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Trailblazer Foods’ President Rob Miller discusses business acumen, industry growth in Pacific Northwest: Schwabe, Williamson &...

With all the branded products available in today’s grocery stores, what does it take for a private label manufacturing company to make it?...more

European Commission to enforce competition law against suppliers who restrict e-commerce

by Dentons on

The European Commission (EC) has now published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry....more

Are Secret Sales Prior Art Under The AIA?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit found that a publicly-announced “Supply and Purchase” agreement triggered the on-sale bar under pre-AIA 35 USC § 102(b) and under AIA 35 USC §...more

[Webinar] Does Your Company's Distribution Strategy Create Legal Risk? – April 27th, 12:30pm EST

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

What does in-house counsel need to consider when reviewing pricing and marketing decisions in a dual-distribution system? The internet can extend the geographic reach of your product, but what issues must in-house counsel...more

Distribution Problems for US Companies in Europe and How To Avoid Them

by Bryan Cave on

Many US (and EU) companies operate in Europe with pricing and distribution policies which may breach EU competition rules. EU regulators are taking an increasingly tough line on pricing and online market place access. Robert...more

PBI Presentation Recap: Key Features of Beer Distribution Agreements

Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, recently presented on “Alcohol Distribution and Franchise Law” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Alcohol Law...more

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

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The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement....more

Termination of Distribution Agreement Does Not Affect Licenses to Cloud-Based Access

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After finding that a copyright infringement question analyzed by the district court was more properly a contract interpretation issue, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that...more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy? Part 2.

In my blog article on August 9, I focused on some of the issues that licensors need to be aware of as they license IP rights, including the concept of allowing distributors to include “damages only” clauses in the...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Watch the Treatment of Switzerland in Distribution Agreements - On 29 September 2016, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) handed down a judgment impacting any distribution agreement which could touch...more

New York Rejects Antitrust Defense To Breach Of Distribution Contract

Your client is sued for failure to pay on a contract and says it shouldn’t have to pay because the prices were fixed by a cartel or that it was strong-armed into paying for a “bundle” of services or distribution channels even...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to New Hampshire’s “Auto Dealer’s Bill of Rights”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The protracted challenge to New Hampshire Senate Bill 126, which amended New Hampshire’s Motor Vehicle Franchise Act to include farm, industrial, construction, forestry, and yard and garden equipment, has finally come to an...more

No Termination Payment for You!

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

I was recently asked whether the US had any regulations similar to the EU’s Commercial Agent Regulations–pursuant to which, upon termination or expiration of certain agency contracts, the agent would be entitled to an...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Stand-Alone Refusal to Supply Claim Launched in UK Court - Competition law litigation continues to develop rapidly in the UK. Companies should be aware that this can be a useful commercial weapon against competitors...more

Anti-Monopoly Disputes Are Not Arbitrable According to Chinese Court

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On August 29, the Jiangsu Provincial Higher People's Court ruled that an arbitration clause did not apply to an anti-monopoly dispute in a 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) case brought by a distributor against a manufacturer....more

Federal Circuit Review | August 2016

Federal Circuit Holds That Using A Contract Manufacturer Does Not Trigger An On-Sale Bar - In The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., Appeal Nos. 2014-1469, -1504, the Federal Circuit, en banc, held that the patentee’s deal...more

Texas Court Strikes Down Prohibition on Payments for Brand Rights

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Late last week, a district judge in Texas declared unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution a provision of the state’s Beer Industry Fair Dealing Law (i.e., the beer “franchise” law) that expressly prohibits a brewer...more

Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect...

by Carlton Fields on

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor ...more

Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor

by Carlton Fields on

Appointing an agent to sell to businesses in your chosen country on your company’s behalf may be a good first step toward penetrating a foreign market, as we previously discussed in Rules of the (International) Road: Make and...more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy?

The Issue - There has been written a plethora of articles about Bankruptcy Code §365(n) regarding the rights of parties to license agreements when the licensor files a bankruptcy and rejects a license agreement....more

Competition News July-August 2016

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The French Competition Authority severely punished the exclusivity practices put in place by company in a dominant position - On June 23, 2016, the French Competition Authority punished the Belgian group Umicore for...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

by King & Spalding on

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

Competition News - June 2016

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The Paris Court of Appeal compromises the lawfulness of selective distribution networks - Only a few months after its decision rendered in the Caudalie case (see our April Newsletter), the Paris Court of Appeal adopts,...more

[Webinar] Beware of the “Inadvertent” Franchise - Meritas Capability Webinar - June 29th, 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

In upholding a $1.575M jury verdict against Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift for failure to comply with the termination provisions of the Illinois franchise law, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals cautioned: “Legal terms...more

EU & Competition Law Update – May 2016

by Bryan Cave on

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries? On 22 April 2016, the European Commission ("EC") invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited ("Paramount") in...more

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