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post image Open Source Dogs from

Brew Dog Pint, Callum HopkinsAre we in a post-capitalism world? Is IP a katalyst for change? What does that even mean? According to a recent article on Scottish microbrewery BrewDog's open-source approach, post-capitalism is ...

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post image View from the UKIPO's UPC Taskfroce: Lassie, Snowy and Mr Pugs go to the UPC from

It is very easy in the battle for/against the Unified Patent Court to forget about the names and faces that sit behind closed doors in various European locations battling for certain provisions of Rules ...

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post image First Action Pendency from

The data released from the USPTO in its annual report shades the truth somewhat, but includes a number of important signals.  The chart above shows the average first-action pendency (filing date to first office action ...

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Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Joseph Herndon -- On March 1, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in a number of related appeals between Blue Calypso, LLC and Groupon, Inc. These related appeals arise from five Covered Business Method ...

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

Last week was a very busy one for the IPKat blogging team. So, if you missed the action on this weblog, here is Round-up No 86: 
* Lord Justice Kitchin gleefully keeps us the right side ...

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Press Release and Form 8-K Did Not Make Invention Available to Public as Required by Post-AIA On Sale Bar from

Following a bench trial, the court found that plaintiffs' post-AIA chemotherapy drug patents were not invalid under the on-sale bar because plaintiffs' invention was not available to the public. "[Plaintiffs] and [their licensee] entered into ...

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Foreign Copyright Holders Could More Actively Protect IP In Russia from

Russia is continuing to strengthen its national legislation in the field of intellectual property, through the provision of means for foreign copyright holders to more actively protect their intellectual property in Russia and the elimination ...

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Findings of EU Project On Conservation Of Genetic Resources Due Out In June from

The findings, conclusions and preliminary recommendations of a European Commission initiative on the conservation and sustainable use of genetic diversity are to be presented in June, the Commission has announced.

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‘Made in America’ 2015? The TPP and the Future of Canada’s Digital Economy from

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) agreement pages of both the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the White House display an understandable, if not provocative, logo extolling that the trade deal is “Made in ...

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Branding the TPP: Trademark Pros & Problems from

An overview of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement would change in Canadian policy The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to read and comment on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), along with the government’s ...

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Pharmaceuticals Main Attraction in TPP IP Chapter from

Patent law can be a polarizing topic, but it is especially so during international trade negotiations. Perhaps this is because the principles of patent law create fundamental conflicts between those that own patents and those ...

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Federal Circuit Recognizes Patent Agent Privilege from

by Dennis Crouch In re Queens University (Fed. Cir. 2016) In an interesting and important mandamus ruling, the Federal Circuit has ordered the district court to withdraw its order compelling discovery of communications with non-attorney ...

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CAFC recognizes "a patent-agent privilege extending to communications with non-attorney patent agents when those agents are acting within the agent’s authorized practice of law before the Patent Office" from

The grant of a mandamus petition in the case --IN RE: QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY AT KINGSTON,

We find, consistent with Rule 501 of the Federal Rules
of ...

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PTAB “Broadest Reasonable Construction” for Connector Patents Deemed Unreasonable by CAFC from

In two related opinions (Docket Nos. 2015–1361, 2015–1369, 2015–1366, 2015–1368 and Docket No. 2015-1364) issued February 22, 2016 (each captioned PPC Broadband, Inc. v. Corning Optical Communications RF, LLC), the U ...

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The journal NATURE discusses the CRISPR patent interference from

Within a post by the journal NATURE on the CRISPR patent interference, one finds the text

When will we find out who has won?

The law that did away with the United States’ first-to-file policy ...

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Gridgate: the great crossword puzzle plagiarism caper from

The Guardian reports on a post from FiveThirtyEight about the theft of crossword puzzle parts from the New York Times.
The great US crossword 'plagiarism' mystery

FiveThirtyEight reported on March 7, 2016:

The longtime editor ...

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