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post image Slowly stopping counterfeits in transit: EU prepares to prepare to act ... from

EU take note: to succeed, the cat must
travel faster than the mouse.  IP owners
chasing infringers need to do so too ...
The problem of counterfeits and infringing goods transiting across the vast and affluent ...

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post image Swiss cheese, Innocence and a question of guilt: Garcia v Google explained from

For those who thought that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had embraced a new theory of copyright in Garcia v Google in February 2014 (here), such expectations were disappointed last month ...

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post image Patent Pendency Redux from

  by Dennis Crouch Readers asked for a bit more detail on the patent pendency chart that I posted a few days ago.  The first chart below again shows median patent prosecution pendency for utility patents ...

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post image Harmonious global patent harmonisation? B+ subgroup asks for comments from

A little-known fact concerning the UK Intellectual Property Office's CEO, John Alty CB, is that he chairs a group of countries and organisations known as Group B+ which focuses on patent harmonisation.  This B ...

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Western District Court of PA proposes changes to local patent rules from

The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has proposed a set of changes to its local rules governing patent infringement cases. The proposal would change and clarify several procedures, including: the ...

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Is the proposed patent reform bad for small businesses? from

As to patent reform, the Innovation Act of Congressman Goodlatte currently before the House is the same Innovation Act that passed the House in the last session, and includes the presumption of "loser pays". The ...

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US Patent 9,034,629 to Joule Unlimited titled Recombinant synthesis of medium chain-length alkanes from

On about 16 June 2015, Joule Unlimited issued a press release which begins

Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production ...

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Computer Voice Control Patent Claims Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings that four claims of plaintiff's patent for voice control of a computer were invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found the ...

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CERN Open Innovation Project Steps Up Collaboration from

A collaboration between the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and leading information and telecommunications technology companies has entered a new phase in dealing with challenges in IT infrastructures. This new phase also marks the ...

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Reminder: Canada’s IP Writing Challenge July 1st Deadline! from

The deadline to submit an entry for our 7th annual Canada’s IP Writing Challenge is just under two weeks away. The winner from each category will receive a prize of $1000 (CAD), publication on ...

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The patent registry problem from

Over the years we have published a number of reports on the monetization of intangibles assets, especially patents. (See "Commercialization of University Research - Using Intangible Asset Financing", "Intangible Assets in Capital Markets", "Intangible Assets: Innovative ...

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Jawbone goes after Fitbit in court, again from

Back in May, IPBiz discussed IP issues between Jawbone and Fitbit in the post

Jawbone suing Fitbit over poaching of employees and confidential information

Now, on June 17, Buzzfeed reports:

Jawbone is suing Fitbit for ...

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Teva case arises in Cephalon v. Celgene from

Acusphere, Inc. is the assignee of U.S. Reissued
Patent No. RE40,493 (“the ’493 patent”), titled “Porous
Paclitaxel Matrices and Methods of Manufacture
Thereof.” Acusphere, Inc., and its exclusive licensee
Cephalon, Inc., sued Celgene ...

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PTAB Institutes IPR of Alethia Biotherapeutics Patent Claiming Use of mAb to Treat Bone Disease from

On June 15, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted inter partes review (IPR) with respect to claims 1-6, 8-11, and 15-23 of US Patent Number 8,168,181 (Case IPR2015-00291).   The ’181 ...

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EU Parliament Hearing: Data Protection Not Trade Barrier, But Fundamental Right from

At a hearing on data flows and data protection in trade agreements this week, several members of the European Parliament called for the clear exemption of current and future data protection regulation from ongoing trade ...

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