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23 Jan 2015
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court has held that an “appellate court [Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit] must apply a 'clear error,' not de novo, standard of review” to the factual aspects of evidentiary underpinnings of a District Court's claim construction determination. The Court grounded its decision in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 52(a)(6), which provides that in matters tried to District Court, the court's “[f]indings of fact . . . must not be set aside unless clearly erroneous.” Read more

13 Jan 2015
The Australian Federal Government has recently introduced the Accelerating Commercialisation grants and services as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme. Accelerating Commercialisation helps Australian entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups, inventors, commercialisation offices, and small to medium business overcome the challenges associated with commercialising novel products, processes and services.Read more

08 Jan 2015
Just when it seemed the US Patent Office had relaxed its assessment of patent eligibility for certain types of subject matter relating to nature-based products, the latest chapter of the Myriad saga highlights the challenge of obtaining diagnostic method claims that meet the patent subject matter eligibility threshold in the U.S. Read more

30 Dec 2014
FB Rice is pleased to advise that Paul Whenman has collaborated with other noted patent experts in producing a book titled ‘Patent Term Extensions’.Read more

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