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post image BREAKING: Court of Appeal of England and Wales confirms that blocking injunctions are available in online trade mark cases from

A nice surprise
for Cartier and friends
Can injunctions (particularly: blocking injunctions) be issued against intermediaries in trade mark cases, even lacking in the UK a specific implementation of the third sentence in Article 11 ...

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post image Wednesday Whimsies from

British IP Day. The Alliance for Intellectual Property launched a new "British IP Day" yesterday in order to celebrate the contribution made by IP to the country. Participants were encouraged to meet with their MP ...

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post image The USPTO Moves to Clear "Trademark Deadwood" from

Is there a "trademark deadwood" problem?  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) thinks there is a "trademark deadwood" problem in its register.  On June 22, 2016, the USPTO announced its intention to make ...

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28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Condemns Compulsory License from

By Donald Zuhn -- Yesterday, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on compulsory licenses ...

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UK Proposes To Tighten IP Protections Online from

The United Kingdom Digital Economy Bill, floated this week, aims to “enable access to fast digital communication services for citizens and businesses, to enable investment in digital communications infrastructure, to shape the emerging digital world ...

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PIP Framework Review Ongoing; Last Call For Country Submissions from

World Health Organization member states have until 15 July to submit views on a five-year-old mechanism allowing for swifter sharing of pandemic influenza viruses and benefit-sharing measures, according to the group tasked with providing a ...

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UK High Court Upholds Blocking Of Infringing Websites In Trademark Cases from

Internet service providers can be ordered to block websites that offer counterfeit goods for sale despite the lack of an express law to that effect in trademark cases, the UK Court of Appeal for England ...

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Audio Compression Patents Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court denied defendant's motion to dismiss on the ground that plaintiffs’ audio compression patents encompassed unpatentable subject matter and rejected defendant's argument that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "[T ...

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A record number of major holders were far granted fewer US patents from

Many significant tech companies experienced dramatic declines in US patent grants, fueling speculation about the reasons why.  While total patent grants were virtually flat, according to USPTO data, down just 53 patents from 326,032 ...

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Federal Circuit Further Defines Alice Step Two to Find Claims Reciting Conventional Computing Components to Include Inventive Concept from

Takeaway: The Federal Circuit issued a decision expanding upon "inventive concept," finding that the inquiry requires more than identifying that each claim element, by itself, was known in the art. Based upon this finding, the ...

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Rapid Litigation Management Ltd. v. Cellzdirect, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- As we have had the occasion to say before regarding subject matter eligibility, "[o]ne swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day . . . ," but the Federal Circuit may have ...

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