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IP & Technology Newsletter: Winter 2016

In today’s business world, protecting trade secrets is of vital importance. A trade secret is anything which gives a company a competitive advantage and is kept confidential, including a design, formula, manufacturing...more

Representatives Send Letter to HHS and NIH Seeking Response to Pharmaceutical Costs

In a letter sent earlier this month to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Director Francis S. Collins of the National Institutes of Health, fifty members of the U.S. House...more

Senate Committee Considers Legislation To Address Theft Of Trade Secrets

On December 2, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “Protecting Trade Secrets: the Impact of Trade Secret Theft on American Competitiveness and Potential Solutions to Remedy This Harm.” The hearing...more

With Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Concluded, Administration Turns to Clearing Domestic Hurdles

The working text (all 5,500+ pages) of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) was released to the public on November 5. This text is still undergoing an intense legal scrub and must be translated into its...more

Final Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Released

At long last, the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement among a dozen Pacific Rim nations, has now been made available to the public. The chapter on intellectual property, however, does not...more

What May Be the IP Provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The diplomats negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have done the seemingly impossible: they have kept the details of the draft agreement secret from the press and interested parties in the United States,...more

Amendments in Kazakhstan’s medicinal products registration system: new hope for rights holders

In January and June 2015 Kazakhstan’s legislation was amended in order to protect the interests of developers of new pharmaceuticals and apparatus used in healthcare....more

101 Patient Organizations Ask Congress to Curb IPR Abuse

Last month, in a letter to the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary, 101 patient organizations expressed "concern[] that, as currently written, H.R. 9 [the Innovation Act] falls short of preserving important patent...more

Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement...more

New IP Legislation Under Consideration Regarding Tax Relief for Income Generated From IP Assets

McGraw Hill Financial, Oracle and Facebook, announced they are forming a group called “American Innovation Matters” (AIM) to lobby Congress to revise the U.S. international tax code rules in an effort to encourage innovation...more

U.S., China Announce Cybersecurity Agreement During Xi Jiping’s Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States last week, and his itinerary included meetings with U.S. technology company leaders as well as President Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, his hosts...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - September/October 2015

PTAB Update on Inter Partes Review - On August 19, 2015, the Director of the USPTO released a blog post reporting on the state of post-grant review proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and...more

PTAB Denies Sanctions Against Bass

On Friday September 25, the PTAB issued its decision on Celgene’s sanctions motions seeking dismissal of five IPRs filed by Kyle Bass and his hedge fund Coalition for Affordable Drugs VI. In June, Celgene filed sanctions...more

U.S. Considers Sanctions Against China For Cyber Hacking And Trade Secret Misappropriation

You may have missed it this past weekend, but reports indicate the United States is considering sanctioning Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s alleged cyber hacking of U.S. trade...more

Exclusivity Period of Biologics Remains a Hurdle in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

The latest round of talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed Pacific Rim free-trade agreement, has ended with disagreement on a number of key issues, including the non-patent exclusivity period for biologic...more

Draft Legislation Proposes Favorable Treatment for Intellectual Property Transferred to the United States

On July 29, Representatives Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-La.) and Richard E. Neal (D. Mass.) introduced draft legislation to the House Ways and Means Committee that would provide favorable tax treatment on certain intellectual...more

Representatives Seek Protections for Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA in Innovation Act

Last month, in a letter to Congressional leadership, 79 Members of Congress expressed their support for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) but sought inclusion of language in the bill "to preserve the integrity of the Drug Price...more

Alert: Is an Innovation Box Coming to the US?

United States lawmakers are facing increasing pressure from technology and life science industry leaders to adopt an "innovation box" regime to level the playing field with foreign counterparts and prevent significant US job...more

House Committee Passes Innovation Act – Medical Device Group Expresses Opposition

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9), a patent reform bill introduced this congressional session, received bipartisan support in a 24-8 positive vote by the House Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2015. The bill is now scheduled to...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

Patent Reform Heads to the Senate Floor

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 to send an amended version of S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act, to the full Senate for debate. The PATENT Act is this year’s...more

Patent Litigation Reform Legislation: State of Play

On April 29, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), along with fellow Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Amy...more

Does the Supreme Court’s latest move further obviate patent reform efforts?

One of the key components of patent reform has been increased disclosure requirements for patent complaints. Patent infringement defendants have long derided the sparsity of information provided by patent infringement...more

Senators Send Letter on Biosimilars to FDA

A group of Senators led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter last month to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food...more

Does there need to be patent reform?

Regular readers know I am a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show has done multiple segments relevant to our topics of discussion. They recently did a segment on patent reform....more

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