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post image Demonstrations at EPO continue: SUEPO organises protest from

The IPKat welcomed the news from the meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO), following its meeting in March, that members of the Administrative Council and the President of the EPO ...

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post image FDA Law: You’re Invited . . . To a Dance Party! Will You Dance the Amgen Waltz, or the Sandoz Shuffle? from

Guest Post By Kurt R. Karst.  Mr. Karst runs the excellent FDA Law Blog and is also a director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara. The following was originally published on the FDA Law Blog.   As you ...

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post image Disclosure of commercial licences: a new strategy for dealing with non-practising entities? from

From Ian Wood (Charles Russell Speechlys LLP) comes a hot-off-the-press judgment which, Ian suggests, may be a new weapon to use against patent trolls.  Ian explains:
In what the judge, Arnold J, himself characterises as ...

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post image No cats are skinned, but publisher is "Berned" for Chesterton infringement from

"If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions. He must either deny the ...

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Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit considered the question of indefiniteness on remand from the Supreme Court's reversal in Nautilus v. Biosig and, perhaps not surprisingly, found again that the Biosig's claims ...

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Seminar Discusses Global Value Chains And Development from

Participation in global value chains contributes to economic growth, while trade and trade-related policies, such as foreign direct investment, intellectual property protection, trade facilitation, infrastructure and institutions, together with deeper regional integration have important impacts ...

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Google wants to Buy Your Patents from

From May 8, 2015 until May 22, 2015, Google will be operating its “patent purchase promotion” with a “streamlined portal” for patent owners to sell their patents to the multi-billion-dollar company. You set the firm ...

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Positive Note For WIPO Committee On IP And Development, Some Issues Remain from

At the close of the session of the World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) last week, delegates left on a positive note. Despite not achieving concrete results on several issues ...

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Jury’s Finding of No Invalidity Under § 102 and § 103 Supports Finding of No Invalidity Under § 101 from

Following a jury trial, the court found that plaintiff's medication monitoring patent was not invalid for lack of patentable subject matter. "Because [a prior art article] and at least one other piece of prior ...

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Senate Introduces STRONG Patents Act and Focused Patent Reform from

Recently, Senators Chris Coons, Dick Durbin, and Mazie Hirono introduced an alternative patent reform legislation to the Innovation Act of 2015. This bill, known as the as Support Technology and Research for Our Nations Grown ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Federal Circuit decides Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc. on remand from

Post by John Goodhue 


In Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc.  2012-1289 (April 27, 2015), the Federal Circuit applied the reasonable certainty standard to conclude that the "spaced relationship" phrase in the claims complied with ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Combating Obviousness Rejections Based on Excessive References from

Post by Paul S. Mazzola


While obviousness rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 103 are most often based on two or three cited patents and/or printed patent applications, it is not uncommon to receive ...

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Why trade agreements are so difficult from

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee took up a new Trade Promotion Authority bill (aka TPA or "fast track") in the face of hardening battle lines on the subject ...

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Blocking Torrents in the UK from

I enjoy teaching a variety of law related courses. Thus, in addition to our more standard IP offerings, I have also taught property law, civil procedure, licensing, etc. One of my favorite courses is Internet ...

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MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Trademark Registration as Limit on Free Speech? from

Post by Dan Lorentzen

Federal trademark protection requires registration of the mark by the trademark owner, during which the trademark is examined to ensure that it satisfies all of the statutory requirements.  Registration does not ...

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Video Response to John Oliver’s Rant Against Patent Trolls from

Last week, John Oliver on his HBO show Last Week Tonight. During Sunday’s episode, Oliver went after so-called “patent trolls,” companies whose sole mission is to purchase patents covering broad ideas who then sue ...

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US 9,018,013 to Life Technologies Corporation (Carlsbad, CA) titled Molecular biology tools for algal engineering from

The first claim of US '013 states

A method for transformation of DNA into an algal cell comprising: (a) suspending the algal cells in a buffer, wherein the pH of the buffer is from pH ...

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Apple's US 9,019,300: Framework for graphics animation and compositing operations from

First claim:

A method of rendering a user interface of an application operating on a computer system, the method comprising: constructing a first data structure by interfacing with the application, the first data structure having ...

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