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Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...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

Signatories Ask President to Exempt USPTO from Hiring Freeze

In a letter sent to President Trump earlier this month, a group of twenty companies, organizations, and individuals expressed concern about the effect of the President's January 23, 2017 hiring freeze on the U.S. Patent and...more

USPTO Forms Working Group on Regulatory Reform

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office posted a notice on its website announcing the formation of a Working Group on Regulatory Reform "to consider, review, and recommend ways that USPTO regulations can be improved,...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program - The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division has revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model...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

Trump Meets Xi: Will They Talk Cybersecurity?

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that his predecessor was weak on China. But at least with respect to cybersecurity, the facts don’t support that charge. In 2015, “following all-night negotiations,” Robert Silvers...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget/Appropriations - April Deadline: The first deal Trump must cut is one to keep the government open past April 28, and here Republicans and Democrats mostly want him to get out of the way. Senate appropriators in...more

UK to submit to primacy of EU law?...Maybe for patents

by Dechert LLP on

As the UK Government embarks on its journey of disentangling the UK from EU law and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), it is simultaneously continuing in its efforts to join a new...more

HAVANA CLUB: The Rum’s Back on Ice

Last year, I blogged about the decades-long dispute for the HAVANA CLUB trademark in the United States. Nearly ten months later, well, its spirit lives on....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

Brexit and IP: 5 Things Brand Owners Should Do Now

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50 today, 29 March 2017, we have 2 years until the legislative reality of Brexit and its implications will truly impact IP owners. However, there are steps that brand...more

The Impact of the New Administration on International Trade and IP Rights

by Planet Depos, LLC on

As we finished out the first month of the New Year, President Donald Trump completed his first few weeks in the Oval Office. Critics and supporters alike watched and analyzed every move the new Commander in Chief made, while...more

Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

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

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

Updated Predictions on Patent Policy under the Trump Administration

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Could the 'Dance' Already Be Over? ACA Repeal and Biosimilars

Originally posted in BNA’s Life Sciences Law & Industry Report, 11 LSLR 04 - February 17, 2017. As President Donald Trump completes his first several weeks in office, he has made clear that one of his top priorities is...more

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