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Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences
ExL Events will be holding its 2nd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences on June 9-10, 2015 in Boston, MA. The conference will offer presentations on the following topics: • Organize and Support Due Diligence for Out-Licensing or Partnering (case study) • Explore How International Due...
More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!
Photo credit: enameled house number two hundred and thirty // ShutterStock My cup runneth over with Section 230 cases! This long blog post catches up on a few from the past couple months. Warning: there are some stinkers in this batch. Google, Inc. v. Hood , 2015 WL 1546160 (S.D...
Climate Change Lobbyists Outnumbered
Marc Gunther published another very interesting article at the Guardian titled “In Washington, a handful of corporations lobby against climate change” . The article documents that most lobbyists in the United States are opposing meaningful policies to accelerate the switch away from fossil fuels...
LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Service Doesn’t Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act–Sweet v. LinkedIn
Plaintiffs alleged that potential employers found references about them through LinkedIn’s Reference Searches functions, they were denied employment as a result, and thus LinkedIn violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. LinkedIn users, including prospective employers...
USPTO Offers Email Alerts  when Patent Applications Publish
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the release of the  Patent Application Alert Service . This system provides customized, email alerts to the public for free when patent applications of interest are published. Additionally, the system offers direct access to the...
When Congress Heads Home, Head to Your Elected Representatives’ Office or Town Hall
When your elected representatives are in their home-districts, it’s a chance for you to hear—in person—what they have to say about surveillance. Even while in session, Congress takes recesses. The House majority leader schedule and the Senate calendar can...
The case against patents: what does first-mover advantage tell us?
For Kat readers who may not be aware, for more than a decade a professional literature has developed that is challenging the justification for maintaining a patent system, at least in its current form. Perhaps the most notable scholars engaged in this endeavor are Professors...
Fine-structure Genetic Mapping of Human Population in Britain
By Kevin E. Noonan -- One of the consequences of the explication of human genomic DNA by the Human Genome Project and related efforts has been a better understanding of anthropological history, i.e., how the human population has changed geographically over time. This better...
Congress: Stop Trying to Limit EFF’s Ability to Challenge Patents
EFF recently won our challenge to invalidate claims of the “podcasting patent” using a procedure at the Patent Office called inter partes review. This procedure allowed us to challenge a patent that was being used to demand licenses from individual podcasters, even though EFF...
Divide And Conquer: The New US Strategy To Disentangle The TPP Negotiations
Burcu Kilic & Pablo Viollier write: Political leaders in Washington and other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating countries have set the end of May as the latest deadline for completion of the talks. The negotiations have already missed several such deadlines, so who really...
Why Wyden Has It Wrong on Fast Track and the TPP
Sen. Ron Wyden took to Wired yesterday to argue that the Fast Track bill he co-sponsored to rush approval for trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will help protect the free and open Internet. Sen. Wyden has long been a staunch defender of the Internet and users...
Don’t Miss the Only Life Science Educational Event Dedicated to Due Diligence
Mergers, acquisitions, in-licensing and out-licensing have dramatically increased in popularity as a revenue stream for life science organizations. This is due to both the length of time it can take to research a new product from the ground up, and the progressively crowded marketplace...
One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind?
Surprise, surprise! It has been a quiet day so far , and Merpel was busy taking a nap in the sun when the following media release came in from the European Patent Office (EPO). This Kat has decided to reproduce it in full for the benefit of his readers, who have been wondering what...
Geographical Indications An Engine For Development, EU Panellists Say At WIPO
Geographical indications can provide socio-economic benefits for developing countries, said speakers at a side event to the World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) this week.
House of Representatives Passes Cybersecurity Bills Without Fixing Core Problems
The House passed two cybersecurity "information sharing" bills today: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's Protecting Cyber Networks Act , and the House Homeland Security Committee's National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act . Both bills will...
Industries Duelling For Attention Over GIs In Trade Deals
The trade promotion authority (TPA), or fast-track, legislation proposed by three senators last week in the US Congress contains provisions that would reinforce the US position on limiting geographical indications in trade deals. At the same time, European-led industry groups held an event in...
Tell the FAA: Don’t Ground Good Drones!
EFF has long warned against the dangers of warrantless drone use by law enforcement , as well as the dangers to privacy posed by private use of drones. Those dangers are still real, and we will continue to defend against them. But like any technology, drones can be used for good as well...
Tell the FAA: Don’t Ground Good Drones!
EFF has long warned against the dangers of warrantless drone use by law enforcement , as well as the dangers to privacy posed by private use of drones. Those dangers are still real, and we will continue to defend against them. But like any technology, drones can be used for good as well...
Canada’s Budget Extends Copyright For Sound Recordings From 50 To 70 Years
Canada’s federal government 2015 budget released yesterday contains several pro-intellectual property measures aimed at boosting the economy. The measures include greater protection of confidential client-advisor communications, and the extension of copyright terms for...
EFF Opposes Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's Section 215 Reauthorization
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Intelligence Committee Chair Senator Richard Burr introduced S. 1035 last night. The bill reauthorizes Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act—the provision used by the NSA to collect innocent Americans' everyday calling records—until 2020...
EFF to Congress: Stop the Cybersurveillance Bills
EFF joined over 50 privacy and civil society organizations that sent two letters to Congress demanding it vote against the Senate Intelligence Committee's cybersecurity "information sharing" bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA, S. 754) and the House...
قائمة جدد لحماية متد الهويات الجنسية الشب من المراقب عب الأنتنت
يوفر الإنترنت مجموعة واسعة من الموارد لمتعددي الهويات الجنسية الشباب لإيجاد مجتمعات مشابهة، معلومات صحية، وغيرها من الموارد لاستكشاف وفهم هوياتهم. ولكن لسوء الحظ، تتعرض العديد من هذه الموارد لرقابة، إما عن قصد أو عن طريق أضرار جانبية من استخدام المرشحات الأخرى. قد يكون من...
EFF to Congress: Stop the Cybersurveillance Bills
EFF joined over 50 privacy and civil society organizations that sent two letters to Congress demanding it vote against the Senate Intelligence Committee's cybersecurity "information sharing" bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA, S. 754) and the House...
WIPO: The Future Of Music In A Changing Environment
What lies ahead for music in the digital economy was the subject of a roundtable today at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Inaugurating a photo exhibition on the same theme, the United States ambassador stressed the importance of copyright. The roundtable took place on 21...
That OHIM rebrand: can you help?
Lousy name. Does anyone know why they spell "harmonisation" with a "z" when the text of the CTM Regulation  spells it with an "s"? So the trilogue is agreed: the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, otherwise known as OHIM or, to the in-crowd, OAMI, is to...
Amgen v. Sandoz Update -- BIO Files an Amicus Brief at the Federal Circuit
By Andrew Williams -- On March 19, 2015, U.S. District Judge Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Amgen to prevent the imminent launch by Sandoz of a biosimilar version of NEUPOGEN® (filgrastrim). In so doing, the...
قائمة جدد لحماية متد الهويات الجنسية الشب من المراقب عب الأنتنت
يوفر الإنترنت مجموعة واسعة من الموارد لمتعددي الهويات الجنسية الشباب لإيجاد مجتمعات مشابهة، معلومات صحية، وغيرها من الموارد لاستكشاف وفهم هوياتهم. ولكن لسوء الحظ، تتعرض العديد من هذه الموارد لرقابة، إما عن قصد أو عن طريق أضرار جانبية من استخدام المرشحات الأخرى. قد يكون من...
When three is company: trilogue happy with proposed EU trade mark reforms
The European family o f trade mark owners, practitioners, consumers, judges and administrators has been waiting patiently to find out what might be the fate of the European Commission's proposals for trade mark reform.  Today we have found out: both the EU Council and...
U.S. Patent No. 6,918,769: Video game for assisting healing of the human body
U.S. Patent No. 6,918,769: Video game for assisting healing of the human body Issued July 19, 2005 Summary: The ‘769 patent seeks to help assist healing of the human body after an injury. Each medical condition is stored in the program and will include a work out which will assist...
The EU patent package: a motion, a response and now a rejoinder
How some folk see it ... Just over five weeks ago , the IPKat posted “The EU patent package: a dangerous precedent? A call for sanity” here . This was a motion supported by more than 50 academics and practitioners which prompted a good deal of reaction, not the least of which was the...
Legislation Introduced in House to Eliminate Uncertainty Regarding AIA Grace Period
By Donald Zuhn -- Last week, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) "to correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act relating to the grace period." The bill, entitled the "Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015" (H.R...
Dogged pursuit of a trade mark parody: PUMA v PUDEL in the Bundesgerichtshof
The German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) recently had to decide on the legality of a trade mark parody that 'in its overall impression' was based on an earlier well-known trade mark; ( decision of 2 April 2015 - I ZR 59/13 - Springender Pudel ). The oriignal The...
Investigative Reporting on MPAA's SOPA Revival Effort Wins Pulitzer
A New York Times series on secretive corporate lobbying of state attorneys general has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting today. The entire series does important digging on an area of political influence that's generally less transparent than Congressional...
Does Internet.org Leave Latin Americans Without A Real Internet?
During the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama from 10 to 11 April, p residents from several Latin American countries, including the Panamanian host Juan Carlos Varela , Cristina Fernandez of Argentina , Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, and Ollanta Humala of Peru posed for a photo...
CJEU publishes its 2014 Report: more and more cases, fewer and fewer AG Opinions?
How many IP cases did the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) -- to be intended this time as encompassing, amongst others, the Court of Justice and the General Court -- decide last year? How long does it take for the CJEU to decide a case? How many...
New “Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act” Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201's Problems
On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jared Polis introduced a new bill to fix many of the problems that Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act causes for free speech, privacy, security research, and innovation. Called the “Breaking Down...
WHO Opens Its Database Of Medicines Side Effects To The Public
The World Health Organization has announced that its Global Medicines Safety Database is now open to the general public. The database named VigiAccess can now be accessed on any computer or smartphone in the world.
German Big Brother Awards To German Secret Service, Interior Minister, And Barbie
Mattel's and Toytalks’ “Hello Barbie” Friday night received a Big Brother Award in Germany. The US doll found itself in illustrious company for the negative privacy award with two German Ministers of the Interior, a Minister of Health, several Amazon ventures and Elance-O-Desk. The...
Court Report
By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. 1474971 Ontario, Ltd. v. Allergan, Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-03372; filed April 26, 2015 in the Northern District of Illinois • Plaintiff: 1474971 Ontario, Ltd. • Defendants: Allergan, Inc....
Falling off cliffs and clutching at straws: a new event on pharma patent extensions
The SPC Regulation before the CJEU got to it ... The drift from simplicity to complexity in modern intellectual property law is nowhere better reflected than in the law governing the extension of the duration of pharmaceutical patents in the European Union through the grant of supplementary...
Genuine use of a Community Trade Mark: General Court puts revocation claim to bed
Back from the Spring break, on top of its IP agenda the General Court encountered a dispute involving the interpretation of the main principles lying at the basis of genuine use of a Community trade marks (CTM). The Court's thoughts can be found in C ase T-258/13...
United Airlines Stops Researcher Who Tweeted about Airplane Network Security from Boarding...
Our client, Chris Roberts, a founder of the security intelligence firm One World Labs, found himself detained by the FBI earlier this week after tweeting about airplane network security during a United Airlines flight. When Roberts landed in Syracuse, he was questioned by the...
IPO Conference on Perception of IP in Europe
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) European Practice Committee will be hosting a one-day conference entitled "Never Been a Better Time (For IP) Than Right Now?" on May 20, 2015 in London, UK. The conference will begin with discussions on the EU IP Action...
Can you use short musical sequences as background loop for a rap song? "Goldrapper"
The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) this week had to decide on the legality of using short musical sequences as background loop for a rap song ( decision of 16 April 2015 - I ZR 225/12 - Goldrapper ).  In a copyright infringement case brought by French...
Is This Justice? Charging an Eighth Grader with a Felony for “Hacking”
A 14-year-old eighth grader in Florida, Domanik Green, has been charged with a felony for “hacking” his teacher’s computer. The “hacking” in this instance was using a widely known password to change the desktop background of his teacher’s computer with an image of two men kissing. The...
Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 7 (Consumer Reviews, RTBF, Defamation, Censorship, Sec. 230)
Photo credit: 3D Quick Link Crossword // ShutterStock International Censorship * WaPo : This was the Internet’s worst, best year ever * Wired : Russia’s Creeping Descent Into Internet Censorship * Washington Post : Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal * NY Times :...
EFF's Podcasting Patent Win Highlights a Disturbing Trend
It's time to take a closer look at EFF's recent victory against bogus patents and highlight what we and others concerned about our patent system are up against. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), acting on our request for review, last week invalidated claims from a...
Le Monde parle - article about the unrest at the European Patent Office
Merpel has received word of an article published by the major French newspaper Le Monde on 6 April 2015, reporting on the industrial unrest and social tensions within the European Patent Office (EPO).  The original article linked appears to require a subscription and is...
EPO President Battistelli Tells Of ‘Patent Wars’, As IP5 Consolidate Work
CAPE TOWN - A growing patent examination workload and increasing global anti-IP sentiment are some of the challenges the European Patent Office faces, according to EPO President Benoit Battistelli.
Not all creators of musical content are treated equally: the fate of the lyricist?
A devoted reader of this blog wrote to this Kat a month or so ago to observe that we do not pay sufficient attention to the creators of content. I would hope that we Kats are equal opportunity observers of the creative process and those who contribute to it, but I recalled his comments when...
EU Pharmaceutical Law Forum
Informa Life Sciences will be holding its 24th Annual EU Pharmaceutical Law Forum on May 19-21, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. The conference will offer presentations on the following topics: • Feedback from the EU Commission on competition law (keynote presentation) -- to be...
Alaska Pineapples
Craig Morris writes about recent comments from Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser. Morris takes issue with a comment about Alaska pineapples. According to Kaeser, it makes as much sense to have solar in Germany as to grow pineapples in Alaska. That comment has more punch in...
Don’t Say “Climate Change”, Say “Everything Change”
That’s what Margaret Atwood recommends . I learned about that at this blog post by Daniel Bloom titled “The Everything Change Bagel” . I agree with the reasons for this proposal. It is true: “Climate Change” sounds like you are talking about the weather. What’s the big deal if it gets a couple...
UAEM Grades US Universities On Research For Neglected Diseases. Spoiler Alert – There’s...
Universities play an enormous role in biomedical research in the United States, but are not doing all they can to advance research for neglected diseases or make their innovations available to people who need them most, the student groupUniversities Allied for Essential Medicines...
Friday fantasies
Forthcoming events . As usual, the IPKat's list of impending conferences, seminars, lectures and other IP attractions has been given its weekly spring-clean and update, so don't forget to check it out. Latest on the list is the "Meet the Judges" seminar that takes place in Dublin, Ireland, on...
German Federal Court says that libraries have a right to digitise their collections
Last September this blog reported  [ here  and  here ]  on the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in  TU Darmstadt v Ulmer , C-117/13, a reference from the  Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal...
Oil People Bubble
Karel Beckman has published an article at RenewEconomy about the strategy of oil companies under the title “Why the strategy of oil companies is doomed to failure” . It is built mostly around an interview with Adriaan Kamp, who has spent some time as a manager at Shell...
Largest Internet Exchange Point Announces Complaint Against Snooping
MUNICH - It was a big day for counter-surveillance yesterday. Decix, the largest internet traffic exchange point (IXP) worldwide, announced it has had it with the snoops. Meanwhile, the Inquiry Committee came to the conclusion that the BND had withheld information from its oversight...
Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case–Goldline v. Regal
Photo Credit: In the Garbage Can // ShutterStock The lawsuit’s principal participants are rivals in the precious metals and coin industry. The defendant organization, Regal, has an affiliate program, and it appears that some affiliates bought competitive keyword advertising using...
UN Expert Says Secret Trade Negotiations A Threat To Human Rights
The United Nations independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order raised concerns over the lack of awareness about the negative effects that free trade and investment agreements have on human rights, especially in developing countries. The...
Canada Must Fix Rightsholder Abuse of its Copyright Notice System
The notice and takedown provisions of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide a streamlined way for copyright owners to remove material from the Internet. Now almost two decades after the law was passed, the DMCA takedown system has proved itself to...
Calling all New Yorkers: Speak Up for Fair Repair
If you're trying to tinker with repair or even recycle your electronics—whether it's a computer, a tablet, or a toaster —you increasingly face two major hurdles. The first, bizarrely enough, is copyright law. See, you may own your device, but you probably just rent, or license, the software...
WIPO CDIP: New Proposals Rekindle Conversation On IP And Development
Among the outstanding issues at the World Intellectual Property Organization is how WIPO committees report to the General Assembly on their implementation of the organisation's Development Agenda Recommendations. At this week's meeting on the issue, a new proposal...
General Court says "checkmate" to Louis Vuitton's patterns
Two parallel judgments of the General Court in the Louis Vuitton  (LV) cases,  T-359/12 and T-360/12 , are a welcome example of clarity and completeness, destined to influence case-law on the invalidity of a Community trade mark (CTM) for lack of distinctive...
A Modest Proposal (or Two)
By Kevin E. Noonan -- Any observer of the interaction between the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court over the past decade has recognized that the Court has become increasingly critical of the Federal Circuit's patent jurisprudence and of patents and patent law in general...
Dice Loaded Against Public in Canada's Copyright Term Extension
The announcement of the Canadian Government's plan to extend copyright terms for sound recordings came as a surprise when it was released in Canada's federal budget yesterday. The smooth stage management of the announcement has to be admired, accompanied as it...
EFF Opposes Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's Section 215 Reauthorization
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Intelligence Committee Chair Senator Richard Burr introduced S. 1035 last night. The bill reauthorizes Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act—the provision used by the NSA to collect innocent Americans' everyday calling records—until 2020...
Wednesday whimsies
From Katfriend, Appointed Person and Certified IP Enthusiast  Anna Carboni comes news of an amazing journey: four women – “the Coxless Crew” – are have set off from San Francisco’s Pier 39 in their boat,  Doris,  on an unsupported continuous three-stage...
Open, Online Database Of Clinical Trials Planned
A newly announced project will create an open, online database of information about the clinical research trials worldwide. The initiative, called Open Trials, will be directed by Ben Goldacre, an internationally known author (“Bad Science”) and advocated for clinical transparency. As...
Europe’s Antitrust Move Against Google: A Linkwrap
Photo credit: Two elephants fighting // ShutterStock For outside observers, it’s always thrilling to see two elephants like the EC and Google go tusk-to-tusk in a high-stakes battle. Normally, the government holds the edge in such clashes; after all, their enforcement resources are...
San Francisco Opposes TPP Fast Track in New Resolution
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted in favor of a resolution today urging the district's congressional representatives to oppose Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Supervisor John Avalos put forth the...
"Stop Cyber Spying" Campaign Tells Obama and Congress to Drop Failed Cybersecurity Bills
EFF, Access, and a coalition of other digital rights organizations have launched a campaign opposing legislative attempts to make information sharing between companies and the government easier.  The 5 bills—touted as cybersecurity bills—would provide legal avenues for...
UK Industry Group Details Goals For Global Patent Harmonisation
In recent months, intellectual property rights holder groups and northern governments have been stepping up their focus on harmonising international patent law to ease procedures and lower costs. Today, an industry group in the United Kingdom articulated some of those aims.
A Look At The Huge Upswing In China Patent Filings
By Michael Sneddon While China’s reputation for producing imitations of everything from cars to computers continues to linger, it doesn’t appear to be a deterrent for foreign corporations as they increasingly seek protection for their innovations. In fact, according to the 2014 edition of the...
Hyperlinks and the CJEU 'new public' criterion: a Response to Rosen
Last week, in a Katpost entitled "The CJEU 'new public' criterion? National judges should not apply it, says Prof Jan Rosen" ( here ), fellow Kat Eleonora reported on one of the attractions of this year's Fordham IP Conference, writing: "... how can a panel on EU copyright not feature at least...
San Francisco Opposes TPP Fast Track in New Resolution
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted in favor of a resolution today urging the district's congressional representatives to oppose Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Supervisor John Avalos put forth the...
Update On Yale/IP-Watch Effort To Open TPP Texts
Intellectual Property Watch has been working for several years to obtain more details about the intellectual property aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, and a subsequent lawsuit to enforce that...
"Stop Cyber Spying" Campaign Tells Obama and Congress to Drop Failed Cybersecurity Bills
EFF, Access, and a coalition of other digital rights organizations have launched a campaign opposing legislative attempts to make information sharing between companies and the government easier.  The 5 bills—touted as cybersecurity bills—would provide legal avenues for...
WHO Reviews Its Essential Medicines List; Some New Candidates Under Patent
The World Health Organization is reviewing its list of essential medicines this week. Over 70 candidate medicines are expected to be assessed by an Expert Committee. Some of those medicines are under patent and highly priced, which poses an accessibility challenge.
Politico leaks draft Digital Single Market strategy tackling geo-blocking, civil enforcement and role...
Yesterday Politico  leaked  copies of the draft  Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy  and its supporting  Evidence , which the EU Commission is officially due to release on  6 May 2015 . The Strategy starts by stressing the " need to...
Rod Adams on Phaseout Profit
Rod Adams  kindly replied with a couple of tweets to my latest article on Phaseout Profit . I am pleased with the opportunity to discuss why my idea might not work. He raised three points. The first : History is clear. If prices are high, more drilling in sensitive resource areas like Arctic...
Investigative Reporting on MPAA's SOPA Revival Effort Wins Pulitzer
A New York Times series on secretive corporate lobbying of state attorneys general has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting today. The entire series does important digging on an area of political influence that's generally less transparent than Congressional...
Monday miscellany
Gnomic, but not genomic  Looking for a job? The Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge is currently advertising an excellent research opportunity for early career scholars who have a genuine interest in intellectual property and genomics. While this Kat knows that his...
Does Internet.org Leave Latin Americans Without A Real Internet?
During the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama from 10 to 11 April, p residents from several Latin American countries, including the Panamanian host Juan Carlos Varela , Cristina Fernandez of Argentina , Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, and Ollanta Humala of Peru posed for a photo...
New “Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act” Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201's Problems
On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jared Polis introduced a new bill to fix many of the problems that Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act causes for free speech, privacy, security research, and innovation. Called the “Breaking Down...
Can The Internet Be Saved Without Harming Democracy?
[From The Guardian-] Citizens of the internet: here is some welcome news. Your downtrodden digital rights might be getting a well-overdue booster shot. But it comes with some warnings.Last week in the Hague, a high-level group of 29 internet policymakers and influencers – including...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week
42 is a very special number for many reasons. One will be apparent to anyone who has ever read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, since 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. It's also the number of the street that gives its name to one of the...
The Unitary Patent Package: a client walks into a patent attorney's office
"Come in", called the patent attorney Picture the scene: a bright, comfortable yet functional office in a modern block at the centre of Anytown, England. A patent attorney sits behind his desk, awaiting the arrival of a potential new client.  The door knocks. Swiftly checking that all is...
Conference & CLE Calendar
April 21, 2015 - U.S. Biosimilars (American Conference Institute) - Munich, Germany April 21, 2015 - CincyBIO conference (CincyIP) - Cincinnati, OH April 23, 2015 - "Key Trade Secret Developments in 2015" (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP) - 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT)...
Wave Of Protests Against TTIP, CETA, TISA
A wave of protest marches and information events against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) yesterday swept across Europe, the US, Canada and number of other countries...
United Airlines Stops Researcher Who Tweeted about Airplane Network Security from Boarding...
Our client, Chris Roberts, a founder of the security intelligence firm One World Labs, found himself detained by the FBI earlier this week after tweeting about airplane network security during a United Airlines flight. When Roberts landed in Syracuse, he was questioned by the...
Webinar on Best Practices for PCT and EPO Filings
Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering a webinar entitled "Best Practices for Cost-Effective Filing of PCT and EPO Patent Applications" on May 19, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Eastern). Jeffrey M. Sears, Associate General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel, Columbia University...
Union Isn’t Liable For Members’ Posts To Private Facebook Group–Weigand v. NLRB
Photo credit: Protesters crowd landscape // ShutterStock This case relates to a bus drivers’ strike in 2012. During the strike, union members posted “impassioned and bellicose” comments about the strike on the union’s Facebook page, which was accessible only to union members. The union...
“Campaign aims to turn oil companies into climate allies”
That’s the headline of a new  article by Marc Gunther at the Guardian . I was excited to read that headline. Has the time finally come that someone else has figured out the solution to global warming? I recall that I have been preaching on this blog again and again that global warming is easily...
Is This Justice? Charging an Eighth Grader with a Felony for “Hacking”
A 14-year-old eighth grader in Florida, Domanik Green, has been charged with a felony for “hacking” his teacher’s computer. The “hacking” in this instance was using a widely known password to change the desktop background of his teacher’s computer with an image of two men kissing. The...
EFF's Podcasting Patent Win Highlights a Disturbing Trend
It's time to take a closer look at EFF's recent victory against bogus patents and highlight what we and others concerned about our patent system are up against. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), acting on our request for review, last week invalidated claims from a...
Music Is Focus For This Year’s International IP Day At WIPO
Music is the chosen theme of the World Intellectual Property Organization to celebrate this year’s World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April. The organisation has a series of events planned starting next week, and in particular a roundtable on the future of the music industry with a panel...
WIPO Development Committee To Hear Report On Implementation, Discuss Patent Flexibilities
Member governments will discuss the development dimension of the World Intellectual Property Organization next week, looking in particular at how the United Nations organisation is implementing the recommendations of its Development Agenda in its activities.
AG Cruz Villalon says that (absolute) banking secrecy prevents effective enforcement of IP rights
Does banking secrecy prevail over IP enforcement? In a nutshell this is the issue on which the  Bundesgerichtshof ( German Federal Court of Justice) is seeking guidance from the ever-active Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Coty...
AstraZeneca AB v. Apotex Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2015)
By Kevin E. Noonan -- Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit rendered a decision on damages in what may be the last of a long-running series of ANDA cases involving AstraZeneca's Prilosec® (omeprazole) franchise. As set forth in the opinion, AstraZeneca's lawsuit against Apotex...
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