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Who Decides What Your Brand’s Worth?

On this Cyber Monday, I’m left wondering, will we ever have a day when the metrics and automated tools available are so accurate and reliable that intangible assets like brands (and trademarks) regularly will be valued,...more

District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing Where Co-Owners of Patent Were Not Joined in Original Complaint But...

Cobra International, Inc. ("Cobra") filed a patent infringement action against Defendants for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,821,858 ("the '858 patent"). Cobra alleged that the '858 patent was issued to Allan J. Stone, who...more

Triple Threat to Coverage: Third Circuit Departs From Three Fundamental Rules in Applying “Prior Publication” Exclusion

Three well-established rules — (1) that policy exclusions are to be interpreted narrowly, (2) that an insurer has the burden to prove the applicability of an exclusion, and (3) that an insurer has a duty to defend as long as...more

FTC Asserts That Its Failure to Object to a “Reverse Payment” Settlement Should Not Be Interpreted as Approval

On November 17, 2015, the FTC submitted an amicus brief to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Effexor XR Antitrust Litigation, where the district court had dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims of antitrust violations...more

Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy and the Exclusion of Trademark Licenses from the Definition of Intellectual Property

The Bankruptcy Code divides intellectual property into distinct categories depending upon the particular type of intellectual property. Issues with respect to intellectual property can be of utmost importance in bankruptcy,...more

At Risk: Law Firms Bringing Bad Faith Trade Secrets Claims

Companies get anxious when key employees leave to start new ventures. A company may try to shield itself from the risk of losing confidential information by seeking an injunction preventing its former employees and their new...more

Rehearing En Banc Granted in The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc.

Will The "No Supplier Exception" to the On-Sale Bar Fall? On November 13, 2015, the Federal Circuit granted a petition for rehearing en banc filed in The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc. As we previously reported, the...more

What Can Go Wrong – It's Just A Non-Disclosure Agreement

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”), also known as a Confidentiality Agreement, is an agreement that precludes the use of confidential information provided by one party (a “Disclosing Party”) to another party (a “Receiving...more

Safeguarding Trade Secrets: What You Need To Know

Chances are your business is built on carefully cultivated client lists and finely honed business-development strategies. You might believe that such information is a trade secret and assume that it’s automatically protected...more

Who Owns the Patent?: The Validity of Automatic Assignment Provisions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is currently considering a petition for en banc rehearing of the “automatic patent assignment” rule announced in the Court’s 1991 decision in FilmTec Corp. v. Allied-Signal,...more

Intellectual Property Update: Distributing patent rights between affiliates: guidelines to support enforcement rights around the...

Picture the scenario – your company creates a new affiliate in Ireland to sell and distribute a product. The parent company holds the legal title to the patents associated with the product. Parent grants the Irish affiliate a...more

5 Key Considerations When Negotiating a License Agreement

License agreements can be a great way for a start-up company to generate revenue from sources other than the founders/funders. Start-ups can license their technology separately, or as part of a collaboration with another...more

The Give and Take of the 2015 Library of Congress Sec. 1201 Copyright Exemptions

I used to love working on cars. As a teenager I had a 1972 Karmann Ghia, which I could repair, MacGyver-like, with rubber bands, tinfoil, and sticks of chewing gum. But as automotive technology advanced, the prospect of...more

District Court Strikes Portion of Damage Expert Report Where the Expert Relied Upon Surveys But Did Not Explain How They Related...

The defendants moved to exclude the expert report of Mr. Ratliff, asserting that he made critical errors in his expert report on damages. The defendants specifically alleged that Mr. Ratliff committed basic math and reasoning...more

Federal Circuit Limits International Trade Commission’s Reach Over Digital Transmissions

On Nov. 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a fractured opinion holding that the ITC does not have jurisdiction over digital transmissions since they are not “articles” within the meaning of 19 U.S.C. § 1337. Please...more

Employment Law This Week: Wellness Programs, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Waivers, Non-Competes [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

Obama Administration Releases Much Anticipated Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

This client alert examines intellectual property proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the perspective of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. On November 5, 2015, the U.S. trade...more

Fourth Age Limited v. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, October 28, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s holding that Warner Bros. can assert counterclaims against estate of J.R.R. Tolkien in action over right to make digital merchandise based on Tolkien’s books, as counterclaims were...more

TTAB Makes Double Brown Ale Open to Nut Sack Mark

In a ruling bound to please 15 year-old boys everywhere, the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) reversed the Examining Attorney’s refusal to register the trademark NUT SACK DOUBLE BROWN ALE (in standard character...more

If It's Worth It, You Should Work It (As a Work Made for Hire)

With the growth of mobile apps, non-tech companies face the challenge of creating apps to promote and sell their services or goods. Because the creation of an app can be a one-time project, hiring an independent software...more

Protecting Intellectual Property Throughout Its Lifecycle

Across industries ranging from pharma to entertainment to electronics, the success of an organization is often directly tied to its intellectual property. However, many companies don’t effectively determine whether their...more

Accused Infringer Rides Antitrust Roller Coaster - Magnetar Technologies Corp. v. Intamin Ltd.

Addressing antitrust issues in connection with a dismissed patent infringement lawsuit, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment dismissing antitrust and malicious prosecution...more

Proposed US and EU Trade Secrets Laws Progress but Unlikely to be Enacted This Year

There’s no doubt that protection of trade secrets is a major concern for most businesses operating in today’s global economy. As we have previously discussed, a few years ago and PwC US released a report that...more

Spooky Songs Done Wrong: Copyright Consequences for Unlicensed Haunted Houses

It’s that time of year: costumes and candy, haunted houses and hayrides. And all those tricks and treats add up to a $7.4 billion commercial industry around the holiday, a figure that exceeds the annual revenue of the...more

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