Patent & IP news for January 30, 2017

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post image Monday Miscellany from

The first issue of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP) of 2017 is available. This edition includes articles covering the German doctrine of free use, registrability of trademarks in Italy, online copyright ...

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post image One Up Two Down: Trump Orders on Regulation from

President Donald Trump’s newest executive order is the simplistic two-for-one regulatory that simple states: every time an agency “publicly proposes … or otherwise promulgates a new regulation, it shall identify at least two existing regulations ...

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Webinar on Drafting for Alice from

LexisNexis will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Drafting for Alice in 2017: Trends and Best Practices" on January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET). Gene Quinn of, Kate Gaudry of Kilpatrick ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

January 31, 2017 - "Patent Mistakes in the Administrative State" (John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law) - 12:00 to 1:30 pm, Chicago, IL January 31, 2017 - "Proving and Avoiding Inequitable ...

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IPO Webinar on Venue Tactics from

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Waiting for Heartland: Venue Tactics Until the U.S. Supreme Court Decision" on February 1, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ...

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In re Schweickert (Fed. Cir. 2017) from

USPTO's Conclusion of Obviousness Rendered Primary Reference Unsatisfactory for Intended Purpose By Joseph Herndon -- In a nonprecedential opinion, the Federal Circuit vacated a decision by the Board and remanded the case on appeal from ...

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WHO Board Agrees To Drop The Word ‘Counterfeit’ After 30 Years from

For nearly 30 years, the United Nations World Health Organization has been referring to poor-quality and fake medicines as counterfeit. But that is about to change. The new words approved by the WHO Executive Board ...

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Counsel Not Liable for Attorney Fees Award Under 35 U.S.C. § 285 from

Following summary judgment of noninfringement, the court granted defendant's motion for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, but denied defendant's motion to hold plaintiffs' counsel jointly and severally liable for those ...

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WHO Members Negotiate Resolution On Cancer; High Prices In Question from

Cancer is spreading. According to the World Health Organization, the number of new cases of cancer is projected to increase to 21.6 million annually by 2030. The WHO Executive Board this week is considering ...

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NY Times opinion piece labels patent system a "relic of the feudal guild system" from

In a piece titled -- End Patent and Copyright Requirements in Nafta --, Dean Baker writes:

Drugs that would be readily available in a free market can be prohibitively expensive because of patent protection. For example, the ...

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Video of Oral Argument of Ninth Circuit Copyright Case from

The Ninth Circuit decided a copyright case this month, Perfect 10, Inc. v. GIGANEWS, INC., No. 15-55500 (9th Cir. Jan. 23, 2017). The decision is available [here].   One of the issues was attorney’s fees ...

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WTO Members Celebrate Treaty Amendment On Medicines Access, Look Ahead from

A high-level meeting at the World Trade Organization today welcomed in an amendment to international trade rules for intellectual property aimed at boosting exports of affordable medicines. It also set out the way ahead to ...

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