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Did you hear about the statistician who drowned in a lake with an average depth of two feet?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

I was reminded of this question, often posed by my dad to remind me not to become a slave to statistics, by two dramatic things that happened last week. On the one hand, at the IAM 2017 Patent Law and Policy conference in...more

Tasting Notes: When Alcohol Goods and Services Descriptions Matter

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On December 11, I will be presenting a CLE on Brewery and Distillery Law, discussing trademark issues affecting breweries and distilleries. One of the topics that I’ll spend some time on during that presentation – and one...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

by White & Case LLP on

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: Indonesia – Import Licensing Regimes

by White & Case LLP on

...The WTO Appellate Body has ruled that certain import licensing measures maintained by Indonesia constitute impermissible import restrictions under Article XI:1 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994....more

Patents in the burgeoning cannabis industry

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

With cannabis legal in 29 states for medical use and in eight states for recreational use, there is a surge of entrepreneurism and an influx of capital into the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Although cannabis remains a...more

Pair of NLRB ALJ Decisions Find Unions Violated NLRA

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

It is mid-November, and the Board is at a full complement, and even has a new General Counsel. While we haven’t seen anything significant (or really, anything at all) come out of the newly constituted Board we know the new...more

Cain Takes the Reins as Chief of SEC’s FCPA Unit

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the official announcement that Charles Cain will replace Kara Brockmeyer as head of the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, it is more likely that we will see a return to the enforcement trends and outcomes...more

Adverse Event Reports for Food, Supplements and Cosmetics Are Now Publicly Available: What Manufacturers Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Enhancing transparency has been one of the FDA’s top priorities for nearly a decade. In late 2016, the agency continued to advance this goal by publishing data relating to food, cosmetics and dietary supplements from its...more

But We Had A Deal: Consent Agreement Cannot Overcome Likelihood Of Confusion Finding

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Affirming Refusal of Registration, In re 8-Brewing LLC, T.T.A.B. (October 30, 2017) - Trademark applicants know the familiar sinking feeling when their clearance search turns up a potentially conflicting mark...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Non-Compete Legislation

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on Tuesday, October 31 to receive testimony on the several bills introduced this session addressing the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts....more

Recent Developments in Antitrust Scrutiny of Healthcare-Provider Transactions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the trend of acquisitions of physician practices and mergers of hospitals continues, so does antitrust scrutiny of these deals. There was activity this week in three different proposed transactions that caught the...more

NESHAP/Air Enforcement: Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Dry Cleaning Facility Enter...

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and Vardaman Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Jerry’s Cleaners (“VEI”) entered into a September 14th Consent Order (“CO”) addressing alleged National Emission Standard for...more

SEC Charges Former Private Equity Firm Partner with Defrauding Clients

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an offshoot of its enforcement action against Apollo Management L.P. (Apollo) last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 25 charged a former senior partner at Apollo with defrauding his fund clients...more

SDNY Rules SEC Investigation Is A “Claim” Within Pending And Prior Acts Exclusion

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that a long-running investigation by the SEC constituted a “Claim” triggering the pending and prior claims exclusion in an excess directors and officers...more

Another Early Adopter Receives SEC Revenue Recognition Comments

Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (f/k/a CBOE Holdings, Inc.) recently received comments on its Form 10-Q related to FASB’s new revenue recognition standard. ...more

TTAB Seals Fate of Trade Dress Claims for Design Covered By Utility Patent

It is natural for manufacturers to seek to widen their intellectual property protection. In the seminal case TrafFix Devices, Inc. v. Marketing Displays, Inc., 532 US 23 (2001), the Supreme Court struck down the plaintiff’s...more

Europe: A sweet victory for Cactus - CJEU confirms principles of legitimate expectations and genuine use

by Hogan Lovells on

(Judgment of 11 October 2017 in Case C-501/15 P – EUIPO v Cactus) - The CJEU confirms that two cases which fundamentally changed the EUIPO approach to construing the scope of protection of EUTMs do not have retroactive...more

SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Investments in Credit Risk Transfer Securities

On October 16, the SEC Division of Investment Management granted no-action relief in response to a request by Orrick on behalf of Redwood Trust. The Redwood request and the SEC staff response impact the way in which...more

Lorenzo's a Schemer, Not a Maker; Dissent Blasts SEC ("Not Fair," "Stinks")

by Burr & Forman on

Cut, paste and forward ? just as the boss instructed. But Lorenzo’s email to two clients was misleading, so the SEC filed an enforcement action. The ALJ held Lorenzo liable for violating anti-fraud provisions and imposed a...more

Cheerios Yellow Box Rejected For Trademark Registration

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In a precedential decision on August 22 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in In re General Mills IP Holdings II, LLC (Serial 86757390) held that the applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to support the...more

New Commercial Division ADR Rule

On October 11, 2017, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks amended Rules 10 and 11 of Section 202.70(g) (“Rules of Practice for the Commercial Division”) with respect to Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”)....more

ALJ Finds Violation in Mobile Device Holders Investigation

by Jones Day on

ALJ Pender’s initial determination in Certain Mobile Device Holders and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1028 (Sept. 12, 2017), finding a violation of Section 337, provides important guidance on what investments count...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

TTB Issues Guidance on Application of Consignment Sales Regulations to Freshness Dating and Returns from Retailers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 29, 2017, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued Ruling 2017-2, which updates and supersedes older agency guidance on allowable returns of beer and malt beverage products that contain...more

Supreme Court Likely To Decide Whether To Hear SEC ALJ Issue This Term

As the U.S. Supreme Court commenced a new term last week, one issue of substantial interest to many readers of this blog is whether the Court will address the constitutionality of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s use of...more

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