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post image 1Q 2015 GDP and investment in intangibles from

Some bad news this morning from BEA's advanced estimate of U.S. 1st quarter GDP. According to this first estimate, GDP grew by only 0.2% in 1Q 2015. The growth in business investment ...

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post image The tale of Ticketogo, or Does My Bus Look Big in this Licensing Scheme? Part I: the issues from

Over the past few weeks this tired, overworked moggy has been finding solace in the litigation-laced narratives of Patents Court decisions from England and Wales.  Could anything be more restorative of a flagging spirit than ...

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post image The tale of Ticketogo, or Does My Bus Look Big in Licensing Scheme? Part II: the decision from

Continued from Part I ...

The decision
Would Big Bus and Ticketogo be likely parties, should proceedings be commenced?  
Would the disclosure sought by Big Bus also be subject to Ticketogo's standard disclosure obligations ...

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post image World Intellectual Property Day - report of the IPAN event and a proposal for a centralised recordal system from

Readers of this blog who are on Twitter and other social media can probably not possibly have failed to know that, ever faithful, World Intellectual Property Day turned up again as usual this year on ...

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post image Popcorn Time: a blocking order like any other? Birss J's decision in the post-Svensson debate from

Yesterday Birss J made yet another order pursuant to s97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) [this is the provision by which the UK implemented Article 8(3) of the InfoSoc Directive ...

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Amgen v. Sandoz Update -- Amgen's Continuing Efforts to Obtain Preliminary Injunction from

By Andrew Williams -- Amgen is once again seeking a preliminary injunction in the Amgen v. Sandoz case, this time at the Federal Circuit while that Court resolves the issues on appeal from the District Court ...

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CLA organises IPEC event from

The Competition Law Association (CLA) is holding a forthcoming event under the title "Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Practice". The speakers on this topic are IPEC's Judge Richard Hacon himself, District Judge Melissa Clarke and ...

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A Cautious Welcome For South Africa’s Traditional Knowledge Legislation from

South Africa’s new indigenous knowledge systems legislation is being cautiously welcomed by commentators, expressing both hopes and concerns. And some are tying it to other intellectual property legislation in the country.

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WHO: Too Few Countries Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance; Global Action Plan Advocates Equitable Access from

The World Health Organization released a report today on countries’ response to the global declining effect of antibiotics on bacteria and microbes, heightened by overuse or misuse of those products. Next month the World Health ...

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Pitfalls in Trademark Prosecution from

Guest Post by James Major. In a post entitled “Trademark: Registration Void if Completed Prior to Actually Rendering Services in Commerce,” Prof. Crouch asserted that “[o]ne of the traditional benefits of trademark law is ...

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Wednesday whimsies from

Logos wanted.  Last week the IPKat called for readers' submissions of new logos for the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market when it is rebranded as the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The Kat ...

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Commissioner Focarino Set to Retire from

Margaret (Peggy) Focarino is the Commissioner for Patents for the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  She joined the USPTO in 1977 as a patent examiner and joined the Senior Executive team in 1997 under Bruce ...

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S.A.W.S. Class Action Lawsuit from

eVideo v. U.S.A. (Ct. Fed. Clm. 2015) In an interesting Section 1491 class-action, eVideo has filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. government asking for damages based upon the harm caused by ...

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Philanthropies And Expression: An Interview With Ford Foundation President Darren Walker from

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, one of the largest and historically most influential private philanthropies in the United States, dedicated to human welfare worldwide. Among its areas of focus are programs on ...

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Google Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion – May 8-22 from

From the Google Public Policy Blog, with some traction in the news this week- Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion We invite you to sell us your patents. The Patent Purchase Promotion is an experimental marketplace ...

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Trade Secrets Lit Updates: Sinovel Challenges Summons Service and Philips Computer Fraud Claim Fails from

There are updates on a couple of green tech trade secrets cases, each involving allegations of misappropriation by Chinese companies and their employees. First, as discussed in a previous post, the ongoing litigation between American ...

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PATENT Act from

Earlier today, Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the bipartisan Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (PATENT) Act.  The PATENT Act is revised version of prior proposed legislation that addresses some of the most severe ...

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