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GIPI 5 - hot off the pressGlobal Intellectual Property Index 5th Report. Taylor Wessing's latest GIPI5 Report was unveiled yesterday morning, which has assessed and ranked 43 jurisdictions by combining objective analysis with thousands ...

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post image The Metaphorical Trademark "Bully": A Problem? from

Does bullying build character? A trademark bully is an entity that enforces a trademark with an overreaching claim--usually using cease and desist letters--against another person or entity with less resources.  However, both the extent of ...

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post image IP Strategy is Increasing Focus at Innovative Companies: Here’s Why from

After more than 8 years, I can report that IP Strategy is an increasing focus at innovative companies, and there is a solid reason why this is so. By way of background, for many years ...

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post image EU Trade Secrets Directive to come into force on 5 July 2016 from

The AmeriKat has adopted one means of
keeping things secret....
Every morning for the past three weeks when she woke up, a bleary-eyed AmeriKat would check the Official Journal to see if the EU Trade ...

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UN Development Agency Issues Guidelines For Pharmaceutical Patent Examiners from

A new set of guidelines for pharmaceutical patent examination has been published by the United Nations Development Programme that seek to help reduce poor quality patents and ensure efficient market entry of generic products.The ...

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Panels Brainstorm Ideas On Innovation And Drug Access from

The quest of balance between encouraging medical innovation and the imperative of broad access to medicines has so far been elusive. Two Harvard University programmes jointly organised a workshop this week with the aim of ...

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Telehealth Patent Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s telehealth patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "[Plaintiff's] claims ...

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Generics, Biosimilars Makers Join Global Medical Harmonisation Body from

Doors to a global medical harmonisation organisation opened to the generic and biosimilar industry, which described it as an historical moment for them. The industry will now be able to sit on the assembly of ...

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CAFC affurns PTAB decision in Allied Erecting from

The CAFC affirmed the Board’s (“PTAB”) decision, on inter partes reexamination,
concluding that claims 1–21 of U.S. Patent No. 7,121,489
(“the ’489 patent”) would have been obvious over German
prior ...

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Reminder: Canada’s IP Writing Challenge July 1st Deadline! from

The deadline to submit an entry for the 8th annual Canada’s IP Writing Challenge is just two weeks away! The winner from each category will receive a prize of $1000 (CAD), publication on the ...

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No more bright lines: Supreme Court overturns test for willful patent infringement from

In a consolidated decision involving two new cases, the U.S. Supreme Court continued its trend of shunning bright-line rules in patent infringement cases. The cases overturned the “objective recklessness” test that the Federal Circuit ...

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Will the Walls Come Tumbling Down: Jericho v. Axiomatic at the Supreme Court from

In a new petition for writ of certiorari, Jericho Systems has asked the Supreme Court to review its abstract idea test: Whether, under this Court’s precedent in Alice Corp. Party Ltd. v. CLS Bank ...

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Femto-Sec Tech, Inc. v. Lensar, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2016) from

Patent Having Claims That Apply Law of Nature Is Patent-Eligible By Joseph Herndon -- On June 8, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order denying a motion to ...

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