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House Easily Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation, Includes Significant FDA Reforms

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming majority (344-77), the 21st Century Cures bill (H.R. 6), a high-profile bipartisan bill intended to speed up and improve the process for...more

How Can You Safely Discuss Your IP with Others?

As discussed in our previous posts, startups are about capitalizing on ideas, contacts and experience. In the early stages of a startup or pre-startup, founders often socialize their business plan and details about their idea...more

Procurement Issues: One-on-One Meeting Procedures

Experience with innovative procurements indicates that holding one-on-one meetings with proposers is beneficial whenever selection is based on a “best value” evaluation of competitive proposals—whether the procurement...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

Innovative Collaboration – IP Considerations

It is common for medical device makers to partner with doctors, universities, designers, manufacturers, R&D labs, or salespeople in the development of medical devices. To reap the intended benefits of such efforts,...more

UW Donation to Morgridge “Fab Lab” For Medical Device Innovations

University of Wisconsin-Madison alums, Dr. James Berbee and Karen Walsh, have agreed to a five-year, $300,000 gift to the Morgridge Institute for Research through their Berbee Walsh Foundation. According to the press...more

Protecting Your Business in the Innovation Economy

The recent 12th Annual State of the Research Triangle Region event highlighted the innovation economy in North Carolina and particularly the Research Triangle area as a “smart region.”...more

DIA 2015 Provides Panels on All Types of FDA-Regulated Products with Many Opportunities for Insight and Interaction – Part Two of...

On the third day, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) conducted its own Town Hall. CBER Director, Karen Midthun, explained how CBER works proactively to help develop new biological therapies. For example,...more

Renewable Energy Conference Spotlights American Energy Innovation

On Tuesday, June 2, New England Economic Partnership, The Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Brandeis International Business School held a conference at the Boston Federal Reserve titled “Building the Backbone of...more

How Tech Savvy Is Your Firm?

The times they are a changin’. A new survey, “BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms,” of 700 Fortune 1000 corporate counsel reveals that more law firms are turning to technology “as a source...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

CMS Launches New ACA Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Innovation Model

CMS is inviting physician practices to apply to participate in its new “Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model," which will test whether encouraging physician practices to calculate risk for eligible Medicare...more

Facebook Takes a First Step Toward Mass Adoption of Encryption

This week, the social networking service Facebook quietly announced that it will begin making PGP encryption available for communications from Facebook to its users. While this step, in itself, is a small one not likely to...more

China Issues Its First Ten-Year Plan to Boost the Manufacturing Sector

On May 19, the State Council of China published the country's first ten-year plan to boost its manufacturing sector, the China Manufacturing 2025 strategy. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang first mentioned the China Manufacturing...more

Össur Announces First Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Lower Limbs

In a recent press release, Össur announced that two amputees are the first people in the world able to control their prosthetic legs with their thoughts. According to the press release, tiny implanted myoelectric sensors...more

Ethics & Compliance Innovations: Thinking (Just) Outside the Box

Are you looking for E&C program innovations that offer fresh alternatives to common E&C challenges? In this presentation, NAVEX Global’s Ed Petry shares: - Novel approaches to staffing and positioning the E&C function...more

C Stands for Cake and Client

A recent New Jersey Law Journal article by John R. Kirk discusses what Apple can teach law firms about engaging with clients. According to Kirk, it’s all about asking customers the right questions. A similar question can be...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

Law Review Articles That Caught Our Eye

Maybe our motto here at DDLaw should be “we read law review articles so you don’t have to.” Here are a couple of recent ones that looked interesting to us....more

Alert: New Pathways for Unaccredited Entities and Non-Institutional Education Providers

Accreditors have been seen as obstacles to innovation in higher education. In April we issued a Cooley Alert on new WASC guidelines for disaggregating institutional services. Now WASC and DEAC have issued separate policies...more

Blog: Changes to Sunshine Law Included in Proposed 21st Century Cures Legislation

As we recently discussed, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative (Legislation) that seeks to...more

Development Projects in an Agile World

It goes without saying that the pace of technological change and innovation is accelerating. The acceleration of development and innovation also means that in the information technology sphere the value of specifications...more

FTC and DOJ: The PTO’s Efforts to Enhance Patent Quality Will Promote Competition, Innovation and Consumer Welfare

On May 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) submitted public comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) commending the PTO for its efforts to enhance patent...more

Private Equity In Africa: Context, Opportunities, And Risks

In this issue: - Overview - Macroeconomics - Politics and policy - The practice of private equity in Africa - Opportunities for private equity in Africa - An excerpt from...more

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