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Guest Post: $2.6 Billion Per Drug: Is Your Patent Portfolio Strong Enough to Protect Your...
By Cambria Alpha-Cobb* and Anthony D. Sabatelli** -- Late last year, the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) released a number that would cause jaws to drop all around the healthcare world. The estimated cost for developing a new drug was an astounding $2.558...
USPTO Acting Director Discusses Patent Quality, Pendency, Harmonisation
At today's meeting of the "trilateral offices" - the United States, Europe and Japan - Deputy Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee gave an update of USPTO activities, including improvements in patent quality, patent pendency, and discussions about patent...
The politics of US patent law reform
This weblog has carried so much material concerning patent law in Europe that one might almost be forgiven for assuming that everything has gone quiet in the world's favourite market for innovation and patent litigation -- the United States -- and that some of the most colourful...
EPO Hits New Record In Patent Filings; US, China Rise
BRUSSELS - In 2014, patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) reached an all-time high, as announced by EPO President Benoît Battistelli last week at the traditional Annual Results Press Conference. Among key patenting trends were figures revealing strong growth in filings from...
Warner-Lambert v Actavis Mark 4: harmony between parties in ‘lyrical’ patent dispute
Last Thursday, this Kat’s esteemed moggy friend and blogmeister Jeremy  reported a High Court Order obtained by Warner-Lambert (part of the Pfizer group) mandating the NHS to release guidance about the prescribing of pregabalin.   The decision containing...
Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015)
Filing of IDS after Response to Restriction Requirement Constitutes Failure to Engage in Reasonable Efforts to Conclude Prosecution By Donald Zuhn -- Last week, in Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the Eastern District of...
Digital Rights Supporters Pave the Way for an Ambitious 2015
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to those who responded to EFF’s call for end-of-year donations in December. Gifts from individuals strengthen our ability to bring a relentless passion for the public interest into everything we do, from challenging the NSA’s mass...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ...
Welcome to the IPKat's first "Never Too Late" feature of the month.  We say goodbye to February with some sadness, since it has been this weblog's busiest month for site visits since its launch in 2003.  February brought in 147,988 "hits", despite having just 28 days...
Monday miscellany
Finding Stockholm wasn't so hard but, try as she might, Gina couldn't locate that Brewery ... Forthcoming events . Some readers don't take the trouble to check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page since they assume that, with so many of the Kats being based in England, it's only...
Global Fund Publishes Terms Of Reference Of Equitable Access Initiative
An initiative spearheaded by the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to ensure equitable access to medicines in particular in middle-income countries now has a dedicated webpage publishing the terms of reference of the initiative. Also available is the list of high-level...
The Legal Implications Of Medicinal Marijuana As A Geographical Indication For Jamaica
Although there are ongoing negotiations to revise the Lisbon Agreement for the international recognition of GIs, there is currently no uniform reciprocal legal recognition for non-wine and spirit GIs in international jurisdictions. Jamaica’s Cannabis (hereafter marijuana), is identified by its...
OHIM and the Midas Touch: how can a EU agency stop making too much money?
New OHIM logo? "The more the wealth, the more the worry". It is strange but true but affluence can bring as many headaches as poverty, both for individuals and, within the context of intellectual property, for institutions that administer IP rights.  In this context Katfriend, former...
New Book by Jeremy Leggett
I just finished reading the first couple of chapters of a new book by Jeremy Leggett released today. I recall having reviewed (favorably) his 2013 book “The Energy of Nations” on this blog. The title of this book is “The Winning of the Carbon War”. Leggett has released the first part as a free...
Conference & CLE Calendar
March 3, 2015 - "Patent Eligibility Requirements in Life Sciences" (Maschio & Soames) - 2:00 pm CST (Chicago) March 3, 2015 - "Hatch-Waxman and Biologic Strategies at the PTAB" (Intellectual Property Owners Association) - 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET) March 3, 2015 - "Best...
Subject Matter Relationships: the need for strictness, complexity and fuzziness
Valentine’s Day made this Kat think about relationships: the cruelty, the complexity and the cuddles. This progressed to patent law and how subject matter ‘relates’ to other subject matter. How is patent law cruel, complex and cuddly? For those of you who are not as obsessed with patents as I...
Webinar on Parallel Patent Proceedings Before the PTAB and Federal Court
Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Parallel Patent Proceedings Before the PTAB and Federal Court Post-AIA -- Navigating Litigation Stays, Discovery and Settlements Concurrent With PTAB Review" on March 19, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Michael L. Kiklis and...
Washington College of Law Patent Law Symposium
The American University Washington College of Law will be hosting its fourth annual Patent Law Symposium on "The New Patent Litigation: Litigating Before the Patent Trial And Appeal Board" on March 4, 2015 at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC...
AIPLA Webinar on Securing Allowance Using Evidence
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) will be offering a webinar entitled "Best Practices to Secure Allowance of Patent Application Claims Using Evidence" on March 3, 2015 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm (ET). Courtenay Brinckerhoff of Foley & Lardner; Matthew Dowd of...
PTO Day
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be co-sponsoring the 25th Annual Conference on USPTO Law and Practice (PTO Day) on March 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The PTO Day program includes patent general sessions on the following...
EFF Tells the Supreme Court that Patent Law Shouldn't Reward Ambiguity
EFF submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court yesterday in Commil v. Cisco , a patent case that asks whether having a “good-faith belief” that a patent is invalid means that someone can’t induce infringement of a patent. The issue of what it means to “induce infringement” is a...
At EPO, Patent Oppositions To High-Priced Gilead Hepatitis C Drug Pile Up
According to a public health advocacy group, there are now as many as 10 oppositions filed at the European Patent Office against the Gilead company's patent on sofosbuvir, a treatment for hepatitis C. The group has compiled a table showing the filings with links to the...
The next celebrity zoo animal? Polar bear Knut's little half-brother is looking for a name...
This Kat is spending part of her coveted lunch time to write on one of her dearest topics (see earlier IPKat posts here ): the late polar bear Knut - arguably the "first celebrity zoo animal" - and centre of numerous alluring trade mark issues and intriguing trade mark disputes. Our...
Groundless threats to sue for IP infringement: the end of an era?
According to a UK government media release yesterday, How cats respond to threats (per Charles Darwin, here )   The UK Government will improve protection to make sure businesses are not exposed to unnecessary and baseless accusations ... in response to the Law...
Ebola Crisis Has Severe Impact On AIDS Response In Sierra Leone, UNDP Report Says
According to an internal report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Fund Partnership team, the Ebola epidemic has virtually halted national HIV efforts in Sierra Leone. In particular, patients stopped their treatments and the supply chain was disrupted.
PTAB Update -- Biopharmaceutical Edition
By Andrew Williams -- Earlier this week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB" or "Board") handed down what is thought to be the first set of inter partes review ("IPR") Final Written Decisions ("FWDs") in the biopharmaceutical industry. And unlike the case of the first set of...
Congress Is Poised to Introduce a Bill to Fast Track TPP so It's Time to Act Now
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are stalling while the White House assures its trading partners that this secret trade agreement won't be amended when it comes back to Congress for ratification after the President signs the deal. That's why the Executive is scrambling to get its allies in...
Dear FCC: Thanks for Listening to Team Internet!
Today the FCC voted three to two to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, and forbear from the parts of the Act that aren’t necessary for net neutrality rules. This reclassification gives the FCC the authority to enact (and...
New Report Shows European Data Protection Authorities are Taking Facebook’s Questionable...
Grumblings about changes in Facebook’s layout and policies are standard practice for everyone familiar with the social media giant. But some European governments are taking Facebook’s practices more seriously. This week, interdisciplinary scholars and researchers in Belgium...
Dutch Minister trumps Court of Appeal ruling, reasserts EPO immunity
Is this the EPO ...? "Opstelten: uitspraak rechter geldt niet voor Europese instelling" is the title of an article in this morning's edition of Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, which brings tidings of the latest twist in the battle over the European Patent Office's governance. You can read it...
Comments on USPTO’s Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance (Part 3)
 By:  Robert R. Sachs   See Part 1 and Part 2 .     I nterim Guidance: Summaries of Patent Eligibility Cases The Interim Guidance provides succinct summaries of various Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions.  As explained by the Office at the January 21, 2015 Patent Eligibility...
Dear Software Vendors: Please Stop Trying to Intercept Your Customers’ Encrypted Traffic
Over the past week many more details have emerged about the HTTPS-breaking Superfish software that Lenovo pre-installed on its laptops for several months . As is often the case with breaking security incidents, most of what we know has come from security engineers volunteering their...
Congress’s Copyright Review Should Strengthen Fair Use—Or At Least Do No Harm
The Internet is celebrating Fair Use Week , and it’s a great time to look at what Congress might do this year to help or hurt the fair use rights of artists, innovators, and citizens. After nearly two years of U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings and vigorous conversations within government...
Tobacco Plain Packaging Discussion Lights Up Again At WTO
The issue of plain packaging for tobacco products as a health measure has been smouldering at the World Trade Organization since Australia decided to implement legislation requiring plain packaging in 2012. Now, as more countries seek to enact similar legal provisions, some...
Which Was Dumber–Trash-Talking Tweeting, Or The Decision To Prosecute For It?
Robert Metzinger made the following four tweets during the 2013 World Series in St. Louis: Going to be tailgating with a #PressureCooker during games 3-4-5 in #STL during #WorldSeries. #STLStrong #GoCards #postseason from Springfield, MO. Putting my loft up for ridiculous...
Wednesday whimsies
EPO and a Kat's reproach . A little over 24 hours ago, the IPKat's faithful friend and colleague Merpel posted the news that the UK's Intellectual  Property Office (IPO) had issued a statement concerning the current situation in the European Patent Office. The IPO indicated its interest and...
WTO Least-Developed Countries Request Waiver Of IP Rights On Pharma Products
This week at the World Trade Organization intellectual property committee meeting, least-developed countries submitted a request to extend a waiver allowing them not to enforce intellectual property rights on pharmaceutical products. The countries have extended the waiver before...
"FAGE, Feta, Fontina": GIs come under scrutiny
Last week this Kat attended "Geographical Indications: FAGE, Feta, Fontina, and the battle for world markets", this being a seminar organised by AIPPI UK and held in the cosy comfort of the London office of Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer.  The speakers were Wolf Meier-Ewert...
Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade
By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is prepared by NVCA and...
The burden of proof in "double identity" trade mark disputes: rising to the Supreme challenge
Earlier today this Kat posted this note on Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell & Co (Grantham) Ltd [2015] EWHC 256 (Ch) , the latest in a line of important trade mark rulings from Mr Justice Arnold in the Chancery Division, England and Wales.  That note sought to cover the decision...
Australia's Proposed Copyright Alert System Allows Rightsholders to Spy on Users
Copyright policy is not something that should be rushed into without adequate evidence and consultation. Yet since only last December , the Australian government has sent stakeholders scrambling to develop a new code of practice on copyright that would could change the lay of...
EFF to NSA: If The Rule of Law is Important, Start Acting Like It
In comments yesterday during a cybersecurity conference at the New America Foundation, the Director of the NSA, Admiral Mike Rogers faced vocal criticism from the tech community (including cryptography expert Bruce Schneier and Yahoo CISO Alex Stamos). The criticism focused on...
The “Browsewrap”/”Clickwrap” Distinction Is Falling Apart
It is somewhat surprising that, in 2015, courts are still hashing out online consumer contract formation issues. After all, the seminal case, Specht v. Netscape , was decided over a dozen years ago. Yet, a few recent cases show that companies often don’t get the contracting process right. In...
Or You Could Double Down on Being an Idiot
I'm a fan of the blog "Ask A Manager" written by Alison Green. I n her Feb 23 post, she reports on a frustrating set of interactions among herself, another blog reader who had employed a resume-writing service, and people from that service that illegally copied content from her blog . Unlike...
BREAKING NEWS: UK Government issues statement on EPO
The IPKat has just received a communication from a spokesman for the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which he has been asked to draw to the attention of the readers of this weblog. This communication refers to Merpel's Katpost yesterday entitled "EPO, SUEPO and a...
US Again Target Of Complaints Of Persistent Non-Compliance At WTO DSB
Discussions at the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body meeting yesterday again included the long-running dispute on a rum brand with Cuba accusing the United States of persistent non-compliance, and other WTO members – such as China and the European Union...
Status Of WTO Wines And Spirits Register Discussed
World Trade Organization delegates were convened this week to discuss an international register for wines and spirits in the context of the organisation’s agreement on intellectual property. The discussion, dating back nearly 20 years, has long involved different views on the register...
23andMe Receives FDA Approval for Genetic Diagnostic Test
By Kevin E. Noonan -- Last Thursday the genetic diagnostic and DNA analysis company 23andMe announced that the FDA had granted the company approval to market a genetic diagnostic test for Bloom's Syndrome, the first such approval for this rare genetic disease. The news is...
Hollywood Lobby Group's Creepy "Open Love Letter" to the TPP
We didn't know how much copyright maximalists longed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement—until we saw this creepy "open love letter" to the TPP from one of the biggest, most powerful copyright lobby groups, the Global Intellectual Property Center. We couldn't have made this...
EFF Outlines Plan to Fix the Broken Patent System
New ‘Defend Innovation’ Whitepaper Addresses Vague Software Patents, Patent Trolls San Francisco - The U.S. patent system is in crisis, but there are clear steps Congress and the White House can take to mitigate the impact of vague patents, patent trolls, and a weak legal...
In 21st Century No One Should Die For Lack Of Access To Medicines, Participants At UN Forum...
Last week’s 2015 Social Forum led by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for urgent action to facilitate access to medicines. In particular, the functioning of the intellectual property system was put into question. A number of recommendations were drawn...
Goldbear wars going into the next round...
With Easter slowly approaching, you'd be forgiven if you expected to read about a yet another chapter in the perennial Easter Bunny dispute(s).  However, this Kat can offer you an update on the Haribo vs Lindt Gold Bear trade mark dispute: according to information published on...
U.S. Patent No. 6,926,608: Recording medium storing three-dimensional image processing...
U.S. Patent No. 6,926,608: Recording medium storing three-dimensional image processing program, three-dimensional image processing program, method and device Issued Aug. 8, 2005, to Konami Summary: The ‘608 patent describes a system used in sports games where...
Brazil’s Internet Legal Framework Regulation And Draft Bill For Privacy Law Public Consultation
On 28 January 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice launched public consultations involving two key pieces of legislation, namely: the decree that will regulate the Marco Civil da Internet or the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (the "Internet Legal Framework"); and the Draft...
Seiko and Seiki in Singapore: "too well known to be confused"
It has happened before and it will happen again, but it's always a surprise when it does . Sometimes a mark is almost too well known for its own good. The worst case scenario is when it's so well-known that it becomes synonymous with the goods or services for which it's...
Human rights and intellectual property: a new research handbook
For the third time in as many months this Kat welcomes a new book which modesty self-interest and personal involvement prohibits him from reviewing in person: it's The Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, published by his friends at Edward Elgar...
You Can't Block Apps on the Free and Open Brazilian Internet
Brazil's Marco Civil law contains vigorous language intended to protect free expression, and a stable, secure and neutral network in Brazil. But as we have noted before , such laws must be interpreted and enforced appropriately to be effective. A good Internet law can quickly turn bad if...
Floridians, Help Us Stop Your State From Outlawing Anonymous Websites
Floridians, we need your help to stop a dangerous anti-anonymity bill. This week, the Florida state legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to run any website or service anonymously, if the site fits a vague category of “disseminat[ing]” “commercial” recordings or...
Are Your Devices Hardwired For Betrayal?
It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher. Last week, Kaspersky Lab released a report about a new family of malware from an entity they called "The Equation Group" . The report demonstrated for the first time that firmware-based attacks, previously only...
In Response to EFF Lawsuit, Government Scheduled to Release More Secret Court...
UPDATE : Late tonight, the government released to EFF the "Raw Take" opinion and the 2008 FAA opinion, described below. Those opinions are available here ( pdf ) and here ( pdf ). We are reviewing the documents and will post our analysis, along with other documents released by the...
Marco Civil da Internet: O Diabo Está No Detalhe
Em 24 de abril de 2014, a presidenta do Brasil, Dilma Rousseff, assinou o Marco Civil da Internet, um quadro de regulamentação da Internet baseado em direitos civis, pelo qual ativistas do Brasil há muito tempo vinham lutando. Apelidado de "Constituição da Internet", a lei visa...
Struggling to understand trade mark infringement issues? Here's my checklist
IPKat readers might remember that a few months ago I posted my Copyright Infringement Checklist, ie a list of the main aspects to consider when addressing potential infringement issues.  I named it after myself not just because both cats and Kats are notoriously vain, but...
Design Law Seminar In Geneva Discusses Current Issues And Concerns
Experts gathered in Geneva recently to discuss current issues and future developments in the protection of industrial designs and its importance, and give practical advice on suitable ways to protect and enforce the design rights.
Court Report
By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Shire LLC v. Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-01454; filed February 25, 2015 in the District Court of Massachusetts • Plaintiff: Shire LLC • Defendants: Par...
EPO Enlarged Board tells Chairman: "disobey President when necessary"
The European Patent Office (EPO) Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has issued an interlocutory decision in case R2/14 (PDF file, 2.3 MB), in which it once again addresses the dual roles of the Board's Chairman, who is also a Vice-President of the Office (VP3), among other issues...
AIPLA Webinar on Professionalism before the USPTO
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) will be offering a webinar entitled "Professionalism, Privilege, and Duty of Candor before the USPTO" on March 18, 2015 from 12:30 - 2:15 pm (ET). William R. Covey, Director of Office of Enrollment & Discipline, U.S...
IPLAC Trade Secrets Seminar
The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) will be offering its Twenty-Fifth Annual Trade Secrets Seminar on March 6, 2015 from 1:300 to 4:30 pm (Central) at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. R. Mark Halligan of Fisher Broyles, LLP and Kyle Gilster of...
IPO Webinar on Hatch-Waxman and Biologic Strategies at the PTAB
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Hatch-Waxman and Biologic Strategies at the PTAB" on March 3, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Cynthia Hardman of Goodwin Procter, LLP; Gerald Flattmann Jr. of Paul Hastings; and Teresa Stanek Rea of...
ACI M&A and Strategic Alliances in the Life Sciences Industries Conference
American Conference Institute (ACI) will be holding its 6th Advanced Forum on M&A and Strategic Alliances in the Life Sciences Industries from April 27-29, 2015 in New York, NY. The conference will allow attendees to: • Develop a strategic plan of action based on your organizations...
Stupid Patent of the Month: Attorney “Inventor” Games the System
The worst patent trolls bring weak cases and use the cost of defending a lawsuit as leverage to force settlements. A company called Joao Bock Transaction Systems LLC (“JBTS”) has elevated this business model to an art form. The company is associated with patent attorney and...
Counting E-Book Sales is a Dark Art
I swear I'm not entirely going to turn Copyfight into a blog of "people Alan Wexelblat is interested in who do interesting copyright things." It's just that kind of month. With that said, Ferret Steinmetz has just published his first novel, and he has some clear advice for readers who want to help out:...
Why The Request By Least Developed Countries For An Extension Of The Transitional Period For...
Ellen 't Hoen writes: On 24 February 2015 Bangladesh on behalf of the 34 Least Developed Country members (LDCs) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) submitted a request for an extension of the transitional period under article 66.1 TRIPS with respect to pharmaceutical products until the...
South Africa Awaits Patent Reforms With Hope, Concern
CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s new policy on patents could go to the Cabinet for approval soon, says Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF), one of the organisations spearheading the Fix the Patent Laws campaign in the country.
Are smartphone patent wars in China on the horizon?
For those Kat readers who look favourably at the smartphone wars of the last few years, you may be heartened to know that similar patent wars may erupt as well in the Chinese mobile industry, and more quickly that you would think, if one is to believe the observations...
Blind faith not enough when proving bad faith: a case of Colourblindness
If the COLOURBLIND case ( Pangyrus Ltd v OHIM, RSVP Design Ltd , Case   T-257/11 ) had been a movie, it would have secured a nomination for its intricate screenplay, in the spirit of the recent  Academy Awards . At the root of this Community trade mark (CTM)...
Warner-Lambert v Actavis Mark 3: a "lyrical" solution to a painful patent dispute
On 21 January fellow Kat Darren posted "No pain for Actavis - Warner-Lambert fail to stop launch of generic pregabalin" ( here ).  This blogpost reported the Patents Court ruling of Mr Justice Arnold in  Warner-Lambert Company, LLC v Actavis Group Ptc EHF...
EFF to Congress: Curb Patent Demand Letter Abuse
At a congressional hearing today , EFF Staff Attorney Vera Ranieri gave formal testimony about patent demand letters and the harm these letters cause to legitimate businesses. Ranieri outlined the discouraging process that allows demand letters to thrive: the Patent Office issues vague...
UK To Revamp Law On “Groundless Threats” Of Infringement Suits
Recommendations for key reforms to laws against “groundless threats” of infringement lawsuits in patent, trademark and design rights cases won general UK government backing today. IP lawyers said the government's stance will go far toward resolving...
BREAKING NEWS: CJEU says that Member States are free to determine who must pay droit de suite...
Copyright has increasingly become linked to de-materialisation of both works and their exploitation channels, so it is kind of re-assuring to find cases that are still about the analogue world.  This morning the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued in fact its...
The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences
(with apologies to Robert Michels) By Kevin E. Noonan -- It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the exception that...
Marco Civil Da Internet: The Devil in the Detail
On April 24, 2014, Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, signed Marco Civil Da Internet , a civil-rights based framework for the Internet which Brazilian activists have long fought. Dubbed the “Internet Constitution,” the law seeks to reinforce the protection of fundamental freedoms in the...
Failure! What failure? Things to do with patent filing figures
Was it only yesterday that this Kat, in his Wednesday Whimsies , posted a link to the UK Intellectual Property Office's The Patent Guide A handbook for analysing and interpreting patent data, which states: "At present there are clear differences in perspective between professional...
A test-drive for the Unified Patent Court: Part III
This post returns to the subject of patents in Europe, but in a very different context from that which has been exercising so many of our readers of late. Here the IPKat hosts the third in the series of posts from London-based law firm Bristows (where guest Kat Tom works) on its real-time...
EFF to Testify Thursday at Congressional Hearing on Patent Trolls
Lawmakers Must Reform Flawed System that Enables Demand Letter Abuse Washington, D.C. - Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Staff Attorney Vera Ranieri will testify Thursday at a congressional hearing on patent demand letters. Lawmakers will consider what they...
The White House Doesn't Want You to Know the TPP's Looming Effects on U.S. Copyright Laws
As the White House doubles down on its attempt to pass legislation to fast track secret trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, their oft-repeated refrain about these deals' digital copyright enforcement provisions is that these policies would not...
Blogiversary Bonus! A Video Interview About the Blog
Photo credit: Gold 10th 3d Number // ShutterStock Earlier this month, we celebrated the blog’s 10 year anniversary. In preparation for the anniversary, my RA Addam suggested making a video to help celebrate. After all, we don’t normally generate video content, so I thought it might be...
New Quiet Initiative To Improve Drug Access In Middle-Income Countries, Change Country...
This week a confidential high-level expert meeting was convened in Geneva to start work on a potential change in the country classification used by global health actors to remedy the growing problem of access to medicines in middle-income countries.
Scents and sensibilities: how far can copyright stretch?
Scents and sensibilities . Yesterday's joint BLACA -IPKat event on sensory copyright (on which see earlier Katpost here ) was a great success. Arguing that copyright law was already capable of protecting original smells and tastes, Eleonora Rosati led the audience through the line of Court...
Vote for EFF in reddit's Charity Drive
If you have a user account on Reddit 1 , you can help EFF receive a big donation as part of their charity drive! Visit https://www.reddit.com/donate and vote for EFF on that page. Our friends at reddit made a generous promise at the beginning of 2014: "Today we are announcing that we...
Absurd Automated Notices Illustrate Abuse of DMCA Takedown Process
Every month, TorrentFreak reports on absolutely ridiculous takedown notices issued by copyright holders to Internet service providers related to allegedly infringing content, using the process created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) . This month, TorrentFreak tore...
EFF Supports Early Push in Congress to Update Online Privacy Law
Within the first month of Congress we've seen over four bills to update the archaic Electronic Communications Privacy Act , which is the law that's been used by the DOJ to obtain emails and the location of your mobile device without a probable cause warrant. This is in clear violation of legal...
Medicines Patent Pool Nails Down Another Key Paediatric Drug
The Medicines Patent Pool today announced it has struck a licence with MSD, the North American-based Merck pharmaceutical company, to boost access to and innovation on raltegravir, a child-approved HIV medicine. The outcome is particularly significant because it opens options for very...
U.S. Patent No. 6,913,537: Recording medium and entertainment system
U.S. Patent No. 6,913,537: Recording medium and entertainment system Issued July 5, 2005, to Sony Summary: The ‘537 patent allows a player to advance a game by controlling his character through a key input according to the player’s intentions. Whenever the player...
Dear FCC: Rethink The Vague "General Conduct" Rule
For many months, EFF has been working with a broad coalition of advocates to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new Open Internet rules that would survive legal scrutiny and actually help protect the Open Internet. Our message has been clear...
WIPO Members Propose Changes To Draft Legal Instrument Protecting GIs
In the run-up to the May high-level negotiating meeting to amend a World Intellectual Property Organization treaty to enhance the protection of geographical indications, member countries were invited to suggest changes to the basic negotiating text. Ten countries issued proposed...
The EPO: privileged and immune says the President
Dutch justice.   The following Communiqué , issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) President, Benoît Battistelli, is so self-explanatory that it needs little comment other than to clarify some of the abbreviations. Its substance has already been the subject of a number of readers...
Supreme folly? No muesli mix-up likely in the world where rabbits reign
Those whom the gods wish to punish, they first bless with a trade mark that should never, repeat NEVER, have been granted.  If you ever doubted that this is true, consider the episode related below. This is the tale of a business that had the good fortune to get a bunch of trade marks...
Monday miscellany
Calling all trade mark students.  This Kat's friends in the International Trademark Association ( INTA ) are having their 137th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, from 2 to 6 May. They tell him this: San Diego Zoo-- or an INTA reception? "This event would be a great experience for...
Laura Poitras' Acceptance Speech For CITIZENFOUR's Academy Award
Laura Poitras won an Academy Award for her documentary CITIZENFOUR. At the ceremony, she gave a brief speech thanking everyone who helped make the film as well as acknowledging the bravery of Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers. Here is Poitras' acceptance speech: 1...
GDC 2015 - Who will be there?
I (Ross Dannenberg) will be at GDC next week from March 2-6.  If anyone would like to meet up while there, send me a note either via my work email or through twitter (@gamelawyer).
EPO, SUEPO and a question of governance: why a word from the Baroness would be welcome
These are troubled times indeed in the annals of the European Patent Office.  This moggy understands from a SUEPO notice (reproduced in material part, below) that the union has called off its proposed march on the British consulate in Munich this Wednesday in the face of...
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