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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Features Key Developments in Intellectual Property and Information Technology

On October 5, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) countries announced that they had resolved all remaining issues and reached a final agreement on the long-anticipated regional free-trade agreement. As King & Spalding...more

Guest Post -- The Biggest Side-effect of Making Medicine: How to Manage Intellectual Property and Patent Law

International intellectual property regulations are doing serious damage to the pharmaceutical industry and, by extension, to the health of people around the world. The core of the problem: growing global concern about how...more

A Beginner’s Guide to Trade Secrets

So what exactly are trade secrets? How do they differ from patents? Is any piece of confidential corporate information considered a trade secret? For those outside the world of intellectual property, these are common...more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: Paul Gilbert Cole

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Thailand (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF THAILAND PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Thai government regulates foreign direct investment by requiring foreign investors to obtain approval from the...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Malaysia (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Regulation of foreign investment in Malaysia is done both through legislation as well as governmental policies....more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Japan (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Indonesia (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The existing Indonesian Investment Act is Law No. 25 of 2007, passed by the Indonesian House of Representatives...more

Trade Secret Protection: What are Reasonable Steps?

Regional and national laws are increasingly focusing on the specific steps that companies should take to protect trade secrets. In the 1996 World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...more

European M+A News, Summer 2015

IP Pitfalls in Tech M&A Transactions - Technology and IP-driven deals accounted for over 30 percent of M&A deal volume in Europe in 2014. This trend is bound to continue, with many deals involving strategic or financial...more

New Whitepaper: Reasonable Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Every company has trade secrets (so-called “crown jewels”)– confidential business and technical information – that if exposed, could result in lost sales, competitive advantage or the ability to further innovate....more

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

Guest Post: Microorganisms, Funk Brothers, Chakrabarty and TRIPS

Both U.S. practitioners and their European colleagues will be concerned about a dictum in In re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), 750 F.3d 1333, 1338-39 (Fed. Cir. 2014) that any existing [micro]organism found in the wild is not...more

Trade secrets proposals advance in Europe: What ‘reasonable efforts’ are needed to keep proprietary material secret?

The initiative to develop new laws to protect trade secrets more consistently across the EU moved forward this month, as the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing asking small and large...more

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction...more

Guest Post: Myriad-Mayo Guidance -- Consistency With International Harmonization and TRIPS

It is strongly arguable that insofar as the USPTO's Myriad-Mayo Guidance dismisses as non-eligible newly isolated substances (including small molecules), nucleotide sequences and microorganisms having new utility (US...more

United States Trade Secrets Law

The America Invents Act (AIA) changes the traditional calculus in determining whether to seek patenting an invention or to maintain it as a trade secret. This shift in intellectual property protection is the result of two...more

Protecting Technology and Inventions Internationally

As noted in “Patents are of National Origin,” obtaining a patent in one country, does not give the owner of the patent worldwide protection for the invention. Instead, a patent application must be filed in or for each country...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 50

The President’s Working Group (PWG) on Financial Markets released its report, "The Long-Term Availability and Affordability of Insurance for Terrorism Risk" (Report), on April 17, 2014. The Report was required under the...more

Uniform Protection Of Trade Secrets In The EU? Hooray! Ole! Hourra!

European Union officials have just issued a draft set of rules that would impose uniform trade secret guidelines across the EU, motivated by trade pact negotiations with the United States and concerns about state-sponsored...more

Protecting Trade Secrets In Italy

Italy is slowly changing its trade secret laws to conform to international standards....more

Supreme Court of India Denies Novartis Patent Application

In a landmark judgment delivered on April 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of India dismissed an appeal by Novartis AG, a Swiss pharmaceutical giant, to win patent protection in India for its cancer drug Glivec. The polarizing...more

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