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Congress Considers Landmark Trade Secret Reforms

If enacted, the legislation would represent the most significant trade secret reform in many years. Major federal trade secret legislation is receiving strong bipartisan support and consideration in the US Congress. The...more

Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the...more

Texas Supreme Court Considers Whether Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Can Keep Corporate Representatives From the Courtroom

In December 2014, Schlumberger subsidiary M-I LLC (d/b/a M-I SWACO) filed a writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court over a trade secrets case decided in Harris County District Court. In its writ, M-I SWACO alleged that...more

City Fitness Attempts to Exercise Service Mark Rights

In a decision dismissing plaintiffs’ claims of service mark infringement, the District of Massachusetts held that the plaintiffs’ transfer of “goodwill” in an asset purchase agreement also transferred plaintiffs’ rights to...more

eBook Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Law for Non-U.S. Businesses

This guide is intended to provide foreign business-people with an introduction to the basic kinds of laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in the United States, and particularly in The Commonwealth of...more

M&A Team News - January 2016

Here is a look back at the top M&A developments that affected deal-making last year and a look forward to our expectations for 2016....more

Jawbone Successfully Leverages Patent Portfolio as Collateral in Fund Raising Efforts

Fitness device maker Jawbone was recently featured in a Re/code article announcing that the company had raised $165 million in new funding. The article mentioned another aspect of the Jawbone’s fundraising efforts; the...more

The Arbitration Court declares it legal to deduct license fees for use of trademarks

The Arbitration Court declares it legal to deduct license fees for use of trademarks - The Moscow Arbitration Court rendered the Decision of December 31, 2015 on case No. ?40-153860/15. The case was essentially about the...more

Five IP Pitfalls That Start-Up (and Grown-Up) Companies Can Easily Avoid

In business, there are numerous opportunities for pitfalls, mistakes and errors and they come up in all different legal areas – from basic formation issues to labor and employment to intellectual property. Mistakes and...more

Emerging Cybersecurity Company’s Distress Offers Important Lessons for Licensees and Lenders

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Cyber Solutions International LLC v. Pro Marketing Sales, Inc. Although the decision blazes no new legal territory, the...more

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2016

Ten Considerations for Companies Evaluating a Pre-Negotiated Acquisition - In recent years, there has been a shift in the research and development strategy of large pharmaceutical and medical device companies from...more

Popular Reads in Intellectual Property Right Now

A recap of popular IP-related posts published on JD Supra during Dec 2015/January 2016. You copy? Right!...more

[Webinar] Beer & Wine Branding: Eight Things Almost No One Will Tell You - January 13th, 2:00pm EST

Winemakers and brewers have an instinctive grasp on the importance of establishing a strong brand identity, and many articles, blogs and websites offer advice on the subject. But almost none of these sources touch on eight...more

Williams Mullen FDI USA News - December 2015

FDI USA News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects—from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep FDI News interactive and relevant to your international business. ...more

Infringement Case Shows Difficulty of Protecting Intellectual Property

KFx Medical Corp. filed its patent applications like any startup would and with the same goal: protecting its intellectual property. Sometimes, that’s not an easy thing to do, especially if the infringing company is...more

Patent Strategies For Start-Up Companies

Patents can be vitally important for protecting the innovations of a start-up company, just as it is important for start-ups to be mindful of trademark, copyright, and domain name strategies (see our other guides for...more

The New Compliance Challenge: CyberSecurity

Protecting Confidential Assets from Cyber Threats and Malicious Insiders - Data security, privacy and confidentiality top the list of risks that compliance officers view as most challenging in the coming five years,...more

Unleash the Power of Your Trademark Portfolio, Maximize ROI, and Change the World

By the time this 2015 Fall edition of snippets® hits your inbox, our readers in the United States will already have been inundated with articles and thoughts about Thanksgiving—a time to take a step back and be thankful for...more

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection

Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking...more

Cyber Threats: Can you Answer These Questions from the Board?

Discussions about cyber threats have moved from ‘server rooms’ to ‘Board rooms.’ For good reason – hacks and breaches of corporate data and trade secrets can seriously compromise a company and spark significant reputational...more

“Better, Faster, Stronger” — Identifying and Protecting Your Competitive Differentiators

Competitive differentiators are the beneficial and unique aspects of your product or service compared to those of competitors. These qualities may provide benefits to consumers, such as a useful and unique feature, more...more

Domain Name Strategies for Start-Up Companies

Just as it is important for start-up companies to be mindful of early-stage trademark and copyright protection strategies (see our guides entitled “Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies” and “Copyright Strategies for...more

Intellectual Property Update: Distributing patent rights between affiliates: guidelines to support enforcement rights around the...

Picture the scenario – your company creates a new affiliate in Ireland to sell and distribute a product. The parent company holds the legal title to the patents associated with the product. Parent grants the Irish affiliate a...more

Brand Valuation

Regulators in the U.S. are set to change the concept of “materiality,” or the determination of what information is necessary for companies to disclose publicly. While sales and earnings figures are important, Baruch Lev, an...more

5 Key Considerations When Negotiating a License Agreement

License agreements can be a great way for a start-up company to generate revenue from sources other than the founders/funders. Start-ups can license their technology separately, or as part of a collaboration with another...more

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