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post image Are you a new IP lawyer in search of a network? Here's something for you from

The flyer for the first conference
of the New IP Lawyers Network
Are you a 'new' IP practitioner or academic - whether with a legal or non-legal background - looking for a network to join in order ...

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post image Hello goodbye: no estoppel as licensee gets the push from

"You say stop and I say go, go, go!"This weblog doesn't often carry notes on decisions involving contract law these days, not least because there aren't that many of them on which ...

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post image Class Action Alleges Ford Fusion Fuel Figure Fudge from

In a recent lawsuit, a Ford Fusion owner has accused the automaker of misrepresenting the fuel efficiency of the hybrid vehicle and distributing a software update that displays false mileage figures. In the proposed class ...

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Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Disaster survivors, and even people who just hear about a disaster, are often first overwhelmed by it; they can only rationally process its significance after some time. During that time they ...

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Splitting trials: yes, it can be done -- when there's a good reason from

British Gas Services v VanClare SE LLC (2015) is an extempore 17 June judgment of Mr Justice Arnold, sitting in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) for England and Wales. While that court is technically ...

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Poll results: Inventor of the Year from

A few weeks ago, the IPKat asked whether the EPO ought to be organising and funding the European Inventor of the Year award. His concerns were twofold: the resources that are devoted to this event ...

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Supreme Court Denies Cert in Case Involving Post-Filing Evidence in Assessing Obviousness of Pharmaceutical Inventions from

On January 20, 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb petitioned for certiorari in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Teva Pharmaceutical, asking whether an assessment of obviousness should "consider post-filing evidence showing the actual differences between a patented invention and the ...

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What is the "conservative" IP position? from

In the Spider-Man case, Justice Scalia aligned with the "liberal" judges.

Recall the Cisco case:

***In terms of the conservatives of the court, Justice Alito aligned
with the majority; Justice Thomas joined only parts II-B ...

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Bring Back the Means: “Voltage Source Means” Not a Means-Plus-Function Term from

by Dennis Crouch Lighting Ballast v. Philips Electronics (Fed. Cir. 2015) In its 2014 en banc decision in Lighting Ballast, the Federal Circuit confirmed that all aspects of claim construction are reviewed de novo on ...

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A Tidal Shift for the Digital Economy? from

A decade and a half since music industry titans like the rock group Metallica launched legal action to shut down the largest (unauthorized) distributor of recorded content, the ways that fans and audiophiles are able ...

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Judge Newman: Functional Claim at Point of Novelty => Abstract Idea from

by Dennis Crouch Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Networks (Fed. Cir. 2015) In an opinion by Judge Newman, the Federal Circuit has affirmed the lower court dismissal of IPC’s infringement lawsuit — holding that the ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Mayne Pharma International Pty Ltd. v. Merck & Co., Inc., et al. 1:15-cv-00438; filed May 29 ...

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