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post image BREAKING: Santa's General Counsel in shock resignation from

Holly Night, Santa's GC, will
now finally be able to enjoy
the holidays (including the
festive twinkle lights), without the
ongoing threat of litigation
Last minute shopping, lacklustre Christmas lunches, overly polite chit chat ...

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Power outage at the USPTO from

Some Kat readers, as well as this Kat, found it impossible already yesterday to connect to the USPTO website. The following statement from the USPTO explains the situation:
"USPTO Power Outage Update Statement updated at ...

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They Invented What? (No. 244) from

U.S. Patent N0. 6,053,798: Structural improvement of toy Christmas tree. JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2016! For more holiday TIW? from years past, click here. What ...

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WIPO Survey Seeks Public Input On UN Agency’s Development Agenda from

Interested observers have a unique opportunity until mid-January to give their views on the landmark 2007 World Intellectual Property Organization Development Agenda, including its implementation, relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency in use of resources, and its ...

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USPTO Online and IT Systems shut down on 22 Dec. 2015 due to power outage from

Donald Zuhn at Patent Docs reported the problem in a post titled Major Power Outage Causes Shutdown of USPTO Online and IT Systems -- USPTO to Consider December 22-24 to be "Federal Holidays".

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Oral Argument of the Month: Morsa v. FACEBOOK from

If you’re a patent prosecutor trying to refresh your memory on how to do an Express Mail filing this day before Christmas, you might be looking for some background noise.  The Morsa v. FACEBOOK ...

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USPTO Restores Fax Line from

By Donald Zuhn -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced this morning that it has now restored its fax line and is once again able to receive faxed documents. The announcement was made on ...

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University of Iowa Hiring an In-House IP Attorney from

By Jason Rantanen I’m excited to report that my academic institution, the University of Iowa, is hiring an in-house intellectual property attorney.  The University of Iowa is a major public research university that conducts ...

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Apple wants a $180 million Christmas present from Samsung, seeks supplemental damages in patent case from

While Apple is usually the net payer when it comes to patents (most recently vis-à-vis Ericsson), it has received $548 million from Samsung this month, though a reimbursement may be demanded later. Samsung might base ...

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