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Argentina's Law 27,263 is strongly criticized at the WTO Market Access Committee for local content requirements in the automotive...

by King & Spalding on

At an informal meeting of the WTO Market Access Committee on 23 June 2017, several WTO Members raised concerns about Argentine Law No. 27,263‘Regime for the Development and Strengthening of the Argentine Auto-Parts Industry:...more

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

An Update on the M22 Road Sign Dispute

A brief update on my post last year regarding the “M22” road sign trademark lawsuit, Michigan v. M22 LLC, No. 1:16-cv-01084 (W.D. Mich.)...more

What the Supreme Court’s Latest Patent Decision Means for Automotive Suppliers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although U.S. patent law has long-established limits on enforcement after a patented product has been sold, the technological innovations may put a bulls-eye on the automotive industry for patent litigation. However, when...more

The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure

A recent decision in the Northern District of Illinois gave life to the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Inevitable disclosure is a common law doctrine by which a court can prevent a former...more

The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The rapid adoption of new technologies by the auto industry and the new players that provide them is going to have an impact on the world’s roads. It’s also bringing an increased focus on exploiting and protecting...more

5 Measures International Auto Companies Can Take to Avoid Being Named in an ITC Complaint

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Automotive Industry is international. That’s no secret. It crosses continents in its industry shows and its proud place in furious pop-culture films. More practically, many companies that operate within the industry have...more

New Intellectual Property Considerations and Risks for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

In recent years, carmakers and suppliers have significantly increased the number of patent applications they file in the United States and abroad, but patent protection may not always be the right tool. Trade secret...more

State of Michigan Lacks Standing in M22 Case

by Revision Legal on

On April 21, 2017, Western District of Michigan Judge Gordon J. Quist ruled the State of Michigan lacks standing in a declaratory judgment action to declare the use and registration of federally registered marks are unlawful....more

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

First Delivery Drones; Now Floating Warehouses

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Amazon continues its claims to further innovation in the on-demand delivery space. Its latest patent attempts to give a “lift” to that quest. The USPTO very recently awarded Amazon a patent for giant warehouse blimps that...more

Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Yesterday, the Automotive Industry Team of Foley & Larnder LLP (yes, us), hosted its annual event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Eschewing narrow or small topics, we charged into 2017 by trying...more

Drone Patents

by Field Law on

Last month, Amazon made its first delivery via drone with its Prime Air service. Remember, this is an e-commerce company not a drone manufacturer. Amazon is pushing the limits in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and...more

New DMCA Exemption Allows Consumers to Hack Their Own Vehicles

by White & Case LLP on

White & Case Technology Newsflash In a world in which we will soon see fully-autonomous, self-driving vehicles on the road, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") appears to have taken at least one major step towards...more

Patent Trolls v. Transportation Companies – Contract Tips to Help Avoid Paying the Toll

by Benesch on

Transportation companies have become prime targets for patent infringement lawsuits in recent years. Some mistakenly assume that technology companies are the only companies subject to infringement claims, however, the use of...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Cases for the Automotive Industry to Watch

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A new Supreme Court term is once again underway. This one looks to be unique in that it is likely to be an eight-Justice bench into 2017—with Republican leaders standing firm on their refusal to go forward with confirming any...more

Michigan v. M22: The Road Sign Trademark Battle

If you’ve ever driving north through Michigan, particularly during the autumn leaf season, I highly recommend taking the popular “scenic route,” that is, the route bordering the shore of Lake Michigan along the Leelanau...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1160

by Dentons on

Local Orders and Decisions - Office of the Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar - Local Order No. 2/2016 - Regulating the movement of vehicles and the use of public car parks in the Governorate of...more

Brexit – Standards and Innovation: What’s Ahead?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This article is the second in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”). The first blog...more

Cyber Risk and Reality – Procuring Transportation in the 21st Century

by Nossaman LLP on

With the rapid pace of innovation and deployment of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to enhance existing transportation infrastructure, transportation officials frequently procure and manage sophisticated systems that...more

Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on...more

High Stakes: Investing in a Legal Marijuana Business

by Lane Powell PC on

Considering diversifying with a high-risk investment? Heard the lure of the “green rush” toward a possible $100 billion legal marijuana industry? Before you write that check... Please see full Article below for...more

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

by WilmerHale on

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the United Kingdom referendum on June 23, 2016, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

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