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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA, clean energy spared Trump's ax in $1.1 trillion budget deal - Bloomberg - May 1 - Environmental programs marked for termination or deep cuts by President Donald Trump got a...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: updated predictions on patent policy under the Trump administration; recent happenings...more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Data Privacy

Last month, the President announced his nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—a federal appeals court judge—to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch must still go through Senate confirmation hearings before officially becoming the ninth...more

Biotechnology Considerations for the Unitary Patent System in Light of Brexit and Other Current Developments

by Knobbe Martens on

Written by Daniel A. Kamkar and Eric Furman, Ph.D. After the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, dubbed “Brexit” by the press, many have called into question whether the UK would ratify the Unitary Patent...more

The Future of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In today’s world, as technology costs decrease and personal information becomes more valuable on the black market, data breaches have seemingly joined the ranks of death and taxes as certainties. Add to that litigation:...more

Big Pharma, Big Soda spending big to battle ballot measures

Just some quick updates on some topics that the blog has followed in recent days: Big Soda, Big Pharma spending big to battle ballot measures...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: Double Issue — Congress leaves for seven weeks, Congress sends opioid legislation to the President…More co-ops fail…The Supreme Court rules on Texas Abortion Case and Washington state Pharmacists and Religious...more

Supreme Court Narrows Interpretation Of Federal Corruption Statute

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, narrowing the definition of an “official act” in federal corruption cases. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474 (2016)....more

Seeking Shelter From the Patent Eligibility Storm: Does the DTSA Provide Sanctuary?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

For many charged with the development of intellectual property portfolios in the life sciences and software industries, navigating the stormy waters of patent eligibility has recently proven difficult. U.S. Supreme Court and...more

In re: TC Heartland LLC: Status Quo for Venue Selection in Patent Suits (For Now)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Federal Circuit, in In re: TC Heartland LLC (No. 2016-105), recently issued an opinion denying TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus to direct the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to either...more

Patent Venue Legislation Could Have A Dramatic Impact on Popular Patent Venues

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This March, three United States Senators introduced the “Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act of 2016.” The bill would dramatically narrow the venue statute that applies to patent cases and, it appears, prevent...more

Federal Circuit Finds Personal Jurisdiction Based On Plans To Market ANDA Product

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Federal Circuit held that the filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) and intentions to market the product across the United States–including in the...more

Forum Shopping in Patent Litigation

by Fish & Richardson on

This month, both the Federal Circuit and the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the issue of “forum shopping” in patent infringement suits. Right now, a patent plaintiff can essentially file suit in the district court of its...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: Drug pricing remains a focus as CMS rolls out a demonstration project for Part B drugs... The Senate passes The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and Senate Cures legislation moves forward... Senate...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: The President took a victory lap in Wisconsin, announcing that 20 million people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act... That figure includes people newly covered through insurance...more

The Right Tools for the Job: E-Discovery Technology Can Never Replace Lawyers, Only Help Them

by Exterro, Inc. on

Growing up in rural Illinois, the John Deere logo was as ubiquitous as Nike in Portland or Starbucks in Seattle. From old farmers’ mesh-backed caps to the giant tractor that my friend, Scott, parked in the student parking...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update February 2016

by BakerHostetler on

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. In This Issue...more

Breaking News - West Virginia Statute Adopts Learned Intermediary Rule

by Reed Smith on

The West Virginia legislature has passed, and the governor signed, S.B. 15, adopting the learned intermediary rule on February 26, 2016. ...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

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Implications for Threat Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (The “Act”), legislation designed to combat online threats to the federal government, state and local governments, and private entities. Within the...more

Class action suit dismissed against Georgia Secretary of State for data breach

We previously reported that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office experienced a massive data breach in October, and didn’t find out about it until November. The breach affected approximately 6 million Georgian voters, and...more

Australia’s Proposed Data Breach Notification Law: What’s The Harm In A “Real Risk of Serious Harm” Standard?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Last week, the government of Australia released an “Exposure Draft” of a bill that, if passed into law, would amend Australia’s Privacy Act to require notification to the government and affected individuals in the event of a...more

The FDA Tiptoes – and Congress Splashes Into – the 21st Century

by Reed Smith on

Here are a couple of non-litigation related matters that we thought our readers need to know about. First, the FDA. We’ve pointed out before that the FDA’s “intended use” regulations for drugs (21 C.F.R. §201.128) and...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - September/October 2015

by King & Spalding on

PTAB Update on Inter Partes Review - On August 19, 2015, the Director of the USPTO released a blog post reporting on the state of post-grant review proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and...more

PTAB Denies Sanctions Against Bass

by Fish & Richardson on

On Friday September 25, the PTAB issued its decision on Celgene’s sanctions motions seeking dismissal of five IPRs filed by Kyle Bass and his hedge fund Coalition for Affordable Drugs VI. In June, Celgene filed sanctions...more

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