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post image Friday Round-Up: Azerbaijan Gets a Patent for National Breakfast from

According to Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry has received a patent for the Azerbaijan breakfast brand. According to the Minister: “The new brand will be introduced in several hotels for the ...

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post image Proprietor may be unhappy because BE HAPPY is not a trade mark from

The General Court has issued another judgment relating to the controversial issue of promotional statements that may also serve as trade marks in the joined cases T-707/13 and T-709/13, shattering the dreams of ...

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U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2015 Special 301 Report from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- On April 30th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued the 2015 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[m]ade-in-America exports are an essential source ...

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Industry Opposes LDC Request To Extend TRIPS Pharma Waiver from

Least developed countries (LDCs) at the World Trade Organization have requested that a waiver allowing them to not enforce intellectual property rights on pharmaceutical products be extended beyond its deadline of 1 January 2016. The ...

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Bitgo's US application 20150120569 from

--from newsbtc:

The San Francisco based company had submitted a patent request to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on February 4th last year, adocument of which was published yesterday, on April ...

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Work of Stephen Long at UIllinois using Cyanobacteria genes from

From greenbiz


Long’s lab has demonstrated in a soon-to-be-published paper that inserting genes from cyanobacteria, a type of photosynthetic bacteria, into crop plants can make photosynthesis 30 percent more efficient. A project backed by ...

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Google says "We want your patent. Maybe." from

The IPKat recently noticed Google’s latest initiative, which the search giant has alliteratively dubbed the “Patent Purchase Promotion”.This Kat belatedly spotted that Mike Mireles had already covered this over at our sister blog ...

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More on those "trade" agreements from

Earlier this week, I posted a piece on ""Why trade agreements are so difficult." In it I argued that these agreements are so difficult to negotiate because they are no longer about trade but about ...

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