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Reforms in the UK Export Control Organisation (ECO)

The ECO is making a combination of reforms, intended to improve its service in support of responsible defence and security exports while at the same time ensuring that the objectives of strategic trade controls to protect...more

Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy and the Exclusion of Trademark Licenses from the Definition of Intellectual Property

The Bankruptcy Code divides intellectual property into distinct categories depending upon the particular type of intellectual property. Issues with respect to intellectual property can be of utmost importance in bankruptcy,...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 7

Structured Products Offerings and Research Reports: Introduction - Structured products are sold by broker-dealers, many of which are affiliates of large investment banks. The equity research group of the same...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates The Length Of An Injunction Against Unfair Competition

How long should competition in violation of an agreement be enjoined? Normally, that would depend on what the agreement says. But when that is not set out by the parties’ contract, this decision explains how to determine the...more

Holy Smokes Batman! The Batmobile Won Copyright Protection

On September 23, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion that will cause comic book fans and car aficionados to take notice. In  DC Comics v. Mark Towle, the court held that the production and sale of replica Batmobiles...more

Six Key Ways to Protect Mobile Medical App IP

As a long-term means of protecting value for a mobile medical application (MMA) product, securing core intellectual property tops the list. The technology behind your app may represent most of your company’s value, as any...more

Equals Three, LLC v. Jukin Media, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, October 13, 2015

In copyright infringement action involving unlicensed use of humorous “viral videos,” district court denies copyright owner’s motion for partial summary judgment, concluding that all but one of allegedly infringing programs...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Waivers of Rights to Compensation are Enforceable in Eminent Domain Actions

It’s not every day you’re involved in a successful eminent domain case before the California Court of Appeal. It’s even more unusual when the case deals with a number of interesting legal issues, such as the enforceability...more

Better Early than Never: SDNY Dismisses Lawsuit over Patent Settlement where Generics were Granted Early-Entry Licenses with...

On September 22, Judge Ronnie Abrams of the Southern District of New York dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals and three generic drug manufacturers based on settlements they had reached regarding a...more

Standing Requires the Transfer of All Substantial Rights, Regardless of Whether a Patent Is Expired - Keranos, LLC v. Silicon...

Addressing whether an exclusive licensee of an expired patent had standing to sue for patent infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that a licensee has standing when it holds all substantial...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Post-Patent Expiration Royalties

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se.” 379 U.S. 29, 32 (1964). On June...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

Drafting Intellectual Property Agreements: Best Practices From a Litigator’s Perspective

As intellectual property licensing continues to grow more prevalent, legal practitioners and business personnel are being asked to craft and negotiate agreements that can significantly impact a business’s ability to compete...more

Copyright Protection Goes ‘To the Batmobile!’ says the Ninth Circuit

While the Caped Crusader drives around in his Batmobile protecting Gotham from its fringe, copyright law protects the Batmobile from infringers—this, according to the Ninth Circuit in DC Comics v. Towle. The Batmobile is more...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on RAND Licensing Obligations

On July 30 the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant appellate decision that provides guidance regarding obligations imposed on licensors of patents that are required to comply with interoperability...more

No Trade Secret in Visual Aspects of Software: The Need for Non-Compete Agreements

?A federal appeals court recently ruled that “features and functions” of software programs are not trade secrets, particularly when those with access are not required to sign confidentiality agreements. Because trade secret...more

Supreme Court Maintains Licensing Status Quo in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC

A bedrock principle of U.S. patent law is that the patent grant comprises a quid pro quo. In exchange for a limited term of exclusivity (presently, twenty years from the earliest filing date), the patented invention is placed...more

Sublicensee’s Purchase of Licensee Not Prohibited under the License Agreement - VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. v. Stiefel Labs., Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a sublicensee of patent and trademark rights that purchased its sublicensor in order to reduce the royalties it owned to the licensor was not prohibited from buying...more

[Webinar] Licensing Basics: Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar - Sept. 17th, 12:00 PST

Please join Sheppard Mullin for our monthly Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar Series educating entrepreneurs and emerging companies on the key legal issues they face during the growth of their companies. These...more

Using Copyright Protection in Architectural Works to Police Unauthorized Photographs

Can I stop photographers from taking, displaying, and selling photographs of my building? The answer is, like the answer to so many other questions, maybe. This issue often arises in the context of photographers who...more

“March-in” Rights – The (Paper) Damoclean Sword of Federal Procurement Patent Law

Given the recent PilieroMazza webinar on Data Rights in federal contracting, we have had a number of clients raise concerns or questions about the government’s “march-in” rights under the Bayh-Dole Act, which controls certain...more

Summary Judgment Ruling Not a Pretty Picture for Massachusetts Copyright Plaintiff

A recent decision from the District of Massachusetts demonstrates the difficulties that can arise when attempting to protect copyrighted works displayed on the internet. The July 29, 2015 order issued by the Honorable Patti...more

Europe's Highest Court Recently Delivered a Judgment Imposing Affirmative Duties on SEP Holders

The EU Court of Justice sets out specific requirements with which an SEP holder needs to comply in order to be able to seek an injunction without abusing its dominant position (Huawei / ZTE)- Standards lie at the heart...more

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