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Licence To Pill: Exclusive Or Not? Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v Apotex Pty Ltd

The Federal Court of Australia held that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) is not the exclusive licensee of a patent relating to aripiprazole under the terms of the licence granted to it by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd...more

Patent Trolls, Anti-Trolls, and Antitrust Law Collide in Patent Licensing Dispute

We previously wrote that regulators are considering using antitrust laws to reign in perceived abuses by non-practicing entities or, more familiarly, “patent trolls” – entities that purchase the rights to patents not to...more

Class Certification Partially Granted in O’Bannon NCAA Case: Current and Future Student Athletes Allowed in Class, Former Student...

This has been an eventful few weeks for the O’Bannon v. Electronic Arts, Inc., et al., No. 4:09-cv-01967 (N.D. Cal.) case in the Northern District of California; an over four-year-old showdown between the NCAA and current and...more

Medicis Pharma. Corp. v. Anacor Pharma., Inc., C.A. No. 8095-VCP (Del. Ch. Aug. 12, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint for specific performance of a license agreement, holding that the plaintiff’s claims were not subject to mandatory...more

Software Compliance: Finding Authorized Vendors for Hardware with OEM Licenses

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Keli Johnson Swans, says do not assume that all pre-loaded software, which may range from Adobe products to Microsoft Office or Windows operating systems, is properly licensed by the vendor or...more

Avoiding the Pitfalls of the "Unlimited" License - Four questions you should ask: The Third Question

Let's quickly revisit the scenario we've been following through our first two installments. That is, you are a CIO faced with a decision on whether or not to enter into an "enterprise" or an "unlimited" license arrangement...more

Managing Risk for Licensing Agreements During Merger Activities

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Brian Von Hatten, says an inadvertent transfer of a software license in an M&A transaction may result in significant penalties, including but not limited to relicensing the software already...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2013: The Entertainment Issue: It’s Always Something: The Repeated Assaults on Licensee Rights in...

No one has ever asserted that the bankruptcy arena is for the faint hearted. On the road to development of a plan of reorganization (or more commonly these days, a sale of all of the debtor’s assets), there can be bruising...more

Avoiding the Pitfalls of the "Unlimited" License - Four questions you should ask: The Second Question

Deploying a software package across the company (or most of the company) is becoming a reality for most companies. Standard processes and systems drive cost, quality and performance improvements. Unlimited deployment rights...more

Technology Licenses in the Context of a Licensor's Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Intellectual property rights are critical to various economic sectors. Many companies depend on licensed technology to operate and survive. The licensor-licensee relationship may deteriorate, especially if the licensor starts...more

Avoiding the Pitfalls of the "Unlimited" License - Four questions you should ask

You're a CIO and a major software publisher proposes an "enterprise" or an "unlimited" license arrangement. Having made its way up the chain to your desk, you are told the deal looks promising. There can be pitfalls in any...more

To SPLA or Not to SPLA - Microsoft Licensing Webinar

Is Microsoft's SPLA right for your company? Attend Scott & Scott, LLP's free CLE webinar entitled: "To SPLA or Not to SPLA - Microsoft Licensing for the Hosting Services Provider" on March 27th for an overview of...more

Bankruptcy 101 for Intellectual Property Licenses

Generally, license agreements are “executory contracts” in bankruptcy. Executory means performance is due from both sides. When a party to an executory contract becomes a debtor in bankruptcy, it may either reject or assume...more

A License to Software Should not be a License to Print Money

It pays to closely read the payment terms in your software license. Or rather, it costs if you don't read them closely enough....more

How Does Bankruptcy Affect Rights Under an Agreement Not to Sue on Patents?

When a debtor rejects an executory contract, Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code allows a licensee of intellectual property to retain certain rights under the rejected contract. An important question arises, therefore,...more

Watch That Incubator

Make sure you’re protected before diving into academic collaboration - Today, many universities operate business incubators, and some are seeing significant success. Since 2006, for example, the University of...more

Assignment of Copyright through Terms of Use: Does E-Sign Make It OK? A Tool for B2B Sites Dealing with Unauthorized Access to...

It is a common practice for Web site providers who accept submissions of user-generated content to include a license provision in their “Terms of Use” to obtain rights to use the content....more

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