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The Collective Rights Management Directive was implemented yesterday, giving rightsholders greater control and oversight over the Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) organisations responsible for licensing and royalty distribution. 

Royalties to be tamed but not just domestic ...

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Genetic Technologies Ltd. v. Merial L.L.C. (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit affirmed the latest invalidation of genetic diagnostic claims last week, in Genetic Technologies Ltd. v. Merial L.L.C. While consistent with (and expressly relying upon) recent Federal ...

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Never too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week from

Did you miss the IPKat last week? Fear not - the 91st edition of Never too Late is here!

Fordham 2016: Will purposive construction of Swiss-type claims save second-medical use patents? Heavyweight panel at Fordham weighs ...

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Hidden in Plain Sight from

I've posted a draft of my new trade secrets article at SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Software developers have long tried to appropriate the value of visible features and functions of their programs. Historically ...

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Life After BitCoin: The Future of Banking May Be in the Blockchain from

Introduction In the past 6 months, the US Patents & Trademark Office (USPTO) has published more than 200 patent applications filed by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and other top-tier financial institutions for their ...

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The Right to Be Forgotten, A “Bad Solution to a Very Real Problem” from

Jonathan Zittrain[1] calls the right to be forgotten a “ bad solution to a very real problem.” This article sets out to answer two questions. Firstly, what is the problem that the right to be ...

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Patent Owner’s Request for Adverse Judgment in CBM Does Not Support Attorney Fees Award in Related Litigation from

The court denied defendant's motion for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 where the patent owner filed for a cancellation of claims during CBM review while plaintiff's motion to dismiss was ...

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Supreme patent silliness reported by Jamie Condliffe at Gizmodo: a (randomized) prior art generator from

At Gizmodo, Jamie Condliffe reports in the post This Website Is Using Math to Create Every Possible Patent on work by Alexander Reben.

As a first point, the title is misleading. Reben's work slices ...

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Of journals editing authors' submissions, and things vanishing from the internet from

A family flare-up between the son and daughter of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore brings up some IP issues from the past. In the text

In an article submitted to the Straits Times last month ...

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Reasons for abandoning trademark applications from

From an article about trademarking "Model E"

Robin Bren, trademark Attorney and Partner at Intellectual Property Law Firm Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, had earlier explained that companies usually abandon trademark applications for two reasons ...

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Adding Fuel to the Bonfire of Patents from

Genetic Tech. v. Merial (Fed. Cir. 2016) Lincoln famously explained the role of the patent system of adding “the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”  In GTG, the simplified the phrase by finding ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, LLC et al. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC 1:15-cv-00964; filed October 22, 2016 in ...

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Members of Congress Seek NIH Hearing on Use of March-in Rights from

By Donald Zuhn -- On March 28, 2016, a dozen members of Congress sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Francis Collins, the Director ...

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