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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senator Proposes New Bill To Create Civil Cause Of Action For Foreign Theft Of Trade Secrets

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday last week, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced the Future of American Innovation and Research Act, a new trade secrets bill that would allow American trade secrets owners to sue...more

Historic Patent Act Whets Washington's Appetite

On March 16, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a decade. The...more

White House Issues Executive Actions and Legislative Recommendations Aimed at Patent Assertion Entities

Recognizing a problem that has long plagued Silicon Valley technology companies, on June 4, 2013, President Barack Obama issued executive actions and legislative recommendations "to protect innovators from frivolous...more

White House Targets Patent “Trolls”

The White House today issued a fact sheet on high-tech patent issues, recommending seven legislative actions and taking five executive actions. According to the White House’s statement, innovators continue to face challenges...more

Copyright Lessons from the Campaign Trail: Romney, Gingrich and Fair Use

This Republican primary season has provided lots of fodder for political blogs, but it has also provided a few gems relating to — what else — trademark issues.    Now, U.S. copyright law is in...more

Punitive Damages Clause of the Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act Not So Punishing, Says the Eastern District of Virginia in a...

Punitive damages under the Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“VUTSA”) may have relatively little impact per a recent decision by the Eastern District of Virginia. In E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co. v. Kolon Industries, Inc.,...more

Patent Reform Legislation Makes Progress in the 112th Congress

On March 30th the House Judiciary Committee introduced H.R. 1249, the “America Invents Act.” That same day, the committee held a hearing to explore the issues still dividing stakeholders. After six years and three congresses...more

Fashion Forward: IDPPA Gains Unanimous Approval Of Senate Judiciary Committee

On November 30, 2010, the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate unanimously passed the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Act (“IDPPA”) (S. 3728), which was introduced by Senator Charles Schumer (NY) on August...more

Chamber of Commerce v. Servin, et al.

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint

EFF and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, are defending the Yes Men and other activists in a lawsuit filed against them by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over political criticism of the Chamber's stance on climate change...more

Chamber of Commerce v. Servin, et al.

Defendants' Motion For Stay of Discovery And Rule 26 Disclosures & Memorandum of Points & Authorities in Support Thereof

EFF and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, are defending the Yes Men and other activists in a lawsuit filed against them by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over political criticism of the Chamber's stance on climate change...more

Chamber of Commerce v. Servin, et al.

Complaint

EFF and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, are defending the Yes Men and other activists in a lawsuit filed against them by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over political criticism of the Chamber's stance on climate change...more

Bi-Partisan Support for Restoration of Federal Intellectual Property Infringement Remedies By Mark S. Mulholland

On November 1, 2001, bills were introduced in the Senate and House to restore Federal remedies for infringement of intellectual property by States. Both the Senate version introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), and...more

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