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Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more

Why Plant Patenting Floats Free of GMO Crop Controversies

Public debates about the merits of genetically modified crops often end in polarized shouting matches. They pit so-called “romantic environmentalists” against scientifically-minded advocates for companies that derive their...more

Speeding Construction of Your Company’s ‘Great Wall’: Protecting Green Technology in China with Utility Models

The Economist recently reported on a World Intellectual Property Organization study that the number of Chinese patents filed abroad is rising. China’s patent office was the busiest in the world in 2012. Coupled with this...more

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 - policy uncertainty sees Australia slipping

The recently released Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 suggests that despite its strength in innovation, Australia is at risk of being left behind as much of the rest of the world forges ahead with investment in...more

In Wyoming, a Higher Burden for Chemical Disclosure Exemption?

In Powder River Basin Resource Council v. Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Wyoming Supreme Court held that the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the burden of justifying the use of trade secrets...more

Are Fracking Fluid Recipes Trade Secrets? Wyoming Supreme Court Sends Issue Back to District Court

In a unanimous opinion issued March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court reversed and remanded a case concerning the confidentiality of the ingredients in fracking fluids. The decision keeps alive a challenge to the...more

Green Chemistry And Trade Secrets: California Leads Chemical Disclosure Movement, As Companies Wrestle With Options For Protection

Earlier this year, we picked mandatory public disclosure laws as a trend to watch in 2014. Developments in California seem to bear that out, and trade secrets owners will want to keep a close eye on the “green chemistry”...more

"US Supreme Court Cases to Watch in 2014"

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on numerous significant cases in 2014, involving such issues as presidential power, affirmative action, campaign contributions, environmental regulations, intellectual property, commercial...more

What’s in Your Product?

New law may force companies to reveal trade secrets - As new regulations on the use of toxic chemicals are implemented in California, companies may need to re-evaluate their strategies to protect their intellectual...more

Florida House Subcommittee Advances Fracking Disclosure Bills

The Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee voted 8-4 on Tuesday in support of two bills that would require disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. While not as shale rich as its neighboring states to...more

Seismic Data Held by a Board: A Warning Before You Look

Caution should be exercised when requesting, reviewing or sharing seismic data held by a regulatory authority, as demonstrated by the latest decision in a series of lawsuits commenced by Geophysical Service Incorporated...more

Fracking Trade Secret Rules: A Tug Of War Without Winners

In the approximately 31 states with known reserves amenable to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a tug of war is being waged between an oil and gas industry seeking to protect its proprietary processes and environmental...more

Concerns about BLM’s Failure to Protect Trade Secrets Headline Rulemaking Comments

When the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on May 16, 2013, it believed that it had struck a balance between industry and...more

NJ Court Broadly Interprets Consumer Contract Protection Statute

NJ Court Broadly Interprets Consumer Contract Protection Statute by Christine M. Vanek on August 12, 2013 Discount restaurant coupons purchased online qualify as contracts under the state’s consumer protection statute,...more

Advertising Law -- Aug 08, 2013

Mattress Claims Run Afoul of Green Guides - The Federal Trade Commission, applying the Green Guides to the advertising of three different mattress manufacturers, stated that the companies slept on the requirements for...more

Report Cites NJ Among Most Expensive States for Doing Business

Report Cites NJ Among Most Expensive States for Doing Business by Victor Kinon on August 2, 2013 New Jersey is one of the most expensive places in the country to do business, according to CNBC. New Jersey dropped to...more

On the Move? Take Your New York or New Jersey Business With You

On the Move? Take Your New York or New Jersey Business With You by Dan Brecher on August 1, 2013 Moving a small business from one state to another creates a host of practical and legal concerns, but it is possible. If...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - The President's Climate Action Plan - Mixed Messages for the Energy Sector - As Coal Exports Hit Record Highs, Interior Inspector General Questions Lease Valuations - U.S. Supreme Court Agrees...more

Finally -- Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development

On April 12, 2013, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 243 which contained, among other West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, the Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development 35-8...more

BLM Revises Proposed Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a revised proposed rule regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands for oil and gas production....more

BLM Issues New Draft Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, May 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its lasted proposed fracking regulations. The proposed regulations would require wider disclosure of fracking chemicals. The regulations also require water...more

BLG Monthly Update for April 2013

Bird deaths, contracts cases, Lindsay Lohan, IP and more in the BLG Monthly Update for April 2013...more

Mintz Levin’s London-based IP Practice Group Identifies the UK’s ‘Patent Box’ as a Boon for Clean Technology Clients

The UK government has proposed a new initiative called the “Patent Box,” designed to foster UK-based innovation and development, and enhance the competitiveness of the UK tax system. And, as an advantageous bonus for clean...more

FTC Revises “Green Guides”

If You Make Any Environmental Claims About Or Use Certification Marks on Products or for Services…The FTC has News for You. On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission issued its revised Guides for the Use of...more

Recent U.S. Patents Granting for Treatment of Hydraulic Fracturing Waters

We continue to monitor patent literature for water and liquid treatment technologies related to hydraulic fracturing. This technology is especially important for western Pennsylvania, the center of the Marcellus Shale region....more

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