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Litigating patents? It's conference time ...
It's not actually true to say that Europe, having first been afflicted  by a new, complex and idiosyncratic patent system, has now been smitten by a plague of patent conferences in its wake. However, there do seem to be a few of them around at this time of year -- and there also...
IPO Trade Secrets Webinar
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar on "Trade Secrets in the Life Sciences" on September 24, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Dianna DeVore of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP; Matthew Pugmire of Pfizer, Inc.; and...
Webinar on Patent Licensing
Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Patent Licensing: Advanced Tactics for Licensees Post-AIA -- Structuring Contractual Protections and Responding When Licensed Patents Are Challenged in Post-Grant Proceedings" on October 16, 2014 from 1:00 to...
Court Lets Cisco Systems Off the Hook for Helping China Detain, Torture Religious Minorities
Chinese citizens who suffered forced detention, torture, and a panoply of brutal human rights abuses at the hands of the Chinese government have been engaged in a high profile court case against Silicon Valley mainstay Cisco Systems for many years. Those Chinese citizens suffered yet...
AIPPI Congress Report 6: The big privilege problem
Unlike the AmeriKat's photo of Toronto, lawyers can only wish that the issue of privilege was so black and white "When in Rome" the AmeriKat's colleague said as she drizzled some Canadian maple syrup over a small stack of pancakes during their morning catch-up breakfast...
Tor Challenge Inspires 1,635 Tor Relays
Good news for whistleblowers, journalists, and everyone who likes to browse the Internet with an added cloak of privacy: the Tor network got a little stronger. Tor—software that lets you mask your IP address—relies on an international network of committed volunteers to run relays...
Are the Supreme Court’s exceptions to patentability mandated by the Constitution, or are they just...
By: Stuart P. Meyer There has been significant commentary, both before and after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice , that the various judicially created exceptions to patentability under 35 USC § 101 are not only sound, but are also constitutionally mandated.  For...
Friday fantasies
Forthcoming events. Do please remember to check the IPKat's ever-changing Forthcoming Events page for interesting bits and pieces that are coming your way.  One such event, about which this Kat will have more to say at the beginning of next week, is IBC's 6th annual...
How Much For 10 Million Barrels Oil Each Day?
A group of 347 investors holding assets of $24 trillion has called for introducing world wide “carbon pricing”. They want effective climate policy. I agree with their position. But there already is a price on carbon. That is the price the market sets for oil (I am restricting my discussion here to oil, but...
13 Principles Week of Action: The World Needs More Whistleblowers
This is a guest post from Sana Saleem , Advisory Board Member, Courage Foundation . If you have comments on this post, you can contact Sana on Twitter. In the week leading up the first year aniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind...
Employer Isn’t Liable When Former Employee Linked His Apple Accounts To Its...
Victor worked at Sunbelt as a sales rep but left to join a competitor. His former employer is suing him for trade secret misappropriation. Victor asserted privacy-based counterclaims. Sunbelt assigned him an iPhone and an iPad. He created an Apple account linked to both...
Support Diego Gomez, Join the Global Open Access Movement
Colombian master's student Diego Gomez faces up to eight years in prison and crippling monetary fines for sharing another academic's master's thesis with his colleagues online. He recently attended his first preliminary hearing for this case, where the paper's author is pressing charges...
Urban Outfitters’ Kent State T-Shirt Was Offensive But Probably Legal (Guest Blog Post)
By Tyler Ochoa As reported in various news outlets (including MSN and New York magazine ), Urban Outfitters generated a storm of controversy on Twitter a few days ago, when it was discovered that it was offering for sale a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt, stained red in a...
The KatChat (or was it a PatChat?): Christopher Rennie-Smith and Darren Smyth discuss EPO...
With apologies for the length of time that it has taken to transcribe his paw-written notes and to fill in the gaps with some creative memory, this Kat offers the following summary of the KatChat that took place on 4 September between the redoubtable Christopher Rennie-Smith (right...
13 Principles Week of Action: Human Rights Require a Secure Internet
Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law...
Bitcoin 10 Years After
My talk on “Bitcoin 10 Years After” of June this year will be published in our Journal at the end of this month. Here is a PDF file (still with some kanji use errors, this is before the final check): Bitcoin10
U.S. Patent No. 7,677,967: Battle school
U.S. Patent No. 7,677,967: Battle school Issued March 16, 2010 Summary: The ‘967 patent is aptly named “Battle school” because it deals with a lesser-explored kind of game—the educational game.  The invention describes a type of game whereby two players can...
AIPPI Congress Report 5: 'A' stands for "Arbitration" and "Aereo"
There was so many 'A' things going on on Monday afternoon the AmeriKat's 45th chai tea latte of the day was adopting its shape While the AmeriKat was ramping up her third day of the AIPPI Congress marathon with an ever-increasing influx of caffeine into her veins with...
Puss In (Infringed?) Boots
On September 8, Judge Wright from the Central District of California dismissed Plaintiff Deckers Outdoor Corporation’s trade-dress infringement claim against retailer J.C. Penney over the sale of allegedly infringing boots, but allowed the patent infringement claim to...
Fenwick Launches Interactive PTAB Database to Help Patent Holders Analyze and Decode...
Fenwick & West has launched an interactive PTAB Database that details proceedings filed with the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board – providing quick and easy access to information about PTAB decisions. With the creation of PTAB by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...
13 Principles Week of Action: ¡Que No Te Chuzen el Correo, Tu Privacidad Es Primero!
Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law...
FDA Announces "Purple Book"
By Paul Tully -- The new phone book is here? No, but close. The Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") announced on Friday that it has published its first listing of approved biologic drugs. The list will be supplemented with approved biosimilar alternatives to the biologic drugs, termed the...
13 Principles Week of Action: Public Oversight and The Rule of Law
This is a guest post from Joe Mcnamee, Executive Director, European Digital Rights (EDRI). If you have comments on this post, you can contact EDRI on Twitter. This post was originally published in http://edri.org/13principles Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first...
Proposed IP Matter Management Invention Disclosure Scheme
I recently received a note form an in-house counsel asking for feedback on a proposed standard for invention disclosures.  This is an offshoot of  LEDES (www.ledes.org) by representatives from universities, law firms, companies, and software vendors. The intent is to provide an open...
Facebook's 'Real Name' Policy Can Cause Real-World Harm for the LGBTQ Community
There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than that which they were born with. For some, these reasons could mean life or death—for example, political dissidents voicing unpopular opinions in places like Syria or Vietnam , or people trying to get away from...
Texas Supreme Court Limits Reach of Pre-suit Discovery (Guest Blog Post)
[Eric's introduction: this guest blog post comes from Ed Cavazos of Bracewell & Giuliani in Austin, Texas, who I've known for 20 years. Ed was part of the first wave of lawyers and scholars focusing on Internet law, and he wrote the 1995 book Cyberspace and the Law: Your Rights and...
‘Google’ Not A Generic Term Yet, US Court Says
Googling may be a ubiquitous fact of life, but the company behind the term still has trademark rights, a US court has found.
“Germans Have Been Buying Price Decline”
From this article by Justin Gillis at the New York Times on the transition to renewable energy in Germany. The whole quote would be “The Germans were not really buying power – they were buying price decline”, attributed to Hal Harvey, CEO of the “Energy Innovation” think tank . I agree...
13 Principles Week of Action: Fighting Surveillance Law in Australia
This is a guest post from Angela Daly & Angus Murray, Members of the Policy and Research Standing Committee, Electronic Frontiers Australia. Angela is also a member of Australian Privacy Foundation's board of directors.  If you have comments on this post, you can contact Angela or...
USPTO Extends Deadline for Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings
By Andrew Williams -- If you were planning on letting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office know how you feel about the use of the "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation" standard for claim construction during PTAB trials or the near impossibility of amending claims in IPRs, you have...
Does Book Touring Still Matter?
Over on his Whatever blog, John Scalzi gives eight reasons why he answers that question with "yes" . As he's presently on a book tour it might be somewhat self-serving for him to say this but actually I think he makes good points and I generally agree with him. Then again, I'm an old...
ISPs Mislead Public, FCC About Protecting the Open Internet
EFF Takes on Net Neutrality's Critics in New Comments to FCC San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to see through misinformation from Internet service providers (ISPs) and protect the open Internet...
Good News: Alaa Abd El Fattah Freed On Bail
Alaa Abd El Fattah, the Egyptian activist and blogger who was sentenced in June to fifteen years in prison and began a hunger strike 26 days ago, has been freed on bail . Abd El Fattah was given release following a hearing for retrial, which he still faces. According to the Guardian , the judge...
Music Business for 21st Century Independent Artists
Dave Kusek, who used to teach music business at the Berklee Music School here in Boston, has teamed up with music marketer/manager Rick Barker to create a video training series for new artists looking to make it outside the major label system . They're advertising it as a "free...
Comcast Denies Allegations of Tor Crackdown: Users Should Continue to Report any...
Over the weekend accusations surfaced that Comcast has been threatening Tor users with termination of service. According to reports, Comcast subscribers claimed that agents from the company instructed subscribers that use of the highly popular Tor browser was “illegal” and against...
EFF to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Unintended Consequences of DMCA
'Anti-Circumvention' Provisions Harm Users, Researchers, Innovators, and More Washington, D.C. - Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will testify Wednesday at a congressional hearing on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the...
13 Principles Week of Action: The “Metadata Debate” ~ A Latin American Perspective
This is a guest post from Luis Fernando Garcia, Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (R3D).  If you have comments on this post, you can contact R3D on Twitter. Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and...
California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews (Forbes Cross-Post)
Photo credit: man’s mouth with bronze or gold metal zipper // ShutterStock Increasingly, businesses are looking for ways to suppress or erase consumers’ negative online reviews of them. In particular, we’ve recently seen a proliferation of contract clauses purporting to stop...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ...
Our good friend   Alberto Bellan  has been kept particularly busy in composing this weekly round-up (our eleventh) of blog posts which you may have missed if you were away last week. This is because, inclusive of regular features like the Monday Miscellany and Friday...
Dutch court refers questions to CJEU on e-lending and digital exhaustion, and another Dutch...
The Tom Kabinet portal A few days ago Future of Copyright  reported  that the Court of Appeal of The Hague has decided to seek guidance from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)  as regards a couple of copyright-related matters of topical interest right...
Conference & CLE Calendar
September 16, 2014 - "Section 103 and Obviousness: Capitalizing on CCPA and Early Federal Circuit Precedent -- Strategies for Withstanding Obviousness Rejections and Attacks on Patent Validity and Patentability" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT) September 16, 2014 - First Inventor...
USPTO AIA Roadshow
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be hosting seven roadshow events between September 16 and October 9 to increase understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). At each roadshow, panelists will discuss FITF statistics to...
13 Principles Week of Action: A Principled Fight Against Surveillance
In the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the 13 Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law reform. Every day, we'll...
My Book “Last Week” on Kindle
I just published a Kindle version of my global warming bitcoin science fiction time travel novel “ Last Week “. It is available at Amazon.com here for $0.99, and at Amazon.co.jp here for 1o4 yen.
Those European Courts: a Venn diagram
Last month, "Court in the act: how many European Courts are there?" here , this Kat bemoaned the confusion caused by there being so many courts that have the word "European" in them. He has since discovered that, in this anxiety, he is not alone.  From the website of one of...
Keep the Faith, kill the trade mark application: you can't monopolise Northern Soul
"Northern Soul" is not everyone's favourite type of music . Indeed, many ardent music fans may not have experienced its delight at all. There is however a dedicated following for it, consisting of people who express their loyalty by purchasing memorabilia and buying handbags...
My Book “Japanese Bitcoin Law”
I have written a short book on Bitcoin regulation in Japan. A free PDF file is here:  Lenz Japanese Bitcoin Law This post has the following short URL: k-lenz.de/btcjapan A printed edition is available for $8.99 at the Createspace store . You can also buy it at Amazon.com And a Kindle edition is...
UN Human Rights Council Hears Discussion On Right To Privacy In Digital Age
The UN Human Rights Council today held a panel discussion in Geneva on the right to privacy in the digital age, featuring several experts. The panel was part of a larger effort by the Council to address the increasingly urgent issue.
Copyright dispute relating to "Ascot" photograph: will a Munich model now receive "100,000 Euros...
Ahh, I thought this header might get your attention , it certainly caught mine when looking at today's offering of German tabloid Bild , especially since I arrived at the website after clicking on a link including the reference: "delicate legal dispute relating to Gunter Sachs...
Friday fantasies
It's Friday again, a great day to check the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page in case there's anything listed that takes your fancy.  Some of the event listed are free to attend or carry registration fee discounts for blog readers or others.  Do take a look! Joff and Neil:...
Copyright exceptions and user rights in Case C-117/13 Ulmer: a couple of observations
Should you have the right to digitise your cat's paws? Last week this blog reported  on the latest addition to the copyright collection of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), this being the decision in Case C-117/13  Technische Universität Darmstadt v...
Webinar on Patent Reissue
Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Patent Reissue: Strategic Use for Pre- and Post-AIA -- Correcting Errors in Patents, Determining Whether and When to Pursue a Reissue Application, and Mastering the Recapture Rule" on October 21, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm...
MBHB Webinar on Judicial Decisions Impacting Licensing
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will be offering a live webinar entitled "Recent Judicial Decisions Impacting Technology Licensing " on October 21, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT). MBHB attorney Patrick Gattari give participants an overview of the recent judicial...
AIPPI Congress Report 7: The one where the second medical use resolution is adopted
As much as the AmeriKat adores administrative AIPPI issues, a much needed bubble bath was required in preparation for the Gala Dinner After an intense morning of IPKat posting and editing, the AmeriKat wandered down to the final Executive Committee (ExCo) with a creamy...
Opportunity Missed: Why We're Not Thrilled By Restoration of PACER Access to "Old" Court...
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) announced on Friday that it would make reams of court records once again accessible through PACER, the federal courts' digital warehouse for its court files. Many advocates are cheering this decision. But we are not. It's a big...
13 Principles Week of Action: While Australia Shirks Its International Human Rights...
This is a guest post from Angela Daly and Angus Murray, members of the Policy and Research Standing Committee, Electronic Frontiers Australia. Angela is also a member of the Australian Privacy Foundation 's board of directors. Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up...
Bill Introduced in Congress to Let You Actually Own Things, Even if They Contain Software
We’ve written before about how copyright is chipping away at your right to own devices you’ve bought and paid for—from e-books to toasters and even your car. Time and again, people who want to modify their own property or sell it to others are told that they can’t, because their property...
Does Twitter portend the demise of IP protection for advertising?
This Kat from time to time engages in feline fretting about how tech trends may impact on the future face of IP. His most recent fret recently occurred as he read an article on Bloomberg.com, "Brand-Building with F-Bombs," by Kristen Schweizer, regarding the use of Twitter, as it is being...
PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments (Part 1)
By Andrew Williams -- The USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register Notice from June 27, 2014 contained the "Request for Comments on Trial Proceedings Under the America...
EFF to Defend Student Bitcoin Developers in Court
New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Flawed Subpoena for Tidbit Source Code Newark, NJ - Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will appear before a New Jersey Superior Court judge on Monday, Sept. 22 to oppose a subpoena issued to MIT students over their...
Tell Governor Brown: No Warrantless Drones For California Cops
An important California bill that would require warrants for law enforcement use of drones is currently sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that Gov. Brown will sign AB 1327 , which passed the California legislature this August. EFF has long held...
BREAKING NEWS: Spanish court refers new case to CJEU on private copying levies
Wait a moment: who should bear the levy system? From enthusiastic and invariably helpful Katfriend  Fidel Porcuna  (Bird&Bird) comes the  news  that the Spanish Supreme Court has just  referred  two questions to the Court of Justice of the...
Is The Development Dimension Of WIPO Incompatible With Its Role Of IP Protection?
The World Intellectual Property Organization is a successful United Nations agency if success is measured by its generated income and the number of international registrations of intellectual property titles. However, in its role as a norm-setting United Nations agency, the organisation...
USPTO Expected to Issue Revised Myriad-Mayo Guidance in October
By Donald Zuhn -- During a session at today's biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provided an update on the status of the Myriad-Mayo Guidance. The BCP session on the Guidance, coming at...
13 Principles Week of Action: Five Eyes’ Quest For Security Has Given Us Widespread Insecurity
This is a guest post from Aaron Gluck Thaler, Privacy International.* If you have comments on this post, you can contact Privacy International on Twitter. Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year aniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate...
New Company Transparency Reports Help Quantify DMCA Abuse
It's a sign of the times that online companies’ transparency reports are starting to include a new section: the Hall of Shame. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is the latest to do so, highlighting examples of copyright and trademark overreach by prominent figures like Janet...
Top Officials Proposed For WIPO; Tied To Director’s Term
After months of consideration and an application process that attracted 360 applicants, the World Intellectual Property Organization secretariat has made public its proposed names for the top posts at the UN agency for the next six years. Only four out of eight names are newcomers, and...
EFF to Congress: Get Rid of DMCA's "Anti-Circumvention" Provisions
At a congressional hearing this morning, EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry urged lawmakers to abandon the failed “anti-circumvention” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)—provisions that harm researchers, innovators, and technology users of all...
AIPPI Congress Report 4: Should Europe embrace a patent linkage system?
The site of this year's Pharma Day - reminding the audience that, yes, you are in Canada Without the slightest hint of pharma fatigue, the AmeriKat continued her Pharma Day in the SPC session.  Sadly, however, she had to leap off like the bounding feline beast of prey that she is...
AIPPI Congress Report 3: Biosimilars - into the great unknown?
The AmeriKat successfully keeping herself awake yesterday morning After an ungodly early morning breakfast meeting yesterday morning , the AmeriKat dragged her paws to the second session of yesterday's Pharma Day sessions on the hot topic of "Biosimilar...
Of Welsh love spoons, patents and trains: Brits and Chinese still get on just fine
Last week this weblog hosted the first of two instalments  of the adventures of the members of the British  IPO / FCO -led Expeditionary Force that headed for the Far East to do their bit for China-UK Intellectual Property Week (a.k.a. #UKChinaIP).  In...
13 Principles Week of Action: Wikipedia Is Built On Transparency
This is a guest post from Yana Welinder and Stephen LaPorte , Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation.* If you have comments on this post, you can contact Yana and Stephen on Twitter. Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13...
Do It Again, OPEC
OPEC is expected to reduce their production next year from 30 million to 29.5 million barrels a day at their next meeting in November, says Reuters . They cite OPEC Secretary General Abdallah Salem el-Badri for this expectation. Already the news of a possible reduction in...
Senator Leahy to the Courts: Restore Access to Removed PACER Documents
We’ve written before about the appalling state of access to public court records, recently made dramatically worse by the decision of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO) to effectively terminate electronic access to documents on PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), the...
Proposed IP Matter Management Invention Disclosure Scheme
I recently received a note form an in-house counsel asking for feedback on a proposed standard for invention disclosures.  This is an offshoot of  LEDES (www.ledes.org) by representatives from universities, law firms, companies, and software vendors. The intent is to provide an open...
For Experts, Questions Still Abound On IP And Standard-Setting
BRUSSELS – Intellectual property experts at the annual conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association (EPIP) discussed a range of topics including IP rights and standard-setting. The conclusion? Many questions remain unanswered.
Deadmau5 and the new Batmobile: is there any synergy?
The BBC reports that Zack Snyder has tweeted the first official photo of the new Batmobile, which will be featuring, if not actually taking the star role, in the forthcoming movie which he is directing, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . [Merpel was rather hoping for something more legal...
13 Principles Week of Action: Location Privacy is a Human Right
Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law...
PTAB Decides Inter Partes Review of Patent at Issue in Ariosa v. Sequenom
By Kevin E. Noonan -- On September 2nd, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) entered judgment in an inter partes review styled Ariosa Diagnostics v. Isis Innovation Ltd. (IPR 2012-00022). The Board found that Ariosa demonstrated, by a preponderance of the evidence of...
IP Publishers and Editors Lunch 2014
The IPKat can now confirm that we have all the necessary ingredients for the IP Publishers and Editors Lunch 2014. We have a date, Tuesday 25 November , at 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm . We have a venue, this being the London offices of law firm Bircham Dyson Bell , round the corner from...
Experts Look At The Meaning Of Myriad Case, One Year Later
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Experts gathered here last week addressed the question of – one year later - what does the United States Supreme Court’s decision on human gene patents mean for scientific research and patent policy?
After Setback in Texas, the Fight Against Podcasting Patent Troll Will Continue
We’ve been closely watching the trial in the Eastern District of Texas between podcasting patent troll Personal Audio and CBS. Today we heard disappointing news: after five days of trial, a federal jury found Personal Audio’s podcasting patent valid and infringed by CBS. The jury...
AIPPI Congress Report 2: Second medical use heats up a Sunday morning
Good morning, Toronto! Sunday mornings. Normally, the AmeriKat can be found  burrowing under her comforter (not her "duvet" while she is on this side of the Atlantic) clinging to her final hours of pyjama-wearing, work-avoiding bliss. However, yesterday morning was...
Take Action: It’s the Final Day To Tell The FCC Why Net Neutrality Must Be Preserved
Today is the last day to file comments at the FCC in the net neutrality debate. Right now, before you even finish reading this, go to our tool at DearFCC.org and tell the Commission why the future of the open Internet matters to you. This is a big deal. Net neutrality, a principle that means Internet...
African Declaration On Internet Rights And Freedoms
Infojustice.org writes: Last week, 23 civil society groups released the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at the Internet Governance Forum, infojustice.org reports. The declaration is organized around twelve key principles, including Freedom of Expression and the Right...
Protecting Privacy from Big Data: Putting the Cart Before the Horse
Today EFF Staff Technologist Jeremy Gillula is speaking at an FTC workshop on big data and its impact on privacy, prompted by the recent reports on big data by the White House  as well as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology  (PCAST). Our major point at...
AIPPI Congress Report 1: A new era of IP collaboration and harmonization
The AmeriKat's view of Toronto at this year's AIPPI Congress "What do you do?" asked the Canadian immigration official at Toronto's international airport.  "I'm an IP litigator", replied the Amerikat.  She paused thinking such a job title was probably more...
WIPO Committee Advances Decisions On Programme, Budget, Oversight
The powerful World Intellectual Property Organization Program and Budget Committee in its recent meeting worked through a tough agenda of core decisions about the UN organisation’s functioning and future. The committee reached decisions on key issues related to strengthened...
Monday miscellany
"Patent Value": tomorrow's dialogue.  The event co-hosted tomorrow by the IPKat and the IP Finance blog, in which Intellectual Asset Management editor Joff Wild and our blogging colleague Neil Wilkof discuss the impact of patent litigation on the values of patents, still has a little...
Court Report
By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-01156; filed September 10, 2014 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiff:...
BCP Customer Partnership Meeting
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be holding its next biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The latest BCP meeting will be the Office's first Bicoastal BCP (BCBCP) event, with the meeting being...
13 Principles Week of Action: Secret Law is Not Law
In the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the 13 Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law reform. Every day, we'll...
13 Principles Week of Action: A World Without Mass Surveillance
Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles , EFF and a coalition of organizations throughout the world will be conducting a week of action explaining some of the key guiding...
The hydra had multiple heads, but can a trade mark have multiple owners?
One of the major unexplored areas of trade mark law and practice is the extent to which they employ the notion of legal fictions. This Kat has addressed this issue in the context of quality control and trademark licensing, taking as the starting point the description of a legal fiction (at least...
"Slow Justice is No Justice": Brits and Chinese get on just fine
There has been plenty of coverage of the UK  IPO / FCO -led China-UK Intellectual Property Week, with even the  BBC's Today radio show picking it up [this Kat missed it, and his search engine of choice isn't being very helpful] .  Put together by Britain’s...
Net Neutrality? Still Could Be Kept
In case you've been hiding under a very large rock and were not one of the half-million-plus people who sent comments to the FCC this week , the Copyfight readers at Singlehop have a quick overview for you on the topic . If you do want to submit a comment, there are many sites that...
Proposed Anti-Terror Law in France Would Erode Civil Liberties
A proposed anti-terrorism law in France has freedom of expression advocates concerned.  The bill, as our friends at La Quadrature du Net frame it , “institutes a permanent state of emergency on the Internet,” providing for harsher penalties for incitement or “glorification” of terrorism...
Guest Post: Nine Mandatory Licences Allow Greater Access To Medicines In Ecuador
What is a mandatory licence? Mandatory licenses are a legal remedy within the intellectual property flexibilities provided by the World Trade Organization allowing a government to grant permission to third parties to produce a patented product or use a patented process without the...
Examining IP PhDs: a Katchat with IP profs
Professor Lionel Bently Last month this blog hosted a number of posts [ here , here , here ] devoted to the IP PhD experience. Considering the interest raised by this topic, further aspects will be examined. And speaking of examination, what is the perspective of IP PhD...
PGR Report -- The Attack of 35 U.S.C. § 112
By Andrew Williams -- Last week, on September 2, 2014, Accord Healthcare, Inc. ("Accord") filed what appears to be the second-ever Post-Grant Review ("PGR") (see Petition). This PGR was for U.S. Patent No. 8,598,219 ("the '219 Patent"), which is jointly assigned to Helsinn Healthcare...
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