Patent & IP news for July 11, 2016

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post image Guest Post - Is Brexit breaking the Unitary Patent? from

A couple of weeks ago the IPKat published a paper from Prof. Dr. Winfried Tilmann of Hogan Lovells outlining a mechanism by which a post-Brexit UK might still participate in the Unitary Patent and Unified ...

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post image Never Too Late: If you missed The IPKat last week from

Did you miss the last week of IPKat and are you now feeling lost? Never fear, Never Too Late 104 is here. 

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Katfriend Jean-Sébastien Mariez introduces the new ...

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Special Report: Union Lawsuit Claims EPO Has Prevented It From Functioning; Office Claims Immunity from

Deteriorating relations between European Patent Office (EPO) management and staff union SUEPO have sparked another lawsuit in the district court in The Hague, Netherlands. The matter, which will be heard in a 15 July summary ...

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“Providing . . . Information” Step of Challenged Claim Constitutes Printed Matter Not Entitled to Patentable Weight from

In a final written decision finding claims of a patent directed to methods of distributing a pharmaceutical product unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a), the Board determined that portions of the challenged claims ...

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Federal Circuit Pre-AIA “On Sale” Bar to UCC Level Offers from

In The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., App. No. 14-1469 (Fed. Cir. 2016) (en banc), the Federal Circuit has ruled that an invention claimed as a “product-by-process” is only “on sale” if “the subject of ...

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En banc CAFC in MedCo v. Hospira: a contract manufacturer’s sale to the inventor of manufacturing services where neither title to the embodiments nor the right to market the same passes to the supplier does not constitute an invalidating sale under § 102(b) from

The case is complex, with both parties appealing certain issues:

MedCo appealed two of the district court’s claim construction
rulings and the district court’s non-infringement
ruling. Hospira cross-appealed the district court’s decisions ...

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PTAB Utilizes Enfish to Find Claim Directed to Bit Slipping is Directed to Patent-Eligible Subject Matter from

Takeaway: The PTAB issued a decision overturning an Examiner's rejections of method claims directed to bit slipping as being directed to patent-ineligible subject matter. The Examiner rejected the method claims at issue as being ...

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Privacy Shield May Not Be “Schrems-Proof”, But Passage Expected from

The European Commission is expected to pass a controversial declaration on the “adequacy of US data protection standards” on 12 July, making transfers of personal data from the European Union to the United States legal ...

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