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The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC  APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...more
Attorney Julian Crump, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's London, UK office, talks about the differences between patent laws in the US and the EU and the importance of identifying those differences at the outset of the...more
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.. The en banc Court Speaks On Divided Infringement, But Not With One Voice.
.. Can Recent Conflicting Decision On The Patent Eligibility of Business Methods Be...more
Adopting the European Patent Convention (EPC) and establishing the European Patent Office (EPO) – thereby allowing for a single application for a “European patent” (which is more precisely a bundle of national patents which...more
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The Federal Circuit recently clarified the scope of review that the Court affords appeals from the International Trade Commission (ITC). In General Electric Co. v. U.S. Int’l Trade Comm'n, No. 2010-1223 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 29,...more
In a case of first impression, a U.S. bankruptcy court charged with enforcing the rights of a foreign insolvency administrator against assets in the United States has held that foreign insolvency law may not be invoked to...more
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A recent UK decision highlights the difficulties in protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights outside the United States....more
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