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post image BREAKING: Commission unveils new copyright package from

Further to the proposal for a regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in late 2015, the European Commission has just unveiled its new set of proposals to ameliorate EU copyright and achieve a ...

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Patent Venue at the Supreme Court: Correcting a 26 Year Old Legal Error from

TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods (Supreme Court 2016) [Petition for Writ of Certioari] Patent litigation continues to be concentrated in a small number of venues.  This case is potentially a big deal because it could ...

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Judge’s Opinion That EU Is Competent To Ratify Marrakesh Treaty Might Break Standstill from

The European Union has exclusive competence to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty on copyright exceptions for visually impaired people, the advocate general of the Court of Justice of the EU has found. This conclusion, which was ...

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European Commission Copyright Reform Proposal Sparks Many Jeers, Some Cheers from

European Commission plans to overhaul EU copyright rules, officially published today, have prompted strong support and opposition. Controversy centres in particular around two proposals: The requirement that online services monitor against user-generated uploads of copyright-protected ...

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Fact Issues as to Performance of Claims by a “Person With Pen and Paper” Bar Resolution of 35 U.S.C. § 101 Eligibility Prior to Claim Construction from

The magistrate judge recommended denying defendant's motion to dismiss on the ground that plaintiff’s gemstone evaluation patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the issue required summary judgment and claim construction proceedings. "An important ...

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UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Issues “Landmark” Report from

The long-awaited report by the United Nations High Level Panel on Access to Medicines was released today, making many recommendations. The panel calls for countries to embrace the policy space available in the World Trade ...

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Public Safety Canada calls for Submissions on New National Cybersecurity Strategy from

The re-posting of this article is part of a cross-posting agreement with CyberLex. On August 16, 2016, Public Safety Canada (“PSC”) issued a consultation paper, launching a public consultation as part of PSC’s development ...

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An Honorary Start to the 2016/2017 Academic Year from

IP Osgoode is delighted to kick off the new academic year by honouring the recent induction of IP Osgoode’s very own Prof. David Vaver into the order of Canada “for his leadership in intellectual ...

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WIPO Committee Approves Forbin As New Top Copyright Official from

The nomination of Sylvie Forbin of France to be the next head of copyright issues at the World Intellectual Property Organization advanced yesterday as the WIPO Coordination Committee approved her appointment.

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High-Noon Showdown Hearing In US Over Internet Control from

Former US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz today used a 3.5 hour hearing of a Senate subcommittee he chairs to attempt to scare the US Commerce Department National Telecommunications and Information Administration away at ...

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McRO v. Bandai — Lack of Evidence from

Others, as well as myself, have submitted comments to the USPTO in the past commenting on the PTO’s Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance and highlighting to the PTO that, under Zurko, evidence is required in ...

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Walmart's published patent application US 20160260161, and others from

Michael T. Atchley is the first named inventor on US application 20160260161, published on September 8, 2016 and titled SHOPPING FACILITY ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS, with first published claim:

A system for bringing a ...

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