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post image Patent Grants 2015 from

As expected, the USPTO issued just under 300,000 utility patents in calendar year 2015. The new number represents a drop from 2014 – the first drop since President Obama took office and appointed David Kappos ...

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No Per Se Ethical Violation for "Subject Matter Conflicts" from

Maling v. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP By Andrew Williams -- In a case that was watched by the entire patent law community with some fascination, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts concluded on December ...

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Osgoode’s IP Intensive Program: Apply Today! from

We invite all 1L and 2L Osgoode students to join IP Osgoode at Osgoode’s Clinical Education and Intensive Programs General Information Session and Fair today from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The ...

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How To Manage Patent Costs With Quality Applications, Accurate Translations from

The number of patent applications filed worldwide continues to increase, up by 4.6 percent in 2014 for a total of nearly 2.7 million, according to the 2015 edition of the World Intellectual Property ...

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Work Product Doctrine Covers Use of Attorney’s Non-Legal Knowledge in Furtherance of Litigation Goals from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to compel defendant to produce a scientific protocol prepared by an attorney-scientist at defendant's subsidiary because the information was protected work product. "[Plaintiff] argues that it seeks discovery ...

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Opportunities And Challenges That The Internet Of Things Creates from

Over the past few years, we’ve seen paramount change in the way we access the internet – it started with desktops and soon shifted to mobile devices. But the world hasn’t been waiting for ...

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Obama Calls For TPP Approval On Eve Of ITC Hearing from

On the eve of a three-day mega hearing on the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) starting today at the US International Trade Commission, President Barack Obama called on Congress to approve the trade deal ...

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Due Process and Separating Powers Within an Agency from

by Dennis Crouch In this Case, the Federal Circuit has ruled that the IPR procedure allowing the same PTAB panel to both institute an IPR and issue the final decision cancelling the claims. in the ...

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Council Of Europe Guidelines For Network Neutrality To Protect Freedom Of Expression, Privacy from

The Council of Europe (CoE), the intergovernmental regional group that includes the European Union, today called on European governments protect the principle of network neutrality at the national level. The member countries adopted guidelines on ...

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Ethicon loses appeal at CAFC from

As a first matter, J&J;/Ethicon lost the appeal at the CAFC:

We first hold that 35 U.S.C. § 314(d) does not preclude
us from hearing Ethicon’s challenge to the authority ...

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A New Source for Using Patent Application Data for Empirical Research from

Getting detailed patent application data is notoriously difficult. Traditionally, such information was only available via Public Pair, the PTO's useful, but clunky for bulk research, interface for getting application data. Thus, there haven't ...

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The number of issued US patents was down in 2015 from

In a post titled -- Patent Awards Down, IBM Still No. 1--, EE Times noted that issued US patents were down in 2015 relative to 2014 and also included:

Although several top 50 companies dropped considerably ...

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