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Could Offensive Trademarks Find Refuge in Common Law?

The 177-page tome the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) just issued in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. is remarkable for its length and its subject matter, cancellation of the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging to…more

Blackhorse v Pro-Football, Disparagement, Football, Good Faith, Laches

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Revives 'Divided Infringement' Defense to Inducement

Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., No. 12-786, Slip Op. (June 2, 2014) - The United States Supreme Court has revived “divided infringement” as a defense to claims for inducement of patent infringement…more

Akamai Technologies, Infringement, Limelight, Limelight Networks, Patent Infringement

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Could Offensive Trademarks Find Refuge in Common Law?

The 177-page tome the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) just issued in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. is remarkable for its length and its subject matter, cancellation of the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging to…more

Blackhorse v Pro-Football, Disparagement, Football, Good Faith, Laches

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New ISS "QuickScore 2.0" and Verification of ISS Data By February 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released its Governance QuickScore 2.0 technical document outlining key changes to the governance scoring model for QuickScore 2.0 for 2014…more

ISS, QuickScore, Verification Requirements

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the…more

Class Action, Internal Investigations, Loss Causation, Securities, Securities Litigation

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Antitrust Is Alive and Well and Lurks in Unlikely Places

A recent story in the Bay Area legal newspaper The Recorder had this headline: “Former Bazaarvoice CEO Takes Stand to Explain Damning Email.” That is not the kind of media attention that any CEO likes to have or the way he or…more

Competition, Email, Enforcement, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to a…more

America Invents Act, Beastie Boys, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Covered Business Method Patents

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Executive Compensation and Corporate and Securities Alert: UPDATED-NYSE and Nasdaq Propose Rules Relating to Compensation Committees and Compensation Consultants

This summary has been updated to reflect the amendment to the Nasdaq Proposed Rules now referenced in the third paragraph of the Overview below. Overview - On June 20, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission…more

Compensation Committee, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Nasdaq

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the…more

Class Action, Internal Investigations, Loss Causation, Securities, Securities Litigation

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court’s Lexmark Decision Creates Uniform Federal False Advertising Standing Requirement

On March 25, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lexmark International v. Static Control Components, ruling that Static Control may proceed with its false advertising counterclaim under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act…more

False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components, SCOTUS

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How to Correctly Apply the Alice Examination Guidance

In my previous post, I provided an explanation of Abstract Ideas under Alice, emphasizing that to be an ineligible abstract idea, a claim must recite a fundamental building block of human ingenuity. How then does an examiner…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, SCOTUS

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Analysis of Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank.

On June 25, 2014, just six days after the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the USPTO issued its Preliminary Examination Instructions (“Guidance”) in view of the case. …more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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FCC TCPA Ruling Provides Guidance on Mobile App Messaging

On March 27, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling interpreting the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as it relates to prerecorded and autodialed calls to cellular…more

Cell Phones, Consent, FCC, GroupMe, Mobile Apps

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How to Correctly Apply the Alice Examination Guidance

In my previous post, I provided an explanation of Abstract Ideas under Alice, emphasizing that to be an ineligible abstract idea, a claim must recite a fundamental building block of human ingenuity. How then does an examiner…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, SCOTUS

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Securities Litigation Alert: DOJ and SEC Issue Joint Guidance on FCPA

The past several years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRS

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Executive Compensation and Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Adopts NYSE and Nasdaq Rules Relating to Compensation Committees and Compensation Consultants

On January 11, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved the equity listing standards proposed by the NYSE and Nasdaq, as amended1 regarding compensation committee independence criteria and compensation…more

Compensation Committee, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Independence Rules, Listing Standards

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Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2013: DOMA and Prop 8 Rulings Clear the Way for Same-Sex Marriages in California and Require Changes in Employee Benefits

In U.S. v. Windsor, the court struck down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) as unconstitutional. DOMA, for purposes of federal tax and benefits laws, defined marriage as only between “one man and one…more

DOMA, Employee Benefits, FMLA, Healthcare, Hollingsworth v Perry

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Mergers & Acquisitions Alert: Controlling Stockholder Squeeze-Outs May Be Structured to Achieve Deferential “Business Judgment Rule” Under Delaware Law

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided that a going private transaction sponsored by the controlling stockholder of a Delaware corporation may, under certain…more

Business Judgment Rule, Controlling Stockholders, MFW, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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FCC Changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Take Effect October 16

Effective October 16, 2013, there will be significant changes to the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (the “TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227. Of particular…more

FCC, Robocalling, Spam, TCPA, Telemarketing

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Litigation Alert: California Bans Non-Disparagement Clauses in Consumer Contracts

On September 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2365, popularly referred to as the “Yelp” bill. The new law, codified at California Civil Code section 1670.8, will prohibit the use of “non-disparagement” clauses in…more

Clickwrap Agreements, Corporate Counsel, New Legislation, Non-Disparagement Provisions, Online Reviews

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Intellectual Property Bulletin Winter 2013: Murky Waters: Post-Approval Regulatory Activities and the § 271(e)(1) Safe Harbor

On January 14, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's exclusion in Classen Immunotherapies, Inc. v. Biogen IDEC, 659 F.3d 1057 (Fed. Cir. 2011), of post-approval…more

Biogen Idec, Classen Immunotherapies, FDA, GlaxoSmithKline, Infringement

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Intellectual Property Alert: Supreme Court Rules Against Broadly Claimed Software Patents, But Offers No Clear Test for Abstract Ideas

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that patent claims directed to abstract ideas do not become patent eligible by the “mere recitation” of generic computer elements. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Privacy Alert: California Passes Trio of New Online Privacy and Data Security Measures

In the last month, the California legislature passed and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law amendments to two of California’s signature privacy and data security laws and one new consumer privacy law aimed at enhancing privacy…more

CalOPPA, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Internet, Privacy Laws

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Digital Health Investments Dominated by Software Plays in July

Healthcare software dominates the list of top digital health investments in July. Of the 10 digital health companies that received venture, private equity or angel investments of $10 million or more, six provide software…more

Angel Investors, Computer-System Design/Software Services, Healthcare, Popular, Private Equity

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Trademark Alert: Are You Ready For The New gTLDs? The Trademark Clearinghouse Opens March 26

The universe of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), currently limited to about a dozen gTLDs such as .com, .net, and .org, will likely explode later this year, as some of the more than 1000 potential new gTLDs are rolled out,…more

Brand, Cybersquatting, gTLD, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: Update on California's Additional Tax Relating to Noncompliant Deferred Arrangements

On October 4, 2013, California reduced the additional California state income taxes levied on deferred arrangements that violate Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. For taxable years beginning on January 1, 2013,…more

Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, Income Taxes, IRC

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Employee Lawfully Terminated for Failure to Undergo Psychological Exam

In Kao v. University of San Francisco, a California appellate court upheld a jury’s verdict that the University of San Francisco (“USF”) lawfully terminated a professor who refused to undergo a fitness-for-duty examination…more

Fitness for Duty Exams, Hiring & Firing, Medical Examinations, Termination

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Crowd funding under the JOBS Act

Fenwick & West partner Stephen Graham provides a brief overview of crowd funding under the JOBS Act. According to Graham, the act will allow entrepreneurs to sell small stakes in their companies directly to the public via…more

Crowdfunding, JOBS Act, SEC

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Assesses Use of Player Likenesses in Video Games

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued two opinions assessing the parameters of use of individual player likenesses in video games in two highly watched cases..…more

Electronic Arts, Endorsements, First Amendment, Lanham Act, NCAA

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRS

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Court Declines to Dish Out Preliminary Injunction in Commercial-Skipping Case Despite Likelihood of Infringement - Free and Open-Source Software Diligence in Mergers, Acquisitions, and…more

Copyright, Disclaimers, Fair Use, Infringement, Preemption

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Tax Alert: FTB Disallows California Qualified Small Business Stock Benefits

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently issued FTB Notice 2012-03, stating that the FTB will disallow the exclusion or deferral of gain under California's qualified small business stock (QSBS) statute for all tax years…more

Commerce Clause, Cutler v Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Tax Board, Gain Exclusion, Income Taxes

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Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet

In This Publication: - I. Introduction - II. Rights Implicated By Transmission And Use Of Works On The Internet - III. Application Of Copyright Rights To Specific Acts On The Internet - IV…more

Copyright, Corporate Counsel, Cross-Border Transactions, Internet

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Foreign Marks Vulnerable in US

“Cancellable? Unenforceable? Why?” This is likely to be the reaction of most foreign owners of U.S. trademark applications and registrations, and of many of their U.S. counsel, when challenged by claims that the owner lacked…more

Intent-to-Use, Registration, Trademark Act, Trademarks

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Trademark Alert: Are You Ready For The New gTLDs? The Trademark Clearinghouse Opens March 26

The universe of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), currently limited to about a dozen gTLDs such as .com, .net, and .org, will likely explode later this year, as some of the more than 1000 potential new gTLDs are rolled out,…more

Brand, Cybersquatting, gTLD, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

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Mergers & Acquisitions Alert: Controlling Stockholder Squeeze-Outs May Be Structured to Achieve Deferential “Business Judgment Rule” Under Delaware Law

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided that a going private transaction sponsored by the controlling stockholder of a Delaware corporation may, under certain…more

Business Judgment Rule, Controlling Stockholders, MFW, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Litigation Alert: California Supreme Court Announces Sea-Change in Rules Governing Use of Parol Evidence to Show Fraud in Contract Interpretation

Background - On January 14, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision clarifying – and ultimately rewriting – the applicable legal standard for introduction of parol evidence to show that a contract is…more

Bank of America v Pendergrass, Extrinsic Evidence, Fraud Exception, Parol Evidence, Riverisland

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Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications

On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted (the FTC Study) to…more

Data Protection, FTC, Information Reports, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Burden of Section 101 following Myriad

The Supreme Court’s decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc., 2013 DJDAR 7484 (2013), held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent…more

§ 101, AMP v Myriad, DNA, Genetic Materials, Human Genes

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Supreme Court's Petrella Decision Eliminates the Laches Defense as an Absolute Bar to Copyright Claims

In the coming months, authors of copyrighted materials may begin resurrecting long buried works and asserting infringement claims against current users. The doctrine of laches — a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in bringing suit…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Infringement, Laches, Petrella v. MGM

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Employee’s criminal conviction affirmed for denying employer’s access to its computer network

A California court of appeal affirmed a criminal conviction of a former employee in The People v. Childs arising out of the employee denying his employer’s access to its own computer systems. Terry Childs worked as a network…more

Data Protection, Databases, Employer Liability Issues

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court’s Lexmark Decision Creates Uniform Federal False Advertising Standing Requirement

On March 25, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lexmark International v. Static Control Components, ruling that Static Control may proceed with its false advertising counterclaim under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act…more

False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components, SCOTUS

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Securities Litigation Alert: DOJ and SEC Issue Joint Guidance on FCPA

The past several years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Tax Alert: FTB Disallows California Qualified Small Business Stock Benefits

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently issued FTB Notice 2012-03, stating that the FTB will disallow the exclusion or deferral of gain under California's qualified small business stock (QSBS) statute for all tax years…more

Commerce Clause, Cutler v Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Tax Board, Gain Exclusion, Income Taxes

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

In a pair of decisions issued yesterday, the United States Supreme Court unanimously lowered the threshold for obtaining attorneys’ fees in patent cases pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285 and increased the level of deference owed to a…more

Attorney's Fees, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2014

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2014. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US…more

Financing, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

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Securities Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court’s Halliburton Decision: Reliance Can Still Be Presumed In Securities Class Actions, But Defendants May Now Rebut The Presumption At An Earlier Stage

In a highly anticipated decision issued June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (June 23, 2014), declined an invitation to overrule the “fraud-on-the-market” presumption — a…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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New ISS "QuickScore 2.0" and Verification of ISS Data By February 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released its Governance QuickScore 2.0 technical document outlining key changes to the governance scoring model for QuickScore 2.0 for 2014…more

ISS, QuickScore, Verification Requirements

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the…more

Class Action, Internal Investigations, Loss Causation, Securities, Securities Litigation

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Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in…more

Entrepreneurs, Patents, Startups, Venture Capital

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

In a pair of decisions issued yesterday, the United States Supreme Court unanimously lowered the threshold for obtaining attorneys’ fees in patent cases pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285 and increased the level of deference owed to a…more

Attorney's Fees, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to a…more

America Invents Act, Beastie Boys, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Covered Business Method Patents

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New ISS "QuickScore 2.0" and Verification of ISS Data By February 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released its Governance QuickScore 2.0 technical document outlining key changes to the governance scoring model for QuickScore 2.0 for 2014…more

ISS, QuickScore, Verification Requirements

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Privacy Alert: New COPPA Rule Effective July 1, 2013

New amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule go into effect today, July 1, 2013. Amongst the significant changes introduced by the new Rule, the newly expanded definition of “personal information” and new…more

COPPA, Data Collection, Internet, New Regulations, Right to Privacy

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Rules on “Reverse Payment” Settlements in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. that so-called “reverse payment” settlement agreements should be analyzed under a rule-of-reason analysis under which the court assesses any…more

ANDA, Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, FTC, FTC v Actavis

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Employee Lawfully Terminated for Failure to Undergo Psychological Exam

In Kao v. University of San Francisco, a California appellate court upheld a jury’s verdict that the University of San Francisco (“USF”) lawfully terminated a professor who refused to undergo a fitness-for-duty examination…more

Fitness for Duty Exams, Hiring & Firing, Medical Examinations, Termination

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FCC Changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Take Effect October 16

Effective October 16, 2013, there will be significant changes to the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (the “TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227. Of particular…more

FCC, Robocalling, Spam, TCPA, Telemarketing

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Are the Supreme Court’s exceptions to patentability mandated by the Constitution, or are they just “statutory stare decisis”?

There has been significant commentary, both before and after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, that the various judicially created exceptions to patentability under 35 USC § 101 are not only sound, but are also…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, First Amendment, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Thwarting 'The Great Patent Revolt' in your Engineering Organizations

When a patent practitioner reads an article calling on engineers to stage a patent strike within their organizations, alarm is the natural reaction. For in-house counsel, such articles and sentiments (which I have found to be…more

Patent Applications, Patents

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in…more

Entrepreneurs, Patents, Startups, Venture Capital

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRS

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Securities Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court’s Halliburton Decision: Reliance Can Still Be Presumed In Securities Class Actions, But Defendants May Now Rebut The Presumption At An Earlier Stage

In a highly anticipated decision issued June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (June 23, 2014), declined an invitation to overrule the “fraud-on-the-market” presumption — a…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the…more

Class Action, Internal Investigations, Loss Causation, Securities, Securities Litigation

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Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Guidance on Using Social Media to Disclose Material Non-public Information

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued noteworthy guidance on the use of social media to disclose material information in compliance with Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure)…more

Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Public Disclosure, Reed Hastings

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Another Look at U.S. Federal Income Tax Treatment of Contingent Earnout Payments

The sale of a company in an M&A transaction often involves consideration to the selling shareholders that is deferred and contingent on subsequent events in the life of the company, such as the post-acquisition performance of…more

Earn-Outs, EBITDA, Income Taxes, Valuation

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Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications

On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted (the FTC Study) to…more

Data Protection, FTC, Information Reports, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRS

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IRCA Does Not Preempt FEHA, But Limits Available Remedies

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRCA”) preempts the application of the antidiscrimination provisions of California’s…more

Discrimination, FEHA, Immigrants, Immigration, IRCA

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Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2014

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will take effect the end of February. All transactions closing on or after the effective date will be governed by the new…more

Antitrust Provisions, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Mergers

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in…more

Entrepreneurs, Patents, Startups, Venture Capital

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Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2014

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2014. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US…more

Financing, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

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California Attorney General Issues Privacy Guidelines for Websites

In the wake of numerous high-profile breaches of user privacy and complaints about sites that track the online activity of users, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a 28-page set of recommendations for how…more

CalOPPA, Data Breach, Data Protection, Data-Sharing, Kamala Harris

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Supreme Court Redefines the Standard for Indefiniteness in Patent Cases

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., a unanimous Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and redefined the standard for indefiniteness under Section 112, ¶ 2. No. 13-369, 572 U.S. ___ (2014) (“Slip Op.”). The Court…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Deciding Which Inventions to Patent

In the early stages of development, inventors and their employers are often confused about what to patent. When faced with a dizzying array of new products and feature enhancements, it may be tempting to select the flashiest…more

Patent Applications, Patents

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Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees

A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than four hours. In Rhea v. General Atomics, plaintiff Lori Rhea, on…more

Accrued Benefits, Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Paid Leave

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Life Sciences Financing Survey - First Half, 2013

In This Issue: - Summary - Analysis of Industry Data - Detailed Fenwick & West Results: Valuation - Detailed Fenwick & West Results: Financing Terms …more

Biotechnology, Financing, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical

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Supreme Court's Petrella Decision Eliminates the Laches Defense as an Absolute Bar to Copyright Claims

In the coming months, authors of copyrighted materials may begin resurrecting long buried works and asserting infringement claims against current users. The doctrine of laches — a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in bringing suit…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Infringement, Laches, Petrella v. MGM

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The Alice Guidance Categories of Potential Abstract Ideas

The Alice Guidance lists four example categories of abstract ideas: - fundamental economic practices - methods of organizing human activities - an idea of itself (sic), and - mathematical…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Revives 'Divided Infringement' Defense to Inducement

Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., No. 12-786, Slip Op. (June 2, 2014) - The United States Supreme Court has revived “divided infringement” as a defense to claims for inducement of patent infringement…more

Akamai Technologies, Infringement, Limelight, Limelight Networks, Patent Infringement

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IRCA Does Not Preempt FEHA, But Limits Available Remedies

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRCA”) preempts the application of the antidiscrimination provisions of California’s…more

Discrimination, FEHA, Immigrants, Immigration, IRCA

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Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013: Alert: “Unpaid Interns” Held to be Employees Who Should Have Been Paid

As this FEB went to publication, a federal district court in New York issued an important — and very instructive — decision on the compensation of unpaid interns at for-profit companies. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, the…more

FLSA, Internships, Minimum Wage, Unpaid Interns, Wages

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Tax Alert: FTB Disallows California Qualified Small Business Stock Benefits

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently issued FTB Notice 2012-03, stating that the FTB will disallow the exclusion or deferral of gain under California's qualified small business stock (QSBS) statute for all tax years…more

Commerce Clause, Cutler v Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Tax Board, Gain Exclusion, Income Taxes

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRS

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section…more

Banks, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, FFI, IGAs

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Who Gives A Sheet About Graphene?

Graphene — a sheet of graphite that is one carbon atom thick — has been the subject of research efforts since the 1960s. With recent advances in synthesis methods, development of graphene-based inventions and the corresponding…more

Patents, Technology

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court’s Lexmark Decision Creates Uniform Federal False Advertising Standing Requirement

On March 25, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lexmark International v. Static Control Components, ruling that Static Control may proceed with its false advertising counterclaim under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act…more

False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components, SCOTUS

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Landmark Decision Limits the Authority of the International Trade Commission

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Suprema, Inc., et al. v. International Trade Commission, Nos. 2012-1170, 2012-1026, -1124, Slip Op. December 13, 2013, issued a landmark decision limiting the…more

Imports, Indirect Infringement, Induced Infringement, ITC, Patent Infringement

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New ISS "QuickScore 2.0" and Verification of ISS Data By February 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released its Governance QuickScore 2.0 technical document outlining key changes to the governance scoring model for QuickScore 2.0 for 2014…more

ISS, QuickScore, Verification Requirements

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Growth Equity: Who is in Control?

As I discussed in an earlier article, growth equity (or growth capital) resides on the continuum of private equity investing at the intersection of venture capital and control buyouts. Growth capital is designed to facilitate…more

Breach of Contract, Control Buyouts, Debt Financing, Growth Equity, Injunctions

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Rules on “Reverse Payment” Settlements in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. that so-called “reverse payment” settlement agreements should be analyzed under a rule-of-reason analysis under which the court assesses any…more

ANDA, Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, FTC, FTC v Actavis

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to a…more

America Invents Act, Beastie Boys, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Covered Business Method Patents

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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Split on Patent Eligible Subject Matter Analysis

Last week, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a much-anticipated decision in CLS Bank Int'l, et al., v. Alice Corporation Pty, Ltd. involving the test for when computer-related inventions are unpatentable "abstract…more

CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section…more

Banks, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, FFI, IGAs

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Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint…more

IPO, Life Sciences, Startups, Technology

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to a…more

America Invents Act, Beastie Boys, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Covered Business Method Patents

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to a…more

America Invents Act, Beastie Boys, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Covered Business Method Patents

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Litigation Alert: Seventh Circuit Provides an Assist to Internet Content Providers in Pippen v. NBCUniversal

On August 21, 2013, the Seventh Circuit in Pippen v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC, et al. (Case No. 12-3294) affirmed the Northern District of Illinois’ dismissal of Scottie Pippen’s defamation lawsuit against a number of media and…more

Actual Malice, Athletes, Defamation, NBA, NBC

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Publicity rights vs. the First Amendment

The right of publicity continues to emerge as a significant intellectual property right of which businesses must be aware—not only in the context of advertising and marketing, but in the context of a company’s product itself…more

Advertising, First Amendment, Right of Publicity, Transformativeness

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Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint…more

IPO, Life Sciences, Startups, Technology

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Supreme Court Redefines the Standard for Indefiniteness in Patent Cases

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., a unanimous Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and redefined the standard for indefiniteness under Section 112, ¶ 2. No. 13-369, 572 U.S. ___ (2014) (“Slip Op.”). The Court…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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California Attorney General Issues Privacy Guidelines for Websites

In the wake of numerous high-profile breaches of user privacy and complaints about sites that track the online activity of users, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a 28-page set of recommendations for how…more

CalOPPA, Data Breach, Data Protection, Data-Sharing, Kamala Harris

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Copyright Alert: ABC v. Aereo: What the Supreme Court Decided - And What It Did Not

On June 25, 2014, a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court held that Aereo’s service that allows customers to view over-the-air TV broadcasts via the internet violated the public performance right under the Copyright Act. Applying…more

ABC v Aereo, Aereo, Broadcasting, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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