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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

CardiAQ Wins $70 Million in Trade Secrets Suit

A federal jury found in favor of CardiAQ in a lawsuit filed against former service provider, Neovasc. The jury found that Neovasc breached the non-disclosure agreement between the parties, misappropriated CardiAQ’s trade...more

Comparing the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

As we have previously discussed on the blog, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law on May 11, 2016. Fortunately, while the law has many new components that businesses need to consider, parts of...more

Three Cheers for Copyright

For over 40 years, Varsity Spirit has been in the business of bringing cheer to cheerleaders worldwide with its colorful and customizable uniforms. Competitor Star Athletica came on the scene in 2010 and shortly thereafter...more

Merck & Cie v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit had the occasion to revisit the proper application of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in ANDA litigation over claim 4 of U.S. Patent No. 6,441,168, which reads...more

Is It a Clean Fight?

It is no wonder that two companies manufacturing detergents would want to use the word “clean” for their products and brand. The Dial Corporation (“Dial”) owns the federally registered trademark PURECLEAN that it used to...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2016

Historic Mandamus Petition May Reduce Size of E.D. Tex. Patent Docket: In re TC Heartland LLC, Case No. 16-105 (Fed Cir. 2015) - Almost half the new patent cases filed in the 94 federal judicial districts in the United...more

Trademark Lessons for New Businesses from a Lawsuit Against a Colorado Juice Bar

It is a big, exciting, and dangerous risk to start a new business. There were approximately 400,000 in 2014 (continuing a recent downward trend, according to Gallup). Most entrepreneurs know that the odds are stacked against...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #3

SPECIAL FOCUS: #Twitter at Ten: Ten Times Twitter Made Ad Law History - Ten years ago the world was introduced to Twitter, a microblogging site offering users the chance to express themselves just 140 characters at a...more

When the Best Defense is a Federal Cause of Action: Trade Secret Owners May Soon Have a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bill S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). If enacted, the DTSA will create a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing...more

Judge Restricts Research Into Potential Jurors

The Federal Judge assigned to the copyright lawsuit Google Inc. against Oracle Corporation had taken a traditional approach in jury selection. U.S. District Judge William Alrup rejected the proposed jury questionnaire,...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2016

How Major Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Business Litigation - The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil litigation in the federal courts. Recent major amendments to these...more

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Creating A Civil Cause Action in Federal Court for Trade Secret Misappropriation

The U.S. Senate passed on a unanimous 87-0 vote the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 late Monday. The bill will create a civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation and provide remedies that...more

If the Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, How Will it Affect Trade Secrets in Arizona?

If enacted, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) could change how some trade secret misappropriation claims are litigated in Arizona. Trade secret plaintiffs generally must bring claims for misappropriation in state...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon enacts statute to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In March 2013, Senate Bill 1540 was signed into law by the governor of Oregon. The law makes patent...more

Second Circuit Tosses Out Time-Barred Copyright Claims Against Jay Z

Last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a New York judge’s decision to dismiss federal copyright and state tort law claims alleged against the hip-hop icon, Jay Z, and his affiliated companies. Mahan v. ROC...more

The Gloves Are Off: Competing Biopics Battle For Hollywood Purse

Hollywood’s heavy-hitters often enter the ring over unauthorized biographies. Elizabeth Taylor famously invoked her rights of publicity and privacy in an attempt to shut down an unofficial docudrama about her life; Clint...more

CBM Review Not a Venue for Review of Contractual and Tortious Disputes (Ocean Tomo, LLC v. PatentRatings, LLC)

Addressing the issue of standing, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, finding that the petitioner failed to show sufficient proof...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

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Not Violated Unless Plaintiff Shows Defendant Had Intent To Defraud

In a recent Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s conclusion that the plaintiff had produced no evidence refuting the defendant’s contention that it honestly...more

Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media...more

A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims - The Plaintiff made a claim against some...more

Texas Takes a Stance Against Patent Trolls

Since the U.S. Congress began implementing reforms to the patent system, states too have been considering measures to protect their residents and business from abusive patent litigation. While the federal government has...more

The Duty of Loyalty Awakens

If you’re a Star Wars fan, loyalty probably means waiting ten years for “The Force Awakens.” (Or even longer if you prefer not to count Episodes I-III). For an employee looking to leave her current employer, however, loyalty...more

Chancery Defers to Indian Corporation's Delaware Choice of Venue

In the absence of a prior-filed action in another forum, Delaware state courts will respect a plaintiff's Delaware choice of forum when faced with a forum non conveniens defense, except in the "rare case" where a defendant...more

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