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Patent File Wrapper Estoppel Comes to Canada

In a move that surprised many in the IP community, a budget bill that received royal assent before the holidays, introduced file wrapper estoppel to Canadian patent law. Bill C-86 (link) included a number of changes to intellectual property legislation including enacting the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act, reforming the Copyright Board, and numerous amendments to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act and Copyright Act. One of the changes to the Patent Act, allows for the patent fil...
Tags: UK, Supreme Court, Law, US, Canada, United States, Intellectual Property, US supreme court, Patent Office, Locke, SG, Eli Lilly Co, Neuberger, Pollard Banknote Limited, Babn Technologies Corp, Copyright Board


Unpacking the "Transgender in the Military" Cases

As many Balkinization readers may know, a few weeks ago the Solicitor General filed petitions for certiorari “before judgment” with the Supreme Court in three cases (Nos. 18-676, 677, 678) challenging then-Secretary of Defense Mattis’s new policy regarding transgender service-members.  In each of the cases a district court preliminarily enjoined DOD from implementing the new policy.  On Friday, however, a D.C. Circuit panel in one of the cases (consisting of Judges Griffith, Wilkins and Williams...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Obama Administration, California, Defense, Court, America, Williams, Doj, Ash Carter, Branding, Trump, Nixon, Dod, Carter, D C Circuit


Argument preview: When has registration of a copyright claim “been made”?

Fourth Estate v. Wallstreet.com is one of two copyright cases on the Supreme Court’s January argument calendar. (The other case, Rimini Street v. Oracle, will be argued on January 14.) Both cases pose narrow questions of statutory interpretation. Fourth Estate gives the court the opportunity to resolve a longstanding conflict in authority over the meaning of the phrase “registration of the copyright claim has been made” in Section 411(a) of the copyright statute. Copyright protection is automa...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, United States, Oracle, Copyright Office, The Supreme Court, SG, Muchnick, Fourth Estate, Rimini Street, Wallstreet, Merits Cases, Reed Elsevier


TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asia’s startups

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like approach to investing in startups in the region. The fund was launched in 2016 and it is a joint effort between Australia-based venture fund Aura and Singapore’s TNB Ventures, which has a history of corporate innovation work. I t reached a final close today, having hit an early close in January. It is a part o...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Business, Money, Indonesia, Australia, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, US, Tech, Economy


‘Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy’ Author Amy Ratcliffe on Creating Her Essential Resource For Fans

The women of Star Wars have always been one of the most marvelous parts of the galaxy far, far away. The only problem is that if you’ve only dipped your toes into the original canon, it might seem like there aren’t that many of them. Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia was a groundbreaking, Hutt-slaying, smart-mouthed, badass heroine, but other than her, the original trilogy was scarce on women with speaking roles. In the prequels we got Princess Amidala, but it’s once you delve into the larger world...
Tags: Star-Wars, Movies, Interviews, Sci-fi, Features, Carrie Fisher, Ohio, Lucasfilm, Leia, Anakin Skywalker, Amy, New Republic, Jakku, Palpatine, Padawan, Jedi


2018 Harley Davidson Sport Glide Test Ride

The Not So Sport Glide Have you ever really wanted to like a motorcycle and had it disappoint you? That’s what happened to me with Harley’s new Sport Glide. It’s not awful or anything like that, but it’s not what it could have been with some better execution on the part of Harley’s designers. With a Sport label and featuring cruise control along with detachable hard bags and fairing, I thought this would be a sporty cruiser equally capable of mastering long rides and sharp corners. As it turn...
Tags: Usa, Review, Milwaukee, Motorcycles, Michelin, Bob, North America, Calgary, Harley Davidson, Harley, SG, First Impressions, Fat Bob, Sport Glide, Harley Softails


Virat Kohli criticises quality of SG ball, and prefers the Dukes for Test cricket

The India captain said the SG ball was getting scuffed up and going soft too early
Tags: India, Sport, Cricket, Virat Kohli, SG, Dukes


Tech In Asia lays off staff after canceling planned ICO

Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall. More expensive than packages for the Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, the subscription went live this week. It’s designed to make the business self-sustaining after a tricky period of business in which the company contemplated an ICO and was forced to make cutbacks to its team. The Singapore-based company — which operates a popular blog and events business in ...
Tags: TC, Asia, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Aol, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Ico, SG, Willis Wee


Uber and Grab hit with $9.5M in fines over ‘anti-competitive’ merger

Uber and Grab have been hit with combined fines of $9.5 million after their merger deal was found to have violated Singapore’s anti-competition laws. Grab acquired (and then merged/closed) Uber’s Southeast Asia business in March, but the Competition Commission of Singapore today declared the deal is “anti-competitive” following a months-long investigation into its impact on Singapore. The CCCS levied an SG$6,582,055 (US$4.8 million) fine on Uber and an SG$6,419,647 (US$4.7 million) fine on Gr...
Tags: Uber, Asia, Business, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Philippines, Lta, SG, Grab, Land Transport Authority LTA, CCCs, Competition Commission of Singapore, Philippine Competition Commission, Hooi Ling Tan


TakaraTomy Official Siege Images Of February Releases: Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Firedrive, Lionizer, More!

TakaraTomy Mall has posted official images of February's War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege releases! SG-01 Firedrive, SG-02 Lionizer, SG-03 Roadhandler & Swindler, SG-04 Sideswipe, SG-05 Autobot Cog, SG-06 Optimus Prime, and SG-07 Ultra Magnus are all looking pretty nice here, and this is one of the better images available so far of Magnus' inner cab robot. Keep reading for the images!
Tags: Toys, SG, TakaraTomy Mall, Lionizer SG, Sideswipe SG


Alibaba’s Lazada begins to offer financing for online retailers in Southeast Asia

Alibaba’s Lazada is introducing new credit options for SMEs as it aims to boost the number of retailers in Southeast Asia, the region with 650 million consumers. The firm announced a partnership with Finaxar that will see the fintech offers its services to Lazada sellers in Singapore. There are plans to expand the arrangement to cover other parts of Southeast Asia in the future. Two-year-old Finaxar offers a range of financial products in Southeast Asia but now it has teamed up with the e-commer...
Tags: Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Alibaba, SG, Patel, Lazada, Southeast Asia SEA, Shopee, Lucy Peng, Finaxar, Vihang Patel, Sian Tan, Singapore Alibaba, Ant Financial as Lazada


4 Problematic Issues of Unified Tax in the Life of Ukrainian Farmers

Unified tax of the 4th group (formerly known as  fixed agricultural tax) is for compelling reasons selected to be paid by the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian farmers. Below, we have summarized those major issues that arise while paying this tax. Problem No 1 - uncertainty for the future The base of taxation is the official appraisal of land.  In 2018, a new all-Ukrainian official appraisal of agricultural land is being carried out  (in accordance with the resolut...
Tags: Taxes, Supreme Court, Ukraine, Others, SG, Roman Blazhko, High Administrative Court, Unified Tax, Unified Tax Of 4th Group, Life of Ukrainian Farmers


Comment on confetti party cake by SG

I have 50 people coming to a party so I’m going to do a 3-layer sheet cake. Based on my math, I need to make 5.5x the amount of cake and 7.5-8x the amount of frosting? Am I asking for trouble?
Tags: Food, SG


Symposium: The appointments clause — a modest take

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Lucia v. SEC, evaluating whether the Securities and Exchange Commission had used improper methods to hire its administrative law judges. A fairly lopsided 7-2 margin of justices concluded that it had. Standing alone, Justice Stephen Breyer found that the SEC had committed a statutory violation by improperly delegating appointments authority to staff — similar to an argument previously raised by professor Jennifer Nou. Six of the remaining justices held that t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, SEC, Department Of Justice, Securities And Exchange Commission, Buckley, Valeo, Lucia, Arthur, D C Circuit, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan


The Return of Relist Watch

John Elwood provides useless blather to accompany Monday’s relists. I apologize for slacking off last week, but I was in central Europe taking in the dulcet tones of the language of love while testing the effects of an all-meat on the body of a sedentary middle-aged lawyer. After about 10 days among people who see cuts of meat in the most unlikely places, packing myself full of and something that I only belatedly discovered translates as “liver-cheese,” I can report that there are no adverse...
Tags: Europe, Hope, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, Indiana, United States, Missouri, Idaho, Alaska, Sudan


A “view” from the courtroom: Chipping away at the caseload

Even with a number of major decisions pending, and just a couple of weeks left in its term, the Supreme Court is taking a back seat in the minds of many in Washington, either because much of the city is still celebrating a Stanley Cup for the Washington Capitals, or because attention is focused on the United State-North Korea summit meeting taking place in Singapore this week. We bump into Solicitor General Noel Francisco on our way up to the courtroom and ask whether Deputy Solicitor General Ma...
Tags: Featured, Minnesota, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Singapore, United States, New Hampshire, Ohio, Department Of Justice, Jack, Francisco, National Hockey League, Kennedy


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 3 June, 2018

Moto Guzzi’s Bellagio gets a glamorous new set of clothes. Vladimir Putin gets a new motorcycle, with a little help from Kalashnikov. And the French photographer and racer Dimitri Coste gets acquainted with the Indian FTR1200 prototype. It’s been a pick’n’mix kinda week. Rostec Izh concept Ever wondered what bike Vladimir Putin would ride, when he’s not shirtless on a horse? Wonder no longer. The Izh is a concept motorcycle developed by the Russian corporate juggernaut Rostec and the maker...
Tags: Milan, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Motorcycles, Bellagio, Phoenix, Yamaha, Pirelli, Alcantara, SG, Suzuki, Ivan Drago, Rostec, Benjie, Moto Guzzi


Tandem bispecific neutralizing antibody eliminates HIV-1 infection in humanized mice

The discovery of an HIV-1 cure remains a medical challenge because the virus rebounds quickly after the cessation of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Here, we investigate the potential of an engineered tandem bispecific broadly neutralizing antibody (bs-bnAb) as an innovative product for HIV-1 prophylactic and therapeutic interventions. We discovered that by preserving 2 single-chain variable fragment (scFv) binding domains of each parental bnAb, a single gene–encoded tandem bs-bnAb, B...
Tags: SG, Li Liu, Hui Wang, Xilin Wu, Jia Guo, Mengyue Niu, Minghui An, Xia Jin, Qi Zhang, Ka Shing Lam, Tongjin Wu, Hua Wang, Qian Wang, Yanhua Du, Jingjing Li, Lin Cheng


Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

Yesterday, legislation was introduced that would provide a one-off opportunity for employers to self-correct past super guarantee (SG) non-compliance without penalty. Subject to the passage of legislation, the amnesty will run from 12 months from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019. Here are the main things you need to know: What does Amnesty apply to? The Amnesty applies […]
Tags: Small Business, Sales, Amnesty, SG, Superannuation, Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty


Wednesday round-up

Briefly: At Bloomberg Law, Kimberly Robinson reports that although the court’s “’opinions related to orders’ get less attention than [its] merits opinions,” “they give courtwatchers clues about the justices who write them.” Melissa Quinn reports for the Washington Examiner that “[t]he Washington rumor mill is churning with speculation about whether Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s term next month,” and that “outside groups are laying the groundwork for a vac...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Colorado, Washington, Bloomberg, United States, Hawaii, Trump, Round-up, Pereira, Adam Feldman, Washington Examiner, SG, Anthony Kennedy, Appling


This smashed up Fender Stratocaster guitar will cost you $75,000

The smashed up body of a 1964 Fender Stratocaster is up for auction at eye-watering prices but if it can’t be played, Who made it so expensive? That was a terrible joke because the guitar in question is one of Pete Townshend’s many destroyed guitars that faced the wrath of his stage destruction. The pioneer of pummelling guitars into the ground, Townshend’s Stratocaster body comes in 2 parts after he smashed it at The Who’s 1967 concert in Long Island Arena in Commack, New York. The guitar ...
Tags: Music, Featured, Equipment, The Who, Heritage, Auction, Bid, Memorabilia, Heritage Auctions, Vintage, Guitar, Classic, Fender, Pete Townshend, Gibson, Townshend


Gear Guide: Best Dirt Boots

Updated February, 2018 D irt boots, offroad boots or motocross boots, three different names but really all the same boot. And the reason that these are all pretty much the same is that these are the boots that are going to take the most abuse, be pushed to the greatest extremes and still be expected to provide complete protection for a rider’s feet, ankles, and legs. Other types of motorcycle boots are expected to provide support and protection from road debris or inclement weather on a regula...
Tags: Motorcycles, Goodyear, SG, Alpinestars Tech, O'Neal, Sidi, RevZilla, Amazon FOX, Best of the Best, RevZilla Check Prices on Amazon, Recommended Boots List, Best Dirt Boots, Alpinestars Tech 5, Best Dirt Boots list, Fox Racing Instinct, Gaerne SG-12


The Solicitor General's Baffling Brief in Lucia v. SEC

In a series of recent posts (most recent here), I’ve been sharply critical of filings by the Solicitor General in the Hargan v. Garza abortion litigation, involving HHS’s efforts to deny minors in their de facto custody the ability to exercise their constitutional rights.   Last month, for example, I wrote that the Solicitor General’s nominal “Petition for Certiorari” in No. 17-654 “[i]n many respects . . . departs, sometimes dramatically, from the justly lauded, traditional standar...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Senate, Office, Court, United States, Commission, SEC, Francisco, George W Bush, Justice Department, Branding, Opm, Cambria, Morrison


Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Singapore said Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The tax, to be applied to all sectors, will be Sg$5.0 ($3.8) per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 to 2023, after which the levy will be reviewed and p...
Tags: Science, Singapore, Heng Swee Keat, SG


The Solicitor General's Baffling Brief in Lucia v. SEC

In a series of recent posts (most recent here), I’ve been sharply critical of filings by the Solicitor General in the Hargan v. Garza abortion litigation, involving HHS’s efforts to deny minors in their de facto custody the ability to exercise their constitutional rights.   Last month, for example, I wrote that the Solicitor General’s nominal “Petition for Certiorari” in No. 17-654 “[i]n many respects . . . departs, sometimes dramatically, from the justly lauded, traditional standar...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Senate, Office, Court, United States, Commission, SEC, Francisco, George W Bush, Justice Department, Branding, Opm, Cambria, Morrison


Tuesday round-up

On Sunday, Chief Justice John Roberts released his year-end report on the federal judiciary. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. For The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that Roberts announced “an initiative … to ensure there are proper procedures in place to protect law clerks and other court employees from sexual harassment, saying it is clear that the federal judiciary ‘is not immune’ from a widespread problem.” Additional coverage comes from Va...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, United States, Liberty, New York Times, SEC, Department Of Justice, Securities And Exchange Commission, Round-up, John Roberts, Cato, Cato Institute, Robert Barnes, Valerie Volcovici, The Supreme Court


Who's on Ethical Thin Ice in the Hargan v. Garza Abortion Case?

By Marty Lederman and David LubanThis coming Friday, the Supreme Court Justices are scheduled to consider, at conference, the government’s nominal  in No. 17-654, Hargan v. Garza.  Marty has already  written at length  on the petition, and we won’t repeat here the many ways in which it is deeply problematic.  Since that first post, there have been further revealing proceedings in the case (see, e.g.,  this post  and  this one ), and Carter Phillips/Sidley Austin have filed  a te...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Court, David, Department Of Justice, District Of Columbia, Doj, DOE, Branding, Poe, U S Supreme Court, D C Circuit, SG, Orr, Kavanaugh, Jane Doe


Two more remarkable things about the Department of Justice's arguments in the unaccompanied minors' abortion litigation

In three recent posts, I've sharply criticized briefs filed by the Department of Justice--and by the Solicitor General, in particular--in the various iterations of the Hargan v. Garza litigation, involving the HHS Office for Refugee Resettlement's new practice of preventing minors in its effective custody from obtaining legal abortions.  (I summarize many of those DOJ failings in a footnote below.*)Over the weekend, I was listening once again to the oral argument before the D.C. Circuit back on ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, United States, Department Of Justice, Doj, DOE, Paul Clement, Dorsey, Branding, Poe, Trump, Henderson, State, HHS


The SG’s Empty Ethics Case Against Jane Doe’s Lawyers

A few days ago, Solicitor-General Noel Francisco submitted a Reply Brief for Petitioners in Hargan v. Garza, a case in which the government fought against releasing a pregnant teenager (“Jane Doe”) from immigration detention so she could have an abortion. The government lost in an en bancopinion by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and she had the abortion, as was her constitutional right. The government wants the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and vacate the Court of Appeals decision, ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Court, Aclu, Doj, DOE, Aba, Branding, Court of Appeals, Marty, The Hill, SG, Jane Doe, Garza, D C Circuit Court of Appeals, Marty Lederman


Lawless and Cruel: The HHS Abortion Scandal That's Flying Under the Radar

So many horrifying things are happening every day (see, for example, Jack’s must-read post on the tax bill) that it has become difficult to keep track of, or even to appreciate, every unprecedented and outrageous development.  This is one such case that has escaped much attention--it involves remarkable cruelty and lawlessness, against very vulnerable minors in the custody of the government, committed by a zealous official at the Department of Health and Human Services, and, distressingly, abett...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Georgia, United States, Department Of Justice, Jack, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj, Branding, University Of Michigan, Poe, State, U S Supreme Court, HARRIS, Webster, Lloyd