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In re Queen's University at Kingston (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Andrew Williams -- Are communications between a patent agent and a client privileged? Up until last week, the Federal Circuit had not addressed the subject, although there had been a split with the district courts ...

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Pending Supreme Court Patent Cases 2016 (March 17 Update) from

by Dennis Crouch President Obama has announced his nomination of Merrick Garland to become the next Supreme Court Justice. Garland is Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and would bring tremendous ...

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South Africa: New Prominent Pro-IP Academic Comes Out Against Government from

The new Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Professor Sadulla Karjiker, has pointed a finger at the country’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for ...

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Federal Circuit’s Judgment of Noninfringement Precludes New Trial on Doctrine of Equivalents from

The court denied plaintiff's motion to reopen the case and conduct a new trial on infringement under the doctrine of equivalents after the Federal Circuit reversed the Court’s construction of the term "virtual ...

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Would Diehr and Morse Be Invalid Under the §101 Mayo Test? from

As most patent practitioners are aware, the Supreme Court set forth a two-part test for determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International under the framework set ...

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Another Big Turnout For Second Public Dialogue Of UN High-Level Panel On Medicines Access from

Today in Johannesburg, South Africa, the second of two public dialogues was held by the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, drawing another packed room and many ideas, experiences and ...

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Two New Studies Challenge Conventional Wisdom on Chinese Patenting from

Foreign firms can't get a fair shake in patent litigation in China, and Chinese firms are filing an exceptional number of low-quality patents in the US—right? Not according to two new empirical papers ...

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US Congress Hearing All Positive On IANA Transition Process from

Witnesses testifying at the United States House Communications and Technology Subcommittee today unanimously reported success of the multistakeholder preparations for the transition of oversight over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the US government ...

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Mitchell International, Inc. v. Audatex North America, Inc. (PTAB 2016) from

PTAB Ignores District Court Claim Construction, Finds Patent Invalid By Joseph Herndon -- On February 19, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in the Covered Business Method (CBM ...

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