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post image BREAKING: AG Szpunar says that fair compensation for private copying can be funded through state budget but amount cannot be established ex ante from

Private copying levies? Surely a sexy topic of conversation, but also a very contentious issue.

This morning Advocate General (AG) Maciej Szpunar issued his Opinion [not yet available in English, and not available in Spanish ...

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post image Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week from

Were you away or just too busy last week, and missed your regular IPKat reading? Do not worry, as our friend and colleague Alberto Bellan is back as usual with his invaluable and lovingly compiled ...

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post image Will the Enforcement Directive consultation impact the UPC? from

The AmeriKat got halfway through her response
on the Commission's consultation, but
the sun's pull became too strong...
What good is an IP right if you can't effectively enforce it?  No good ...

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post image Are you ready to boost your EU trademark portfolio? You will only have one chance from

There has been recent flurry of attention to the proposed Article 28 declaration in connection with the scope of protection for goods and services of Community Trade Marks (to become known as European Union Trademarks ...

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post image Top Green IP Stories of 2015 from

Before we get into the new news, let’s take a quick look back at the top green IP stories of 2015.   5.  Automaker Eco-marks Branding of hybrid and electric vehicles remained important last year ...

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Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to review the Federal Circuit's decision that the U.S. Patent and Trademark's Patent Trial and Appeal Board was entitled to perform ...

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ITU Report On Internet Of Things: Great Potential For Development But Privacy, Interoperability Concerns from

Connected devices talking to each other and to humans could solve major global challenges and be a vector for global development, according to a new report by the UN International Telecommunication Union and Cisco Systems ...

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Copyright, Unitary Patent System Lead EU IP Priorities In 2016 from

Modernisation of EU copyright and intellectual property rights enforcement law tops Europe's agenda in 2016. Trademark reform legislation approved last year takes effect this year, and a preliminary deal on trade secrets protection is ...

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Inequitable Conduct Renders Fracking Patent Unenforceable from

Following a bench trial, the court determined that defendant's hydraulic fracturing patent was unenforceable for inequitable conduct and found that defendant and its founder had the specific intent to deceive the PTO by withholding ...

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Do Patents Help Startups? from

Do patents help startups? I've debated this question many times over the years, and no one seems to have a definitive answer. My own research, along with others, shows that patents are associated with ...

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Samsung v. Apple: Functional Design Patents and Profit Disgorgement from

by Dennis Crouch Six amici briefs have now been filed in support of Samsung’s petition for writ of certiorari in its design patent defense against Apple.   Law Professor Brief: [SamsungLemley] In a petition primarily ...

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Supreme Court Orders FedCir to reconsider Medtronic Lawsuit from

The Supreme Court has issued a GVR order in Medtronic v. NuVasive and ordered the Federal Circuit to consider how Commil impacts the case. The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment ...

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Eric Lander piece in CELL on CRISPR draws flack from

An article by Eric Lander in Cell about the identity of the heroes of CRISPR has drawn significant criticism.
One piece begins:

In a perspective piece published in Cell this week (January 14), Eric Lander ...

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Panels Look At IP Considerations In Representing Creative Talent from

NEW YORK – At a conference of hundreds of performers and agents in a hotel perched on Times Square this week, panellists told some interesting stories about intellectual property rights and protecting – or failing to protect ...

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Guest Post -- Jackson Laboratory Hosts Microbiome Symposium Related to Cancer and Immunology from

Editor's note: This is the fourth article in a series on advancements in microbiome research and development. By Jessica Miles* and Anthony D. Sabatelli** -- Early last month, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in ...

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