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Top trade secret developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Trade secrets form one of the most valuable assets of technology companies. The protection of trade secrets is widely seen as essential to foster innovation and economic growth. This past year, both the United States (U.S.)...more

Top EU patent and EU unitary patent developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2016, proposals crystalized that will bring significant changes to the European Union (EU) patent system and the patent litigation system. Despite the Brexit, the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that it too will ratify...more

Claim Narrowed by Specification is Saved from Indefiniteness but too Narrow to be Infringed

In Liberty Ammunition, Inc., v. U.S., [2015-5057, 2015-5061] (August 30, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the Court of Claims decision that that ammunition rounds used by the United States Army embody the claims of Liberty...more

2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

by Carlton Fields on

Carlton Fields’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2016 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Canada/US Policy Scan 2016

by Dentons on

Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation, the first official visit by a Canadian PM to the US in nearly two decades. By mid-summer of this year, the two...more

Project CAMERASHY Details Cyberespionage By China’s Military

by King & Spalding on

In a story reminiscent of a Tom Clancy plot, the Wall Street Journal reported last Thursday on “meticulously documented” cyberespionage conducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) Unit 78020 to further strategic...more

The New Space Race: Protecting Trade Secrets on the Final Frontier

Space: The final frontier. For millennia, people have wanted to explore the great unknown of outer space, and series like Star Trek and Star Wars continue to our fuel our fantasies about what lies beyond our stratosphere. ...more

Senator Asks Department of Veteran Affairs to Break Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs

Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis...more

Reviewing the First Foreign Economic Espionage Cases

by Morgan Lewis on

The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) provides for the criminal prosecution of the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets. The statute was enacted to protect and promote national and economic security by filling in...more

Former Aerospace Engineer Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Intended for Iran

Although it appears that the U.S. and Iran are moving closer to a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s allies appear to remain committed to acquiring military-grade technology from U.S. companies by way of engineers...more

OOHRAH! A Few Good Trademarks: The U.S. Military’s Trademark Campaign

Recently, there was an interesting article in the The New York Times discussing the current state of military trademarks. Many people might think that federal and state government entities and agencies cannot, do not, or...more

Trade Dress, Sovereign Immunity, World Politics and R.60 Collide - Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. v. Islamic Republic of Iran,

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the vacatur of final default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) for alleged trade-dress infringement. The unanimous panel agreed with...more

Memorial Day Weekend Edition: Century-Old Third Circuit Opinion On Warship Documents Shows Courts’ Historic Hostility Toward Trade...

This Memorial Day weekend, we would like to stop and honor the sacrifice that American servicemen and women have made, and take a brief look at an early case involving the military and trade secrets....more

CIS Legal Update - May 2013: Developing Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex

by Dechert LLP on

On October 16, 2012 the President of the Russian Federation signed a federal law establishing the Advanced Research Foundation (“ARF”) , a specialized legal entity that will be responsible for research and development in the...more

See for yourself, A citizen of a State under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution

by Dan Goodman on

The case of Dred Scoot v. Sanford (60 U.S. 393, 1856) was meant to be a federal question case. However, it became a diversity of citizenship case when Dred Scott's citizenship was challenged. The Supreme Court...more

Camouflage Patterns as Trademarks

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The U.S. Navy seems to have cleared all necessary hurdles to register the camouflage pattern to the right as a trademark for use in connection with uniforms and fabrics. Among the many hurdles that the Navy cleared, one is a...more

Pattern Designs on US Navy Uniforms and Fabric Are Non-Functional Protected Trademarks

A recent TTAB case addresses the issue of functionality and protection of design. In the case In re Navy Exchange Service Command, (“NEXCOM”), the TTAB issued a non-precedential decision on September 29, 2012 in which it...more

Military Flash Drive Producer Sued For Copyright And Patent Infringement

by Custom Legal Marketing on

California based IronKey is being slapped with two lawsuits in federal court. One is for patent infringement, the other copyright infringement. Most companies that do business in the technology area are global in reach,...more

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