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post image When trade secrets lead to a herd mentality in investing: the FoMO phenomenon from

While this Kat does not personally know all our IPKat readers, he assumes that one thing unites us: we all have one or more phobias. The list of phobias is long, including such well-known maladies ...

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post image Independence of the Boards of Appeal - EPLAW and CCBE comment from

Merpel wrote back in March on the proposal by the President of the European Patent Office for plans to reform the administration of the Boards of Appeal (proposals here and here; Merpel's comments here ...

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post image Friday fantasies from

Change of Tweet.  Many readers will by now be aware that the Twitter account of European trade mark organisation MARQUES has, following a technical hitch, just shifted from its old space at @MARQUES_IP to a ...

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Patent Act of 2015 from

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Patent Act of 2015 (Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act) as amended by the Manager’s Amendment as well as additions from Senators Feinstein and Cornyn.  The vote was ...

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Senate Judiciary Committee Passes PATENT Act from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (S. 1137, otherwise known as the PATENT Act) yesterday on a vote of 12-4, with Senators Grassley (R-IA), Hatch ...

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Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain from

Steve Brachmann: IBM Cloud Computing Services Earns $7.7 billion Over the Past Year Eric Goldman: Is Wrapping Flowers In Burlap Functional? Donald Zuhn: Legislative Reforms Should Maintain A Strong Patent System Kelly Cohen: Millions ...

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Trowel and Error: power-tools aren't similar to manual ones, says General Court from

In the STAYER trade mark dispute, Case T-254/13 Stayer Ibérica, SA v OHIM, ZAO Korporaciya ‘Masternet’, the General Court provided useful guidelines on how to assess and prove that branded goods are complementary or ...

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Alternative Summit Offers Ideas For Trade Agreements, G7 Summit Amid 40,000 Protesters from

MUNICH -- Just days before leaders of the Group of 7 (G7) industrialised countries gather in the well-guarded Bavarian Castle Elmau, a broad coalition of organisations invited free trade critics to an International Summit for Alternatives ...

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Expert’s Opinion Excluded With Respect to Non-Comparable Licenses and Royalty Data from

The court granted plaintiff's motion to exclude the testimony of defendant's damages expert regarding a reasonable royalty as unreliable where the expert relied on noncomparable third party license databases and industry reports. "The ...

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Confidential USTR Emails Show Close Industry Involvement In TPP Negotiations from

While a full range of stakeholders would be affected by the outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement under secret negotiation by the United States and a dozen trading partners, corporate representatives have had a ...

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May employment in tangible and intangible industries from

Good economic news this morning in the form of May's employment data from BLS. Payrolls rose by 280,000 net new job, which was better than expected. Economists had forecast an increase of 226 ...

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MD Florida reversed by CAFC in Alps case: "all substantial rights" interpreted from

The CAFC observed:

Alps South, LLC (Alps) sued The Ohio Willow Wood
Company (OWW), asserting infringement of U.S. Patent
No. 6,552,109 (the ’109 patent). Among other pre-
and post-trial motions, OWW filed ...

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From within the post at BocaNewsNow:

On the plagiarism accusation, both the Palm Beach Post and the Sun Sentinel report that Stenner borrowed heavily from a now famous speech given by David McCullough, Jr. in ...

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Case watch: Is the Federal Circuit revising functional claiming rules in Williamson v. Citrix? from

Last November, the Federal Circuit panel opinion in Williamson v. Citrix held that the district court erroneously construed the limitation "distributed learning control module" as a means-plus-function expression. The majority emphasized that failure to use ...

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