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post image UK's IP Enforcement Framework - IPO Research Bid Opportunity from

The UK Intellectual Property Office has kindly informed us that they are opening a research bid into the effectiveness of the UK's IP enforcement framework. In their own words:
"UK IPO will be inviting ...

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post image Biosimilars and generics as "rip-offs": when the facts may not matter from

There are instances when a few well-chosen words are repositories of profound meaning and times when they betray a lack of understanding. An excellent example of the former is the medieval Jewish rabbinic commentator of ...

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post image Michelle K. Lee is the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from

After a long wait, the PTO has finally responded to my question of “Who is the PTO Director”: [T]he Agency is responding that Michelle K. Lee is the Director of the United States Patent ...

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Thales Visionix Inc. v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. 2017) from

Federal Circuit Finds Motion Tracking System to be Patent-Eligible By Michael Borella -- After the dark days of 2014 and 2015, in which exactly one Federal Circuit decision out of over twenty 35 U.S.C ...

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Curtain - Merpel's final EPO post from

As many kind readers have pointed out, the frequency of Merpel's visits to the EPO has been decreasing of late. This is, alas, not a sign that all is well there, but rather on ...

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US High Court Backs Foreign Manufacturers Over US Patentees from

Under Donald Trump, the United States has adopted new, protectionist policies. “America first,” the President has repeatedly and loudly declared. It appears, however, that the US Supreme Court didn’t get the memo. The Court ...

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Amendment To The Polish Reimbursement Act For Medical Devices: Challenges For The Market from

The Polish Ministry of Health has commenced consultations on an amendment to the act on reimbursements for drugs, foods intended for particular nutritional uses and medical devices. This bill envisions an entirely new system of ...

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974 Patent Claims Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 Based on Analysis of 10 Representative Claims from

The court granted defendants' motion to dismiss because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s ten financial product patents encompassed unpatentable subject matter and rejected plaintiff's argument that it was improper to invalidate all 974 ...

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Inertia Slows Evolution For Open Scientists from

It is still a long way to a new generation of "open scientists", German open data researcher Christian Heise found out in his just-published PhD thesis. Heise not only investigated drivers and barriers for what ...

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