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UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

The Preparatory Committee for the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) has indicated its intention that the UPC will become operational and the UPC Agreement will come into force in December 2017....more

Fake News, Fake Art?  Richard Prince Disavows Work Depicting Ivanka Trump

There has been much discussion about the impact of the Presidential election on the art market, amidst much generalized anxiety about "fake news." What about "fake art?" Never one to be behind the curve, artist Richard...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

How Will Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Fare Under President Trump?

For many companies, protecting intellectual property is a significant concern made more difficult in recent years by the persistent efforts of foreign agents to steal valuable trade secrets. Analysis of public sources...more

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our...more

Trump the reformer?

Intellectual property rights and patent policy were not focal points during Donald Trump’s campaign. Even in the final days prior to the vote, when Hillary Clinton advocated ending the practice of fee diversion from the US...more

Unitary Patent Inches Closer to Adoption with UK’s Ratification Announcement

The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UK)—together with the Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property and Prime Minister May—issued a press release on Nov. 28 confirming that the country will...more

President-Elect Trump Has Once-in-a-Century Opportunity to Substantially Revise the FTC’s Law Enforcement and Regulatory Agenda

SUMMARY: Regulatory reform is the “cornerstone of the Trump administration,” and incoming President Donald Trump has a unique opportunity to quickly and substantially influence Federal Trade Commission (FTC) policy through...more

UK To Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement Despite the Brexit Vote

The UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite the Brexit vote, it was announced yesterday. It is unclear whether this marks the start of a long participation of the UK in this 40-years-in-the-making unifying...more

The UK decides to ratify the UPC Agreement: the UPC and Unitary Patent to proceed in 2017

As we have reported previously, it had been thought that the UK’s vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union would delay the commencement of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the introduction of the unitary patent....more

Unexpected Post-Brexit IP Development: UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On 28 November 2016, the UK Government made a surprising announcement at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council (an EU institution), stating that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, marking its first...more

The UK to Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK government announced on November 28, 2016 that it will proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The announcement comes after months of uncertainty over the future of the UPCA following the UK’s vote...more

UK announces intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK Government yesterday announced that its plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (“UPCA”) will not be derailed by Brexit. The UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe, made the...more

Trade secret protection under President-elect Trump

Without question, US companies face a growing and daily threat from rival companies and foreign governments. Thieves operating in cyberspace and using sophisticated technologies can quickly steal and transfer massive...more

Make IP Great Again

An interesting phenomenon is the use of trademarks to own current events. Every major event seems to be followed by a series of trademarks applications by those who seek to claim ownership of history, or at least the...more

Does President Trump Provide an Opportunity for Patent-friendly Policies?

Now that the dramatic change in the political climate that is the election of Donald Trump as President has had time to settle, it may be fruitful to consider whether the election provides opportunities for technology-based...more

How Energy Firms Can Use The Defend Trade Secrets Act

Whether it's hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients, customer lists, geologic and seismic data or employee know-how, energy companies routinely face trade secret issues. With the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets...more

Brexit and Supplemental Protection Certificates: Hope for the Best but Plan for the Worst

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted through a national referendum to exit the European Union after more than 40 years of membership. One of the key arguments in favor of the so-called “Brexit” was to return full...more

One of Obama Administration’s Final Mandates: Non-Competes Should Be The Exception, Not The Rule

With all the hubbub over the Presidential election, it would not be hard to overlook some of the Obama administration’s final moves. Recently, the White House issued a call to action to state legislators to ban non-compete...more

White House Urges States to Reform Non-Competition Laws

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements urging states to reform their non-competition laws. The call to action follows an earlier report from the White House which...more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

U.S. Biosimilars Pathway Under Trump

This week’s election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States undoubtedly impacts many sectors of the American economy, and the bio/pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Two of Trump’s stated policies...more

Early Reaction to Presidential Election Results

On November 09, 2016, in a result that stunned at least 47.7% of the American electorate and many observers abroad, a contentious Presidential election finally came to a conclusion, with Republican candidate Donald J. Trump...more

Puttin’ on the “Ritts”: Political Speech and Fair Use

Leaving aside the outcome of election day (and indeed I confess I wrote this before the polls closed), I couldn’t help but notice these ads in downtown Minneapolis...more

CETA Implementation in Canada - Implications of Bill C-30 on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Bill C-30 presents significant changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical landscape by introducing supplementary protection for pharmaceutical products and proposing substantial modifications to the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

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