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Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

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

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Mayo - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Comercio U.S. Trade Representative - Estados Unidos notificó a su Congreso la intención de iniciar negociaciones con Canadá y México en relación a la modernización del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, las...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2017

Renegotiation of, or Withdrawal from, NAFTA: Context and Possible Consequences - (“NAFTA”) is a trade agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States that came into force on January 1, 1994. Its goal was to...more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

by Polsinelli on

How Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Could Alter Procurements - The President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO), issued April 18, 2017, reflects Executive Branch policy and orders several...more

BEPS Update – Germany on the way to limit the tax deductibility of royalties

by Hogan Lovells on

A new legislative approach of the German tax authorities, which had been leaked in December 2016, was passed on Thursday, 27 April 2017, as one of the very last laws of the current Bundestag prior to the elections in...more

Brexit – the end of parallel imports from the UK?

by Hogan Lovells on

The United Kingdom's unprecedented vote to leave the EU will undoubtedly cause a broad range of legal issues in the future. This post focuses on the consequences of Brexit on parallel imports - a field of significant...more

Missouri Legislator Introduces Bill to Ban Restrictive Covenants

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Since July 1, 2001, Missouri law with respect to non-solicitation clauses has been fairly straightforward. Specifically, § 431.202 of the Missouri Statutes states that a covenant not to solicit between an employer and an...more

The Brexit Clock Has Started—What Happens Next?

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom and the remaining European Union Member States ("EU-27") will negotiate the terms of the UK's withdrawal—and likely its future relationship with the EU—over the course of the next two years. European...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: updated predictions on patent policy under the Trump administration; recent happenings...more

Travel Update under Trump’s Executive Order

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While daily governmental guidance for affected individuals, in the United States and abroad, has followed the signing of Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on January...more

Will The Massachusetts Legislature Finally Be Able To Keep Its New Year’s Resolution to Pass Non-Compete Reform?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Last Friday, on January 20, 2017, the Massachusetts Legislature began its annual tradition of attempting to promulgate non-compete and trade secret reform in the Commonwealth. A new bill has been filed by the same legislators...more

One of Obama Administration’s Final Mandates: Non-Competes Should Be The Exception, Not The Rule

With all the hubbub over the Presidential election, it would not be hard to overlook some of the Obama administration’s final moves. Recently, the White House issued a call to action to state legislators to ban non-compete...more

White House Urges States to Reform Non-Competition Laws

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements urging states to reform their non-competition laws. The call to action follows an earlier report from the White House which...more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

by Lewitt Hackman on

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

White House Issues State Call To Action To Ban Certain Non-Compete Agreements

by FordHarrison on

On October 25, 2016, the Obama Administration issued a “State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements.” This call to action is part of President Obama’s Executive Order directing states to increase competition for workers...more

Employment Alert: "Federal Protection of Trade Secrets - the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), a comprehensive amendment of existing legislation that previously addressed economic espionage and now provides for a private federal civil cause of...more

Government Attacks on Non-Compete Agreements Continue

Non-compete agreements have long been used by employers as an effective tool to protect their valuable trade secrets and confidential information. However, employers’ overuse of non-compete agreements and employers’ practice...more

Federal Precedents Under the DTSA Have Arrived

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

While the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) has only been in effect for a few months, the first wave of cases raising DTSA claims have started to generate federal decisions. In what appears to be the first substantive...more

Potential Legal Implications Arising from "Brexit"

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted by way of an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. While the result will not take immediate legal effect, incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that...more

Down to the Wire for Proposed Non-Compete Reform Legislation in Massachusetts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Massachusetts finally may enact non-compete reform legislation. The current session of the General Court, the state’s legislature, ends on July 31, and the House and Senate have passed versions of non-compete reform...more

Massachusetts Governor Supports Noncompete Reform, But Not Abolition

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

According to The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has publicly voiced his support for some restrictions on noncompete agreements, but he does not want to abolish them entirely. Specifically, Governor Baker...more

Brexit: what might it mean for franchising? Top points

by DLA Piper on

The effect of the Brexit vote is not, of course, just about the UK. It affects continental Europe and beyond. Post referendum, the UK is on course to leave the European Union and one of the effects of that will be the need...more

Mid-Year Review: New Non-Compete Legislation in 2016

In the first half of 2016, we have already seen significant changes to a number of state non-compete laws. In this post, we provide a compilation of recently enacted legislation in Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho, Oregon, and...more

Impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property

Now that the dust is settling on the UK’s decision to leave the EU, our clients are asking what this means for them. Change always brings opportunities, as well as challenges, and we are focused on helping our clients...more

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