America Needs an Eighteenth-Century Patent System – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

America most certainly does not need a Twenty-First Century patent system. America needs an Eighteenth-Century patent system. The patent system our founding fathers created recognized the contributions made by everyone in the innovation ecosystem were important and necessary. We had it right once.

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Trade war or not, China is closing the gap on U.S. in technology IP…

China’s rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.

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China Has Much to Gain by Resolving Trade Issues With U.S.

Almost all economists agree that a full-blown trade war would leave both China and the U.S. worse off. A simple game theory framework shows that international trade is inherently a “cooperative game,” especially when consumption and production chains are tightly interconnected across borders.

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Reality Check: Are we on the brink of a trade war?

The US and China have imposed tariffs on each other’s goods. But will a skirmish between the world’s two biggest economies turn into a full-on trade war? Perhaps it has already started. Both sides have struck initial blows. The US has imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium.

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Negative patent dialogue must change, says Iancu

IPPro Patents is the go-to industry publication for free-to-read news, views and opinion on patent practice, law and management, US and Canada news. The US must “change the dialogue surrounding patents”, according to US Patent and Trademark Office director Andrei Iancu

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Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer Music Apps Sued for Infringing Patent

Patent owner MOAEC Technologies filed suits alleging patent infringement in the District of Delaware against a series of music app providers including Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer. The suits claim that music services offered by all three defendants infringe upon a patent covering a music library collection technology

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Spotify buys ‘cover song’ licensing firm to tackle copyright risks

LONDON/STOCKHOLM, April 12 (Reuters) – Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, said on Thursday it is to buy Loudr.fm, a San Francisco-based provider of licensing technology to help it to locate songwriters and pay them royalties they are due.

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Why we should trust science

It has been a time of crisis for science over the past several years. In cases where society and policy need inputs from science, there is now a widely prevalent view that the conclusions of scientific inquiry can be challenged for economic or ideological reasons.

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Madhya Pradesh’s Basmati claim

The Narendra Modi government may find itself in a tricky situation over the issue of extending geographical indication (GI) certification for basmati paddy grown in Madhya Pradesh (MP). The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) are both vociferously opposed to MP’s inclusion as a basmati-growing state.

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USFDA observations: ‘Mosquitoes, gnats in Alkem plant; no quality control unit’

A recent inspection of Alkem Laboratories Ltd’s drug facility at Daman by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has revealed the presence of “flying insects… including mosquitoes and gnats” at the manufacturing unit. The drug regulator has also observed that the plant – owned by one of India’s largest pharma company – has “no quality control unit” at its facility.

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Fresh Allegations Of Plagiarism Haunt Professors Appointed By JNU’s VC

Days after the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi changed the constitution of the selection committee that appoints faculty members, students allege that at least five of the new appointees, and two other professors, were guilty of plagiarising the work of foreign scholars for their doctoral and MPhil dissertations.

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Gilead May Have Forfeited Ownership of Its Blockbuster Hepatitis Drug Patents

Attorneys and a patent agent with Pepper Hamilton LLP look at the implications of a controversy stemming from an alleged failure to report NIH funding in a patent relating to Gilead Sciences Inc.’s blockbuster hepatitis C drugs.

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New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Protects Criticism of “Patent Troll”

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that can be the basis of a…

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Amazon Has A Patent That Would Allow It To Listen In On Your Conversations

Amazon has come under fire after a patent application emerged that would allow the company’s Echo speaker to listen for certain key words during people’s conversations. The patent, filed in the US, describes how the speaker would employ ‘vocal-sniffing’ technology to listen for key words, Amazon could then start deploying advertising that would target those words.

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US needs more positive patent dialogue, says Andrei Iancu

olm26250 / iStockphoto.com Andrei Iancu, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has said the US must create a more positive dialogue around patents. Iancu made his remarks at the US Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy conference yesterday, April 11.

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China deals with more than 460 cases of copyright infringement – Xinhua | English.news.cn

BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) — China dealt with more than 460 cases involving copyright infringement in the first three months of the year, the National Office for the Fight Against Pornography and Illegal Publications said Thursday.

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Delhi HC Recognizes Copyright On Photos Uploaded On Facebook [Read Order] | Live Law

The Delhi High Court has recently recognized copyright on photos uploaded on Facebook. The order was passed by Justice Manmohan on a suit for permanent injunction filed by Fairmount Hotels Pvt. Ltd., demanding that one Mr. Bhupendra Singh be restrained from infringing their copyright. It had alleged that Mr. Singh, who was managing their Hotel …

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

UN patent body WIPO is advertising for a new IT chief in a move widely seen as a reprisal against the current man in the job who blew the whistle on the dodgy behaviour of his boss.

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VirnetX wins $502 million in latest patent trial against Apple

Patent licensing company VirnetX Holding Corp on Tuesday won a $502 million verdict from Apple Inc, but that award as well as a judgment last year are both vulnerable on appeal following the invalidation of VirnetX’s patents by U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

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Delhi High Court rejects Monsanto plea on BT cotton patent

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday disallowed a plea by American agricultural biotechnology firm Monsanto to enforce its patent for its genetically modified (Bt) cotton seed varieties ‘Bollgard’ and the widely used ‘Bollgard II’ in India. The government controls trait value (royalty) the firm receives on the technology from some 50 domestic seed companies.

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