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House Bill 194: Curbing Baseless Patent Infringement Claims

House Bill 194 was introduced on May 11, 2015, by primary sponsor Representative Kristina Roegner (R), Ohio House District 37. As introduced, the new bill will prohibit persons from engaging in the widespread sending of bad...more

Will We See Federal Trade Secret Legislation Passed This Year?

In January of this year, we noted that trade secret protection has lately been on the minds of lawmakers in Washington, and that federal trade secret legislation was very close to being enacted. While nothing is pending at...more

Senators Send Letter on Biosimilars to FDA

A group of Senators led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter last month to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food...more

Does there need to be patent reform?

Regular readers know I am a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show has done multiple segments relevant to our topics of discussion. They recently did a segment on patent reform....more

Patent Prosecution Updates

On April 14, 2015, the House of Representatives introduced a bill to amend the pre-filing grace period provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The bill, entitled "Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015" (H.R. 1791),...more

A Summary of 2015’s Proposed Patent Reform Legislation

This year’s debate on federal patent reform has begun in earnest. Last Friday, the White House expressed its support for the leading Senate bill, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act (S. 1137), and...more

Why the Grace Period Restoration Act Is a Bad Idea

Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced the “Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015? (H.R. 1791) to “correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act relating to the grace...more

Medical Device Trade Group Pens Letter in Opposition to Innovation Act

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (“MDMA”) has been vocal in lobbying Capitol Hill for what they consider “necessary changes” to patent law for continuing medical device innovation.  Part of that lobbying has...more

Music Artists take Charge - The Fair Play Fair Pay Act

On April 13th, four Congressional members introduced the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 (FPFPA), which requires traditional radio stations to pay song writers and performers royalties – just as their internet and satellite...more

Balancing the Budget …and Balancing Copyright

The Government of Canada’s Budget Plan for 2015 proposes various measures within the expected areas of tax relief, job creation and economic growth measures.  It also includes a very unexpected proposal to extend the...more

U.S. Brand Holders Anticipating Business in Cuba Can and Should Protect Trademarks

As we noted in our Client Alert on December 18, 2014, President Obama has announced that he will take steps to ease regulations that have largely prevented U.S. companies from conducting business in Cuba for more than 50...more

Legislation Introduced in House to Eliminate Uncertainty Regarding AIA Grace Period

Last week, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) "to correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act relating to the grace period." The bill,...more

4 off-the-radar things you need to know about proposed patent reforms

Current patent reform efforts in Congress center around two pieces of legislation. One, pending in the House of Representatives is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (H.R. 9, known as the “Innovation Act”). The other is...more

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Act, Fee-Shifting

Tuesday, April 14, the House Judiciary Committee convened to discuss H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act,” which was introduced in February 2015 by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The hearing came a day after the...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2015

In This Issue: - Made in America: U.S. Manufacturing and the President's 2015 Trade Policy Agenda - Congressional Action Allowing Commerce to Retroactively Apply the Subsidy Law to Exports From China Survives a...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2015

United States Imposes New Sanctions Against Certain Venezuelan Officials - On March, 8 President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order blocking, or "freezing," the property and interests in property of "certain...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2015

Copyrighting Player-Generated Content in Video Games - Last year, consumers spent more than $21 billion on the video game industry. The Entertainment Software Association reports that almost 60% of Americans—roughly...more

Executive Order Creates Cybersecurity Sanctions Framework

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against designated individuals or entities found to be engaged in malicious cyber activity, including various forms of...more

POTUS Declares Cybercrime a National Emergency, Announces New Penalties for Trade Secrets Theft

Declaring cybercrime a “national emergency,” President Obama today empowered Treasury to freeze assets that are the fruits of cybercrime, according to an Executive Order issued this afternoon. The agency can block money or...more

Arkansas Narrowly Avoids Enactment Of Sweeping Publicity Rights Statute

Yesterday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed Senate Bill 79. Governor Hutchinson noted that, while the intent of the bill was to “protect the names, voices, signatures, photographs and likenesses of the citizens of...more

The Innovation Act of 2015: Congress Targets Patent ‘Trolls’ Again

On February 5, 2015, the House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), flanked by a bipartisan group of his peers, reintroduced his “Innovation Act” (H.R. 9). The bill is the second time in as many years that the...more

Has the war on patent trolls caused collateral damage?

Much of the attention in patent law over the past five years has been on combatting the so-called patent troll — patent assertion entities whose only business is suing other businesses. Patent trolls were one of the major...more

Medical Device Industry Organizations Support STRONG Patents Act

(March 3, 2015) Mark Leahey, President and CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), issued a statement regarding the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015. ...more

Softening of the Cuban Embargo: Is It Time to Protect Your Brand Rights Abroad?

Since the 1961 embargo of Cuba, it has been seen as a waste of time and money for American businesses to file for Cuban trademark protection, but that is changing. In December President Obama announced the reestablishment of...more

Congress to Consider Alternative Patent Litigation Reform Bill

Last month, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the so-called “Innovation Act of 2015” (H.R. 9) in the U.S. House of Representatives. That bill proposes numerous reforms to the U.S. patent system, including...more

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