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As Reliance on “Digital Influencers” Grows, So Does FTC Enforcement

As we saw in a prior post regarding Kim Kardashian and Instagram, the FDA pays attention to how brand companies use paid celebrities to endorse their products. Likewise, the FTC closely scrutinizes how brand companies use...more

Support from Specification Not Enough for Covered Business Method Review - ServiceNow, Inc. v. Hewlett-Packard Company

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) determined that a patent directed to a web services management was not eligible for covered business method (CBM) review under § 18 of the America Invents Act (AIA) and that...more

Safe Harbor No More: The Everchanging Landscape of Data on the Digital Frontier

Justice in unincorporated territory is often made up of unwritten codes and gentlemen’s agreements focused on individual freedoms and laissez faire trade. But once the space is populated and providing cash flow, and the need...more

Software Is Unpatentable Despite Being Directed To A Particular Technical Environment

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motions for summary judgment of invalidity are granted and plaintiffs’ cross-motions of validity are denied. Defendants’ motions to strike the expert declaration are denied as moot....more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month, with links to primary...more

FCPA 2015: Enforcement Trends & Predictions

In this webinar, Thomas Fox spoke with Julie Moriarty of The Network about FCPA enforcement trends and made his own predictions for 2015. Topics covered include big-name companies and their respective corporate fines, state...more

Executive Assistant Embezzles $1 Million from Hewlett Packard; as yet, SEC Doesn’t Care

Surely you remember the SEC’s case against Polycom from this spring. In it, the SEC alleged that Polycom CEO Andrew Miller had “created hundreds of false expense reports with bogus business descriptions for his personal use...more

Pardon the “Intrusion” – Cybersecurity Worries Scuttle Wassenaar Changes

Companies concerned about their cybersecurity posture can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently announced it was scrapping plans to implement new...more

PTAB Finds Copyright Notice is Inadmissible Hearsay – Denies Petition for IPR

Different panels of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have, for the most part, agreed with each other on many of the key issues that arise in inter partes review proceedings. There are, however, instances of disagreement and...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2015

Second Circuit Holds That Posthumous QDROs Are Valid. Yale-New Haven Hospital brought an action in federal court to resolve competing claims by a former spouse of a deceased participant and the deceased participant’s...more

ITC Section 337 Update - July 2015

ALJ Shaw Finds No Violation In 921 Investigation – On July 2, 2015, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw issued a 320-page Final Initial Determination On Violation And Recommended Determination On Remedy in Certain Marine...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Supreme Court Decides Maryland v. Wynne and Rules that Maryland Tax Scheme Is...

In This Issue: - Maryland’s Tax Scheme Ruled Unconstitutional - “FTC Generator” Case Update - FSA Rules that Equitable Disgorgement May be Deductible Expense - District Court Upholds Attorney Client...more

The Costs and Risks of Corruption: Impacts beyond the Bribe

Anti-corruption news often revolves around the costly criminal and civil enforcement penalties paid by companies caught in corruption scandals. In the U.S., those costs often reach the hundreds of millions of dollars and are...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 169-the First Mailbag Issue [Video]

In this inaugural Mailbag Episode, I field questions from an earlier podcast on the training of third parties under the FCPA. ...more

Will 101 lead to mutually assured destruction?

Although the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International has been hailed by some as an important development in the efforts to curb abusive patent litigation by non-practicing entities, others have...more

Superior Court Upholds Multimillion Dollar Verdict

This decision upholds a rare multimillion dollar jury verdict for interference with the plaintiff’s business, including a $5,500,000 damage award for “humiliation” damages. ...more

HP Fails to Construct a “Concrete” Path to Patentability Under Alice

Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment, Hewlett Packard Co. v. ServiceNow, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-00570-BLF (Judge Beth Labson Freeman) - Since the Supreme Court decided Alice, district courts have increasingly...more

Recent Latin-American Anti-Corruption Investigations and Cases

In the last few years, several Latin American countries and the United States have increased their focus on anti-corruption matters. This article will survey some of the most significant recent public anti-corruption...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 119-FCPA Year in Review, Part I [Video]

In this episode I begin a two-part review of the 2014 FCPA year. In this episode I review some of the significant corporate enforcement actions. ...more

International Coordination and Cooperation in Corruption Cases

Global anti-corruption enforcement is fast becoming a complicated affair. No longer can companies just focus on the FCPA, with momentary blips of concern for the UK Bribery Act....more

Stay of Reissue Lifted Up Final Written Decision

In Hewlett-Packard Company v. MCM Portfolio LLC, IPR2013-00217, Paper 32 (September 12, 2014), after the issuance of its Final Written Decision...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - 2014 Mid-Year Update

The first half of 2014 has seen several important developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as well as other anti-corruption laws worldwide. The FCPA has been in existence for more than 35...more

Adobe Systems Inc. v. Kornrumpf - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2014

Adobe Systems Inc. v. Kornrumpf - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2014: Ninth Circuit affirms grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Adobe Systems Inc., holding that first sale doctrine was not available as defense...more

Cloud Computing Is a Hot Topic… in Business and the Courtroom

Cloud computing sales are poised to triple by 2017, according to IHS Technology. With growth comes competition and the potential for disputes, both intellectual property-related and otherwise. This article surveys some of the...more

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