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post image The scope of a well-known mark: not always as broad as some might wish from

The extent of coverage of a well-known mark remains a challenging question. Kat friend Latha Nair, of K&S; Partners in India, has brought to our attention a recent judgment in India that suggests that ...

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USPTO News Briefs from

By Donald Zuhn -- USPTO Enhances Transaction Security for Deposit Account Authorizations The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today via a USPTO Alert e-mail that effective Wednesday, March 15, 2017, any charge to a ...

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Confidential Letter Confirms Michelle Lee Is Still USPTO Director from

A letter made public only by a United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request confirms that Michelle Lee remains the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), ending a mystery that has ...

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Patent for Providing and Using Feedback Based on Data Gathered From Subjects Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court granted defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s patent for providing and using feedback based on data gathered from subjects encompassed unpatentable subject matter and ...

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Holding the Line on Anticipation against Eligibility Encroachement from

Nidec Motor v. Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor (Fed. Cir. 2017) In a short and tidy opinion, the Federal Circuit has reversed a PTAB anticipation decision in an inter partes review – holding that the Board’s ...

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Quote for the day from

The quote for the day comes from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION v. PROMEGA CORPORATION, No. 14-1538 (U.S. Feb. 22, 2017).  In that decision the Court was attempting to ...

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First live blocking order granted in the UK from

Can an injunction be sought against an access provider that would require this to block access not to a website [as per the standard scenario] but rather streaming servers giving unauthorised access to copyright content ...

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PTAB Life Sciences Report -- Part II from

By John Cravero and Richard Martin -- About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. McKesson Corp. v. My Health, Inc. PTAB Petition: IPR2017-00312 ...

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