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Trade Secrets Protected From Disclosure Under FOIA…Except For When They Aren’t

We have previously reported about protecting trade secrets from disclosure after a FOIA request. There is something to be said for immediate action and intervening to protect your trade secrets, but sometimes that just isn’t...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Second Quarter of 2015

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q2 2015 for the energy industry including court protection for companies using hydraulic...more

PTAB Grants Fourth Motion to Amend in an IPR Proceeding

For only the fourth time in its history, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) has granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, finding all substitute claims proposed by the patent owner...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Grants Rare Motion to Amend Claims in Inter Partes Review

On June 5, 2015, a three-judge panel at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, ruling that the patentee Neste Oil Oyj (“Neste”) could amend the...more

Mixology 101: Blending Trade Secret Protections and Fracking Chemical Reporting

Whether you live in the East, the Great Plains, the Southwest, or the Rocky Mountain West, the oil and gas industry’s use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in oil and gas development is something you have likely heard a...more

Reporting Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - New BLM Rules and EPA Study Spotlight FracFocus

In the past ten days, the federal government has articulated different views on the utility and effectiveness of FracFocus, a website used by many operators to report the chemicals used to fracture their wells. In its final...more

No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner...more

Pyrrhic Victory For Parties Seeking Fracking Fluid Disclosures

Parties advocating public disclosure of the chemical makeup of fracking fluids may have won a recent battle in Wyoming, but are they losing the war? On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court in Powder River Basin Resource...more

California’s Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations Offer Substantial Trade Secret Protection for Operators

California’s Monterey shale, underlying a substantial portion of California, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, is estimated to hold 400 billion barrels of oil, or as much as 64% of the total shale oil reserves in the...more

Focus on Energy - November 2012: The America Invents Act: A Useful Tool For The Energy Industry?

Just over a year ago, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA), signalling one of the most significant revisions to U.S. patent law since 1952. As intellectual property in general, and patents in particular, are...more

The Standard in Preventing Trademark Abandonment?

Like many industries, there has been much brand consolidation. The petroleum industry is a good example. I recall pumping gas in Iowa back in the late seventies — at a Phillips 66 gas station (recall that a couple of years...more

Regulations: Inhibiting Progress or Spawning Innovation?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently attempted to promulgate new rules that are designed to protect downwind states from smog and fine particulates emanating from upwind coal burning power plants (it has been...more

Railroad Commission of Texas Finalizes Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Regulations

On December 13, 2011, the Railroad Commission of Texas ("Commission") finalized regulations requiring oil and gas operators to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments ("fracking"). Please CLICK...more

Trademark Rights Give Way to Free Competition

Principled decision concerning the scope of 3D trademark protection ensures cheap gas for the consumers On 14 July 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union passed a judgment establishing that given certain...more

Sustainability Law update, April 2010

EPA GHG Reporting Rule, EPA GHG Endangerment Finding, GHG disclosure programs, Green certification, eco-labeling, fuel economy standards, Executive Order 13514, Renewable Portfolio Standard, SEC GHG disclosure guidance,...more

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