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post image C-223/15: no EU-wide confusion, no EU-wide injunction from

While the IPKat has noticed the referral in the Combit/Commit case (IPKat post here) and IPKat's own Eleonora Rosati has called it an important case, it seems we have not yet reported on ...

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USPTO Announces 2016 Patents for Humanity Winners from

By Donald Zuhn -- On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program, which was launched by the Office in February ...

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Ecommerce, Opportunity For All Countries, Hurdles Remain, WTO Ongoing Work from

Electronic commerce was a focus of the World Trade Organization Public Forum last week, a nod to its continuing rise in global importance. Several panels looked at how to integrate developing countries and small and ...

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Big Week For WIPO Marrakesh Treaty On Access For Visually Impaired; Human Rights Side Under Focus from

The World Intellectual Property Organization treaty on copyright exceptions for print-disabled readers entered into effect on 30 September, and trading in accessible format works began immediately. This week, the treaty will be a highlight of ...

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Technology cos are using patents to cash in on smarter hearing devices from

Aging baby boomers, exposed to a lifetime of loud music, are more demanding than past generations about the quality of what and how they hear. Don’t expect them to sit by idly watching Mick ...

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External Offices, WIPO Normative Work At Heart Of General Assembly from

The decision-making bodies of the World Intellectual Property Organization are meeting this week with the hope of advancing discussions of pending potential treaties to protect broadcasting organisations, and simplifying the international applications for industrial designs ...

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Electronic Document Encryption Patent Not Ineligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court denied defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings on the ground that plaintiff’s electronic document encryption patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the asserted claims were not directed toward an abstract ...

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CAFC: past practices in snail-mail render Intellectual Ventures claims “fundamental . . . practice[s] long prevalent” and thus abstract ideas. from

A big loss for Intellectual Ventures at the CAFC; the outcome
The district court (D. Del., CJ Stark) held the asserted
claims of the ’050 patent and the
’142 patent to be ineligible under § 101 ...

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Not Eligible: Supreme Court Denies All Pending Subject Matter Eligibility Petitions from

The Supreme Court has greatly simplified the patent docket by denying certiorari in 10+ cases.  Gone are GEA Process (IPR termination decision), Amphastar (scope of 271.e safe harbor) , Commil (appellate disregard of factual evidence ...

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Should the Federal Circuit be Reconfigured to Focus on Intellectual Property Issues? from

With the advent of the America Invents Act there has been a growth in appeals from the PTAB to the Federal Circuit. Appeals from the USPTO constituted 24% of the court’s workload in Fiscal ...

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Supreme Court Again Refuses to Clarify Scope of Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Supreme Court denied certiorari today in Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., thereby leaving intact the Federal Circuit's fractured precedent on the question of whether post-approval activities are ...

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