Patent & IP news for March 31, 2017

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post image When today's pizza meets ancient law: how would you decide? from

One of the more challenging exercises in legal thinking is to imagine an alternative framework for fashioning the law. IP is no exception. In an IP world where international agreements homogenize the way that we ...

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post image Does Mr Justice Arnold's decision in Teva v MSD show just how large a role patent law has come to play in assessing SPC validity? from

The AmeriKat facing the wind of
combo SPC validity
A cool wind seems to be blowing from the Patents Court, especially if you are an SPC owner for a combination product.  In the past three ...

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post image UK UPC ratification still on track despite Article 50 trigger from

This afternoon the UK's IPO confirmed that this week's Article 50 trigger will not impact the UK's present UPC ratification plans.  The news from the UK IPO is as follows:
"There has ...

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Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Polar Electro Oy (D. Utah 2017) from

Claims Lacking Details Found to be Directed to Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter By Joseph Herndon -- In the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (Central Division), Polar filed a motion for judgment on the ...

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Beware trademark renewal notice scams from

At some point in time, most trademark registrants will receive an official-looking invoice from a so-called “trademark registration service” that purports to require payment of a fee to maintain the trademark registration. My colleague Erika ...

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NGOs Detail Changes For Public Health In RCEP Asian Trade Pact from

Concerns continue to grow among civil society about provisions in a major trade agreement in the Asian region. Of specific worry is the intellectual property chapter containing in particular a data exclusivity clause, and the ...

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US Congress Considers Plan For Presidential Appointment Of Copyright Register from

Legislation authorising the president to appoint the Register of Copyright in the United States Copyright Office is working its way through Congress. The “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act” garnered strong bipartisan support in ...

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Defendant's and Counsel's Lack of Cooperation Justify Service on Foreign Entity by Alternate Means from

The court granted plaintiff's motion to serve its declaratory relief complaint by alternate means on a Japanese defendant following defendant and its counsel's lack of cooperation. "[Defendant's] contention that it is 'simply ...

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Register of Copyrights: Amending the Process of Selection from

My proposal is to join the United States Copyright Office with the already existing United States Patent and Trademark Office to form a cross-doctrine United States Intellectual Property Office (USIPO).  Congress has other plans. H ...

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Fun with Fujifilm Declarations! An AIPPI Rapid Response Event from

Mark your calendars!Whether you have been following the Fujifilm v AbbVie case every step of the way or you are coming to it afresh, do not fear!  Next week's Rapid Response event ...

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