Patent & IP news for December 16, 2015

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post image Surprise agreement on trade secrets – but still surprisingly secretive from

The AmeriKat stalking
further news of trade secrets reform
from her collective of Kat friends
 As Birgit Clark has already reported, yesterday saw sudden movement in a number of IP-related, EU-level initiatives, including a “provisional ...

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US Agency Stripped Of Power To Regulate Internet from

America’s International Trade Commission is a tempting venue for US intellectual property owners. The agency acts quickly, has a history of supporting IP owners, and offers a powerful means to stop infringing products from ...

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UN Launches High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines from

A United Nations high-level panel of experts has set a process in motion to find solutions to increase access to medicines. Following its first meeting last week, the panel will call for proposals to recommend ...

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At WTO Ministerial, Officials Stress Gains On TRIPS And Health, Urge Countries To Sign from

NAIROBI, Kenya -- On the sidelines of the World Trade Organization Ministerial Summit this week in Nairobi, senior officials from the Kenya government, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), civil society and others called ...

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Federal Circuit denies en banc request from

by Dennis Crouch In yet another set of Apple v. Samsung decisions, the Federal Circuit has denied en banc rehearing on the permanent injunction decision with the minor tweaks of the original decision shown in ...

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WSIS10: Roles, Responsibilities Remain Hot; Cybersecurity Treaty Demanded By Many States from

Between a lot of applause this week for the first post-WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) decade and especially for the negotiated agreement for the coming 10 years, some cracks appeared. These tell how ...

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Proposed Changes to Federal Circuit Rules from

By Jason Rantanen Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit released a set of proposed amendments to the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice and Procedure that completely overhaul the existing rules.   These changes are extensive, with ...

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Quinn: Patent PERPs are the real bullies of the licensing world from

A disturbing article by IP Watchdog’s Gene Quinn asks “Who are the real bullies of the patent world?” It’s not patent trolls. They are far less of a problem than Patent PERPs – Practicing ...

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Rumours from the AC, and four remarkable letters from

The EPO Administrative Council met today and its meeting continues tomorrow. As regular readers of the blog will know, one of the most important items on the agenda is a proposal from the President, Mr ...

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Federal Circuit denies injunction rehearing: will Apple v. Samsung become the next eBay v. MercExchange? from

By sharply disagreeing with the majority of the panel ("This is not a close case."), Federal Circuit Chief Judge Sharon Prost practically invited Samsung to file a petition for a rehearing on Apple's injunction ...

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Defendant’s Fee Award Discounted to Account for Reasonable Duplication of Work and Unsuccessful Motions from

The court reduced the lead defendant's requested attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 by 20% for billing overlap. "I know cases like this spawn big teams at big firms, and both partners ...

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