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post image CJEU launches brand-new, teen-friendly mobile app! from

How lovely is the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), always in step with the times! Besides providing a terrific amount of high-tech decisions in all fields (including IP), EU law enthusiasts' favourite ...

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post image Recruitment of UPC Judges is now open from

The preparatory committee has now published the first job openings at the Unified Patent court.

The recruitment of legally qualified and of technically qualified judges of the Unified Patent Court (Court of First Instance and ...

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post image Germany: open WiFi after all? from

Following the opinion of Attorney General Szpunar in the pending McFadden case (C-484/14, IPKat post), the German coalition government has decided to abandon the "Störerhaftung" of providers of open WiFi Networks for illegal use ...

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post image UK Patents Court refuses to transfer Unwired Planet competition claims to CAT from

Like a 13-week competition trial,
the IPKat initially thought
it was a good idea to tackle
the ball of string....
For anyone keeping tabs, the mammoth patent dispute in Unwired Planet v Huawei & Samsung continues ...

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post image Are most patents in Germany valid after all? from

In February this year, the IPKat reported on a study that showed that around 80% of all patents subject to a nullity attack in Germany were fully or partially invalidated. My comment at the time ...

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post image Do you want to be a UPC judge? Application process now open! from

If it wasn't for the requirement
to provide references, Merpel
would have already submitted
her UPC judge's application...
On Monday, the UPC's Preparatory Committee announced the opening of the judicial recruitment process ...

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USPTO Provides Insight on PTAB Amendment Motions from

By Joseph Herndon -- On Monday, May 9, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published information on Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trials regarding motions to amend claims. The Acting Chief Administrative Patent ...

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

Did you miss the IPKat last week? Not to worry, the 95th edition of Never Too Late is here. 
The Economist is at it again (when it comes to patents) 
Last August, The Economist attracted ...

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Media use of patent “troll” is unfair says professor in Stanford Technology Law Review from

The use of inaccurate, prejudicial language by newspapers, business publications and technology magazines to describe patent licensing activity biases readers and courts. That is among the findings from research conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology ...

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Supreme Court to address two intellectual property issues in fall 2016 from

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review two cases that involve important IP questions in the Court’s fall 2016 session. One case will consider whether to modify or do away with the ...

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Tech4Dev Conference: Translating Innovation Into Social Impact from

New technologies are of limited value if they are not accessible. Thus the crucial challenge lies not only in promoting innovation, but in translating innovation into social impact. This was the theme of the fourth ...

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At WIPO, Music Industry Points Fingers At YouTube For Hiding Behind Safe Harbour from

YouTube is recognised by many as the world’s biggest music platform. Listening to music on YouTube is free for users. However, according to the music industry, it pays very little in terms of revenue ...

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Patent Directed to Supplemental Digital Broadcast Data Satisfies Financial Product or Service Requirement for CBM Review from

The Board granted institution of covered business method review of a patent directed to "coordinating the transmission of supplemental digital data to accompany broadcast data" under 35 U.S.C. § 101, finding the patent was ...

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Other PTAB Decisions Addressing Financial Product or Service Requirement Under AIA § 18(d)(1) from

Since inception, the PTAB has issued 324 decisions addressing whether at least one claim of the challenged patent is directed to a financial product or service as required for CBM review. The vast majority of ...

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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Markup and Commentary from

by Dennis Crouch President Obama has signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law.  The new law creates a private cause of action for trade secret misappropriation that can be brought in ...

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Buccafusco, Heald & Bu: Do Pornographic Knock-offs Tarnish the Original Work? from

Trademark law provides a remedy against "dilution by tarnishment of [a] famous mark" and the extension of copyright term was justified in part by concerns about tarnishment if Mickey Mouse fell into the public domain ...

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