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post image GS Media and its implications for the construction of the right of communication to the public within EU copyright architecture: a new article from

Just a copyright-related research ...In its 2016 decision in GS Media [Katposts here] the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sought to clarify under what conditions the provision of a link to a ...

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post image Preview of the new Danish trade secrets proposal from

Opening the door for new legislation,
the EU Trade Secrets Directive may prove
to create a busy year for Member States
Dark clouds rolled into London today.  Plainly fitting given the news of the Article ...

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post image WIPO's statistics for 2016: Asia continues to roar from

Top FIVE PCT applicants 2016In mid-March, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) published its statistics for 2016 for filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Overall, applicants based in the United States maintained their ...

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post image Wednesday Whimsies from

RoboKat at your service1. Introducing Robo Lawyer, was created by a real lawyer - Tomasz Zalewski and is programmed to help with qusetions about publishing hyperlinks on the Internet. In its own words “I know the ...

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University of Utah v. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung der Wissenschatfen E.V. (Fed. Cir. 2017) from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Despite the Supreme Court's admonition, in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc., that attorney's fees and other measures ...

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New Subject Matter Eligibility Chart from

The USPTO has updated its chart of subject matter eligibility decisions.  The new chart from the PTO website is available [here]. The USPTO continues to include Rule 36 judgments in the chart despite cases like ...

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Federal Circuit finds credit reporting patent ineligible; calls it the “height of abstraction” from

A recent Federal Circuit decision illustrates the high eligibility hurdles that fintech software patents continue to face in view of the Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice v CLS Bank decision. In Clarilogic, Inc. v. FormFree ...

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Developing Countries Weigh Restarting Talks For TRIPS Amendment On Biological Resources from

NEW DELHI, India -- Biopiracy is ongoing in many developing countries, and as long as there are no international obligations for patent applicants to disclose the origin of the genetic resources or traditional knowledge they use ...

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Bloody AC-DC patent war depicted in new novel by Oscar winner from

If you thought the 19th Century was a kinder, gentler time for the people responsible for break-through inventions, you would be mistaken – it was not much better than today.  The bitter battle for the electricity ...

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Mobile Navigation System Patent Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 from

The court denied defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings on the ground that plaintiff’s mobile navigation system patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the asserted claims were not directed toward an abstract ...

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Judge William Bryson — Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review from

It is interesting to note that Senior Judge Bryson of the Federal Circuit is the presiding judge of the three-judge “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.” The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established by Congress ...

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Running Out of Hoptions: Craft Beer Trademarks in North America from

What’s in a name? In the craft beer industry, evidently, a lot. As craft beer’s popularity rises in North America, new breweries and tasty beers are popping up around the continent. But so ...

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How Open Science and Copyleft Can Help Find Cures from

In promoting scientific research and discovery, access to information is everything. Scientists look to journals and the work of their peers to identify new, innovative laboratory methods or trends in scientific discovery. However, maintaining intellectual ...

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New Draft Work Programme On GIs At WIPO; Industrial Design Pushed To General Assembly from

A tentative way to continue conversing about geographical indications (GIs) at the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on trademarks and GIs was tabled by the committee chair today. The suggested approach includes a questionnaire to ...

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USPTO Director Lee Emerges From Silence, Praises Latin America For Joining Patenting Scheme from

The director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Michelle Lee, today resurfaced after weeks of silence, speaking after the trilateral meeting of the US, European and Japan patent offices. Among her remarks ...

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Berry on IP from

by Dennis Crouch Just returned from a quick family spring break visit to Galveston.  Wendell Berry is probably my favorite poet. He focuses mainly on communities and their interaction with the land and conservation efforts ...

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