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Intellectual Property Overview For Agribusiness

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

New Federal Law Protects Trade Secrets

A company’s trade secrets are its lifeblood, but they are valuable only if they remain secret. Faced with a growing rise in theft from foreign hackers, nation states, and rogue employees, trade secret owners now have a new...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Employer's Class Action Waiver - Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 2016 WL 4433080 (9th Cir. 2016) - As a condition of employment, Stephen Morris and Kelly McDaniel were required to sign...more

SEC Fines Company for Agreements Restricting Whistleblowers

The SEC has fined an Atlanta company $265,000 for using various severance agreements restricting whistleblower activities. The Dodd-Frank Act added ’34 Act § 21F encouraging whistleblower programs. The SEC adopted Rule...more

Hudson Institute Report Refutes UN Panel Stance on Impact of Patents on Access to Medicines

In June, the Hudson Institute released a research report that analyzes several positions taken by the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) on the impact of patents on global access to medicines. ...more

The Federal Trademark Statute Assumes Hillary Can’t Win

Today’s example of unintentional sexism comes to us from Section 2(c) of the Lanham Act. On its face, the language of the statute assumes that someone other than Hillary will win the 2016 presidential election – and it won’t...more

Brexit’s Potential Impact for Trade Secrets in the UK

To the surprise of many and the dismay of more than sixteen million United Kingdom voters, the previously unthinkable has occurred, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. In a tightly contested referendum, voters have...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2016

Employer Is Entitled To Recover $4 Million In Attorney's Fees From EEOC - CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, 578 U.S. ___, 136 S. Ct. 1642 (2016) - The EEOC filed suit against CRST (a trucking company) alleging...more

Can Employers Discipline Employees for “Self-Help Discovery”? Massachusetts Decision Raises More Questions Than Answers

Employers know all too well that employees sometimes help themselves to documents the employer would like to keep confidential. This is precisely why many employers require employees to sign confidentiality agreements and...more

President Barack Obama Signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) 2016. The DTSA provides a federal right of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. Unlike previous actions, whereby an entity could...more

Can You Keep A Secret? The European Union’s New Directive on Trade Secrets and its Impacts on Whistleblowers

It is no secret that the European Union’s (“EU”) Directive on Trade Secrets was a long time in the making. The Directive was first proposed in November 2013. After roughly two years of debate and revision, the revised...more

Employment Law - May 2016 #2

Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law - Why it matters - Passed by an overwhelming majority of the federal legislature, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law with President Barack Obama's signature on May...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2016 #3

Last week, news broke that Nicola Thorp, a UK temp worker assigned to PwC, was sent home for violating her temp agency’s dress code by failing to wear high heels. Portico, the agency, explained that the policy requiring...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, Opening Federal Courts to Aggrieved Companies

For the first time, companies have a federal private right of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed by President Barack Obama on May 11, 2016, applies to any...more

Employment Practices Newsletter - May 2016

Department of Labor's Persuader Rule Convinces No One - The Department of Labor's controversial Final Rule on Persuader Reporting became effective April 25, 2016. The Rule significantly strengthens a union's rights under...more

DOJ Civil Rights Division Underscores Risk of Discrimination Claims When Requesting Information from Applicants and Employees for...

On March 31, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) issued a technical assistance letter (TAL) that highlights the potential for employers to create discrimination claims inadvertently when requesting...more

Fashion Law - Autumn/Winter 2016

The business of fashion is exciting, fast paced and driven by passionate and creative people. But it is important to remember that it is just that – a business. While creativity and passion are integral to success in the...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Lawsuit Against, Confirms Broad Scope of Section 230 Immunity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit this week delivered a resounding victory for websites dependent on a federal immunity from claims based on content posted by third parties. Broadly interpreting Section 230 of...more

VirnetX Faces Follow-on IPR Petition from a Different Petitioner After Settling Previously Instituted IPR

In IPR2014-00614, Microsoft filed a petition for IPR against US Patent No. 7,418,504 (“the ‘504 patent) owned by VirnetX, which was instituted based upon anticipation grounds over Kiuchi (see institution decision). This IPR...more

Diversity in Intellectual Property

Ladas & Parry LLP would like to take this time during Black History Month and Women’s History Month to take a stroll back in time and look at some pioneers in the field of intellectual property law. We value and are enriched...more

Ninth Circuit Shoots Down Right of Publicity Lawsuit Involving Academy Award Juggernaut The Hurt Locker

As we kick off “Oscar Week” here at, it is particularly apropos to discuss a decision just handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the critically acclaimed movie, The Hurt Locker. It is a...more

Points & Authorities - Winter 2016

Attention California Employers: New Employment Laws Affecting Your Business Take Effect on January 1, 2016 - In past years the Governor of California has enacted new laws related to employment that place additional...more

Brandmarking: Taylor Swift’s Excellent Brandmarking Adventure - March 2015 - Volume 4, Number 2

Taylor Swift’s Excellent Brandmarking Adventure - Making a splash is more or less what pop stars and other celebrities do for a living. But not many of them do it by applying for federal trademark registrations....more

The Door Is Open To Disparaging Trademarks

Federal Circuit Rules § 2(A) of tThe Lanham Act Unconstitutional - Refusal to Register Disparaging Marks Held Unconstitutional - On December 22, 2015, the Federal Circuit in In re Simon Shiao Tam ruled that Section...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2016

Court Reverses $1 Million Discrimination Verdict Entered Against LA Fire Department - Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, 241 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2015) - Jabari Jumaane, an African-American firefighter with the Los...more

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