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post image IP Strategy” is Meaningless without Desired Business Outcomes from

“You can’t sell me IP Strategy, Jackie,” one of my top clients said to me recently when I sat down with him to conduct customer discovery for my IP Strategy practice. This client, a ...

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post image Can the State automatically acquire ownership of your copyright? In South Africa this may become the case from

Nedim MalovicHave you ever come across a copyright law that provides that the State automatically acquires ownership of copyright in a certain work upon death of the relevant owner?
This appears to be what ...

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post image The IPKat and his friends: the latest round-up of our IP weblog news from

Once every three months or thereabouts, the IPKat and Merpel post an update of the goings-on both on this weblog and on other IP-flavoured blogs to which members of the IPKat's blog team contribute ...

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post image Patent Grants Per Fiscal Year (USPTO) from

As expected, the USPTO has posted its first reduction in patent grants of the Kappos-Lee era.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the PTO issued 296k utility patents. That is a 3% drop from the record high ...

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post image The Global Innovation Index 2015 from

WIPO, along with researchers at Cornell and INSEAD, recently published the Global Innovation Index. The index ranks countries by their innovativeness and usually grabs a few headlines, particularly in countries who've fared well. Even ...

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Transfer of “Flash Title” to Domestic Parent Does Not Excuse Plaintiff’s Failure to Mark Imported Products from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to reconsider an earlier order granting defendant's motion for summary judgment to limit damages because plaintiff failed to mark its products. "[Plaintiff] takes title to a product when ...

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Will the Federal Circuit Recognize the U.S.–Foreign Tradeoff in Friday’s Lexmark Argument? from

Guest post by Daniel Hemel, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Assistant Professor at Stanford Law School. On Friday, the en banc Federal Circuit will hear argument in ...

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Trade Works, Says WTO Head, But Only If Right Policies, Transparent Trade System In Place from

The annual World Trade Organization Public Forum opened today with a plenary session on making trade work more inclusively. The Doha Round, agriculture, and environmental technologies were part of the conversation.

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WIPO Working On Voluntary International Collective Management Standards from

Collective management organisations have often been the subject of criticism both from artists and end users. Some international federations have set up professional rules, but there is no international standard. The World Intellectual Property Organization ...

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No Appeal for Errors in Instituting IPR from

Achates References v. Apple (Fed. Cir. 2015) At the conclusion of its Inter Partes Review Proceeding (IPR), the Administrative Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) concluded that several claims of Achates’ patents were invalid. U ...

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Trade and Tradeoffs: The Case of International Patent Exhaustion from

When I read all the briefs for Lexmark v. Impression Products—the en banc Federal Circuit case on patent exhaustion that will be argued Friday—it seemed like there were pieces missing, including related to ...

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IP-Watch/Yale FOIA Case Decided: USTR Can Keep TPP Texts Secret, But Maybe Not Communications With Industry Advisors from

As government negotiators dig into perhaps the final round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations this week in Atlanta, they may take comfort in knowing that nothing they are doing has to be shared with ...

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Denver PTAB Firing on All Cylinders from

The Denver PTAB appears to be firing on all cylinders these days.  This past month the PTAB conducted its first hearing in which the entire panel of judges were located in Denver.  As luck would ...

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