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Withholding Agents–Obligation to Withhold On Payments to Foreign Persons When Source of Payment Uncertain

In recent guidance to auditors, the IRS discusses what happens when a payor withholding agent pays items to a foreign payee when the withholding agent is uncertain whether the payment is U.S. source....more

Washington ALJ Upholds B&O Assessment on German Company’s Royalty Income

On May 31, 2016, the Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) Appeals Division released a Determination (No. 15-0251, 35 WTD 230) denying a German pharmaceutical company’s business and occupation tax (B&O) protest. The...more

The Battle Between the Estate of Michael Jackson and the IRS Continues

In March 2014, I reported on the all-out battle that was ensuing in the U.S. Tax Court between the IRS and the Estate of Michael Jackson over the value of the late pop singer’s estate. It began in 2013, when the estate...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Revisits Its Patent Exhaustion Cases

On February 12, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed its precedent governing the patent exhaustion doctrine in an en banc opinion in Lexmark International Inc. v. Impression Products...more

CBS Radio Remasters the Art of Not Paying Artists Royalties

Two years ago, a federal judge rocked the music industry in holding that pre-1972 recordings may be protected under state copyright laws and are protected by California copyright law. This holding, in a case brought against...more

Lessee Escapes Termination

Escondido and Justapor. Next up on Tiny Desk Concert? Good guess, but no. They are the parties in Escondido v. Justapor, a Texas case presenting the perils of lease termination clauses and vaguely-drawn contracts....more

Unlike California, New Federal Trade Secret Law Offers Right to Jury Trial on Reasonable Royalty Damages

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law on May 11, 2016 and applies to any misappropriation that occurs on or after that date. Although the DTSA creates a federal, civil remedy for trade secret...more

[Webinar] Best Practices for Licensing in Today's Evolving Legal Framework - June 16th, 1:00pm CST

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that royalty payments beyond the expiration of a patent are per se unlawful. However, many ground-breaking technologies being developed and licensed from the nation's...more

Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of Songwriter’s Heirs in Copyright Termination Decision in Jackson Brumley et al. v. Albert Brumley &...

In its May 16, 2016 decision in Jackson Brumley et al. v. Albert Brumley & Sons Inc. et al., the Sixth Circuit expressed skepticism of the Second Circuit’s and Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of the 304(c) termination...more

FRANCHISEE 101: What to Do About Franchisor’s Harmful New Policies

Franchisees aren't always excited when their franchisor introduces a new policy. But if a new policy overreaches and might doom a franchisee's business, can it be stopped before it starts?...more

Certain Provisions of California Resale Royalty Act Are Preempted by the Copyright Act

On April 11, 2016, in Estate of Robert Graham, et al. v. Sotheby’s, Inc., D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08604-MWF-FFM (C.D. Cal. 2016), U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald concluded that certain provisions of the California...more

UK Finance Bill 2016: Royalty Withholding Tax

Domestic UK law imposes a 20% royalty withholding tax on limited types of payment and on specific categories of intellectual property. This year's Finance Bill expands the scope of intellectual property royalties that are...more

Here’s Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Me Into: Best Practices for Employee, Contractor and Consulting Agreements.

In This Presentation: Overview of Messes to Avoid: • Split Ownership • Agreements to Agree • Agreements with Unclear/Improper: – relation to prior agreements – term – royalty rate –...more

Forget That Prince Had No Will, What About the Estate Tax Problems?

There has been a fair amount of buzz in the days after Prince’s death about his estate plan, whether he has a Will, whether he did or did not do any planning. Time will see this out. Prince’s heirs at law appear at this time...more

Prince: The Lost Legacy of an Estate Plan Untold

You may not have produced over 30 albums, accrued over $300 million and an equivalent amount of fans as Prince, but, like the recent pop star, you too have a legacy that could impact many individuals around you. The term...more

Alberta announces new oil and gas royalty calculations

On January 29, 2016, Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel issued its report (the Report) recommending a new modernized oil and gas royalty framework (the New Framework) which will apply to all new wells spud on or after January 1,...more

Central District of California Holds That the California Resale Royalty Act Is Preempted by Federal Copyright Law

As previously discussed on this blog, the validity of the California Resale Royalty Act (the “RRA,” Civil Code Section 986), a 1976 law that requires resellers of fine art to pay a royalty of 5 percent to the artists behind...more

U.S. Tax Implications of Offshore Migration of Intellectual Property

Challenges of Transferring IP Offshore - What constitutes intellectual property (“IP”) has long been a contested issue in tax practice, but generally includes intangible assets as wide-ranging as patents, copyrights,...more

California Resale Royalty Act Claims Dismissed as Preempted by Copyright Law, Despite 1980 Ninth Circuit Holding to the Contrary

Just three months after the Supreme Court denied certiorari review of last year’s Ninth Circuit decision finding California’s Resale Royalty Act unconstitutional under the Dormant Commerce Clause in part—but also valid in...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – for the month of March 2016

Conventional - March 9, 2016 – Encana Corporation is exploring the sale of more non-core assets in the United States and Canada that could net proceeds of approximately $1 billion. Encana is open to offers on all of...more

UK Budget 2016: Key Implications for Financial Services

On Wednesday March 16, 2016, George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as the U.K.’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, which included a number of announcements that will be relevant to the financial services industry....more

UK Budget 2016: IPT, technology and gambling

The Chancellor delivered his 2016 Budget yesterday. Below is a brief summary of the announcements which are relevant to corporates in the IPT sector....more

Chapter 93A's Increasing Role in IP Litigation in Massachusetts

Chapter 93A, with its low and vague standards of liability and powerful remedies of multiple damages and attorneys, is playing an increasingly central role in intellectual property disputes in Massachusetts. Please see...more

UK Tax Measures—Spring 2016 Budget

The spring budget includes a number of announcements that relate to taxation, the most significant of which is a “roadmap” for UK corporate taxation through 2020....more

Implementation of the CRM Directive – What does it mean for music users?

In 2014, the new Directive concerning the collective management of copyright was introduced. The Directive sought to overhaul the law regulating collecting societies and other rights management organisations in Europe. Since...more

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