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post image Status of AIA Applications from

Some applicants have asked about the current status of their AIA applications.  The chart above shows the current status of a sample of about 8,000 published patent applications claiming post-AIA status.*  Because of the ...

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post image The purpose of appeal in the patent system: dissenting opinions, oversight and law-making from

This article is mostly about appeal procedures at the European Patent Office (EPO). For those readers who are not familiar with how the EPO organises itself, here is a simplified structure:

First Instance: Examining Divisions ...

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post image Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... from

Here, thanks to the unstinting efforts of our noble friend Alberto Bellan, the Kats are proud to present to you the 47th weekly round-up of the previous week's substantive Katposts. For those readers who ...

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post image US patent litigation down for 2014 -- but what does this mean? from

"New patent lawsuits are down for the first time in five years. Here’s why that’s a huge deal" is an eye-catching blogpost by Brian Fung on the Washington Post's The Switch weblog ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

Forthcoming events.  Do please remember to check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events list for lectures, seminars, conferences and other opportunities to get out and about, meet people and use IP as a perfect ice-breaker ...

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WHA 68: Experts Discuss Delinking Drug R&D Costs From Pricing To Make Them Affordable from

The problem of drug prices eating up national health budgets has been coming up at the annual World Health Assembly. Last week, a panel of experts discussed the merits of lowering those prices by delinking ...

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An Interview With WIPO Director General Francis Gurry On The New Lisbon Act For GIs from

Members of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration on 20 May agreed on a new Act of the agreement, extending protection previously granted only to appellations of ...

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WHA Committees Approve Plans On Antimicrobial Resistance, Vaccines, Innovation from

Today, member states in committee at the World Health Assembly adopted the first global plan of action to address the issue of antimicrobial resistance, and a global plan of action on vaccines. In addition, a ...

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Wearable Technology: The Legal Implications of Data Collection from

The wearable tech market has quickly become a significant global industry and the market appears ripe for future growth. Some sources predict that the global retail revenue from smart wearable devices will reach the $53 ...

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Allvoice Developments US, LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2015) from

By Michael Borella -- In August, 2009, Allvoice sued Microsoft in the Western District of Washington, alleging infringement of its U.S. Patent No. 5,799,273. In December, 2013, the District Court granted Microsoft's ...

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