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INTA Keynote: ‘We want to raise an anti-piracy generation’

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Over the weekend more than 10,000 trademark specialists, IP professionals and 150 universities from around the world arrived in Barcelona for the 139th International Trademark Association (INTA) meeting. INTA is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property. The Association's member organizations represent 30,000 trademark professionals and include brand owners from major corporations as well as both small and medium-sized enterprises, law firms and non-profits. [ 477 more words ]

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/05/23/inta-keynote-anti-piracy-generation/id=83609/

ipwatchdog.com We want to raise an anti-piracy generation, Minister Méndez de Vigo, explained, adding that piracy and stealing are unacceptable in our legal framework.

SCOTUS to hear SAS Institute v. Lee, could impact estoppel effect of IPR proceedings - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

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The nation’s highest court will once again address issues surrounding the controversial Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The case it will decide is SAS Institute, Inc. v. Lee, which will be argued during the October 2017 term, and which will force the Court to again look at how the USPTO, and more specifically the PTAB, is implementing the post-grant patent validity trials created when Congressional passed of the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011... As SAS Institute’s petition notes, the track record of the PTAB is clear. The PTAB believes that final written decisions need only to address certain challenged claims, not every challenged claim.

ipwatchdog.com PTAB believes final written decisions need only address certain challenged claims, not every challenged claim. § 318(a) clearly commands otherwise.

SCOTUS to hear SAS Institute v. Lee, could impact estoppel effect of IPR proceedings

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On Monday, May 22nd, in addition to deciding the much-anticipated patent venue case TC Heartland v. Kraft, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari, which means that the nation’s highest court will once again address issues surrounding the controversial Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The case it will decide is… [ 1,922 more word ]

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ipwatchdog.com PTAB believes final written decisions need only address certain challenged claims, not every challenged claim. § 318(a) clearly commands otherwise.

Evolution of Drywall: Augustine Sackett’s gypsum board now used in 97% of new home construction

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One of the basic components of most building construction which occurs in the United States and throughout the world involves the use of drywall. Most drywall today involves a layer of gypsum which is sandwiched between two sheets of paper and the sheets are used to create walls and ceilings in rooms. A January 2017 market research report from… [ 994 more words ]

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ipwatchdog.com May 22 marks the 123rd anniversary of an early and important patent covering drywall for building construction to Hall of Fame inventor Augustine Sackett.

Superbugs Require New Weapons: Strong, Effective Intellectual Property Rights May Be Our Best, Last Hope - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

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If we are to have a fighting chance against superbugs and pandemics, we must invest in innovation and safeguard the property rights that incentivize these discoveries. Short-sighted efforts to enervate existing intellectual property rights laws and policies will not only damage incentives to innovate, they may hand a victory to the superbugs.

ipwatchdog.com The dangers of killer germs and superbugs are not limited to bird flu in China, Ebola in West Africa, Zika in South America and MERS in the Middle East.

Industry reaction to SCOTUS patent venue decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

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Reaction from a distinguished panel of industry insiders who have been following this case. Each have offered their own instant analysis, several pointing out that important questions remain about what this Supreme Court decision will mean for the many thousands of patent cases already filed, many that are now in inappropriate venues. It is probably fair to say that the ruling did not surprise most of our panel (although one person did express surprise), but several on our panel did point to the Supreme Court’s decision as more in a decade-plus line of cases that have continually eroded the rights of patent owners.

ipwatchdog.com In its TC Heartland v. Kraft opinion, the Supreme Court predictably, and unanimously, reversed the CAFC’s 25 year old precedent on patent litigation venue.

Industry reaction to SCOTUS patent venue decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group

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Earlier today the United States Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC. In a unanimous decision of the Court delivered by Justice Thomas (minus Justice Gorsuch who did not participate in consideration of the case) the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and ruled that 28 U.S.C. 1400(b) remains the only applicable patent venue statute. [ 2,876 more words ]

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/05/22/industry-reaction-scotus-patent-venue-decision-tc-heartland-v-kraft-food-group/id=83518/

ipwatchdog.com In its TC Heartland v. Kraft opinion, the Supreme Court predictably, and unanimously, reversed the CAFC’s 25 year old precedent on patent litigation venue.

SCOTUS reverses Federal Circuit in TC Heartland, Patent Venue in State of Incorporation - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

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The Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and ruled that 28 U.S.C. 1400(b) remains the only applicable patent venue statute, that 28 U.S.C. 1391(c) did not modify or amend 1400(b) or the Court's 1957 ruling in Fourco Glass Co. v. Transmirra Products Corp., and that the term "residence" in 28 U.S.C. 1400(b) means only the state in which a company is incorporated. The importance of this ruling should be immediately felt on patent litigation in the United States. No longer will a patent owner be able to sue an infringing defendant in a district court where the defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction. Instead, patent infringement lawsuits will only be able to be filed in districts within states where the infringing defendant is incorporated, or in districts where there has been an act of infringement and the defendant has a regular and established place of business.

ipwatchdog.com Earlier today the United States Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, a patent venue case that...

SCOTUS reverses Federal Circuit in TC Heartland, Patent Venue in State of Incorporation

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Earlier today the United States Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC. In a unanimous decision of the Court delivered by Justice Thomas (minus Justice Gorsuch who did not participate in consideration of the case) the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and ruled that 28 U.S.C. 1400(b) remains the only applicable patent venue statute, that… [ 1,021 more word ]

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/05/22/scotus-reverses-federal-circuit-tc-heartland-patent-venue/id=83506/

ipwatchdog.com Earlier today the United States Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, a patent venue case that...

Superbugs Require New Weapons: Strong, Effective Intellectual Property Rights May Be Our Best, Last Hope

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The virus that could spark the next global disease pandemic is already circulating – and the world is not ready to respond. In a recent Time Magazine cover story, Brian Walsh highlights the growing risk of killer germs and superbugs such as bird flu H7N9 Ebola, Zika and MERS, across an increasingly interconnected and densely populated planet. He reports that “[t]he number of new diseases per decade has increased nearly fourfold over the past 60 years, and since 1980, the number of outbreaks per year has more than tripled”.[1] As the threat grows, our efforts to prepare for the consequences are clearly falling short. [ 940 more words ]

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/05/22/super-bugs-strong-effective-intellectual-property-rights/id=83497/

ipwatchdog.com The dangers of killer germs and superbugs are not limited to bird flu in China, Ebola in West Africa, Zika in South America and MERS in the Middle East.

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