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post image USPTO Publishes New Section 101 Subject Matter Eligibility Update from

Ann Robl

Today, during the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, the USPTO announced that a new Subject Matter Eligibility Update is being published in the Federal Register on May 6. A pre-publication version ...

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post image Girst woman to receive US Patent: May 5, 1809 from

Of "cinco de mayo" and patents, on May 5,1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to receive a U.S. patent, for a weaving technique.

The "cinco de mayo" holiday celebrates the victory of ...

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post image BREAKING! Italy nears UPC ratification with government approval of draft bill from

The AmeriKat getting ready to visit
Italy's Italian UPC division 
After a sunny lunch this afternoon, the AmeriKat returned to her desk to find some very exciting news from her friends at leading Italian ...

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post image To boldly go where no copyright holder has gone before from

This Kat would like to thank his colleague Tristan Sherliker, a solicitor at EIP Legal, for this interesting copyright mewsing. Tristan has been captivated, as indeed have many of us, by IP issues relating to ...

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USPTO Holds Patent Quality Symposium from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- On April 27th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a Patent Quality Community Symposium at the Office in Alexandria, VA (consistent with its efforts to disseminate its workforce into ...

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ITMA opens the lid on Trunki from

The IPKat never likes to miss a gathering of IP experts, particularly when the experts are as renowned as the group who congregated together last week to talk about design law following the Supreme Court ...

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Over 70 Groups Urge EU Telecom Regulators To Uphold Net Neutrality from

Dozens of civil society organisations this week sent a letter urging European telecommunications regulators to preserve internet neutrality in their current negotiations about the future of the internet in Europe.

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What the Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for Trade Secret Defendants from

Guest Post By Maxwell Goss. Dr. Goss is a business litigation attorney with McDonald Hopkins PLC in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His practice focuses on trade secret, noncompete, patent, trademark, and shareholder litigation. The Defend Trade ...

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The Bipolar Nature Of Academic Publishing from

Since the late twentieth-century shift from the liberal university to the neoliberal university (the latter distinguished by the managerial class installed to leverage and extract value from academic research, plus polish the brand of the ...

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Burden of Proving Compliance With Marking Statute Does Not Shift to Plaintiff on Summary Judgment from

The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff could not recover pre-filing damages because of its licensee's failure to mark and found that the burden did not shift to plaintiff to ...

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Africa Should Speed Formation Of Pan-African IP Body, UN-Led Report Says from

NAIROBI, KENYA -- A recent report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is calling for faster establishment of a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO) to bring about what it sees as badly needed ...

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Presenting on IP Law for Entrepreneurs at University of Michigan-Flint’s Maker Day: May 19, 2016. from

Calling all do-it-yourselfers to MAKER DAY Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm University of Michigan-Flint Spend the day with inventors and makers, and those who support them, at the UM-Flint Innovation ...

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USPTO: May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Updates from

From the USPTO: Federal Register Notice:  May 2016 Subject Matter Eligibility Update Memorandum – Formulating a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection and Evaluating the Applicant’s Response to a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection May 2016 Update:  Subject ...

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The Economist is at it again (when it comes to patents) from

Last August, The Economist attracted wide-spread attention with its cover story, "Set Innovation Free", here and here, in which it aggressively attacked the patent system as too often inimical to innovation. This Kat took issue ...

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Who invented Bitcoin? from

From Ars Technica, on the evolving Craig Wright matter :

Of course, Craig Wright already said goodbye on Monday, telling the BBC his discussion would be the one and only television interview he would do. "I ...

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In re TC Heartland (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Andrew Williams -- "You Can Arrange the Menu, the Venue, the Seating" The above slightly-modified quote is from a lyric sung by Thomas Jefferson in the Tony-award nominated musical "Hamilton" (with apologies to Lin Manual ...

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