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New Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-11

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-10 - May 30, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince...more

Acquisition Structure Decision Tree by Byron F. Egan

Buying or selling a closely held business, including the purchase of a division or a subsidiary, can be structured as (i) a statutory combination such as a statutory merger or share exchange, (ii) a negotiated purchase of...more

Supreme Court Rules to Limit the Types of Methods Eligible for Patenting

The U.S. Supreme Court today handed down a unanimous decision in Mayo v. Prometheus holding that method claims for applying a law of nature using merely conventional steps are not eligible for patent protection. Reversing the...more

Regulations: Inhibiting Progress or Spawning Innovation?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently attempted to promulgate new rules that are designed to protect downwind states from smog and fine particulates emanating from upwind coal burning power plants (it has been...more

Week of January 23, 2012 on ILN Today - Roundup!

It's time for another roundup here on a rainy Friday morning in New Jersey! Once again we're seeing some excellent content coming out of our member firms from around the world - I highly recommend checking out these...more

IP Buzz - January 2012

In this issue; - Despite Opposition, ICANN Launches Top-Level Registration - Pleading Standards for Inequitable Conduct – Did Therasense Change the Rules? - America Invents Act – Already Making its Mark -...more

Expiration of the Green Technology Pilot Program

The Green Technology Pilot Program of the U.S. PTO offers a route for applicants to expedite examination of patent applications, as set forth on the web site of the U.S. PTO and in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 234, at...more

Can Being Disposable Or Biodegradable Make A Device Patentable?

We all recognize that there are benefits to products that are disposable or biodegradable. However, broadly speaking, everything is disposable or biodegradable, which makes it difficult, in many instances, to patent an...more

Railroad Commission of Texas Finalizes Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Regulations

On December 13, 2011, the Railroad Commission of Texas ("Commission") finalized regulations requiring oil and gas operators to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments ("fracking"). Please CLICK...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Bilski Ruling Is Welcome News for Asian Clean Energy Innovators Introduction

Originally published in 9-10/2011 China IP, www.chinaipmagazine.com. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bilski ensures that the door to patenting business method inventions remains open in America. This ends...more

Inside M&A - Fall 2011

In This Issue: The Top Five Environmental Traps in M&A Transactions; The Top Five Tax Traps in M&A Transactions; The Top Five Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Traps in M&A Transactions; The Top Five...more

Reformas Legales e Institucionales en la Implementación de los TLC suscritos por Chile (www.centroilc.cl).pdf

Chile, hace ya más de tres décadas, optó por una economía abierta, competitiva y orientada al libre comercio, disciplinada en el acatamiento de las normativas internacionales y con una...more

The Green Fast Track is Open for Business in Canada

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced on March 16, 2011 that the Governor in Council approved the Rules Amending the Patent Rules relating to expedited examination of patent applications relating to green...more

Renewables Update - March 2011

A legal update of issues relevant to those involved in the renewables and energy sectors...more

Business News Digest - February 2011

Venable attorneys produce periodic alerts and newsletters covering a variety of topics and practice areas. For your convenience, we have assembled below a collection of the latest alerts and newsletters from January 2011. To...more

IP Litigation Insider - December 2010

In This Issue: Qui Tam, Quo Vadis II By: John Jackson and Sara Hollan Judge Ward in the Eastern District of Texas recently determined that the intent to deceive element of a false marking claim need not be plead with...more

Is IP Standing in the Way of a Green Planet?

The potential of intellectual property rights to impede the cleantech revolution has sparked a lively debate full of heated rhetoric. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu jump-started this discussion last year during a discussion...more

Energy Industry Updates -- November 2010

** Senator Baucus Backs an Extension of the Section 1603 Cash Grant Program ** Renewable and Transmission Rulemakings ** FERC Directs NERC to Modify Definition of “Bulk Electric System” ** USPTO...more

USPTO Promises Faster Examination Of “Green Technology” Patent Applications

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it will broaden its pilot program to provide faster examination of certain “green technology” patent applications. Launched last year, the pilot program...more

Advertising Law - November 11, 2010

In This Issue: Q&A with Manatt Partner Tom Morrison on the Rise of False Marking Lawsuits; Energy Efficiency Critic Sues Over LEED Certification System; From Warning Letter to Class Action for Listerine Mouthwash; A “Never...more

Advertising Law - September 10, 2010

In This Issue: *SPECIAL FOCUS: “How to Win Jury Trials in Trademark and False Advertising Cases”: An Interview with Tom Morrison *FTC to Release Green Guides in Coming Weeks *Literal Falsity Doesn’t Result in Permanent...more

Greentech IP Landscaping

Despite the recent explosion of interest in environmentally friendly technologies, many of the scientific and engineering principles underlying green technologies have been around for decades. For example, harnessing power...more

Energy and Clean Technology Intellectual Property Alert: USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to Cover More Inventions

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced revisions to its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing. Eligibility for the pilot...more

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