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UK To Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement Despite the Brexit Vote

The UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite the Brexit vote, it was announced yesterday. It is unclear whether this marks the start of a long participation of the UK in this 40-years-in-the-making unifying...more

The UK decides to ratify the UPC Agreement: the UPC and Unitary Patent to proceed in 2017

As we have reported previously, it had been thought that the UK’s vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union would delay the commencement of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the introduction of the unitary patent....more

Unexpected Post-Brexit IP Development: UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On 28 November 2016, the UK Government made a surprising announcement at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council (an EU institution), stating that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, marking its first...more

The UK to Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK government announced on November 28, 2016 that it will proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The announcement comes after months of uncertainty over the future of the UPCA following the UK’s vote...more

UK announces intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK Government yesterday announced that its plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (“UPCA”) will not be derailed by Brexit. The UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe, made the...more

Trade secret protection under President-elect Trump

Without question, US companies face a growing and daily threat from rival companies and foreign governments. Thieves operating in cyberspace and using sophisticated technologies can quickly steal and transfer massive...more

Make IP Great Again

An interesting phenomenon is the use of trademarks to own current events. Every major event seems to be followed by a series of trademarks applications by those who seek to claim ownership of history, or at least the...more

Does President Trump Provide an Opportunity for Patent-friendly Policies?

Now that the dramatic change in the political climate that is the election of Donald Trump as President has had time to settle, it may be fruitful to consider whether the election provides opportunities for technology-based...more

How Energy Firms Can Use The Defend Trade Secrets Act

Whether it's hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients, customer lists, geologic and seismic data or employee know-how, energy companies routinely face trade secret issues. With the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets...more

Brexit and Supplemental Protection Certificates: Hope for the Best but Plan for the Worst

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted through a national referendum to exit the European Union after more than 40 years of membership. One of the key arguments in favor of the so-called “Brexit” was to return full...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

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

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

U.S. Biosimilars Pathway Under Trump

This week’s election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States undoubtedly impacts many sectors of the American economy, and the bio/pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Two of Trump’s stated policies...more

Early Reaction to Presidential Election Results

On November 09, 2016, in a result that stunned at least 47.7% of the American electorate and many observers abroad, a contentious Presidential election finally came to a conclusion, with Republican candidate Donald J. Trump...more

Puttin’ on the “Ritts”: Political Speech and Fair Use

Leaving aside the outcome of election day (and indeed I confess I wrote this before the polls closed), I couldn’t help but notice these ads in downtown Minneapolis...more

CETA Implementation in Canada - Implications of Bill C-30 on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Bill C-30 presents significant changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical landscape by introducing supplementary protection for pharmaceutical products and proposing substantial modifications to the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

Such a Nasty Trademark

After the last presidential debate, the Republican nominee’s “such a nasty woman” utterance led to somewhat of a rallying cry. Within minutes, #Nastywoman was trending across social media, and streaming of Janet Jackson’s...more

White House Continues Attack on Non-Compete Agreements

“State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements” is the White House’s latest in a series of Executive Branch missives decrying the purported misuse of non-competition agreements by employers across the country....more

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

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

Hillary Believes in the Patent System

Hillary Clinton has released a position paper: “Initiative on Technology and Innovation” which contains two paragraphs on actions she would promote to reduce litigation by trolls and strengthen the USPTO. She notes that...more

Losing Control of V

A common client question is: “Can I ‘get in trouble’ for copying a picture, drawing, or cartoon and pasting it into my report, PowerPoint, etc.?” Before you can answer, they try to answer their own question, adding “Everyone...more

Hillary Clinton's IP Litigation Experience

Many people are surprised to learn that Hillary Clinton was an intellectual property attorney when she practiced law from 1977-1992 for the Rose Law Firm. While the New York Times has reported that former colleagues cannot...more

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

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

Intellectual Property for President 2016

The 2016 Presidential election season has produced moments of strife, humor, shock, and even a little magic. Most importantly, however, this election season has also provided us with plenty of IP fodder....more

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