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post image Wednesday whimsies from

Feeling a bit like Tom Hanks in Big, here's my first go at Wednesday whimsies:

Authoritative, ministerial arm crossingIn politics - Labour announced their shadow cabinet and named the "vastly experiencedAngela Eagle  as ...

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post image Dome Patent L.P. v. Lee: Lesser Standard Required of PTO to Find Previously Issued Patent Invalid from

Zack Lee

In a decision handed down several days ago, the Federal Circuit ruled in Dome Patent L.P. v. Lee, No. 2014-1673, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15674 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 3, 2015 ...

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post image BREAKING NEWS: CJEU says that acquired distinctiveness requires that mark alone identifies relevant undertaking (but 'how' does not seem so clear) from

What is required to prove that a trade mark has acquired distinctiveness through use? Can a shape consisting of three essential features that either result from the nature of the goods themselves or are necessary ...

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Patent Directed to Determining State of Well Drilling Operations Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss because plaintiff’s well state detection patent claimed unpatentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "[Defendant] argues . . . that Claim 1 ...

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WIPO HR Report Shows Effort At Geographical Diversity, Gender Balance from

The World Intellectual Property Organization has fewer staff overall but more senior staff, according to an annual report on human resources at the United Nations agency. In addition, while efforts at WIPO are continuing to ...

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New Opinion Of The European Copyright Society On “Reprobel”- Case (C-572/13) from

From the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg: On 5 September 2015, the European Copyright Society issued an Opinion on the conclusions presented on June 11, 2015 by the Advocate-General Pedro ...

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Patient Advocacy Groups Urge Congress to Strengthen Patent System from

On September 8, a group of more than 100 national and state-based advocacy organizations sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urging Congress to amend H.R. 9 to preserve  protections of ...

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TNS/Kantar v. TiVo at CAFC from

Tivo Research and Analytics, Inc. dba TRA, Inc.
(“TRA”) appeals a judgment of the district court granting
summary judgment in favor of TNS Media Research, LLC
dba Kantar Media Audiences and Cavendish Square
Holding B ...

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