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Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although longstanding policy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorizes searches of electronic devices in the possession of travelers arriving in the United States, recent reports of such searches...more

Brexit update: impact on trademarks and designs

Although some time has passed since the UK's vote to leave the EU, the full implications of Brexit for trademarks and designs remain unclear. Statements made by EU and UK officials have not changed that position, nor did...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2017

Commission Reverses ALJ’s Dismissal Of U.S. Steel’s False Designation Of Origin Claim And Sets Hearing On U.S. Steel’s Antitrust Claim In Certain Carbon Steel; U.S. Steel Withdraws Trade Secret Theft Claim – 2017 has produced...more

Michelle Lee Misses AUTM Talk

Although scheduled to be the honored guest at a “Fireside Chat” at the AUTM Annual Meeting Sunday evening, Ms. Lee was a no show. Suddenly the picture on the Program Board was Katherine Ku, head of Tech Transfer at Stanford....more

How Does a Freeze in Federal Hiring Affect Patent Examination Timelines?

The President’s January 23, 2017, executive memorandum implemented a federal hiring freeze. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of those agencies affected by the President’s memorandum. While such a hiring...more

Patents in the Trump Administration: the 2-for-1 order

Everyone in the IP community wonders if President Donald Trump will create a new order in the IP field much the same way he has approached other areas of the government. We had our first glimpse recently when President Trump...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2017

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

Updated Predictions on Patent Policy under the Trump Administration

Earlier this year, the Shearman patent litigation team published an article predicting patent policy under the Trump Administration.[1] To briefly recap that article: President Trump has given few indications about where he...more

Draft UPC laws continue progress through German parliament

Today, at 2:05 am (CET), the European Patent Package passed another milestone towards coming into effect. The bills regarding the law amending the German patent law in respect to the European Patent Package and the law...more

Chemistry & Nanotechnology Developments to Watch in 2017

As cases and outcomes make their way into the news this year, we will be watching the following developments closely and sharing them with the IP community....more

Chairman Goodlatte Outlines Sweeping Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

With Washington undergoing a transformation the likes of which has not been seen in decades, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently outlined his committee’s priorities for the 115th Congress. Speaking at an...more

US: Proposed "Border Adjustment Tax” could kill foreign IP holding companies

With President Trump in the White House and a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, tax reform is once again high on the agenda. Several weeks ago, President Trump promised “a tax reform bill that will reduce our...more

German cabinet proposes law bill restricting tax relief for royalties to certain "patent boxes"

On January 25, 2017, the German cabinet has resolved on a law bill dubbed "license barrier" as a reaction to the BEPS initiative. If the bill passes parliament, it will mean that – in principle – tax relief will be...more

Biotechnology Considerations for the Unitary Patent System in Light of Brexit and Other Current Developments

Written by Daniel A. Kamkar and Eric Furman, Ph.D. After the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, dubbed “Brexit” by the press, many have called into question whether the UK would ratify the Unitary Patent...more

Travel Update under Trump’s Executive Order

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

Potential Intellectual Property Issues on the Table in the 115th Congress

Over the past decade, intellectual property issues have often taken center stage in Congress. The America Invents Act, passed in 2011, changed patent landscape in many ways, most notably by changing the U.S. patent system...more

Advertising Law - January 2017 #2

SPECIAL FOCUS: Ohlhausen Named Acting Chair of FTC - On January 24, 2017, President Donald Trump designated Maureen Ohlhausen as acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission. Ohlhausen, a Republican, has been...more

AILPA Letter to Trump administration lays out top IP priorities

The quick appointment of a qualified leader and significant changes to the U.S. Copyright Office are just some of the major wish-list items the American Intellectual Property Law Association is hoping President Donald Trump’s...more

Health Law Insights: January Newsletter

ALERT: Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty - Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate...more

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

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

Obama Administration Antitrust Enforcers Take Last-Minute IP Licensing Actions

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, its antitrust enforcers took two actions of note for those involved in intellectual property (IP) licensing. The first, the joint release by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

Predicting Patent Policy Under the Trump Administration

The America Invents Act (“AIA”), signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011, was the biggest legislative overhaul to the United States patent system since the Patent Act of 1952. Among other changes, the AIA...more

UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

The Preparatory Committee for the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) has indicated its intention that the UPC will become operational and the UPC Agreement will come into force in December 2017....more

Fake News, Fake Art?  Richard Prince Disavows Work Depicting Ivanka Trump

There has been much discussion about the impact of the Presidential election on the art market, amidst much generalized anxiety about "fake news." What about "fake art?" Never one to be behind the curve, artist Richard...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

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