Patent & IP news for February 13, 2017

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post image Monday miscellany from

The Kats like chocolate,
but KitKat?1. IPKat's own Mark Schweizer will be hosting a webinar for the EUIPO Academy on the fallout of the Court of Justice's decision in the "Kit Kat ...

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post image Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update from

LED technology continues to dominate green patent litigation, with at least 18 new lawsuits filed in November and December of 2016.  Solar mounting systems and waste management each saw one new lawsuit during this period ...

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This kitten is delighted to bring you the highlights from some recently published IP blogs!
This Kitten enjoyed a lot reading some IP blogs!

Nathaniel Boyer and Dori Hanswirth of LimeGreen IP News recaps James ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

February 14, 2017 - "Post-Grant Proceedings: Practical Tips and Strategies in 2017" (Knowledge Group) - 3:00 to 4:00 pm (EST) February 14, 2017 - "Understanding the ADS: Little Things Make a Big Difference" (U.S. Patent ...

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USPTO News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- USPTO Announces Expansion of eMod Text Pilot In August 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would begin implementing a new system that would eventually replace the EFS-Web ...

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Pre-IPO Snap, with $25B valuation, paid $9M for 245 IBM patents from

A soft market for patent licensing has not stopped the right patent portfolio from commanding a respectable price from the right buyer – at the right time.    Snap, the corporate parent of Snapchat, reported recently in ...

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Are you using your trademark with ALL of the goods and services listed in your trademark application? from

On January 19, 2017, the USPTO published a final rule that would allow the USPTO to verify whether trademark holders are using a trademark with all of the goods and services listed in the trademark ...

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Innovation differs from invention: the case of Airbnb from

In a post titled Airbnb didn't create a brand new concept. So, what made it different?, Leigh Gallagher writes:

[Airbnb's] experience shows that you don’t always have to bring to market a ...

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The Problem With Rare Diseases: R&D Lacking, High Prices, Discrimination, IP Issues from

Over 6,000 rare diseases, those affecting very small populations, have been documented in the world. For those affected, treatments are mostly non-existent, and if they do exist, are not affordable. An event last week ...

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Wireless Device Pairing Patents Not Ineligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court denied defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings on the ground that plaintiff’s wireless device pairing patents encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the ordered combination of claim elements contained inventive concepts ...

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Scan-to-Email Patent Finally Done; Claim Scope Broadened by Narrow Provisional Application from

MPHJ Tech v. Ricoh (Fed. Cir. 2017)[16-1243-opinion-2-9-2017-11] MPHJ’s patent enforcement campaign helped revive calls for further reform of the patent litigation system.  The patentee apparently mailed out thousands of demand letters to both ...

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Plagiarism issues at the National Science Foundation from

In a post titled Taxpayer-Funded Scientists Caught Plagiarizing Were Allowed To Keep Researching , Daily Caller reports on 23 incidents of plagiarism by scientists seeking funding from the National Science Foundation [NSF].

Of note:

Researchers submit ...

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Quote of the day: Pioneer Patents from

To what liberality of construction these claims are entitled depends to a certain extent upon the character of the invention, and whether it is what is termed in ordinary parlance a “pioneer.” This word, although ...

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