Patent & IP news for January 23, 2017

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Disruptive Technologies Pose Challenge To IP Protection, Speakers In Thailand Say from

BANGKOK – So-called disruptive innovation - currently referring to the technologies of Internet of Things, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and big data – are changing the way people live their life and affecting existing traditional industries, but current ...

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WHO Board: UN Report On Medicines Too Hot; DG Candidates To Be Narrowed from

At the opening of the World Health Organization Executive Board meeting today, a call by India for an agenda item on the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines ...

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It’s Official: TRIPS Health Amendment In Effect, First Ever To A WTO Agreement from

More than a decade after World Trade Organization member states approved the first-ever legal amendment to a WTO agreement, the change to the international intellectual property agreement has entered into effect. Five more members ratified ...

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IPR Estoppel Applies to Unpatentability Grounds Denied Institution as Redundant from

The court granted in part plaintiffs' motion to strike portions of defendants' invalidity contentions following inter partes review. "As to plaintiffs’ assertion that defendants are estopped from raising obviousness over the combination of [two prior ...

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Arguments Supporting Motion to Stay Pending IPR Do Not Judicially Estop Invalidity Arguments from

The court denied plaintiffs' motion to strike portions of defendants' invalidity contentions based on judicial estoppel following inter partes review. "Plaintiffs contend that because [the petitioner defendant] argued numerous times before this Court that pending ...

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Chief Justice Roberts Recuses Himself From Life Tech Case from

An interesting event has occurred at the Supreme Court in the Life Technologies Corp (Life Tech) v. Promega Corp. (Promega) case (136 S.Ct. 2505 (2016)). Chief Justice Roberts recused himself from the deliberations of ...

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Request for Comments on Examination Time Goals from

Jan. 30 is the written comment period deadline for the USPTO’s Federal Register Notice, “Request for Comments on Examination Time Goals.”  From the PTO: The USPTO is conducting a comprehensive study of examination time ...

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Weird fact of the day from

I always enjoy listening to oral arguments that feature Judge Clevenger.  He is very smart, direct, and knows how to turn a phrase.  He often interjects a few idiomatic expressions into the oral arguments.  For ...

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