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SOFTWARE AS PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER POST ALICE

The issue of patent eligible subject matter under 35 USC § 101 affects many different types of inventions including those which incorporate software technology for controlling conventional machines and devices. Although the Alice v. CLS Bank...

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TRADE SECRETS: CHANGES IN THE LAW ON PROTECTION OF TRADE SECRETS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPEAN UNION

Concerns about trade secret theft have been increasing in both the United States and Europe in recent years. Traditionally, American law disfavored trade secret protection vis à vis patenting on the basis that publication of inventions was good for...

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THE ZERO SUM GAME IN THE COLA WARS

In Royal Crown Company and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc v The Coca-Cola Company, Opposition 91178927, each party opposed the other’s trademark applications containing the term ZERO for soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks. Although Coca-Cola was...

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INDIA’S NEW NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS POLICY

On May 12, 2016 India published its National Intellectual Property Rights Policy (National IPR Policy) to raise awareness about the importance of IPR’s as a tool for financial and economic advancement. The mission of the National IPR Policy is to...

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The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). According to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the United Kingdom will leave the EU two...

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CUOZZO V. LEE: SUPREME COURT AFFIRMED THAT CLAIMS SHOULD BE GIVEN THEIR BROADEST REASONABLE INTERPRETATION IN INTER PARTES REVIEW

On June 20th, in Cuozzo v. Lee, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit holding that claims should be given their broadest reasonable interpretation in inter partes review...

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