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Last year representatives of a coalition of 11 organizations started meeting to discuss the continued development and expansion of Oklahoma City’s bioscience and technology sectors. Among other matters, the group discussed...more

Falling prices at the pump put a premium on energy IP

Crude oil prices, which have declined over 60 percent in the past six months, are at recent record lows. The impact of the price decline is being felt throughout the energy sector. Commentators agree that with few exceptions,...more

Protecting food industry innovations as the scope of patentable subject matter narrows

Strong intellectual property increases the value of a company. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets are some avenues to protect intellectual property, but understanding when they’re available and understanding...more

IVASS Regulation no 8 of 3 March 2015 - Simplification of procedures

A few days ago, IVASS issued Regulation no. 8 of 3 March 2015 describing the simplified procedures and compliance obligations applying to relationships between enterprises, intermediaries and clients. The document...more

March Congressional Health Policy Hearings

On March 10, 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on “Continuing America’s Leadership in Medical Innovation for Patients,” featuring testimony from NIH Director Francis...more

Coastal Flooding and Resiliency: New Challenges and Opportunities for the Commercial Real Estate and Finance Industry

Virginia, North Carolina and other mid-Atlantic coastal communities are no strangers to severe weather and related storm surges and flooding. However, many of these communities are experiencing storm surges and tidal and...more

A New Lens on the Value of Diversity

In law school, they don’t teach you to work in teams. In fact, most of the programs are designed to encourage competition with your classmates. However, when you enter the workplace and as your career evolves, some of your...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - February 2015

House Committee Releases 21st Century Cures Discussion Document – On January 27, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee released a discussion document as part of its 21st Century Cures...more

Time for a New Kind of Law Firm

The traditional law firm is based on an outdated feudal system that creates inefficiency, unhappy lawyers, and underserved clients. Adopting business models from other industries, cloud computing, and virtualization has...more

Wellness innovators take note: FDA reveals risk-based approaches to the regulation of health IT and mobile medical apps

The way consumers access and interact with health information has changed exponentially over the past few years thanks to rapid innovation in health IT. Mobile medical application developers and other health and wellness...more

Globalize Miami Series: PortMiami and its Significance to Miami’s Growth

In the weeks ahead, our New Miami Blog will present a series that asks how Miami can become the nation’s premier center for education, innovation and entrepreneurshipin global trade....more

Financial System Inquiry - Final Report Summary of Recommendations re Innovation

On 7 December 2014 the Final Report was issued by the Financial System Inquiry, chaired by David Murray. Below is a summary of the key points relevant only to innovation. This update does not seek to address matters in the...more

3D Printing: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution?

Disruption displaces old business models but creates opportunities, if one has the vision. For example, it is no secret that the music industry has suffered rampant intellectual property abuse. ...more

Strategic Considerations in Litigating Design-Arounds - Vol. 20, No. 6

Design-arounds are a well-recognized pathway for the public to benefit from the patent system. “One of the benefits of a patent system is its so-called ‘negative incentive’ to ‘design around’ a competitor’s products, even...more

Sherlock Holmes and Innovation in the Compliance Function, Part II – The Sign Of Four

Today we honor Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Homes novel, The Sign of Four. The novel was published in 1890 but the story is set in 1888. The story entails a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the...more

Innovation in Outsourcing – the Legal View

“Innovation” is a word that is heard with increasing frequency in outsourcing circles, despite the concept being not exactly new. This begs the question why it has now crept its way up the list of topics for consideration in...more

EERE-Funded Projects Recognized by R&D 100 Awards

On November 7, 2014, R&D Magazine announced its 52nd R&D 100 Awards, which are widely recognized as the "Oscars of Invention." Major technological breakthroughs made over the past year were honored and included work from...more

Patent Litigation and the Innovation Economy

Momentum over patent reform has waxed and waned over the past several years. Throughout, there has been a constant backdrop of concern about patent assertion entities (PAEs), which the Federal Trade Commission defines as...more

Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more

Is This the Closest I’ll Get to High-Speed Rail?

Attending the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) convention last week in Houston, Texas was like being the proverbial kid in a candy shop. The massive Expo, covering 280,000 square feet of the Brown Convention...more

CFPB Proposes Issuing No-Action Letters: Innovation at Too Much Cost and Uncertainty?

On October 10, 2014, the CFPB issued notice of and requested public comment on a proposed policy allowing CFPB staff to issue no-action letters (NALs) for “innovative financial products or services that substantially benefit...more

CMS Requests Input on Health Plan Innovation Initiatives

Medicare Advantage (“MA”) plans, prescription drug plans (“PDPs”), and other stakeholders have until November 3, 2014, to provide input into the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS’s”) consideration of potential...more

Entrepreneurship: New Idea or Just Old-fashioned Problem Solving?

It seems to me that every other business article written today, in one way or another, touches on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Many of us throw the terms around in our everyday conversations, including myself recently...more

China’s Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China

The most modern of manufacturing operations can exist nearby the most backward. Thousands of quality assurance, hygiene, energy conservation and other regulatory standards are in place, but access to, enforcement and...more

Talking About A Revolution

Clients are making it clear that they want nothing short of a revolution in the way legal services are delivered to them. It’s the biggest change the profession has faced in nearly 200 years and it’s one that A&O is...more

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