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Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more

Innovators Beware! Patent Reform Creates the New “Anti-Patent” Troll

Recent years have seen a wave of efforts to control frivolous patent-infringement lawsuits perpetrated by so-called patent trolls. These started with the America Invents Act of 2011 and have been followed by the Patent Law...more

Protecting Your Business in the Innovation Economy

The recent 12th Annual State of the Research Triangle Region event highlighted the innovation economy in North Carolina and particularly the Research Triangle area as a “smart region.”...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

Blog: Should You Invest in Foreign Patent Protection?

If you run a tech company, should you invest in foreign patent protection? On one hand, worldwide patent protection can be incredibly valuable, especially for a product with a worldwide market. On the other hand, obtaining...more

The Status of Business Method Patents

Business method patents have a checkered history. They were once very much in vogue—numerous such patents issued, and many of them were litigated. Then, about two years ago, Congress enacted a special procedure that made it...more

The Days of the Vultures (Silicon Valley – Season 2 Finale)

This season’s finale of Silicon Valley provided Richard with only the briefest moment of victory before he once again faces losing Pied Piper. First, the arbitrator rules that because Richard used a Hooli computer while...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

Gerritsen v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, June 12, 201

District court dismisses breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims in first amended complaint against Warner Bros. based on Oscar-winning motion picture "Gravity," holding that plaintiff Terry Gerritsen, author of...more

A ‘Clothes’ Call: Anticipating IP Issues in Partnerships

Breaking up is hard to do, in business as in life. Take the story of ‘T’ and ‘M.’ Fresh out of school, T had the vision for a clothing line. The line would be a blend of two cultures, just like its creator: Peruvian and...more

Is Antitrust Relevant for Startups, Emerging, and Non-Dominant Firms?

The answer is (surprise!) “yes.” There are a number of ways in which antitrust law is relevant to emerging and non-dominant companies. Those firms may: Need to deal with the dominant firms in their markets,...more

[Webinar] Digital Health Update: Focus on Health Tech Startups - June 23, 1:00 CDT

Health care startups are expected to attract billions in venture capital in the next few years. Despite the pace and excitement this surge of investment creates, these next-wave digital disruptors need to keep three legal...more

Outbound IP Transfer in an F Reorganization

In one corner, we have Code §368(a)(1)(F) which generally allows for a corporation to move from one jurisdiction to another without triggering gain or other immediate adverse income tax consequences. The purpose is to allow...more

What Employees Need to Know about IP Protection

Do your employees understand the importance of intellectual property (IP) to your company and steps that they should be taking to protect it? Do they recognize that exposing proprietary information, such as product...more

Board Denies Petition For Failure to Identify All Real Parties-In-Interest

Many Patent Owners have attempted to divert IPR challenges by arguing that all real parties-in-interest were not identified in the Petition. Almost all of those efforts have failed. That is what makes Paramount Home...more

Talking PTAB with Bob Steinberg  [Video]

Do you know your IPR from your PGR from your CBM? Partner Bob Steinberg explains some of key Patent Trial and Appeal Board acronyms and introduces The Book of Jargon® – Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) now available...more

Blog: Four Steps to Minimize the Impact of Your Competitors’ Patents

The success of your new venture depends on avoiding costly and time consuming patent litigation. Mature companies often engage patent counsel to provide “freedom to operate” opinions with respect to specific products or...more

Protecting Trade Secrets on Mobile Devices is that Easy and Inexpensive!

When I attended the ABA Legal Tech Show in Chicago a few months ago in the hopes of learning more about legal technology, I was taken aback at just how easy and inexpensive it is for employers to protect trade secrets on...more

Trademarks, Copyrights and Registered Marks: Corporate Website Housekeeping

Among all of the other areas of your business that you need to keep in order, don’t forget your website. Your website is the company’s digital store front to all of your customers and the public. Protecting it is paramount to...more

Taking Your Business International

Going international is a complicated undertaking. The steps required will depend on your specific situation and concerns. The following outlines, in very general terms, some of the issues you must consider as you begin to...more

Reverse Engineering Cloud-Based Software

Let’s say you provide web-based software in a SaaS subscription model. What if your reseller or strategic business partner works against you to redesign and reverse engineer your software so they can launch a competing...more

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

Obligation to Enforce Arbitration under FAA Policy Trumps Motion to Prevent Enforcement of “Clearly Void” Non-Competition...

On May 20, 2015, Judge Dudley H. Bowen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, entered an order denying the Motion for Preliminary and Permanent Injunction filed by one of the plaintiffs...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

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