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STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

The Trump Administration's Intellectual Property and Competition Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiation: What Was Wrong with the TPP?

On July 17, 2017, the United States Trade Representative released the summary of its objectives for NAFTA renegotiation, including its objectives for the intellectual property and competition provisions of the agreement. As...more

The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. ...more

CETA Draft Regulations Published on Patent Linkage and Term Restoration – 15 Day Public Comment Period

by Smart & Biggar on

The government has published the long anticipated draft regulations regarding: - changes to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations [“PMNOC Regulations”], and - proposed Regulations to implement...more

Trademark Office Of Northern Iraq Resumes Operations On 7/16/2017

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On July 16th, 2017 the Trademark Office of Northern Iraq (Kurdistan of Iraq) resumed operations and adopted new official fees applicable to all new trademark applications. In addition, a new amendment has been introduced...more

Patents Don’t Sue People, People Sue People

On July 13, 2017, The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses. Such a loaded topic should strike fear...more

The STRONGER Patents Act: Swinging the Pendulum in Favor of Patent Owners

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

While the House Judiciary Committee conducts hearings today on "The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses," a movement is afoot in the Senate to revitalize the U.S. patent system. On June 21, 2017, a bipartisan group...more

Nevada Adds Requirements for Valid Non-Competition Agreements and Allows Blue-Penciling

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 3, 2017, Governor Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, amending Nevada Revised Statute 613, which governs non-competition agreements. Notably, the law adds requirements to the enforceability and validity of...more

Senate’s STRONGER Patents Act Aims to Address Key PTAB Patent Owner Woes

by Jones Day on

On June 21, Senators Chris Coons (D-Del), Tom Cotton (R-Ark), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), and Mazie Hironoa (D-Hawaii) introduced the “Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience Patents Act of...more

Patent Legislation on the Hill: Senators Introduce the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Although the America Invents Act was enacted less than six years ago, the appetite for intellectual property legislation in D.C. has continued unabated over the last several years. In addition to the recent Defend Trade...more

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

Government of Canada releases long-awaited proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations and Industrial Design Regulations

by DLA Piper on

On June 19, 2017, the Canadian government released proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations and Industrial Design Regulations. The proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations are intended to complement the...more

Amendments to Texas UTSA Bring it Closer in Line with DTSA, but Differences Remain

Just four years after the Lone Star State ended its holdout by becoming the 48th State to adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Texas passed a bill to amend its enactment. The bill was signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Texas Legislature Clarifies and Expands the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 19, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law several amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”), located in Chapter 134A of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. The amendments go into...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Expected Executive Order to take on High Drug Prices; Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Drug Supply Chain from Experts

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

According to an article posted today on the BioCentury website, the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that will take on the high costs of pharmaceuticals by instructing “executive agencies to use value-based...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Future antitrust merger enforcement in the United States

by White & Case LLP on

The new US administration's antitrust enforcement priorities remain unclear, but signs of a less interventionist approach are beginning to emerge. What does the 2016 US presidential election mean for antitrust policy in...more

Updates to Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance: third party funding and IP rights

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on 14 June 2017, two sets of amendments to Hong Kong’s arbitration law were passed to clarify that: - third party funding of arbitration, mediation and related proceedings is permitted under Hong Kong law,...more

Commissioner Kieff to Leave ITC

by Jones Day on

ITC Commissioner F. Scott Kieff has announced that he is leaving the ITC to return to his previous academic position as a professor at the George Washington University Law School.  Kieff’s last day at the ITC will be June 30,...more

German Court Delays Implementation of Unified Patent Court Legislation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Germany’s constitutional court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, has requested that the German President hold off on signing the legislation ratifying the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) following a...more

Texas Amends its Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Littler on

Last month, Texas’s legislature amended the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA). These amendments expand and clarify TUTSA’s definitions, add a clarification to enjoining trade secrets misappropriation, and codify a...more

[Acapulco] Gold* Rush for California Cannabis Trademarks Countdown to January 1, 2018

Last week the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 64 (AB 64), an omnibus bill regarding medical and recreational marijuana, sending it to the State Senate for review....more

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