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Federal Circuit: Claim Construction Limited When Essential Structure Only in Preamble

The Federal Circuit has ruled that the preamble in a claim in a patent application can be limiting when it supplies “essential structure” and the body of the claim does not define “a structurally complete invention.” SIMO Holdings Inc v Hong… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Deep Dive on Semiconducto…

Deep Dive on Semiconductors Market in China

Semiconductors are crucial components for most electronic equipment. Currently, China lags in this aspect because it does not have a prominent chip maker and depends on semiconductor technology from other countries. For example, in 2020, Qualcomm sup… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Would a vaccine patent wa…

Would a vaccine patent waiver save lives or stifle future development?

As the Washington Post has reported, access to COVID-19 vaccines is highly unequal around the world: The Washington Post found that 45 percent of all vaccine doses administered so far have gone to just 16 percent of the world’s population in what t… Read More
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Categories: Patents
What is Likely to Drive C…

What is Likely to Drive Chinese Patent Filings in the Coming Years?

Chinese companies have filed the most number of patents in 2020 at the European Patent Office. Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology patents had the biggest jump in filings last year, which is unsurprising given the global health concern brought on by th… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Federal Circuit Rules tha…

Federal Circuit Rules that Flower-Arranging Method is Abstract

The Federal Circuit has ruled that a method for creating a floral arrangement on an electronic display screen is abstract and thus not eligible for patent protection. The case of In re Sturgeon involved an appeal from the US Patent and Trademark Offi… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Small patent filing mista…

Small patent filing mistakes can have a decisive impact on high-stakes disputes

At first glance, a translation error in a patent may seem to be of little consequence, but a small such mistake in a patent owned by IBSA Institute Biochimique (IBSA) cost the company a lot to litigate. IBSA filed a petition for writ of certiorari in… Read More
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Categories: Patents
US Supreme Court Holds th…

US Supreme Court Holds that Copying Application Programming Interface (API) is Fair Use

The US Supreme Court has held that Google’s copying of an application programming interface (“API”) was fair use under copyright law. The case involved Java SE, a computer program in the Java programming language. Oracle owns the copyright for… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
Apple Claims Former Produ…

Apple Claims Former Product Designer Stole Trade Secrets

Apple Inc. has sued a former product designer for the company, claiming that he stole Apple trade secrets in order to help his new employer and that he also leaked secrets to a reporter. The designer, Simon Lancaster, worked at Apple for more than te… Read More
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Categories: Patents, Trade Secrets
Second Circuit Redefines…

Second Circuit Redefines the Concept of “Transformative” Fair Use under Copyright Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held that a series of Andy Warhol prints were not a “transformative” fair use of a photographer’s picture of the musical artist Prince and thus infringed the photographer’s copyright. The c… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
Legal Implications of NFTs

Legal Implications of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)

We recently covered NFTs here, but due to the heightened interest regarding this topic, here’s a deeper dive into Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that have taken the blockchain industry by storm. An NFT is a type of cryptocurrency asset wherein each ite… Read More
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