Patent & IP news for October 14, 2015

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post image Baroness burns brands: copycats cleared: trade marks to the rescue? from

Kats, as is known, frequently have opinions and, as is even better known, are always willing to share them.  Darren Meale is a recent guest Kat and a man who has strong opinions about copycat ...

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post image AIPPI Congress Report 3: Trying to resolve the global puzzle of inventor remuneration from

The AmeriKat staring into the future
of global IP protection last night.
..After a quiet evening of fresh grilled grouper overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with the AmeriKat's dear friends, including her fellow UPC committee ...

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post image The Darjeeling question: what's your cup of tea -- a T-bag or a G-string? from

The power of a Community collective mark, when contrasted with a protected geographical indication, was put to the test on 2 October, in Cases T-624/13 (noted here), T-625/13, 626/13 and 627/13 ...

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post image Wednesday whimsies from

Time for the UKIPO, DoE and industry to talk? From Katfriend and IP education expert Professor Ruth Soetendorp comes the following insight:Not all schools yet teach IP, it seems ...
"Between 35% and 50% of ...

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Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences – Part III, Psychobiotics from

This is the third article in a series on advancements in microbiome research and development. This installment reviews the area of microbiome research known as the "gut-brain-axis" and therapies related thereto, which have been dubbed ...

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WIPO African Ministerial Should Embrace A Pro-Competitive And Pro-Development IP Vision from

By Ahmed Abdel-Latif , Dick Kawooya, Chidi Oguamanam Note: this article first appeared as: WIPO African ministerial should embrace a pro-competitive and pro-development IP vision, 4 October 2015, BRIDGES AFRICA An African ministerial meeting, organised by ...

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OECD Innovation Report Urges Governments To Stop Policies Unduly Favouring Incumbents from

An Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report released today sets out principles governments can adopt to boost innovation, thereby increasing productivity and economic growth.

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Racing Against Time To Close On Difficult Issues At WIPO General Assembly from

With hours to go before the end of the annual World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly, delegates are trying to find last resort solutions on a range of remaining issues. Keeping WIPO members busy are ...

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Voice and Data Communications Unification Patents Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s voice and data communications unification patents encompassed unpatentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract ...

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Health Groups Urge EU Commission To Safeguard Access To Medicines In Developing Countries from

Health Action International (HAI) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – Doctors without Borders) today issued a joint report on European Union commitments to safeguard access to medicines. Their report [pdf] comes in the context of the ...

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Federal Circuit Operating Procedure: Affirm PTO Decisions Without Opinion from

The Federal Circuit released two more “Rule 36” from the Federal Circuit: Hill-Rom Services, Inc. v. Stryker Corporation; and First Quality Baby Products v. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. Both of these cases involved the patentee appealing ...

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WIPO Blooms With Exhibitions From Around The World, And Its Own Archives from

At the annual World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly over the past week, exhibitions have highlighted colourful and innovative ideas from around the world. It also includes an exhibition of historical documents from the WIPO ...

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Steed: Proving Conception from

In re Steed (Fed. Cir. 2015) This decision offers an example of failures of the first-to-invent regime. Basically, Steed (acting pro-se in a pre-AIA application) attempted to swear behind a 102(e) prior art reference ...

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Apple loses jury trial in Madison, WISC to WARF from

Forbes, and others, have discussed Apple's patent loss to WARF.

A U.S. federal jury [in Madison, WISC; docket 14-62, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison)] has ruled that ...

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WIPO Assembly Agrees Budget For 2016/2017; Work Continues After Hours On Remaining Items from

Member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization in a late-night session agreed on the budget for the UN agency for the next biennium after a deep debate over financing of a registration system for ...

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