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post image "Up to the hilt" and "beyond reasonable doubt" - any difference? from

In the EPC case-law, the standard of proof for the public availability of documents or information which are completely under the control of one of the parties (e.g. public prior use by the party ...

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post image AG Bot on the right of communication to the public in rehabs and the need for a 'transmission': is the end of Svensson in sight? from

After hotels [here], dentist waiting rooms [here], and spas [here], it is now the turn of rehabilitation centres.

This morning Advocate General (AG) Yves Bot made a comeback to the copyright scene and issued his ...

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

Away last week or too busy to read the IPKat? As usual, don’t worry because our friend and colleague Alberto Bellan is back with his Never Too Late feature, now on its 86th edition ...

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Gonzalez v. Infostream Group, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2016) from

Producing "digital labels" is Patent Eligible under § 101 By Joseph Herndon -- On February 6, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division) issued a decision in a case captioned ...

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Patent Directed to the Production of an Insurance Claim Valuation Report Unpatentable Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

In a final written decision, the Board found claims of a patent directed to the production of an insurance claim valuation report unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101. "Here, we observe that each challenged ...

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Embracing failure: IPOsgoode’s Orphan Works Hackathon. from

Fail early. Fail often. For lawyers and law students, failure is anathemal; but, in the context of design, failure is a valuable learning tool. For three days starting February 3rd, innovators, law students, and stakeholders ...

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Technology companies back on top as patent defendants in 2016 from

While it may seem like all of the patent infringement targets are large technology companies in 2015, at least 7 of the top 10 defendants were less well-known or in the pharmaceutical business.  According to ...

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Digital Rights Management Faces “Big Data,” Multiple-Rightsholder Challenges from

Managing copyright in digital musical works can be difficult because there are multiple rights holders and no standards for exchanging the massive amounts of data involved. Digital rights management services LyricFind and Rumblefish are among ...

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Battistelli falls out with Board 28 from

Merpel has been receiving a stream of rumour and hearsay since last week, indicating a serious bust-up between EPO President Benoit Battistelli and the members of Board 28 (the sub-group that runs the business of ...

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Trolls vs Pirates: Halo/Stryker Oral Arguments from

Today the Supreme Court heard combined oral arguments in the willful infringement cases of: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., et al. (14-1513); and Stryker Corporation, et al. v. Zimmer, Inc., et al. (14-1520 ...

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Codexis goes after Chinese company EnzymeWorks over trade secret and patent issues from

Codexis has gone against EnzymeWorks and its founder Junhua [Alex] Tao for misappropriating trade secrets and infringing on Codexis patents. Tao, while an employee of Pfizer, led a joint research project between Pfizer and Codexis ...

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Copyright for Engineered DNA (Part 1) from

I have observed increasing interest in the idea of extending copyright to engineered DNA, not only among academics, but also some attorneys at IP firms working in the biotechnology space, as well as some biotechnology ...

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What’s New on the EPA’s Reading List? Pesticide Patents from

In what seems to be a novel way of exploiting the public disclosure function of patent applications, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently began reviewing applications for pesticides in connection with the agency ...

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