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TPP accord faces uncertain future in Congress

It was reported Monday that in a marathon 100-hour negotiating session the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached agreement on the TPP trade pact. The TPP was negotiated in secret, i.e., only the diplomatic...more

Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement...more

Business Litigation Report - September 2015

Alleging Fraud in a Financial Crisis: The Second Circuit Articulates a Less Stringent Pleading Standard for Loss Causation: Loss causation has emerged as a central obstacle to post-financial-crisis fraud cases. The loss...more

[Event] 2015 Business of Personalized Medicine Summit - Oct. 7, San Francisco, CA

Just as with patient treatments, one size does not fit all when it comes to companies involved in personalized medicine. Each is unique in its mission, culture, and capabilities, and so it should come as no surprise that each...more

USPTO Pilot Program: Trademark Registrations May Now Be Broadened To Account For Evolving Technology

Trademark Office rules generally prohibit the broadening of goods and services identified in existing trademark registrations. But on September 1, the USPTO announced a new pilot program that will create a limited exception...more

International News: Focus on Private Equity

Our Focus on Private Equity provides a global perspective on some of the challenges being faced by PE firms and how these can be successfully addressed. It also examines some of the many opportunities available, e.g., by...more

What Do Early Investors Really Expect of an Emerging Technology Company?

Emerging technology companies – at their core – will usually have a great scientific or engineering breakthrough or improvement coupled with at least one stellar individual talent. The company will usually have credible proof...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – August 2015

Halftime 2015: On Pace to Match 2014? Venture capital activity for 2014 was a hard act to follow. But 2015 has not disappointed so far, with fundraising and investment continuing at an historic pace. A total of $20...more

IP Valuation and Financing Startup Companies

When a startup company seeks financing either through debt or new investment, one of the most important issues it faces is how to place a value on its IP portfolio. Typically for a startup company, the IP portfolio it has...more

Federal Circuit Continues to Nix Financial Patents

Patents covering software for use in the financial industry are increasingly being invalidated by the courts. Because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), district...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 184-Marc Bohn on the Mead Johnson FCPA Enforcement Action [Video]

In this episode I visit with Marc Bohn, Counsel with Miller & Chevalier. We discuss the Mead Johnson FCPA enforcement action; its implications for companies and lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. ...more

The Upcoming Implementation of the Italian Patent Box Regime

Several press articles in recent weeks have anticipated the upcoming enactment of the Ministerial Decree which will eventually implement the Italian Patent Box regime. The Ministry of Economics and Finance announced on 29...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 182-Kate Atkinson on the Miller Chevalier Summer 2015 FCPA Report [Video]

In this episode I visit with Kate Atkinson, a partner at Miller Chevalier. She discusses the firm's recent FCPA Summer Report, noting some trends she sees and where enforcement may be heading. We also visit about the DOJ...more

Invention: A Path To Financial Independence

Today’s economic world is fraught with uncertainty. Companies come and go in the blink of an eye. Employment is a gamble instead of a sure thing, even for experienced and talented workers. There is no solid ground. You...more

CBM Review Threshold Met by the Intrinsic Record - Google Inc. et al. v., Inc.

Addressing threshold issues for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review, in two recent related cases, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found each of the two patent cases eligible for CBM review,...more

The PTO Provides Additional Guidance for Meeting the “Financial Products or Services” Requirement for Instituting CBM Reviews -...

In a series of decisions addressing whether an abstract idea involves “financial product or service” in the context of covered business method (CBM) reviews, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found all of the...more

Securing a “.bank” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.bank” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to verified financial institutions, offering specialized URLs and enhanced security features to members of the banking community that act quickly to secure their...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 2): The JOBS Act

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the second in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter...more

Blog: Should You Invest in Patent Protection?

Patent protection is an investment in technology. Like other investments, it can be expensive and uncertain. But for a technology startup, patent protection can also yield an outsized return by attracting investors,...more

Rebalancing Your IP Portfolio

Financial advisors often advise their clients to maintain a balanced investment portfolio. Occasionally these advisors recommend rebalancing the investments within a portfolio to account for changes in market...more

Risk of ”Standard-Essential” Patent Litigation to Bitcoin

It’s tempting to think that Bitcoin services would be immune to patent litigation. After all, Bitcoin protocol is open source and seems to be in the public domain. Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous designer of...more

What Banks Need to Know About the .BANK Domain Name

As the internet continues to expand, there are new opportunities to use recently approved new domain name extensions similar to .COM, .EDU, .ORG, and .NET. One of these domain names of particular interest to financial...more

Blog: Should You Require a Signed NDA from a Potential Investor?

First time entrepreneurs may be tempted to ask a VC to sign a non-disclosure agreement before pitching them or sending information to them. Here are four reasons why the investor won’t sign the NDA, and why the request may...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - May 2015

In this issue: - How Safe are the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors? - Stockton’s Chapter 9 Plan Approval - Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of Insolvent Corporation Directors in Derivative...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10) continued

Last post I mused that had Richard taken certain steps in the first season of Silicon Valley, he might now have ammunition to use against Hooli’s lawsuit. What am I talking about? To very crudely recap what happened last...more

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