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post image Sorry not sorry – Justin Bieber and Skrillex deny copying vocal loop to produce ‘Sorry’ from

Justin Bieber and Skrillex have been accused of copyright infringement by artist Casey Dienel, aka White Hinterland. The suit probably does not come as a complete surprise to the duo as Dienel claimed that she ...

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post image BREAKING: CJEU Grand Chamber says what to consider in communication to the public cases from

Back in February this blog reported that after hotels [here], dentist waiting rooms [here], and spas [here], the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had been asked to say whether the making available ...

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post image German Constitutional Court sends sampling saga into another loop from

Moses took it to the highest courtIn 1997, German music producer Moses Pelham took a two second sample from Kraftwerk's 1977 song "Metall auf Metall" and used it as a continuous loop for ...

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Who should pay for the independence of the Boards of Appeal? Why the users, of course! from

Merpel thought that nothing at the European Patent Office could surprise her any more.  How wrong she was.  She has now received news of a draft of the latest proposal from the EPO administration to ...

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World Health Organization Lobbies For Plain Packaging from

"Tobacco-related illness is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced," according to the World Health Organization, and plain packaging of tobacco products can save lives, it said. The theme of ...

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Contrarian patent investors see opportunity where others see risk from

The emergence of contrarian patent investors – bargain hunters hoping to cash in on decidedly soft market for  licensing and sales – are an indication that the bottom of the bear market for patents may be at ...

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WHO’s Kieny: R&D Decision ‘An Advance That Shows Strong Recommitment’ from

World Health Organization members sent a clear signal at the annual Assembly last week when they committed to step up efforts to find ways to fund research into diseases that results in affordable products, according ...

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Filing deadline tomorrow: Samsung to make its case against total-profit disgorgement over design patent infringement from

More than two months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States granted Samsung's petition for writ of certiorari (request for top-court review) regarding design patent damages, which was supported by Google, Facebook and ...

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BIOS Multitasking Patent Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings that plaintiff's BIOS multitasking patent was invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found that the asserted claims were directed toward an ...

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Supreme Court denies Certiorari in Obviousness Case from

The Supreme Court has denied certiorari in Cubist Pharma v. Hospira.  In the case, the patentee had challenged the Federal Circuit’s increasingly strong limits on the use of secondary indicia of non-obviousness.  Bill Lee ...

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Privacy Injunctions in the Age of the Internet and Social Media: PJS v News Group Newspapers from

The reposting of this article is part of a cross-post agreement with Cyberlex. You’re a celebrity and had a threesome. Your partner wasn’t one of them. You want the affair to remain private ...

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WIPO Seminar: Experts Discuss IP Protection Of Genetic Resources from

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization held a seminar on intellectual property and genetic resources. For over a decade, WIPO members have been discussing ways to protect genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge from ...

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Innovative Wireless Solutions loses appeal at CAFC from

The outcome of the Ruckus Wireless case:

Innovative Wireless Solutions (“IWS”) appeals the final
judgment of non-infringement of the district court in
the Western District of Texas. IWS challenges the district
court’s conclusion that ...

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Wikimedia vs BUS: How to Regulate Copyright on Public Art in the Digital Age from

If you’re thinking about posting on Instagram one more selfie from your recent trip to Sweden, think again. OffeSntlig Konst, an open database where visitors can see descriptions, maps and images of public works ...

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Rachel Sachs: Prizing Insurance from

If anyone is looking for a clear and comprehensive review of the ways in which patents can distort investment in innovation, as well as a summary of the literature on incentives "beyond IP", I highly ...

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MCM v. HP Briefs from

Petition: MCM-Petition-and-Appendix: (1) Whether inter partes review (IPR) violates Article III of the Constitution; and (2) whether IPR violates the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution. Response Due June 30, 2016. Amici in Support of Grant ...

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USPTO Selects Topics for Quality Case Study Pilot Program from

By Donald Zuhn -- In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that could be used as case studies in a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI) pilot ...

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