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No Motivation to Combine Where Combination Requires Complete Redesign

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. v. Automated Creel Systems, Inc. - In a final written decision for two consolidated inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal...more

Medical Device Update: Distinguishing Medical Device Recalls from Medical Device Enhancements

On October 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance “Distinguishing Medical Device Recalls from Medical Device Enhancements.” This guidance revises and finalizes the draft version that...more

A Familiar Riff: Gibson's Trade Dress Application Once Again Asks Whether a Guitar Body Shape Can Indicate Source

In the same way that Rock and Roll will never die (according to Neil Young) it would appear that battles over the protection of trade dress embodied in the shape of guitars will likewise never die. In the latest installment...more

EPA Advocacy Can Add Value to a Manufacturer’s Bottom Line

Whether you’re manufacturing widgets or rubber bands, paper products or cheese, one thing most manufacturers have in common is being subject to various regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Manufacturers...more

BRAG® Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products CDR Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products

On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same Chemical...more

Indiana Department Of Revenue Adds Back Manufacturer’s Substantial Inter-Company Interest Expenses Claimed On Corporate Income Tax...

In a September 2014 ruling, a multi-national manufacturer with Indiana locations protested the Indiana Department of Revenue’s decision to add back interest expenses claimed on its corporate income tax returns. Manufacturer...more

I’m New – And It’s No [Trade] Secret

Greetings – I am pleased to join this group and I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Nicole Bernabo for her contributions. I hope I can meet the standard that Nicole set on this blog. For a little background on what...more

FDA Issues Cybersecurity Guidelines - Manufacturers of Medical Devices Encouraged to Develop Cybersecurity Controls

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines this month recommending that manufacturers develop a set of cybersecurity controls in the design of medical devices capable of connecting to the Internet, a network, or...more

BRAG Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products

On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted two petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same...more

Medical Devices and Cybersecurity Risks - DHS investigates at-risk devices

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final guidance on cybersecurity for medical device manufacturers, titled “Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical...more

Amended Fred Meyer Guides Account for Rise of Online Business, Otherwise Remain Largely Unchanged

On November 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) first amendments in 20 years to the so-called Fred Meyer Guides will take effect. The Guides give direction to manufacturers, wholesalers and other suppliers seeking...more

Another One Bites the Dust – Court Strikes Down Non-Solicitation Agreement as Overbroad under New York Law

The latest casualty to post-employment covenants came at the hands of a Connecticut trial court, which struck down a non-solicitation agreement under New York law as reaching beyond the legitimate business interests that...more

GPhA Issues Statement Regarding Proposed IP Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) issued a statement today regarding ongoing talks between major Pacific Rim countries (including the U.S.) related to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This trade...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - September/October 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast. VIRGINIA - INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX...more

Disputes in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Disputes in the automotive supply chain often involve questions concerning warranties, warranty disclaimers, limitations on remedies and limitations on damages. Understanding the basics of warranty law is critical to managing...more

How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall

Q: I am in charge of risk management for a global organisation and have been asked to investigate product risk. What suggestions can you offer on managing global supply and distribution? A: in the past decade or so,...more

Maryland Court Reconsiders a Company’s Duty to Warn of Asbestos-containing Replacement Parts It Did Not Manufacture or Otherwise...

Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals recently reconsidered the duty to warn of asbestos-containing replacement parts that the defendants did not manufacture or place in the stream of commerce in Philip Royce May v. Air &...more

Testing Texas CGL Coverage For 3rd Party Products

On Sept. 19, the Fifth Circuit certified four questions to the Texas Supreme Court regarding coverage under a commercial general liability policy in U.S. Metals Incorporated v. Liberty Mutual Group Incorporated, No. 13-20433,...more

Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Struggling

As election season kicks into high gear, one thing is clear: there will not be any movement on manufacturing legislative policies on Capitol Hill until the “lame duck” session in December, if then. On the campaign trail,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Review Pro-Policyholder Decision; Contrary Arguments Possible

For years, product manufacturers relied on commercial general liability policies to defend and indemnify them for product liability claims. Although these policies may exclude coverage for pure economic loss or for damage to...more

Upstream Assessment of Downstream Export Issues

Your company is a midsize manufacturer of computer network hardware and software, some of which is really cutting-edge technology. A significant portion of your products is exported overseas, either by you directly or by your...more

Recent NJ Appellate Court Decision Indicative of Continuing Uncertainty Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers...

The past few years have seen the United States Supreme Court issue a number of important decisions on the subject of personal jurisdiction. For example, the Court’s decisions in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) and...more

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Not Just About Economics – Our Own Security Depends on It

The call for dramatic improvements in America’s infrastructure as a critical driver in the reestablishment of the nation’s manufacturing supremacy is building momentum. But that’s only part of the story. Lost is the real...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

Apparel Designs and the “Metaphysics” of Copyright Protection

Metaphysics is usually thought to be the province of philosophers or theologians. A recent decision by a U.S. District Court in Tennessee, Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, 110 U.S.P.Q.2d 1150 (W.D. Tenn. 2014),...more

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