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French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017

Brazilian Meatpacker to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Bribery Charges - The holding company of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has reportedly agreed to pay a $3.2billion fine for the company’s involvement in a graft and bribery...more

Inadequate Disclosures Preclude Monetary Damages Recovery in Trademark Infringement Suit

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Sazerac Co., Inc., et al. v. Fetzer Vineyards, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-04618-WHO (Judge William H. Orrick) - As any practitioner who has...more

Wild Introgressions: The Tomato Genome’s Impact on Plant Patenting and Trademark Branding Prospects

Diana Kennedy, an intrepid chronicler of Mexican cuisine, describes cuatomates as “very small cherry tomatoes with an intense flavor and enormous amount of tiny seeds.” A potently flavored, tiny green tomatillo variety...more

Palate Pleasing Zucchinis Dominate Squash Patenting

With Halloween over and Thanksgiving looming, recipes for butternut squash soup abound while caved-in pumpkin faces rot away in back alleys. For all their exotic shapes and colors, winter squashes remain tethered to autumnal...more

“Use in Commerce”: Look Before You Leap

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, With Leave to Amend, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, LLC, et al. v. Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co., 16-cv-04922-RS (Judge Richard Seeborg) - Plaintiffs in trademark cases may be tempted to...more

The Location of Old McDonald’s Beehives Are Trade Secrets: Database Showing “Realistically” Ascertainable Locations Entitled to...

To qualify as a trade secret under either the UTSA or the DTSA, the information in question must not be “readily ascertainable” through “proper means.” But what does “readily ascertainable” mean?  If information is...more

Intellectual Property Overview For Agribusiness

by Buchalter on

A company’s greatest assets may be its intellectual property. Properly protecting such assets then may be the key to continued success. Below are some questions to consider as a health check for your IP assets. 1....more

No Small Potatoes: Patenting Spuds in an Era of Gene Silencing

by Lane Powell PC on

During a 1911 journey—in which he would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else than...more

In First Set of Post-Grant Review Decisions, PTAB Strikes Down Patents Based on Alice

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing for the first time the issue of patent validity in the context of an America Invents Act post-grant review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) invalidated two livestock patents as unpatentable under...more

Additional IP Considerations in Light of Brexit

by Morgan Lewis on

Pharmaceutical and agricultural companies in particular should consider the effect of Brexit on their European patent portfolios. Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are governed by EU regulations and are thus...more

First Post-Grant Review Written Opinions from PTAB Invalidate Two Patents for Livestock Valuation

by BakerHostetler on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first written opinions based on a trial of the relatively new Post-Grant Review (PGR) proceeeding and genetic factors. American Simmental Association (ASA) brought the...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

by Carlton Fields on

Carlton Fields’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2016 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Does this bug you? When your food crawls...

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

In many countries, the consumption of insects is widely accepted. However in the Western world, edible insects are not a popular feature on many people’s menus or shopping lists – yet. Cricket-chip cookies, Bee-LT...more

Starlet Marketing, Patenting and Branding of the California Artichoke

How do you tempt someone to trim, steam (or boil) artichokes and scrape spiny artichoke leaves with their front teeth? Here’s an easy answer. Crown a newly minted Marilyn Monroe as Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen in...more

The European Commission Takes Back the Reins on Novel Food

by Bryan Cave on

In order to update the legislation regarding novel food which has been in place for almost 20 years, the European Parliament adopted on November 16, 2015 a new regulation 2015/2283 in order to respond to the food industry’s...more

Patenting the Avocado: A California Story with a Classic Recipe

Guacamole and chips are the ultimate in Super Bowl Sunday comfort food nowadays. During the Panthers/Broncos game, the California Avocado Commission tweeted its own commentary, offering recipes that paired avocados with food...more

Novel Potato Chips: The Patentable Art of Processing Potatoes

During a 1911 journey—in which they would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across some native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else in...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–DAMAGE CAUSED BY AD ORDERS, TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF TAAF, TPP DEVELOPMENTS, NEW TRADE/CUSTOMS LAW

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Attached is the first half of the December blog post, which covers the collateral damage caused by US Antidumping Orders on downstream US production by the numerous antidumping orders against raw material inputs from China,...more

Patenting the Potato: “Not All Taters are Created Equal”

Wearing a McDonald’s blue garrison-style hat—red hats signified management—I often worked at the french fry station during my pimply high school years in the 1970s. If you had asked me anything about the julienned potatoes I...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers...more

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

by Weintraub Tobin on

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

Litigants Challenging PTO Decisions in District Court Should Be Prepared to Pay PTO’s Attorneys’ Fees - Shammas v. Focarino

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of attorneys’ fees in connection with a district court challenge of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) decision to reject a trademark registration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth...more

European Patent Office Finds Plants and Plant Products Patent-Eligible

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 25, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) handed a victory to those seeking to protect plant inventions in Europe. The EBA found that the essentially biological processes exclusion of...more

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