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Supreme Court Rejects Laches as Bar to Damages for Timely Asserted Patent Infringement Claims

The Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of the laches defense in patent infringement actions, aligning its interpretation of laches under the Patent Act with that under the Copyright Act....more

Supreme Court Rejects Federal Circuit’s Two-Part “Objective Recklessness” Test

The decision, which affects enhanced patent infringement damages, restores the statutory discretion of district courts, whose exercise of discretion should be channeled by sound legal principles limiting the award of enhanced...more

MA Supreme Court Issues Highly Anticipated Patent Ethics Decision

Simultaneous representation by a law firm in the prosecution of patents for two clients for similar inventions is not a per se violation of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct. On December 23, in Chris E....more

Supreme Court Alters Claim Construction Review Standard in Patent Litigation

The Court creates a hybrid standard of review. On January 20, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court altered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s longstanding de novo...more

Federal Appeals Court Defines “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

Federal appeals court provides a two-step “control” and “function” analysis for determining whether an entity qualifies as an “instrumentality” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. On May 16, the U.S. Court of...more

Senior U.S. Officials Discuss FCPA Enforcement Trends and Activity

Regulators speaking at the American Conference Institute’s 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act tout large penalties, enhanced international cooperation, and a renewed focus on individual...more

Lanny Breuer Touts Robust, Transparent FCPA Enforcement

Assistant Attorney General Breuer highlights transparency, global trends, and the benefits of robust compliance programs at the American Conference Institute's 28th National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act....more

11/26/2012  /  Compliance , DOJ , FCPA , SEC
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