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post image Too big to pay? Employee-inventor compensation in the Court of Appeal from

Can an employer be 'too big to pay' employee-inventor compensation under s40(1) of the Patents Act?  The Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the relevance of this issue to the question of "outstanding ...

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post image Top Accused Infringers, Patentees, and Law Firms in 2016 from

What is a Patent Accusation?A Patent Accusation is a more granular way to measure the volume of litigation activity than counting the number of cases or litigants. As used in this report, the term ...

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Venture Funding Normalizes in 2016 After Strong First Half from

By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report on venture funding for the ...

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When the IP community reaches out to the broader public: the story of IDIA in India from

The primary mission of IPKat is to report to its community about varied IP matters. As a community, however, IPKat will also from time to time report on notable activities by its members. What follows ...

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Eligibility: Explaining the IPO Legislative Proposal from

by Dennis Crouch Following Bilski, Prof. Rob Merges and I published a paper titled “Operating Efficiently Post-Bilski by Ordering Patent Doctrine Decision-Making” arguing, inter alia, that eligibility decisions are largely out of the normal bailiwick ...

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WIPO Broadcasting Treaty: What Broadcasters Really Want to Protect Their Business From Piracy from

In discussion for close to 16 years at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a treaty aimed at protecting broadcasting organisations’ intellectual property rights has not reached conclusion. Intellectual Property Watch sat down recently with the ...

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Patentability Of Some Biotech Inventions Uncertain In Europe As Examination, Opposition Suspended from

The patentability of plants or animals that have been obtained by natural occurrence such as selection and crossing has been a recurrent issue discussed at the European Patent Office (EPO). A recent notice from the ...

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Patent for Changing the Physical Properties of a Structure Through Concurrently Applied Energies Not Ineligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

Following a bench trial, the court found that plaintiff's patent for changing the physical properties of a structure by concurrently applying multiple energies did not encompass unpatentable subject matter because the asserted claims were ...

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Judgments Without Opinion Continue at the Federal Circuit from

I had hoped that the Federal Circuit would quickly change its ways, but the court has now issued a new R.36 Judgment in a PTO Appeal: GreatBatch Ltd. v. AVX Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2017 ...

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First Rehearing Request Challenging No-Opinion Judgments from

by Dennis Crouch LSI v. FLIR (Fed. Cir. 2017) (request for rehearing) [16-1299-leak-surveys-v-flir_combined-rehg] In its newly filed petition for rehearing, Leak Surveys has asked the Federal Circuit to withdraw its Judgment Without Opinion. Leak’s ...

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