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

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

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

Political campaigns face copyright and robocall liabilities

Though it seems to come as a surprise to many of them, politicians — even presidential candidates — have to live with the same intellectual property and communications laws that bedevil the rest of us....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

Melania Trump’s RNC Speech: Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement, or Both?

On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, delivered a speech from the convention floor in support of Trump’s nomination. The speech was infused with rhetoric about such things...more

Sweeping Changes in EU Trademark Law and the Brexit Unknown

By now you have undoubtedly heard that in the Brexit Referendum held on June 23, 2016, the majority vote was in favor of United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Notwithstanding the outcome of the vote, it is presently...more

Brexit: what might it mean for franchising? Top points

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

Brexit Prompts IP Uncertainty

It's difficult to turn on the news and not hear something about the historic vote by Britain to leave the European Union. While the Brexit vote already has had an immediate effect on global economic markets, the legal effects...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

Rising Tide of State-Enacted Patent Reform

It started with Vermont in 2013. Since then, over half the states have enacted legislation aimed at curbing patent infringement suits from non-practicing entities. Now, the band may add another member: Massachusetts....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

The PRICED Act Would Expedite Biosimilar Market Entry

Although the 12-year exclusivity period for original biologic products was a heavily negotiated provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), increased spending on biologic drugs has led to calls to...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1153

Sultani Decrees - Sultani Decree No. 34/2016 Upgrading the organisational level of the Department of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in the Governorate of Dhofar, Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, to a Directorate...more

The Effects of Brexit on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court

Voters in the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union (EU). The exit of the UK from the EU (the "Brexit") could result in a delay in the implementation of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court...more

The Uncertain Future of the Proposed European Unitary Patent after “Brexit” Vote

The future of the proposed European Unified Patent Court and European Unitary Patent have been jeopardized by the Brexit vote because ratification of the proposal by the United Kingdom is expressly required before the...more

Campaign IP Violations Part 3 – Huckabee’s Campaign Pays Up

In December, we told you about Mike Huckabee’s campaign getting sued for copyright infringement for using “Eye of the Tiger” without permission at a rally supporting Kim Davis, the Tennessee clerk that refused to issue...more

Additional IP Considerations in Light of Brexit

Pharmaceutical and agricultural companies in particular should consider the effect of Brexit on their European patent portfolios. Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are governed by EU regulations and are thus...more

What Does Brexit Mean for Franchisors?

The coming negotiation over the specifics of the UK’s departure from the EU is an unfortunate necessity that follows from the UK’s unfortunate “leave” vote on June 23, 2016. It is too early to know what the relationship...more

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

Senate Judiciary Introduces CREATES Act To Expedite Access To Affordable Drugs

Following months of public outcry and Congressional probes into significant drug price increases, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced legislation targeting “behavior that blocks competition and delays the creation of...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1152

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Heritage and Culture - Ministerial Decision No. 136/2016 Determining the fees for visiting museums affiliated to the Ministry of Heritage and Culture....more

BRACING for BREXIT - after the shock, what now?

To the shock of corporate Britain the UK voted last week, by 52% to 48%, to leave the European Union. Within hours of the referendum result the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would be standing down...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

Is the UPC Brexit-proof?

The UK's vote to leave the EU in a so-called Brexit referendum has triggered the question of whether the Unified Patent Court (UPC) project is dead or not. The short answer is: it is too early to take a stance. The longer...more

Congress Jumps on Bandwagon to Reduce Biologic Drug Exclusivity Term

Ever since the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) was passed along with the rest of the healthcare law commonly called "Obamacare" in 2010, the Obama Administration has included in every budget a proposal...more

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