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post image Copyright in the Bahamas: a tale of art and septic tanks from

Is a technical drawing worthy of protection under the Copyright Act?  This question, posed in relation to the law of the Bahamas, was recently answered by the Privy Council (Lords Mance, Wilson, Sumption, Carnwath and ...

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BIO International Convention 2015 Preview from

BIO and Biosimilars By Andrew Williams -- The 2015 BIO International Convention begins in two weeks in Philadelphia. For the past few years, we have provided a series of previews with the goal of making the ...

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Athena Diagnostics Sues Mayo in Case That Implicates Patent Eligibility Doctrine from

On June 2, 2015, Athena Diagnostics sued Mayo Collaborative Services (the Mayo Clinic and its associated reference laboratory) in the District of Massachusetts for infringement of US patent number 7,267,820. On its face ...

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Patent attorney Horstemeyer alleges defamation by EFF "Stupid Patent" post from

According to a post at EFF, patent attorney Scott A. Horstemeyer has sued the Electronic Frontier Foundation alleging that he was defamed by the April 2015 Stupid Patent of the Month blog post.

EFF noted ...

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IP Rights Feature Prominently In WTO Trade Policy Review Of India from

Intellectual property rights are among the issues given detailed analysis in the latest trade policy review of India by the World Trade Organization under review this week. Turns out, India has been quite busy on ...

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Retraction of journal articles because of plagiarism on the rise? from

An article in The Scientist titled Retractions Often Due to Plagiarism: Study points to the matter of retraction of journal articles BECAUSE OF a determination of copying [plagiarism].

One caveat was that a subset of ...

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Copying in the fashion industry: "“I would understand if they were nobodies" from

The Express Tribune documents some allegations of copying in the fashion industry in the post: Sartorial crimes: 5 biggest plagiarism acts of all time.

Included within was the text:

Italian designer Giorgio Armani claimed that ...

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Inventor's Failure to Disclose Invalidating Prior Art Justifies Attorney Fee Award from

The court granted defendant's motion for attorneys' fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 because plaintiff failed to disclose a prior art software program later determined to be invalidiating prior art in a reexamination ...

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Do Venture Capitalists Value Patents? from

This is a simple, but important question. Do venture capitalists value patents? You would think the answer is an easy yes based on survey data, as well as my own findings from the Kauffman Firm ...

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Wednesday whimsies from

Forthcoming events. At the beginning of every month, the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property (QMJIP) produces its list of events for the coming month. June's collation is here.  And you can always check ...

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Don’t Miss It from

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette over at the Written Description blog has an interesting post today titled “Do Venture Capitalists Value Patents?” which covers Celia Lerman’s article “Patent Strategies of Technology Startups: An Empirical Study.”  [Link]

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CAFC affirms TTAB in Beling from

The CAFC affirmed the TTAB because appellant had not produced evidence:

Joel Beling appeals from the Trademark Trial and
Appeal Board’s dismissal on summary judgment of his
petition to cancel Ennis, Inc.’s trademark ...

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Digging deeper into intangible trade data - April and annual revisions from

This morning BEA came out with the April trade data and its revisions for the last few years. That data contain goods news - and, with the revision, offered an opportunity/excuse to dig deeper into ...

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Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain from

Victoria Slind-Flor: Ford Electric, Malibu, Kardashian: Intellectual Property Thomas Tamblyn: Apple “Patent Troll” Reveals Death Threats over $500m iTunes Case Lance Whitney: Typo Can No Longer Make Keyboards for Smartphones Gene Quinn: With Patent Applications ...

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Federal Circuit: We do not Defer from

Shire v. Watson (Fed. Cir. 2015) In its first go-round, the Federal Circuit reversed the lower court’s infringement finding based upon an unduly broad claim construction of the terms inner and outer lipophilic matrix ...

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Ultramercial v. WildTangent -- Petition for Writ of Certiorari from

By Michael Borella -- The Ultramercial story is not over. In the latest step of a controversial case involving 35 U.S.C. § 101 that has been ongoing since 2009, patentee Ultramercial has petitioned the Supreme ...

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