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5 Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Unanimous Senate approval of the federal trade secrets bill creates momentum for a new cause of action. After nearly a year-long delay, the Senate on April 4, 2016, unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA),...more

Breaking News: European Parliament Approves Trade Secrets Directive

On April 14, 2016 (by a vote of 503 to 131 with 18 abstentions), the European Parliament approved the text of a proposed Directive for the protection of trade secrets in the European Union. Once approved by the European...more

European Parliament Debates Proposed Trade Secrets Directive

As we have previously reported in this blog, this week marks a milestone in ongoing attempts in the European Union to overhaul the existing regulatory framework for the protection of trade secrets. On April 13, 2016, members...more

ITC Section 337 Update – April 2016

Legislation Introduced to Amend Section 337 – On March 22, 2016, Representatives Cárdenas (D-CA) and Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the “Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act,” which amends Section 337 with respect to,...more

Cuba: A Playing Field for Trademark Pirates

Now that President Obama has lifted trade restrictions, American businesses are considering whether to expand their operations to Cuba. For some corporations, it makes immediate sense. For others, it may not. But regardless...more

President Expands North Korean Sanctions

On March 16, the President issued an Executive Order broadening sanctions in response to North Korea’s continuing pursuit of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The order blocks the Government of North Korea and the...more

EU Trademark Registrations Covering Class Headings May Require Amendments before September 24, 2016

The European Union has recently amended its trademark law which may impact the protection given by European Union Trademarks (formerly known as Community Trademarks). These reforms will also cover EU designations of...more

Customs Bill Strengthens Trade Enforcement

On February 11, 2016, the Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) by a 75-20 vote. After passing the House of Representatives in December 2015, Senate action was delayed after a...more

Senate Passes Trade Facilitation And Trade Enforcement Act - Comprehensive Customs bill addresses several key topics

On February 11, 2016, the Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) by a 75-20 vote. Today’s action constitutes acceptance by the Senate of a conference agreement reached by House and...more

Economic sanctions and trade

Easing of economic sanctions against Iran - The International Atomic Energy Agency’s recent certification that the Government of Iran has met its obligations under the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement resulted in the United States...more

IP & Technology Newsletter: Winter 2016

In today’s business world, protecting trade secrets is of vital importance. A trade secret is anything which gives a company a competitive advantage and is kept confidential, including a design, formula, manufacturing...more

How do you like your rum?

I don’t know what the record is for the longest time it has taken for a trademark application to clear the Trademark Office, but I’m pretty sure that Havana Club would medal. The application for the Havana Club mark for rum...more

EU Publishes Text of Compromise Trade Secrets Directive for Approval by European Parliament

As we reported last month in this blog, in December the European Council and representatives of the European Parliament reached a “provisional agreement” on the European Commission’s proposed Directive to protect trade...more

EU Reaches “Provisional Agreement” on New Trade Secret Directive

The Council of Ministers announced that the Luxembourg presidency had reached a “provisional agreement” with the European Parliament representatives regarding a new Trade Secret Directive (“Provisional Directive”) on December...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–DAMAGE CAUSED BY AD ORDERS, TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF TAAF, TPP DEVELOPMENTS, NEW TRADE/CUSTOMS LAW

Attached is the first half of the December blog post, which covers the collateral damage caused by US Antidumping Orders on downstream US production by the numerous antidumping orders against raw material inputs from China,...more

With Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Concluded, Administration Turns to Clearing Domestic Hurdles

The working text (all 5,500+ pages) of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) was released to the public on November 5. This text is still undergoing an intense legal scrub and must be translated into its...more

Spotlight on Belgium - Issue 8, Fall 2015

As this issue of spotlight on Belgium shows, this is sometimes a correct perception. ongoing economic sanctions against Russia, as described by Jeroen Jansen and valerijus ostrovskis, demonstrate that legislation can add to...more

IPO Sends Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of Defend Trade Secrets Act

Yesterday, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary expressing "strong support" for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S....more

Final Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Released

At long last, the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement among a dozen Pacific Rim nations, has now been made available to the public. The chapter on intellectual property, however, does not...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 CREATe.org and PwC US released a report that...more

What May Be the IP Provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The diplomats negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have done the seemingly impossible: they have kept the details of the draft agreement secret from the press and interested parties in the United States,...more

Amendments in Kazakhstan’s medicinal products registration system: new hope for rights holders

In January and June 2015 Kazakhstan’s legislation was amended in order to protect the interests of developers of new pharmaceuticals and apparatus used in healthcare....more

TPP accord faces uncertain future in Congress

It was reported Monday that in a marathon 100-hour negotiating session the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached agreement on the TPP trade pact. The TPP was negotiated in secret, i.e., only the diplomatic...more

Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement...more

New IP Legislation Under Consideration Regarding Tax Relief for Income Generated From IP Assets

McGraw Hill Financial, Oracle and Facebook, announced they are forming a group called “American Innovation Matters” (AIM) to lobby Congress to revise the U.S. international tax code rules in an effort to encourage innovation...more

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