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Attorney’s Fees As Damages For Breach Of Contract? A Jury Must Decide

by Weintraub Tobin on

Often times, contracts contain attorney’s fee provisions. These terms allow the prevailing party in any action to enforce the contract to recover its attorney’s fees. Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 1717,...more

Fifth Circuit Expands Post-Trial Review of Summary Judgments

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In Feld Motor Sports, Inc. v. Traxxas , L.P., No. 16-40686 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11705 (5th Cir. June 30, 2017), the Fifth Circuit held for the first time that an appellate court can review a trial court’s legal conclusions in...more

Licensing Third Party Software for Use in Federal Contracts

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In the IT sector, it is common for contractors with relationships to various federal agencies to have top-tier talent in-house to provide high quality IT services. Some vendors even have programmers and software engineers...more

M&A Watch: That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles – Delaware Court Rejects MAE Claim in Commercial Contract Litigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently reaffirmed its approach to Material Adverse Effect jurisprudence in the context of a commercial arrangement. Please see full Analysis below for more information....more

Franchising – The route to international expansion?

by Dentons on

Franchising is a proven route to the successful international expansion of businesses in various sectors from fitness studios and restaurants to high end fashion and beauty. Annually it accounts for turnover of USD$300...more

The Right Rights For Your Broadway Jukebox

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Jukebox musical is alive and well and living on Broadway. From the songs of Gloria Estefan to Carole King, from Frankie Valli to Abba, we are amidst a 20-year old trend to present pop music’s biggest hits on the live...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses Material Adverse Change Clause In Commercial Contract

by Morris James LLP on

A material adverse change or effect clause permits a party to avoid its contractual obligations under certain circumstances. Delaware courts have addressed so-called “MAC” clauses in the merger agreement context on a number...more

Restricted Rights Under DFARS 252.227-7014: Practitioner Advice for Avoiding DoD Licensing Pitfalls

This article focuses on contractor licenses that grant “Restricted Rights” in “Noncommercial Software” to the federal Government under Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) 252.227-7014. DFARS...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

Court Holds That Fiduciary Duties Did Not Arise In A Licensing Transaction

by Winstead PC on

In Jacked Up, LLC v. Sara Lee Corp., Jacked Up entered into a licensing agreement whereby Sara Lee would produce and sell energy drinks developed by Jacked Up. No. 15-11019, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7311 (5th Cir. April 25,...more

Unchecked indirect software access can be costly – what to look for in software license agreements

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Simple and straight-forward are two words rarely associated with software license agreements. For example, a ruling out of the UK demonstrates the importance and real-life costs that can result when the full meaning of an...more

Forum Selection Clause Not Triggered Based on Statements Made in Another Forum

On May 15, 2017, District Judge Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied the motion of Comcast Corporation, et al. (“Comcast”) for reconsideration of the Court’s prior Order dated December 14, 2016. The Court had earlier denied...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos Announces Petróleos Mexicanos Call for Bids for Cárdenas-Mora and...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 2, 2017, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission or “CNH”), commenced an international tender process to grant a license agreement in partnership with...more

All for Saving the Original Minnesota State Fair Curds, Say Aye, Better Yet . . . #s and @s

When Aaron Keller of Capsule deeply cares about an issue (in a deeply fried kind of way), it’s hard not to stand up, pay attention, and follow instructions, especially when his picture of golden little nuggetized cheese curds...more

Accidental Franchisor in Hot Water

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Safe Step Walk In Tub Co. (“Safe Step”) failed to take the requisite “safe steps” before potentially becoming an accidental franchisor. In Safe Step Walk In Tub Co. v. CKH Industries, Inc., Safe Step filed an action against a...more

The Australian Government significantly expands ATO powers to fight multinational tax avoidance: Legislation introduced for 40 per...

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Government introduced legislation (DPT legislation) into Parliament on 9 February 2017 to implement a further component (second limb) of the United Kingdom–style diverted profits tax (DPT), with effect from 1...more

University License Agreements: Tips for Start-up Companies

Universities develop and license innovative technologies, patents and cutting edge research, and often transfer the benefit of such innovations to the public through licensing agreements with start-up companies. By licensing...more

ExteNet v City of Houston: Who pays for access to Texas rights-of-way?

On March 30, 2017 the Texas Public Utilities Commission will decide whether companies with certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Commission may place their facilities in local rights-of-way and provide...more

Bayer CropScience AG and Bayer S.A.S. v. Dow Agrosciences LLC (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Last week, in Bayer CropScience AG and Bayer S.A.S. v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, the Federal Circuit determined that the District Court for the District of Delaware did not abuse its discretion in determining that, under the...more

Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Attempt to Compel Trademark Arbitration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a case stemming from a trademark dispute involving a beauty line owned by the Kardashian sisters, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration filed by...more

SAP’s Licensing Time-Bomb - Software giant’s victory in “indirect use” case is cause for concern for companies worldwide

On February 16, 2017, the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom held that Diageo plc, a global drinks company, was liable for unauthorized use of SAP software as a result of failing to secure “Named User” licenses for...more

Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Earlier this month, in Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, the Federal Circuit concluded that the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia correctly confirmed an international arbitration tribunal's award...more

Sovereign Immunity Can Shield State University Research Foundations in PTAB Proceedings

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the application of the sovereign immunity defense under the 11th Amendment in the inter partes review (IPR) context, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismissed three IPR petitions, finding that the...more

Bankruptcy Dispute Regarding “Coolcore” Trademark Heats Up in the First Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the TMCA blogged about a decision in In re Tempnology, LLC, in which the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire held that a debtor’s rejection of a licensing agreement in bankruptcy terminated...more

Mylan Obtains Global License to Trastuzumab in IPR Settlement

by Goodwin on

Mylan announced today that it had reached a settlement with Genentech, Inc. and F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. that provides Mylan with global licenses to commercialize its biosimilar to Genentech’s Herceptin® (trastuzumab). As...more

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