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Lawful but Awful: Red Cross Says Hurricane Sandy Distributions Are Trade Secrets

While the term “trade secret” generally makes people think of Coca-Cola’s secret formula, software source codes, or company client lists, trade secret law has evolved to include everything from proprietary formulae to...more

DONATE, DON’T TELL? The Red Cross says it has trade secrets, upsetting activists

Can a non-profit charity have trade secrets? The Red Cross thinks so. Its claim to trade secret protection over information related to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts made headlines and left some journalists and activists...more

Perspectives - June 2014

In This Issue: - Staying in Compliance While Giving or Receiving Electronic Health Record Systems - When Donations Cross the Line - House Bill 296 Signed into Law to Increase Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors...more

Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease...more

For the Common Good

For-profits and nonprofits in life sciences team up - Nonprofit groups are actively supporting research to solve tough medical challenges. Life sciences and pharma companies are eager to accelerate product development....more

Financing Trends in Life Sciences – Interview with Bill Whelan, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney Bill Whelan, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Life Sciences Practice, discusses what is driving financing trends in the life sciences....more

BLG Monthly Update for November 2012

The colour purple, a tire fire, fake wine, the usual neat contracts cases: all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for November....more

In-License Agreements With Nonprofits: 5 Considerations

Originally publish in Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 1:01 PM ET) Many of the most successful and profitable technologies being developed and commercialized by technology-based companies, particularly in the areas of...more

DMCA Safe Harbors De-Coded: 17 U.S.C. Section 512 Re-Organized in More Logical Order

Organizationally speaking, the Safe Harbors part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 512, doesn’t make much sense. Provisions governing related matters are often scattered through the section, and...more

Five Key Issues to Consider When Negotiating In-License Agreements With Nonprofit Entities -- Part I in a Continuing Series on...

Many of the most successful and profitable technologies being developed and commercialized by technology-based companies, particularly in the areas of life sciences and clean technology, were initially developed by...more

Starting a Kentucky Business Task List

List of legal and practical steps most entrepreneurs face in starting a business in Kentucky...more

Legal Risks in Nonprofit Social Media Use

Social media has become an invaluable tool for advancing nonprofit causes. But most nonprofits are unaware of the many potential legal traps in the online world. Below are some tips on avoiding legal troubles in social media...more

You'll Be Saww-wwwy: The Unauthorized Use of Photos

Considerations non-profits should take into consideration when using photographs. ...more

Social Media and the Law for Nonprofits

Powerpoint presentation to help nonprofits be aware of the legal risks of engaging in social media and of employees' use of social media....more

Be careful with your agreements: Bayh-Dole Act does not automatically confer ownership of inventions from inventors to...

Court holds Bayh-Dole Act simply assures that contractors may keep title to what they already have The Supreme Court recently held in Stanford v. Roche that the Bayh-Dole Act (also known as the University and Small...more

Recent Supreme Court Decision May Affect Federally Funded Research

The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered an important issue under the Bayh-Dole Act in Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. The Act, passed by Congress in 1980, is intended...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues a Trio of Patent Opinions

The Supreme Court has handed down three opinions that relate to patent issues. In Global-Tech v. SEB, ____ U.S. ____ (2011), the Court issued a new standard for establishing inducement of infringement; in Stanford v. Roche,...more

Federal Government Contractors and Grantees Should Take Steps To Protect Their Patent Rights After the U.S. Supreme Court Decision...

On June 6, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., et al., 563 U.S. ___ (2011) (the "Stanford v. Roche decision"), settling a patent...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Bayh-Dole Act Does Not Automatically Vest Title In Patents To Government Contractors From Inventors...

On Monday, June 6, 2011, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior Univ. v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (Stanford v. Roche). In a majority decision1 authored by...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds the Bayh-Dole Act Only Lets Employers Keep What They Already Have

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980 (the Bayh-Dole Act), which allocates rights in a federally-funded invention between the federal government...more

Supreme Court Rules That Federally Funded Inventions Are Not Automatically Owned by Universities

On June 6, 2011, in a case that has been closely followed by U.S. universities, the U.S. Supreme Court—in Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. University v. Roche Molecular Systems—confirmed that rights to an...more

Even Under Bayh-Dole, Employee Inventor Has First Dibs

The Supreme Court of the United States recently delivered a blow to the university technology transfer world by holding 7-2 that federal contractors do not have an automatic right to claim title to inventions. Because all...more

Supreme Court: Bayh-Dole Act Does Not Eclipse Inventor's Rights

On June 6, 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980 (a/k/a the Bayh-Dole Act)1 does not displace the centuries-old maxim that "rights in an invention belong to the...more

Stanford V. Roche: Bayh-Dole Does Not Automatically Vest Title to Federally Funded Inventions in Federal Contractors

On June 6, 2011, in a 7-2 affirmance, the Supreme Court held that the Bayh-Dole Act does not automatically vest title to federally funded inventions in federal contractors or authorize contractors to unilaterally take title...more

Supreme Court Holds Bayh-Dole Act Does Not Grant Contractors Patent Ownership Rights to Federally Funded Inventions

The Supreme Court today, for the first time, interpreted the Bayh-Dole Act, a federal statute regulating ownership of patents arising from federally funded research, and gave it a narrower scope than many had traditionally...more

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