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Intellectual Property Protection

Patent Legislation on the Hill: Senators Introduce the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Although the America Invents Act was enacted less than six years ago, the appetite for intellectual property legislation in D.C. has continued unabated over the last several years. In addition to the recent Defend Trade...more

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

Amendments to Texas UTSA Bring it Closer in Line with DTSA, but Differences Remain

Just four years after the Lone Star State ended its holdout by becoming the 48th State to adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Texas passed a bill to amend its enactment. The bill was signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on...more

Augmented and virtual reality - emerging legal implications of "The Final Platform"

by Reed Smith on

In August 2015, Time Magazine declared that Virtual Realty (“VR”) was about to change the world. A year earlier, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2.3 billion signalling the impact of what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred...more

EP Opposition and US Inter Partes Review Decisions Go Hand In Hand

It is often desirable to obtain patent protection for inventions both in Europe and the United States. As a result, competitors frequently look to Europe and the US as important jurisdictions for challenging the validity of a...more

The Australian Innovation Patent: The threshold for patentability may be higher than you think

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

A June 2017 decision of the Australian Patent Office highlights when claims in an innovation patent may be found novel, but lacking in innovative step. The decision highlights that the inquiry into innovative step is...more

How Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Companies Can Harness Opportunity in Their Supply Chains

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells counsel Penny Powell talks about disruptive technologies, the increasing trend towards collaboration and joint venture agreements, the opportunities and regulatory burdens...more

Cleveland Clinic Decision Highlights Catch-22 Of Personalized Medicine Patents

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Federal Circuit decision in Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, strikes another blow against the patent eligibility of diagnostic methods and highlights the difficulty of enforcing personalized...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

Why Inventions Fail

by Snell & Wilmer on

I. Introduction. U.S. and worldwide patent filings are at all-time highs. About 620 thousand patent applications were filed in the United States in 2016, and about 2.9 million patent applications were filed worldwide in...more

Texas Legislature Clarifies and Expands the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 19, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law several amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”), located in Chapter 134A of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. The amendments go into...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Time to Review Your Non-Competition Agreements in Light of New Nevada Statutory Amendments

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 3, 2017, the Governor of Nevada signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, making substantial changes to Nevada Revised Statute (“NRS”) 613, which governs non-competition agreements. The amendments are notable for not only...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

BIO International Convention 2017 Preview

BIO and the Microbiome - The 2017 BIO International Convention begins this week in San Diego. This convention has become an important destination for all organizations working in the biotechnology space, but the large...more

Prepare For Success In The Beverage Industry By Registering Your Marks

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In light of continued growth in the wine and brewing industries, a business owner working hard to succeed is wise to protect what may become its most valuable assets – the company name and brand. Much thought, time, and money...more

The Status of Counterfeiting

Viewed as “one of the most pressing issues of economic and national security facing our country,” intellectual property (IP) theft, particularly counterfeiting, has been characterized as a “tremendous and ever-increasing...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Future antitrust merger enforcement in the United States

by White & Case LLP on

The new US administration's antitrust enforcement priorities remain unclear, but signs of a less interventionist approach are beginning to emerge. What does the 2016 US presidential election mean for antitrust policy in...more

Sandoz v. Teva: Supreme Court Nixes Post-Approval Waiting Period for Biosimilars

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In its first opinion relating to the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), the Supreme Court in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. provided a win to biosimilar companies, eliminating the...more

Updates to Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance: third party funding and IP rights

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on 14 June 2017, two sets of amendments to Hong Kong’s arbitration law were passed to clarify that: - third party funding of arbitration, mediation and related proceedings is permitted under Hong Kong law,...more

On August 1, 2017 The New Cayman Islands Trademark & Design Laws Will Go Into Effect

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

As of August 1, 2017, the Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office will no longer register UK or EU trademarks but will only accept national Cayman Islands national applications....more

Patents or Trade Secrets? Yes, Please.

by Hogan Lovells on

Most energy companies implement Intellectual Property (“IP”) strategies to protect and exploit company IP (offense) and navigate third-party rights (defense). Traditionally, these policies emphasize patents. But today’s...more

Imagining the Perfect Confidentiality Agreement

The perfect confidentiality agreements is, in most cases, overkill and in any event would probably never be signed. Hundreds, if not thousands, of CDAs, NDAs and other secrecy agreements are signed every day, and the vast...more

How Startups Can Protect Their IP Rights

by Revision Legal on

For businesses that are just starting out, intellectual property (IP) rights can be immensely valuable. Your IP rights could be the business asset that sets your company apart from your competitors. Equally important to...more

Texas Amends its Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Littler on

Last month, Texas’s legislature amended the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA). These amendments expand and clarify TUTSA’s definitions, add a clarification to enjoining trade secrets misappropriation, and codify a...more

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