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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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What If Anything Should Be Done About Patent Assertion Entities?

Since 2005 there has been increased concern about patent enforcement by parties that have variously been referred to as patent trolls, non-practicing entities, patent aggregators and, most recently, patent assertion entities. Typically such entities have acquired patents from the original patentees and do not operate under the patents in question. Initially, such enforcement was against large companies who were seen as lucrative targets. More...

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10 Important Points to Note When Filing a Utility Patent Application in the United States

By John Richards The inventor(s), the applicant (if not an inventor) and his or her attorney and others involved in preparation or prosecution of the application have a duty of candor in dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which is specifically set out in the declaration signed by the applicant. The duty includes a requirement to advise the PTO of any prior art or other facts known to the applicant which the...

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