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post image Three angles to look at Google's Pixel phone: design patents, antitrust, copyright from

I'll start with the design patents angle. You can also go directly to the antitrust and copyright sections.

1. Design patents

When I read an article on Pixel, the Android smartphone made by Google ...

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post image How much attention should the IP community give to non-compete clauses? from

Is the use of non-compete clauses a matter of IP concern? And if so, is the IP profession adequately placed to deal with it? This Kat, as a young lawyer in the 1980’s practicing ...

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post image Friday Fantasies from

Call for Papers: “Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century.” This project brings together a range of disciplines to explore the cultural and legal consequences of the proliferation of images in ...

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PTAB Life Sciences Report from

By John Cravero and Richard Martin -- About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on recent developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Argentum Pharmaceuticals LLC. v. Janssen Oncology, Inc. PTAB ...

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Poland To Facilitate Patent Procedures, Amend Patent Attorney Law from

Poland’s Ministry of Economic Development has announced it is developing a package of 11 executive ordinances - of which nine are yet to be signed by the minister - to improve the procedures for obtaining trademarks ...

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GIs: US Industry Claims Harm From Misappropriation Of Common Food Names from

Representatives from US dairy trade associations joined the cross-industry Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) recently to present an economic analysis on the impact of European Union policies regarding geographical indications on the United States ...

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Judge Clark Issues Pretrial Order Precluding Social Media Contact With Jury Pool from

The court issued a pretrial order prohibiting counsel and the parties or their agents from contacting potential jurors. "In order to assist counsel in preparation for voir dire, the court intends to provide a list ...

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CAFC discusses Nautilus "zone of uncertainty" in GE case; '999 patent survives from

From the case:

As the district court recognized, “[t]he claims, specification
and prosecution history demonstrate[] that any
amount of heat transfer is sufficient for ‘heat sink (verb).’”
J.A. 25–26 (emphasis added). And ...

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In re Aqua: Ambiguity in the Statute Means Deference to the PTO from

In re Aqua (Fed. Cir. 2016) In its newly filed brief in this pending en banc case, the USPTO sets forth the three statutory provisions of 35 U.S.C. § 316 that are related to ...

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon from

USPTO Director Michelle Lee offered a set of Remarks at the October 28, 2016 AIPLA Luncheon.  As a presidential appointee, Director Lee is likely nearing the end of her term as USPTO Director.  Although the ...

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