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post image Does Mr Justice Birss' decision in Positec finally signal the end of disclosure in obviousness cases in the UK Patents Court? from

The AmerKat explaining the relevance of
last week's decision on patent procedure
to whomever will listen...
The AmeriKat was so busy meowing about last week's case management decision of Mr Justice Birss in ...

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post image "Simply" invalid: French trade mark win for M&S in the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris from

The beret seemed like a good idea at
the time, but when she stepped off
the Eurostar at Gare du Nord the
AmeriKat immediately
knew it was a mistake...
From across the Channel comes news ...

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post image Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update from

March and April saw a big uptick in green patent lawsuits filed, mostly driven by LED actions.  The suits were in the areas of energy storage, LEDs, and smart grid.   Energy Storage Praxair, Inv. v ...

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Merck & Cie v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit had the occasion to revisit the proper application of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in ANDA litigation over claim 4 of U.S ...

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“Building an Innovation Economy” is focus of latest Hoover IP² event from

IP², an initiative of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, last week hosted a more than 60 IP scholars, economists and practitioners to hear and challenge research about “Building and Innovation Economy – The Mechanics of ...

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Extra-Territorial Application of the Defend Trade Secrets Act from

by Dennis Crouch When U.S. courts interpret U.S. statutes, they tend to read an inherent territorial limitation into the law.   “It is a long-standing principle of American law that legislation of Congress, unless ...

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WIPO Copyright Committee In Freewheel Mode; Conversation Continues from

It is difficult to understand whether the prospect of a treaty protecting rights of broadcasters is getting nearer or farther away at the World Intellectual Property Organization, as some countries are still calling for a ...

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EU Eyes Revamp Of Policy To Speed Drug Approvals In Developing Countries from

Article 58, a process introduced by the European Commission to help speed up the time low and middle-income countries take to approve new drugs, could be in for a massive overhaul. A revamp has been ...

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Battery Gauge Patent Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court denied defendant's motion to dismiss on the ground that plaintiff’s infusion pump battery gauge patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the asserted claims were not directed toward an abstract idea. "[Defendant ...

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Query: Fictional Patent Lawyers (and their Trolls) from

Professor Bob Jarvis (Nova Southeastern) is finishing up a law review article discussing the depiction of patent lawyers in popular culture (TV shows, movies, novels, comic strips, etc.).  Although he’s already found dozens of ...

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Two upcoming events from

This Kat would like to alert readers to two events that are coming up - he will be speaking at one and attending the other.

The first is IBC Legal's Biotech & Pharma Patenting Conference 2016 ...

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Book Review: Patents After the AIA from

By Jason Rantanen Alan J. Kasper, Brad D. Pedersen, Ann M. Mueting, Gregory D. Allen, & Brian R. Stanton, Patents After the AIA: Evolving Law and Practice (Bloomberg BNA 2016). Last fall, I sat next to ...

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Intendis GmbH v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court spent an inordinate amount of time wrestling with each of their conceptions of the scope and application of the doctrine of equivalents a dozen ...

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