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post image When words mean what they say: Bob Marley copyrights stay where they are from

Not so exciting ... BSI Enterprises Ltd & Another v Blue Mountain Music Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1151, a Court of Appeal, England and Wales, ruling of 18 November 2015, is one of those decisions that looks ...

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post image Mock trial under UPC 18th draft Rules: this will take some pluck ... from

EPLIT, the European Patent Litigation Association, is running a mock trial under the recently-published 18th draft of the Rules of Procedures for the Unified Patent Court. The details look like this:
On 22 January 2016 ...

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post image Monday miscellany from

In "Jumpin' through hoops? A copyright claim that never got off the ground", this Kat hosted a guest contribution from Kevin Winters on a copyright infringement action brought by Jacobus Rentmeester against Nike on the ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

November 20, 2015 - 2015 Friedman Memorial Lecture on Excellence in Appellate Advocacy (Federal Circuit Bar Association) - Washington, DC November 23, 2015 - "Double Patenting: Defeating Double Patenting Rejections and Avoiding Terminal Disclaimers" (Strafford) - 1:00 to ...

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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. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Savior Lifetec Corp. 5:15-cv-00415; filed August 21, 2015 in the ...

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Is The Internet Of Things (IoT) Really New Or Simply Recycled? from

There is a lot of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) yet many, if not most, are confused by what IoT really is and what it means for their IP and their business. In ...

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WTO Committee Agrees To Keep IP From Non-Violation Complaints Until 2017 from

Today, the World Trade Organisation intellectual property committee agreed on a recommendation to extend until 2017 a moratorium shielding intellectual property from a mechanism through which one WTO member can go after another member even ...

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Ignoring Patent Demand Letters from

by Dennis Crouch Professor Colleen Chien has published an unfortunate new Wall Street Journal essay titled “The Best Way to Fight a Patent Demand May Be to Do Nothing.”  Chien’s factual bases appears spot-on ...

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In-Store Discount Patents Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 Prior to Claim Construction from

The magistrate judge recommended denying without prejudice defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings that plaintiff's in-store discount patents were invalid for lack of patentable subject matter because defendants did not establish, prior to ...

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Merck KGaA buys SigmaAldrich from

IPBiz notes the completion of the purchase of SigmaAldrich by MerckKGaA, the German company, which company is distinct from the company known as Merck in the United States:

Sigma-Aldrich will be combined into Merck KGaA ...

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Colleen Chien on "doing nothing" from

Before IPBiz could write a response to Colleen Chien's post The Best Way to Fight a Patent Demand May Be to Do Nothing, PatentlyO had already criticized the Chien work.

The Chien post begins ...

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Medicines Patent Pool: First Licence Agreement For Hepatitis C Drug from

The Medicines Patent Pool announced today that it signed a first licence for a hepatitis C drug with Bristol-Myers Squibb. The agreement allows manufacturing of daclatasvir, royalty-free in 112 low-and middle-income countries.

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Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... from

Last week was another phenomenally busy one for the IPKat blogging team, a week in which we received over 60,000 casual visitors and a whole hatful of new email subscribers.  To help you help ...

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US, China Talk Standards & IP, Trade Secrets, GIs, Broadcasting, Enforcement from

The 26th United States-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting was held from 21-23 November, and covered a wide range of intellectual property-related areas, including standards and IP, trade secrets, geographical indications, sports ...

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Notes from the PPAC Meetings from

Global Dossier has now been released (November 2015). USPTO Collected over $3 billion in user fees in FY2015. That figure was below budget. Spending limit is around $3.5 billion, but is limited by revenue ...

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"Software" Claims Reciting No Structural Components and Having Questionable Novelty Struck Down under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

By Joseph Herndon -- Two recent District Court decisions show examples of "weak" claims, which in the past would likely be found invalid as lacking novelty or being obvious, but today are struck down as being ...

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