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Keep Quiet and Carry On under the EU Trade Secrets Directive

Much as the recent U.S. Defend Trade Secrets Act establishes uniform federal trade secrets protections across the states, the EU Trade Secrets Directive (the “Directive”) harmonizes similar protections across its Member...more

New European Union Rules Provide for the Prohibition of Imports Violating Trade Secrets

On 15 June 2016, new rules for the protection of trade secrets and confidential information1 in the European Union EU were published. The Trade Secrets Directive provides measures against the unlawful acquisition, use, and...more

Brexit: How a Departure from the European Union Could Impact Your Dispute in the United Kingdom

If the United Kingdom (UK) votes to depart from the European Union (EU), the potential impact on litigation in the UK ranges from profound to negligible. Some UK laws owe their existence to direct European legislation, and...more

Righting Copyright Wrongs Remains Elusive – Kirtsaeng Leaves Fee Awards to District Court Discretion

On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc., No. 15-375, resolved a circuit court split by reaffirming the test district courts should use to determine whether to award attorney’s fees...more

Harmonization of Trade Secrets in Europe and New US Trade Secrets Law Gets the Green Light—What Do These Changes Mean for...

A harmonized trade secrets protection regime is coming to Europe and the US. Until now, there has been a fragmented approach to trade secrets across Europe, with some countries having specific trade secrets legislation and...more

Guest Post -- Keeping an Eye on Patent Trolls

The Question Worth Pondering: Innovation Provokers or Idea Thieves? - In the past five years Cisco and J.C. Penney have spent close to $350 million fending off demands from patent trolls, which are more politely known...more

New EU Trade Secrets Directive Formally Adopted

The new EU Trade Secrets Directive aims to harmonise the protection of trade secrets across all EU Member States. The reform seeks to give businesses greater confidence in sharing trade secrets across multiple Member States...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2016

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Damages for Design Patent Infringement - Recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding damages available in design patent cases highlight the court’s...more

IP Infringement Claim Against Canadian Company Stays in U.S.

Where should a lawsuit be heard? Canada? The US? In other posts we discuss the idea of a “choice of law” and “forum selection” clauses in contracts. In those cases, the parties agree to a particular forum in...more

DTSA in a Nutshell

The Defend Trade Secret Act of 2016 (DTSA) was passed on April 4, 2016 by the Senate, and on April 27, 2016 by the House of Representatives. There is no change between the House (H.R. 3326) and the Senate (S. 1890) versions....more

What Happens in the U.S. Stays in the U.S.: IP Dispute Against Canadian Company Will Not be Moved to Canadian Forum

Although motions to dismiss or transfer a case based on a forum non conveniens theory typically focus on the relative merits of two U.S. jurisdictions, this theory may also be applied when a party claims that a case brought...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2016

The 2015 Changes to the Federal Rules Matter for Your Patent Case and Tech Business: Getting in the Courthouse Door Just Got Tougher - It used to be that a complaint for patent infringement would survive a motion to...more

Trade Secrets Directive

The protection afforded to trade secrets is disparate across the EU. In order to protect trade secrets as potential drivers for economic growth and jobs and to create a level-playing field within Europe, the European...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - March 2016

Clare v. Chrysler Group LLC (No. 2015-1999, 3/31/16) (Prost, Moore, Wallach) - Moore, J. Affirming summary judgment of non-infringement of patents related to storage compartment for pickup trucks. The Court rejected...more

Adidas To Trademark Competitors: ‘Two Stripes, You’re Out’

Last month, a U.S. district court in Oregon granted Adidas’ motion for a preliminary injunction against U.S. footwear company Sketchers USA Inc., blocking Sketchers from selling, among other sneakers, a 3-stripe sneaker...more

US Customs Bill Addresses Trade Remedy Enforcement, IPR Protection and US Trade Agreements

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act ("the Act"), which covers, inter alia, US trade remedy law enforcement, intellectual property rights (IPR) protection by...more

Maybe You Can Search This? SCC Grants Leave to Appeal From Global Restraining Order Against Google

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal from Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc., a decision that affirmed a global restraining order against Google Inc. (Google) and Google Canada Corporation (Google...more

EU Passes New Trade Secret Directive to Harmonize Trade Secret Laws of Member States

In late December 2015, the European Union reached an agreement on the terms of a provisional Trade Secrets Directive, which was intended to harmonize the laws governing trade secrets and “improve[e] the effectiveness of the...more

2016: Developments in Intellectual Property Law You Should Know About

This year the IP world will be brimming with changes, the largest of which will take place in the European Union. Sweeping reforms in EU trademark law will be implemented in March as well as the likelihood of the Unitary...more

Will the Supreme Court Rein in Evasive Defendants? Equustek v Google Inc

The persistence of a small technology company in British Columbia may expand the options available in Canadian courts to enforce intellectual property rights....more

First German Decisions Applying the ECJ’s Huawei v. ZTE Framework on Injunctions for Standard Essential Patents

Two recent German court decisions address requirements for obtaining injunctions based on standard essential patents (SEPs), applying the rules established by the European Court of Justice in its Huawei v. ZTE decision. The...more

Supreme Court to Consider (1) PTAB AIA Claim Construction and Reviewability of Institution Decisions and (2) Attorney Fee Awards...

The U. S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review a panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision that the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) was...more

What You Need to Know About US Law: Massachusetts and New York Trade Secrets Not Governed by Uniform Trade Secret Act

The article below is the second in a series regarding "What You Need to Know About U.S. Law." Attorneys from a variety of practice groups at Pierce Atwood will author similar articles in the coming months to educate our...more

Apple (Finally) Enjoins the Sale of (Obsolete) Samsung Phones

In the latest development in the patent skirmishes between Apple and Samsung, on Monday, January 18, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California entered a permanent injunction barring...more

New EU Directive on the Protection of Trade Secrets to Come

On December 15, 2015, the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) reached a full compromise on a new EU directive on the protection of trade secrets ("Directive"). The text of the Directive in this...more

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