar on "Key Trade Secret Developments in 2015" on April 23, 2015 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT). In this presentation, Patent ...

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