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Supreme Court to Hear "The Republic of Texas is No More"1 Patent Venue Case; A Potential Blow to Patent Trolls

Many patent holders, including patent trolls, have long preferred the federal courts of the Eastern District of Texas because they have the reputation for being "plaintiff friendly." In 2016, 1668 patent cases were filed in...more

IP Law December Developments: What to Expect in the Future

December has been a hot month for IP law, with important developments in several cases that may significantly impact your intellectual property prosecution and enforcement strategies. Here is a brief summary of each of these...more

California Employers – New Year, New Rules in 2017

The new year will bring along a variety of new obligations for California employers. Although some of the new laws clarify existing law and provide helpful guidance, several impose additional requirements. This update...more

Supreme Court May Overturn 25-Year Precedent on Forum Shopping

Last week, the Supreme Court accepted an invitation to weigh in on the hotly contested issue of forum shopping. What the Court decides next could dramatically impact patent litigation throughout the nation....more

Supreme Court to Review Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Litigation

In a development that may signal a major change in patent litigation practice, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted certiorari to hear a challenge to the rules governing where patent owners can file infringement actions against...more

A Possible New Year’s Hangover for Multistate Employers With California Employees

Multistate employers with headquarters located outside California may wake up to a rude surprise on January 1, 2017, as a result of a new California Labor Code law affecting their employment agreements with California...more

Supreme Court to Decide Patent Infringement Suit Venue Issue with Potentially Immense Implications

The U.S. Supreme Court this week granted TC Heartland, LLC’s (“Heartland’s”) petition for a writ of certiorari regarding the patent infringement venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Heartland appealed the Federal Circuit’s...more

California Restricts Choice of Law and Venue Selection Clauses in Employment Agreements

On September 25, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1241 into law, adding Section 925 to the California Labor Code. This new California law prohibits an employer from requiring California employees to agree to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari to Review Patent Venue Statute

On December 14, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. The question presented is: Whether 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is the sole and exclusive provision governing...more

The 2016 Judicial Hellholes Report Is Out!

Each year the American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) publishes its “Judicial Hellholes Report” and examines problems in state court systems and challenges for corporate defendants in the fair and unbiased administration of...more

UK Prepares to Ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement

On Monday, 28 November 2016, the UK announced that it will proceed with its preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, notwithstanding the Brexit vote taken on 23 June 2016. This decision, surprising to many,...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Standards Applied to Pro Se Litigants

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case revealing that while less stringent standards are often applied to pro se litigants, courts still should require them to adhere to the procedural rules....more

[Webinar] Employment and Severance Agreements At Home and Abroad - Part 2: Employment Agreements (Two Part Series) - December 7th,...

Please join us for another of Locke Lord’s informative live webinars: a practical overview of employment agreements around the globe. On December 7th, our panel of speakers will discuss key aspects of employment agreements,...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - November 2016

Patent Venue at the Supreme Court - If TC Heartland has its way, patent venue law is about to fundamentally change. Factual Background - Kraft sued TC Heartland, a limited liability company organized...more

Who Knew That A Motion To Transfer Venue Could Be So Complicated?

North Carolina cases that are filed in an "improper county" can be transferred to the "proper county" if the "defendant, before the time of answering expires, demands in writing that the trial be conducted in the proper...more

State ex rel. Heartland Title Services, Inc. v. The Honorable Kevin D. Harrell

— S.W.3d —, 2016 WL 6090816 (Mo. banc October 18, 2016) In a matter of first impression, the Missouri Supreme Court recently clarified that Missouri’s venue statute must be read to allow venue (referring to the locale...more

ISS Announces Rebranded Governance Rating System and New Factors

ISS has announced the adoption of QualityScore, a benchmark of corporate governance. QualityScore was previously known as QuickScore, and before that by the monikers “GRId” and “CGQ.” For US companies, the following is a...more

FAQ About California’s New Law on Venue and Choice of Law in Employment Agreements

We recently blogged about Governor Brown signing S.B. 1241, which is now codified as Section 925 of the California Labor Code. The law, which affects venue and choice of law provisions in agreements entered into as a...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

FAQ About California's New Law on Venue and Choice of Law in Employment Agreements

We recently blogged about Governor Brown signing S.B. 1241, which is now codified as Section 925 of the California Labor Code. The law, which affects venue and choice of law provisions in agreements entered into as a...more

Be Aware – The Venue for IRS Appeals Conferences Has Changed

Effective October 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) changed its approach to conducting appeals conferences. The changes were likely adopted by the government under the guise of efficiency and cost savings. With...more

New California Bill Targets Choice of Law and Forum Provisions in Employment Contracts

Action Item: California Bill 1241 may give employees the power to void choice of law and forum provisions that subject employees to the laws of states other than California. The bill, which was passed on September 25, 2016,...more

The Principal Executive Office – It’s Not Just About Venue

Last week, I wrote about the venue implications of the location (or lack of) a corporation’s principal executive office. The location of a corporation’s PEO isn’t just about venue, however. Numerous provisions of the...more

Why The Location Of The Principal Executive Office Matters

The California General Corporation Law does not require that a California corporation have a principal executive office located in California. In fact, Section 177 explicitly contemplates that a corporation’s PEO may be...more

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees

On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract rights of California employees. Labor Code Section 925 imposes new limits on contract provisions that seek to impose choice of law and...more

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