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Trends in Terms of Venture Financings in Silicon Valley - Third Quarter 2014

Background - We analyzed the terms of 180 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results continued…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Litigation Alert: California Superior Court Finds Use of Likeness of Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega in Video Game Transformative

Manuel Noriega v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., No. BC 551747 (Cal Super. Ct. filed October 27, 2014) - In recent years, federal and state courts have wrestled with how to assess right of publicity claims in the video game…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Digital Health Investment in September Tops $700 Million

Digital health companies raised just over $730 million through venture, private equity and angel investments in September, according to our latest analysis, bringing the total for the third quarter to approximately $1.3…more
| Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Highmark and Octane Helped, But Legislation on Fee Shifting Still Necessary

There is a continued need for patent reform to address the asymmetrical costs that patent litigation imposes on defendants. Given the substantial costs imposed on U.S. technology companies by the number of suits brought by…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: ISS Issues Draft Policy Changes for 2014 Comments Due by October 29, 2014

On October 15, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its draft policy changes for 2015 and opened a public comment period ending October 29, 2014. The proposed revisions for U.S. listed companies are designed…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

New Laws Affecting California Employers

The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide arbitration data on their websites, in a searchable,…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Are LinkedIn Contacts The Employer's Trade Secrets?

A federal district court in California held in Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC that whether LinkedIn contact information can be an employer's trade secret is a factual dispute that must be decided by a jury…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students [Video]

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West, Angelica Salceda is working at the ACLU of Northern California to ensure that pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley schools are afforded…more
| Constitutional Law, Education, Family Law, Health, Nonprofit Law

Combining Arms for Justice-Involved Veterans [Video]

Co-sponsored by Fenwick & West and Microsoft, Equal Justice Works Fellow Leo Flor is building enduring capacity in Washington State for complementary civil representation of criminal justice-involved veterans through client…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Education, Health, Nonprofit Law

Legal FAQ: Section 337 Investigations Before the International Trade Commission

What types of intellectual property claims can be brought before the International Trade Commission? - The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) investigates claims of unfair competition under Section 337 of the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Tax Alert: New Chief Counsel Memorandum Revisits Definition of “Obligation” under IRC Section 956

ILM 201436047 - In a recent memorandum, ILM 201436047 (Sept. 8, 2014), the IRS chief counsel seemingly exceeded the scope of its own regulations in advising that the amount of a CFC’s section 956 investment included…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Will Namenda IR Withdrawal Force A Legal Switch on Product Hopping?

On September 15, 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the specialty pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories and its new owner, Actavis. In the suit, Schneiderman alleges the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Legal FAQ: Introduction to Patent Litigation

1. Who enforces a patent? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants a patent. Contrary to popular belief, a patent does not give its holder the right to practice the invention, but the right to preclude others from…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

What are the Implications of Alice v. CLS? [Video]

While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank does not mean that software is ineligible for patent protection, the decision leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered. In the second video of a two-part…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology
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