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post image Patent Litigation Update from

By Jason Rantanen Last month, Pricewaterhouse Cooper released its annual patent litigation study.  The report, entitled “A change in patentee fortunes” contains a summary of notable  patent litigation metrics, leading with the observation that patent ...

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post image The Unified Patent Court: Netherlands not motivated, not pushing, says Hoyng from

Our friend Marlou van de Braak has directed our attention to an article by journalist Jeroen Segenhout, published yesterday in leading Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad. This piece alludes to the current state of play ...

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post image It's a crime -- or might be, as another software exhaustion case heads for Luxembourg from

Civil law is civil law, while criminal law is criminal -- and never the twain shall meet. Well, no. You can't have one without the other, to the extent that civil law is the basis ...

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IPO Webinar on Privity and RPI at the PTAB from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Privity and RPI at the PTAB, with Judge Michael Tierney" on June 4, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET). Matthew ...

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Group of National and State Organizations Asks Congress to Enact Legislative Reforms to Maintain Strong Patent System from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, more than 90 national and state advocacy organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, urging Congress to enact legislative reforms that will maintain ...

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Renovating Our Justice System: The Great Design Challenge from

“Justice” and “design” are two words that you don’t often hear in the same sentence. So when we announced the Justice Design Project (JDP) – a week long workshop for post secondary students interested in ...

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Supreme Court Rules That Defendant May Be Liable For Indirect Infringement Despite Good Faith Belief That Patent Is Invalid from

(The following is a guest contribution from Thomas A. Lewry of Brooks Kushman P.C., a patent and technology law firm with offices in Detroit and Los Angeles. Tho has over 30 years of experience ...

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UN Review Of WSIS Intensifies; Questions About ICANN Board Role In IANA Handover from

This year’s United Nations review of implementation of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is picking up pace. Meanwhile, intensive efforts continue to meet a September target for the handover from ...

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Incentive Program Patent Invalid Under 35 USC § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's incentive program patent was invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found that the patent lacked an inventive concept. "Nothing in the ...

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Opposition is golden as Kraft's ORO marks do their job from

In Cases T-218/13and T-271/13, involving the ORO Italian and Community trade marks, the General Court of the European Union assessed the likelihood of confusion under Article 8(1)(b) of Regulation 207 ...

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Discussion of Smartflash patent case from a different perspective from

There has been much discussion of the use of the term "patent troll" and of the "patent troll" problem, which pending legislation in the US Congress purports to remedy (e.g., Innovation Act, PATENT Act ...

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Justice by Design from

Has our justice system developed as a series of ad hoc measures, policies and programs or has it been designed according to a planned vision? This question is being asked more broadly in Law Schools ...

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Breaking-up Bad: Is Copyright the Best Tool to Fight Revenge Porn? from

Ugly break-ups are nothing new, but selfies, sexting and social media have opened a new avenue for exes to punish each other. When one ex keeps nude or sexually explicit photos of the other and ...

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Guest Post: LED Patent Update from

Lighting Science Group expanded their intellectual property for their LED Disc Light (Glimpse) with three recent patents. The trio of patents cover LED light fixtures that are low profile and designed to cover recessed light ...

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Ain’t No Laurent Without Some Irony: Hedi Slimane and the Rise of Parody Fashion from

Some may say that there is no Laurent without Yves, but Hedi Slimane is definitely not one of them. Luxury Goods International (LGI), the owner of Saint Laurent Paris’ trademarks, is suing Jeanine Heller, founder ...

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Why are many IP contracts contingent? from

At the recent American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) meeting at Columbia, I provided some comments on Intellectual Property Contracts: Theory and Evidence from Screenplay Sales by Milton Harris, Abraham Ravid, Ronald Sverdlove, and Suman ...

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