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FTC Targets Reporting of Licensing of Pharmaceutical Patents With Special Rules for Premerger Notification: What You Need to Know

On November 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) adopted special rules for determining whether “exclusive” licenses of pharmaceutical patents are required to be reported to the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the...more

Google's Nest Acquisition Has Much To Do With Patents

The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? ...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - February 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Parens Patriae Suits Are Not Removable to Federal Court as “Mass Actions” Under the Class Action Fairness Act - On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a parens patriae...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #36

We are proud to celebrate three years of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter with this 36th edition. This month, we highlight developments in the following areas, which are likely to have an...more

Prepare Your Brand for Sale

Part of my quest is to convey to business owners, particularly those of middle market and lower middle market companies, the tremendous opportunity to “build” proactively. Within this low organic growth environment, companies...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2013

Japan’s METI Submits Amicus Brief in the TFT-LCD Litigation Seeking to Limit the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws - On Oct. 31, 2013, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry submitted a brief in...more

Antitrust agencies amend premerger notification rules to clarify reporting of certain acquisitions of exclusive patent rights in...

The US Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, has amended the premerger notification rules to clarify when a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent or part...more

FTC Announces Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Regarding Pharmaceutical Patent Licenses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced revisions to the rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) that will apply to certain transactions involving the transfer of patent rights in...more

FTC Finalizes Amendments To HSR Rules Regarding Transfer Of Exclusive Patent Rights In The Pharmaceutical Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized certain amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) premerger notification regulations clarifying the scope of reportable transactions involving transfers of patent rights in the...more

FTC Expands the Scope of Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions That Will Be Subject to Premerger Review

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it has finalized amendments to the premerger notification rules (HSR Rules) that provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of...more

FTC Broadens Notification Requirements for Transfers of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised the rule for determining when a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical industry (including biologics and medicine manufacturing) results in a potentially...more

Finalized Amendments to Premerger Notification Rules Will Impact Pharma Companies

Pharmaceutical companies that use exclusive patent licenses to bring drugs and medicines to market must now notify the U.S. antitrust agencies of more of these types of licensing transactions and await approval before...more

FTC Orders Greater HSR Reporting of Patent Licenses in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Background. One item on the negotiation checklist for patent licenses in the pharmaceutical sector is compliance with the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Premerger Notification Rules. The HSR rules require that certain patent...more

HSR Act Rules Expand For Pharmaceutical Licensing Agreements

Rules from the Federal Trade Commission include new requirements for reporting pharmaceutical patent transfers. On November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released finalized amendments to the premerger...more

Changes to FTC Premerger Rules Expand HSR Notification Requirements for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transactions

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its final rule (the “New Rule”) to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act Premerger Notification Regulations to clarify and expand the coverage of the HSR Act to patent...more

FTC Issues Premerger Notification Review Changes for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transfers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules to expand the circumstances that require pharmaceutical industry companies to report proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights...more

FTC Announces Amendments to HSR Rules Regarding the Transfer of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The Federal Trade Commission has announced an amendment to the premerger notification rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “Act”), which will require increased reporting of...more

Final FTC Rules Will Generate More HSR Filings for Transfers of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced final changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act premerger notification rules that will broaden the circumstances under which parties must file premerger notifications in...more

Why Choose the Dual Track Process? [Video]

Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains why companies might choose the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process over single track. ...more

Navigating the Dual Track M&A/IPO– Part One [Video]

Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process. - Filing a registration statement - Finding a buyer while...more

Buyer Risk Management Strategies During M&A Activities

Brian Von Hatten, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, suggests buyers considering purchasing assets of another entity use strategies for limiting risk exposure involving intellectual property and license agreements. ...more

Investors Plead Guilty to Rig Bids at New Jersey Municipal Tax Auctions

Investors Plead Guilty to Rig Bids at New Jersey Municipal Tax Auctions by Frank L. Brunetti on October 3, 2013 Two financial investors who purchased municipal tax liens pleaded guilty today for their roles in a...more

Ecotality Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Ecotality Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 3, 2013 Ecotality, a green-energy company backed by the U.S. government, has followed in the footsteps of many other electric car battery...more

Seller Risk Management Strategies During M&A Activities

Sellers may inadvertently violate the terms of a license agreement or take on liability to a buyer or software publisher when dealing with software licensing. Scott & Scott, LLP Attorney, Brian Von Hatten, shares risk...more

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health by Joel R. Glucksman on October 1, 2013 Some municipalities are faring better than others in the health and vitality of their businesses and consumer spending. A...more

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