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post image EPO Social Unrest: The AC speaks from

The Meeting of the Administrative Council has been eagerly awaited by the intersted public and the report is available here. As a very extraordinary measure to increase pressure onto the parties to resolve the situation ...

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post image How Patent Law Has Made Me A Better Parent from

Laura Robinson

My three-year-old son and I drove to see the Easter Bunny this weekend.  In the car, I asked whether he was excited to meet the Easter Bunny.  He answered, “My teacher says that ...

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Internet Domain Name Expansion Pushes Dispute Resolution Cases Up At WIPO from

The World Intellectual Property Organization has released data on disputes between trademark owners and third parties who are registering new domain names with the original brand name. Disputes are on the rise and the proportion ...

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Failure to Show All Defenses Were Objectively Baseless Warrants JMOL on Plaintiff’s Willfulness Claim from

The court granted defendants' motion for judgment as a matter of law that they did not willfully infringe plaintiffs' antigen patents because one of their invalidity defenses was not objectively baseless. "[P]laintiffs have not ...

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Asian Voices On Access to Medicines: Scrap TRIPS, Voluntary Licences Not Working, FTA Threats from

Speakers from Asian civil society provided recommendations to the public hearing of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines held yesterday. They underlined the unaffordability of medicines in their countries ...

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ANDA filing creates Nationwide Personal Jurisdiction from

Acorda Therapeutics v. Mylan Pharma (Fed. Cir. 2016) In this personal jurisdiction case, the Federal Circuit has affirmed the Delaware Court’s ruling that the court has specific jurisdiction over Mylan in two parallel cases ...

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WTO: Nepal, Tanzania, Ukraine Accept Health Amendment To TRIPS Agreement from

The World Trade Organization said today that momentum continues to build among member states to accept a public health amendment to the WTO intellectual property rights agreement, as three more countries adopted it in the ...

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PTAB Denies Institution of IPR for Amgen’s ENBREL Patent from

On March 11, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied institution of Inter Partes Review (IPR) for U.S. Patent Number 8,163,522.  This is an important biotechnology patent, directed towards polynucleotides ...

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