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USPTO Acting Director Discusses Patent Quality, Pendency, Harmonisation

Intellectual Property Watch - 4 hours 25 min ago
At today's meeting of the "trilateral offices" - the United States, Europe and Japan - Deputy Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee gave an update of USPTO activities, including improvements in patent quality, patent pendency, and discussions about patent harmonisation.
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31-y-o man charged for 2013 murder of Catholic priest

Jamaica Observer - 7 hours 23 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was on Sunday charged for the murder of a Roman Catholic priest, Father Charles Brown, which occurred on Monday, July 29, 2013.
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Netanyahu denounces Obama push for Iran nuclear deal

Jamaica Observer - 7 hours 25 min ago
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced President Barack Obama's drive for a nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, warning Washington is paving Tehran's path to a bomb.
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EOJ surpasses signature target for Portmore boundary changes

Jamaica Observer - 8 hours 32 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it now has the number of signatures it needs for the petition to have the boundaries of the municipality of Portmore expanded.
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CDA condemns 14-y-o's killing, calls for J'cans to take a stand

Jamaica Observer - 8 hours 40 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Child Development Agency (CDA) has issued a statement condemning the killing of 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson in St Thomas this morning.
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FOREX: J$115.58 to one US dollar

Jamaica Observer - 8 hours 52 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Tuesday March 3, ended trading at J$115.58, down two cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.
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Vendors protest against KSAC plans to stop street vending

Jamaica Observer - 9 hours 17 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Scores of vendors Tuesday afternoon staged a demonstration on Church Street in Kingston, following an announcement by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to stop them from selling on the streets.
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Changes to Portmore municipality boundaries before court - ECJ

Jamaica Observer - 9 hours 39 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says that it is aware of the ongoing debate in respect to changes to the boundaries of the Portmore Municipality, and wishes to state that the matter is a legal one.
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PNP councillor charged with death of Tappa Whitmore's son

Jamaica Observer - 9 hours 50 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — People’s National Party Councillor Sylvan Reid has been charged in relation to the reported hit-and-run death of the son of former Reggae Boyz coach and player Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore two years ago.
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LIAT bans e-cigarettes in checked luggage

Jamaica Observer - 10 hours 11 min ago
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Regional airline LIAT has announced that e-cigarettes are prohibited for carriage in checked luggage on the airline's services, effective immediately.
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Supreme Court dismisses case brought by student against UTech

Jamaica Observer - 10 hours 17 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the case of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) student who had obtained an ex parte injunction to force the university to register him for this semester.
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Patent protection for isolated genes in Australia

The Federal Court of Australia has held that isolated genes are patentable under Australian Patent Law.

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Accidental omission of corresponding patent information and revocation in India

An Indian court holds that revocation is not automatic under s 64(1)(m) of the Patents Act 1970, since it is always open to the court to examine the question whether the omission to furnish the information relating to corresponding patent applications in foreign countries was intentional. Revocation follows only if the court is of the view that the omission to furnish the information was deliberate.

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The beginning of the end for the UK Patent Box?

In response to part of the highly publicized Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK and German governments have released a joint statement entitled Proposals for New Rules for Preferential IP Regimes. The statement confirms that the UK Patent Box, in force since April 2013, will be closed to new entrants in June 2016, with the total abolition of the scheme by June 2021.

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Rage against the (translation) machine

A patent application is remitted to the Examining Division for reconsideration in light of a certified translation of a prior art document, due to ambiguity of the machine translation provided.

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ZIMA found to be inherently registrable for tomatoes

An appeal from a decision of the Registrar of Trade Marks has found that ZIMA is not descriptive of a type of tomato, and so is entitled to registration.

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How to prove if a shoe is protected by copyright--and who owns it?

This case concerns mainly the issue of whether it is sufficient to hold oneself out as being the author in order to be entitled to copyright protection when the authorship is not disputed or, on the contrary, if there is a need, even without dispute, to prove a creation process.

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Third party's abusive BENFICA trade mark rejected for notoriety and bad faith

The Turkish Patent Institute has rejected a third party's abusive BENFICA trade mark application on grounds of it being a well known mark and because the application was filed in bad faith.

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Blocking injunctions protect trade mark rights on the internet

In a groundbreaking decision, the England and Wales High Court (High Court) extended the practice of issuing blocking injunctions, a practice that had gained popularity in the copyright context, to protect trade mark rights on the internet.

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