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post image Independent Patent Claims from

As with dependent claims, the average number of independent claims per patent has also dropped significantly over the past decade. (From around 3.2 to 2.5 independent claims per patent).  As the histogram shows ...

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post image Delfi v Estonia: ISPs and the freedom to impart information from

The IPKat doesn't often feature human rights matters on his weblog, but that doesn't mean that the topic has no relevance to intellectual property matters; much the same applies to disputes relating to ...

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Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc. (Fed Cir. 2015) from

By Michael Borella -- Since late last year, the main theme of many 35 U.S.C. § 101 disputes has been whether claims under review are more like those in Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC or ...

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Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain from

Adam Liptak: With Great Power There Must Also Come – Great Responsibility Federal Circuit’s First Reversal of PTAB Vera Ranieri: Lexmark Tries To Use Patent Law To Stop Consumers From Buying Cheap Ink Ivan Moreno ...

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Predictions on Congressional action on patent reform from

In the post --The PATENT Act: Be Careful What You Wish For --, one has the following "prediction"

Most Congressional observers believe that the change in control of the United States Senate presages approval of the ...

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Consultation event on Court Fees for the Unified Patent Court - and news on timing of UK implementation from

This moggy crept over to the lovely and hospitable offices of Allen & Overy last night to attend the consultation event on the Court fees for the Unified Patents Court.  Readers may recall that he wrote ...

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Plagiarism hidden because of collusive ties between literary critics and major publishers? from

The New York Times has covered the plagiarism charges against Korean author Shin Kyung-sook in the post
South Korean Novelist Apologizes in Wake of Plagiarism Accusation

Within the NYT post is the text

Over the ...

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Does a former employee have to "forget" past information to avoid trade secret litigation? from

See Ron Sokol's post Can trade secret laws be used to intimidate? including

You are not required to “forget” what you learned. Go over your nondisclosure agreement. Chances are it prohibits certain use and ...

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Secret Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Takes Centre Stage In Asia from

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), part of US President Barack Obama’s promised pivot to Asia, has stirred up a hornet’s nest on the ethics of trying to hammer out a trade deal in secrecy ...

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Expert’s Rejection of Georgia-Pacific Factors in Favor of "Market Approach" for Calculating Reasonable Royalty Does Not Warrant Exclusion of Testimony from

The court denied defendants' motion to exclude the testimony of plaintiff's damages expert and rejected their argument that the expert's "market approach" methodology was unreliable. "According to Defendants, [the expert's] 'Market Approach ...

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Reasonable Royalty Methodologies Deemed Unreliable from

Reasonable royalty experts are frequently challenged for applying unreliable methodologies. Successful challenges are less common. Since 2008, U.S. district courts have issued 198 orders on motions in limine and motions to strike reasonable royalty ...

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Alice and East v. West . . . Texas from

Ann Robl

A District Court split regarding how courts apply the Alice Corp. decision that recently came to my attention borders on the ridiculous (pun intended). 

The Eastern District of Texas recently posted an interesting ...

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New Portraits: May Richard Prince Fair(ly) Use Your Picture? from

The prince of appropriation strikes again! Visual artist Richard Prince caused a major uproar in the art world with his latest exhibition, New Portraits. The series of photographs, which features enlarged screenshots of Instagram posts ...

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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 fast approaching! The winner from each category will receive a prize of $1000 (CAD), publication on the IP Osgoode ...

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Google suffers setback at the US Supreme Court in Vederi case related to Google Street View from

The Supreme Court's decision not to grant certiorari leaves intact a March 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [CAFC], which threw out a district judge’s finding ...

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A Handcrafted Problem: Etsy’s share price woes and IP infringement from

Etsy describes itself as a “marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods.” For a site based on creativity and uniqueness, they have a surprisingly ...

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Innovation in baseball: the axe bat (and US Patent 8,801,551) from

Yahoo.sports has a piece on the axe bat now used by Dustin Pedroia.

Yes, there is mention of a patent:

In 2006, a New Yorker named Steve Leinert obtained a patent on the axe ...

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