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Europe: Combatting illegal pharma trade

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Combatting illegal pharma trade enforcement guide. This publication is a pharmaceutical industry-specific brochure which complements our suite of brand and trademark protection...more

ITC Commissioners Divided Over Standards For Cease And Desist Orders

Recent decisions by the Commission highlight a split among the Commissioners over the proper standard for issuing cease and desist orders. The majority of Commissioners appear to agree that the determination regarding...more

DSM Watch: The new copyright directive – What will happen to the liability privilege of platforms?

Since the first proposals for amendments to the European Commission’s draft copyright directive were leaked earlier this month, we have seen quite some discussion on what the Digital Single Market will bring about. The leaked...more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Confirms the Commission’s Approach to Hybrid Settlements

The case follows on from the Commission’s Animal Feed Phosphates cartel decision pursuant to which fines totalling €176 million were imposed on a number of producers of animal feed for price fixing and market sharing...more

Combatting illegal pharma trade: Combatting black and grey markets for the pharmaceutical industry

Focus I: International black market trade - Among the industries that suffer most from black and grey market activities, the pharmaceutical sector sadly holds one of the top positions. The World Health Organization (WHO)...more

IP Agreements: Don’t Forget the Feedback Clause

A feedback clause generally gives the recipient of feedback ownership or license rights to ideas, know-how, improvements, or suggestions that the recipient might receive from another party. Feedback clauses are typically...more

No Trade Dress Protection For Pink Ceramic Hip Implant Components

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently denied a manufacturer of ceramic medical products trade dress protection for the color pink for its ceramic hip-implant components. CeramTec sells ceramic...more

Second Circuit Clarifies “Repeat Infringer” Policy Requirement for DMCA Copyright Safe Harbors

Congress enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) nearly two decades ago seeking to balance the needs of two factions: Content creators, who were struggling to protect their intellectual property in the digital...more

Patentability of software in Italy & partial recovery of profits (infringement of patents on marginal aspects of a product)

By judgement of January 3rd, 2017, the Turin Court of Appeal delivered a monumental decision in a longstanding patent dispute concerning the validity and infringement of patents relating to an Electronic Program Guide (EPG)...more

McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2016

It is difficult for General Counsel and their teams to monitor all new developments adequately. With the growth of the Internet and the daily updates to EU competition rules, everyone receives and has access to masses of...more

Competition Damages – UK implementation of the EU Damages Directive

Regulations implementing the EU Damages Directive in the UK are set to introduce important changes to the law on limitation, burden of proof, and liability in competition damages claims...more

Compliance Programs – The Italian Competition Authority Highlights the Importance of an Effective Implementation and Update

On 19 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (the Authority) issued a decision concerning alleged anticompetitive agreements in the home ventilotherapy and home oxygentherapy supply services sector in Italy. The...more

Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish...more

Landmark decision of the German Federal Supreme Court: Cease and desist orders comprise the obligation to recall infringing...

BGH, 29th September 2016 – I ZB 34/15, published on the 10th January 2017 - The German Federal Supreme Court decided on the 29th September 2016, published on the 10th January 2017, to the surprise of many that a cease...more

Finally Implemented! The Italian Council of Ministers Approves a Legislative Decree Implementing the EU Antitrust Damages...

On 14 January 2017, the Italian Council of Ministers approved the Legislative Decree implementing Directive 2014/104/EU on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of the competition...more

Court Throws Out Back Massager Trade Dress Infringement Claims on Motion to Dismiss

As the first-filed paper in nearly any litigation, the complaint is typically subject to rigorous scrutiny from the named defendant to identify any flaws that may dispatch the case via a motion to dismiss. A plaintiff in the...more

Not All Repeat Infringer Policies Are Sufficient for Safe Harbor Protection

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a grant of summary judgment that a defendant had a reasonably implemented repeat infringer policy and therefore qualified for safe harbor protection under the Digital...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA)/Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US Was Not Directly Linked to Injuries Claimed in Other Countries...more

Dr. Seuss Sues in Sue-ville This Holiday Season

You know Green Eggs and Ham, and the Cat in The Hat, Horton, the Lorax, and others like that. But a new book is coming, although now a bit slow, It’s called “Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!”...more

10 Key Intellectual Property Issues for M&A Deals

Intellectual property (IP) issues are increasingly important factors in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Of the various industry sector transactions included in recent American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law...more

Undersecretary Nelotsky is Alive and Well!

In the landmark misappropriation case International News Service v. Associated Press, 248 U.S. 215 (1918), the Supreme Court identified a quasi-property right created by the investment of effort and money in an intangible...more

IP Part 3: Enforcing Your Intellectual Property

"We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand" - Christy Susman made news for her surprisingly kind words to Patrick Wensink, author of Broken Piano for President, in a cease-and-desist letter after...more

Should Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, and Shopping Centers Stop Offering Open WiFi Connections?

The answer in Germany is “yes.” To understand why, you have to understand the principle of “co-liability” or Störerhaftung. Under the principle of co-liability, operators of an open WiFi network can be held liable for the...more

Don’t Let Your Color Trade Dress Protection Fade Away

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in affirming a district court ruling, reaffirmed the availability of trade dress protection for colors, but reiterated that a plaintiff must show that its color trade dress is...more

Copyright: Europe Explores Its Boundaries - What’s the Cost of Free Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi may come with more strings attached than anyone previously thought – at least in Europe. A recent copyright ruling of the highest European Union court may prove to be a double-edged sword for entities that offer...more

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