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The Federal Circuit Reviews Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions on Inter Partes Review

There are now three decisions of the Federal Circuit on appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on inter partes reviews: In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC and Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn Inc. Between them they shed some light on two of the most controversial issies relating to inter partes review: the use of the broadest reasonable interpretation of the claims in these...

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Rights of Co-Owners to License Patent Rights

It is sometimes tempting when entering into a joint research agreement to agree that both parties will jointly own any patent rights arising from the collaboration. However, unless the rights of each party are clearly set out in the agreement, this can lead to complications and may be dangerous. United States In the United States, 35 USC 262 provides that in the absence of an agreement to the contrary, each joint owner of a patent may...

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Changes to UK Intellectual Property Law

As part of the ongoing efforts by the UK government to update British intellectual property law following the extensive Hargreaves’ Review that reported in 2011, many provisions of the UK Intellectual Property Act 2014 came into effect on October 1, 2014. In a separate but related development, The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 and The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and...

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