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post image The IPKat and his friends: a round-up of some IP weblog news from

New and recent readers of this weblog may not know it yet, but every three months or thereabouts, the IPKat and Merpel give an update of the goings-on both on this weblog and on other ...

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post image Parallel proceedings in the UK courts and the EPO: a new article from

"Parallel patent proceedings between the European Patent Office and UK courts" is the title of a recent article by Paul England (Taylor Wessing) in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2015). The print version ...

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post image Congratulations! (wink, wink) You're our 9,000,000th customer! (wink, wink) from

Patent No. 9,000,000 issued today. It’s a pretty cool invention on a system for replenishing your car's washer fluid. And it’s actually being developed and marketed (the company says it ...

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Gues Post: Microorganisms, Funk Brothers, Chakrabarty and TRIPS from

By Paul Cole[1] Both U.S. practitioners and their European colleagues will be concerned about a dictum in In re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), 750 F.3d 1333, 1338-39 (Fed. Cir. 2014) that any existing ...

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Patent Number Nine Million. from

Check out Patent Number 9,000,000 issued on April 7, 2015.  Although the first U.S. utility patents were issued in 1790, the current numbering system did not begin until 1836. An additional 9 ...

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Congress Reintroduces Innovation Act in Hopes to Curb Frivolous Patent Litigation from

Recently, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte reintroduced a patent reform bill, known as the Innovation Act of 2015 (H.R. 9) (“The Act”). This reintroduced bipartisan bill is substantially similar to its predecessor, Innovation ...

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New Damages Trial on $131 Million Verdict Required by Post-Trial Finding of Indefiniteness as to Three of Four Asserted Claims from

The court granted defendant's motion for a new trial as to damages only after the court found that certain claims of plaintiff's cochlea stimulation patents were invalid as indefinite. "[T]he jury awarded ...

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Patent Examiners with Three Arms Tied Behind Their Backs from

In Patent Asymmetries (forthcoming UC Davis L. Rev.), Sean Seymore (Vanderbilt) explores some of the hurdles patent examiners face when considering patent applications:

Everyone knows that it is far too easy to get a (bad ...

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Thought for the day from

Whether you are a patent prosecutor trying to overcome a tough rejection or a patent litigator trying to argue that a problem was readily solved, I think you’ll relate to the quote: “No problem ...

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Federal Circuit OK’s Award of 50% of Gross Margin from

Astrazeneca v. Apotex (Fed. Cir. 2015) Omeprazole (Prilosec) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat stomach acid issues.  In a prior portion of this case, the Federal Circuit affirmed that Apotex’s generic ...

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US Patent 8,999,682 jointly to Danisco and Kuehnle Agrosystems titled: Manipulation of genes of the mevalonate and isoprenoid pathways to create novel traits in transgenic organisms from

The first claim of US 8,999,682 :

A transformed cell having increased isoprenoid production as compared to a non-transformed cell, said cell comprising one or more isolated polynucleotides which together encode the enzymes of ...

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US Patent 9,000,000 for a vehicular windshield washer fluid replenishing system from

    WiperFill Holdings of Jupiter, Florida had the distinction of receiving US Patent 9,000,000.     

The first claim is lengthy:

A vehicular windshield washer fluid replenishing system for conditioning and treating rainwater for use in ...

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Duke University CRISPR work: method to precisely control when genes are turned on and active. from

In a press release titled --Pulling the strings of our genetic puppetmasters --, there is discussion of the Duke University paper

"Epigenome editing by a CRISPR-Cas9-based acetyltransferase activates genes from promoters and enhancers," Isaac B Hilton ...

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New aluminum battery from Stanford University from

Workers at the Chemistry Department at Stanford University published a paper on an aluminum-based battery: "An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery," in the April 6 advance online edition of the journal Nature. The cathode to the ...

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The CAFC discusses damages, Brulotte in AstraZeneca v. Apotex from

Damages were at issue in this installment of the CAFC review of the omeprazole litigation:

Apotex Corp., Apotex Inc., and TorPharm Inc., (collectively,
“Apotex”) appeal from a final judgment entered
against them by the United ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: New Decision on Plant Patentability at the EPO from

Post by Dan Lorentzen

A recent decision has resulted in a change in European patent law that should make it easier to obtain patent protection for certain types of plants or plant products.  Under European ...

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Problem with text on Angelou stamp? from

An interesting issue on copying with improper attribution arises with the Angelou stamp.

From nbcnews:

The stamp includes a quote by Angelou that says, "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it ...

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