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post image Next week - UK Supreme Court hears the Brexit case from

Next week, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a UK constitutional law expert.  The Supreme Court (which truly is a UK court, not an England-and-Wales court) will hear the appeal on the various legal ...

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post image Negative decision for anti-HIV therapy patent: Merck Sharpe & Dohme v Shionogi Co Limited from

Last week saw another Michaelmas decision from Mr Justice Arnold in the Patents Court in the form of Merck Sharpe and Dohme Limited v Shionogi & Co Limited [2016] EWHC 2989 (Pat).  Alongside the usual analysis ...

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post image Book review: Copyright and E-Learning from

When this Kat received an invitation to review a new book on Copyright and E-learning, she knew just the person to review it - Goldsmith librarian Andrew Grey.  Andrew has provided a user's perspective on ...

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post image Friday Fantasies from

* Elena Ferrante’s Right to a PseudonymUnveiling... why dude, why?“What a major buzzkill!” was this InternKat’s first response to Claudio Gatti’s “unveiling” of Elena Ferrante’s identity. In The Atlantic, Mira ...

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post image The proposed new VAT rules on e-publications: do they have any implications for copyright and digital exhaustion? from

Trying to understand
newly proposed VAT rules
Can VAT rules have any implications for ... copyright?

Yesterday - as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy - the EU Commission unveiled proposals for new tax rules with the ...

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Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) from

Computerized Restaurant Ordering Menu Patents Found to Be Directed to Unpatentable Subject Matter By Joseph Herndon -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reviewed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision ...

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Thomas Cueni Of Switzerland Named Director General Of IFPMA from

Thomas Cueni of Switzerland has been named the next director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), the Geneva-based organisation which represents the global research-based pharma industry.

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Web Based Communication Patent Ineligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s web based communication patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "[Plaintiff ...

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Non-Corporate Entities Join Forces Against Adoption Of Plant Breeders’ Rights Regulations In Africa from

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, civil society, and farmers' representatives have raised serious concerns on the upcoming adoption of draft regulations of a protocol protecting breeders' rights in Africa. Civil ...

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Patent Law vs Property Law in Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l. from

by Dennis Crouch I finally predicted something! The Supreme Court has now granted writ of certiorari in the pending patent exhaustion case of Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., SCT Docket No. 15-1189.  The ...

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PTO Position on Evidence in a §101 Rejection from

The PTO has been glaringly silent on the issue of what evidence is required from the PTO in a §101 analysis.  The PTO Solicitor’s Office did express some views on the issue in its ...

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