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FTC Announces Study of "Patent Assertion Entities"

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 27, 2013 that it would begin an investigation of so-called “patent assertion entities” (PAE). Its first step was to seek public comment on a lengthy series of...more

ITC: Protecting Intellectual Property in the US – Interview with Joe Hameline, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Joe Hameline, Chair of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, talks about the increasing role of the US International Trade Commission in protecting intellectual property in the United States....more

United States Supreme Court Victory for St. Louis-Based Monsanto

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, has held in favor of Monsanto on a patent infringement suit arising from the St. Louis-based company's Roundup Ready soybean seeds. Monsanto invented and patented a genetic...more

How to Be Anti-Troll Without Being Antitrust: A Six-Step Primer

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently addressed whether a “patent aggregator” (a.k.a. “anti-troll”), which is an organization formed by operating companies to protect against “non-practicing...more

CHINA 20/20 Legal & Regulatory Developments - August 2012

In This Issue: - China’s 12th Five Year Plan for Strategic Emerging Industries - 12th Five Year Plan for Foreign Capital Utilization and Overseas Investment - NDRC Issues Draft Measures for Approval of Foreign...more

ITC Poised to Address Viability of RAND Defense in Section 337 Litigation

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently indicated that it will finally address the issue of whether and to what extent members of Standards Setting Organizations (SSOs) who make commitments to license...more

Russian Legal Update - February 2012

In This Issue: p1 WTO Membership Will Provide Needed Boost to Investment Climate in Russia p3 UPDATED – Russian Foreign Strategic Investments Law: a Step Forward on the Way to Liberalization or a...more

Franchising - what can a franchisee do if things go wrong?

Following on from my article on the franchise agreement I consider what a franchisee can do if his franchise fails despite his or her best efforts. The franchise agreement is likely to contain a term that enables the...more

Patent Reform Law Contains Key Provision Which Benefits Banking Community

The major provision of the Act that has significant impact for financial institutions is Section 18, which creates a post-grant review procedure within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) for certain...more

China Regulation of Business, Trade and Competition Bulletin

This month's China Regulation of Business, Trade and Competition Bulletin offers updates on the following developments: State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Publishes Draft Amendments to Patent Compulsory Licensing...more

Top Ten Legal Issues for Associations: Common Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

In This Presentation: - Mistake #10 Failing to Get Ahead of Social Media - Mistake #9 Failing to Document What You Own … and Protect Against Infringement - Mistake #8 Failing to Limit Use of Corporate Identity -...more

A Collection of Venable's Nonprofit Legal Articles and Presentations from the Second Half of 2010

As we have done earlier this year, periodically, Venable's Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group will share the best of the nonprofit legal articles and PowerPoint presentations published or delivered by our attorneys. Our...more

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS - Much Expectation yet No Law in Sight for Kenya

Geographical Indications is a subject that has gained a lot of prominence in the recent times, particularly within the World Trade Organization (WTO). This article looks at what is happening in Kenya in regard to this...more

Advertising Law - September 28, 2010

In This Issue: *Tony DiResta to Tackle the Legal Nuances of Corporate Blogging at Upcoming WOMMA Event *Pepsi Not “Friends” with Band War *FDA Warns Electronic Cigarette Makers *eBay Wins Again: Tiffany's Suit...more

10 Common Mistakes that Business Owners Make

By Donald W. Hudspeth The following is an outline of a lecture I have given to the Edson Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona as well as the Arizona Small Business Development Center and The...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Conspiracy Risks Of Joint Ventures

On May 24, 2010, the United States Supreme Court held, in American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, et al., that the NFL, its teams, and intra-league ventures, are not a single enterprise for the purposes of Section...more

Domain Disputes

Domain Dispute Resolution including overview, cease and desist letter, Lanham litigation, and ICANN UDRP....more

Royalties and the Law

Summary of the grievance procedures for American music performance rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC....more

DOJ Shows Flexibility, Creativity in Settling Biotech Merger

A recent settlement in a biotech merger case may signal a greater willingness by DOJ to accept remedy provisions it previously would have rejected, especially to resolve vertical issues in industries heavily dependent on...more

Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing By Robert K. Taylor

IN THIS ISSUE: *HIGHLIGHT ..U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Manufacturer Price Discrimination *RECENT DEVELOPMENTS ..Joint Venture Pricing Scrutinized ..Supreme Court Rules on Patent Tying ..Drug Companies Sued Over...more

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