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post image Top-level Property Rights Protection Guideline released in China from

China on Nov. 27 released a guideline on better protection of property rights -- the Opinions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council on improving the property rights ...

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post image Never too late from

Been away and want to catch up on last week's IP news? No problem! As always, the IPKat is here to bring you a quick summary -- the 126th edition of Never Too Late.
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IVenture Card Traveler Ltd v. Smart Destinations, Inc. (PTAB 2016) from

Patent Directed to Programmable Ticketing System Determined to be Eligible for Covered Business Method Patent Review By Joseph Herndon -- Petitioner, iVenture Card Traveler Ltd, filed a Petition seeking to institute a covered business method patent ...

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Trademarks Promote Economic Growth In Latin America, Industry Study Says from

A new study by intellectual property trade associations analysed the correlation between trademarks and their economic impact on several Latin American countries. The study found that trademark registration is growing in the region and promotes ...

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Patents And Health Debate Brings WIPO Patent Law Committee To Standstill from

After a day spent in informal meetings to try to agree on what should be the future work of the World Intellectual Property Organization patent law committee, delegates had to admit defeat. The main point ...

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Southeast Asian Countries Launch IP Cooperation Plan To Be Assisted By WIPO, EU from

BANGKOK – Countries in Southeast Asia have launched a 10-year action plan to strengthen their intellectual property rights cooperation, with the European Union and the World Intellectual Property Organization providing financial and technical assistance in helping ...

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UNITAID Executive Board Adopts Resolution On IP Flexibilities Under Trade Rules from

The Executive Board of UNITAID yesterday adopted a resolution on the use of the intellectual property flexibilities enshrined in the global trading system allowing developing countries to facilitate access to affordable medicines.

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Plaintiff's Conduct in IPR Does Not Warrant Award of Attorney Fees in Related Lawsuit from

The court denied defendant's motion for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 after finding plaintiff's patent was invalid as obvious because plaintiff's litigation tactics were not unreasonable. "[Defendant argues] this ...

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US Finds Existing Copyright Law Suited For Software Embedded In Everyday Products from

The United States Copyright Office has released a study that finds that existing copyright laws are sufficient to cover issues arising over software embedded in everyday consumer products. The report, which followed hearings and significant ...

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No Deal: German Universities Prepare For Cut-Off From Elsevier Journals from

After licensing negotiations between German university libraries and Elsevier failed at the beginning of the month, over 60 university libraries in Germany are preparing to be cut off from hundreds of journals of the British ...

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UN General Assembly Resolution: TRIPS Flexibilities, High-Level Panel On Medicines Access from

The United Nations General Assembly this month adopted a resolution committing to elevate health issues to the highest levels of foreign policy. The resolution includes references and commitments related to dozens of existing instruments and ...

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* Marques class 46A new book is introduced: The History of Marks from Antiquity to the Middle Ages written by Salvatore Di Palma, an international expert who had been working at WIPO for 35 years ...

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