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An EC Communication on SEPs – Not More Not Less

A summary of the European Commission’s Policy Document on standard essential patents (SEPs). After considerable preparations and consultation the European Commission has on 29 November 2017 issued a Communication “setting...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Pharma and Biotech: Key Trends and Legal Risks

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

How to thrive amid uncertainty? This was the question we explored at the 35th FT Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Conference. Here are five key industry trends and corresponding practical legal tips to help companies...more

Time is Running Out to Update DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

by Bryan Cave on

As we previously reported, internet service providers must register their agents through the new on-line system before the end of 2017 to preserve their benefits under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (“DMCA”) safe...more

Residuals Clauses in IP Agreements and NDAs

by Morgan Lewis on

A residuals clause is a provision in an IP agreement or non-disclosure agreement stipulating that if a party learns some general information regarding the other party’s IP while working with the other party, the party...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 14

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Disputes Between Departing Member and Remnant Group - In Lyons vs. American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a dispute regarding the proper...more

Funding Arrangements in Private Litigation Are Private Matters—Not to Be Scrutinized by the Federal Court or the Defendant

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Equip: IP Litigation Case of the Week - The cost of litigation can be a non-starter for an intellectual property owner with a strong infringement case. Litigation funding enterprises can help where the cost of litigation...more

My Company Can be Sued Where?: Supreme Court Resolves Some Questions of Where Businesses May Be Sued for Patent Infringement but...

by Smith Anderson on

After a long period in which the U.S. Supreme Court considered intellectual property issues only occasionally, the Court has frequently focused on intellectual property matters in recent years, reflecting the increasing...more

Cyber Protection for Growth

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

According to a new survey by insurer Nationwide, almost half of all businesses have been the victim of a cyberattack without knowing it. Most of the headlines about cyber exposure and planning focus on the need to avoid...more

How Can a Startup Monetize its IP Assets?

by Revision Legal on

Intellectual property (IP) rights are valuable assets and startup companies need sophisticated legal and business strategies for monetizing these IP assets. The basic IP inventory for startup companies contains...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the...more

The Federal Circuit Grapples With a Messy Breakup and Trademark Ownership

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance on the standard applicable to resolving disputes over the rightful ownership of a trademark where the mark has been used by a group of...more

How Startups Can Protect Their IP Rights

by Revision Legal on

For businesses that are just starting out, intellectual property (IP) rights can be immensely valuable. Your IP rights could be the business asset that sets your company apart from your competitors. Equally important to...more

“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2017

Renegotiation of, or Withdrawal from, NAFTA: Context and Possible Consequences - (“NAFTA”) is a trade agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States that came into force on January 1, 1994. Its goal was to...more

Key risk management strategies: five proactive steps for global retail brands

by DLA Piper on

When a retail brand is looking to expand globally or finds itself embroiled in an investigation, there are bespoke issues that branded retailers must focus on or risk losing credibility and revenue. In today's world of viral...more

Business Law Update - May 2017

by Barley Snyder on

Through June 19, the Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program will waive all penalties and slash the interest rate on outstanding tax delinquencies that existed as of the end of 2015. Both the state and the Pennsylvania Department of...more

Key IP Questions For Emerging Businesses

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Are you starting a new company or business venture? Launching an exciting new product or expanding into a new business line? Congratulations. Just remember, if you wind up with a high-growth opportunity, it can often pay big...more

Grey Marketing – Still Not Black and White in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Grey marketing, sometimes referred to as “parallel importation”, is the diversion of goods, originally intended for sale only in certain countries, to other countries where they were not intended to be sold. The goods are not...more

China’s Draft IPR Guidelines Reach Final Consultation Stages

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Speed read - On 23 March 2017, the Antimonopoly Commission of China’s State Council (“AMC”) published the long-expected draft Guidelines on Prohibition of Abuses of Intellectual Property Rights (“draft IPR Guidelines”)...more

Belgium: IP tax incentive - implementing the nexus approach and broadening the scope of application

by DLA Piper on

In 2007, Belgium introduced a patent income deduction (PID) for Belgian companies (and permanent establishments of foreign companies) that derive income from or by means of patents and supplementary protection certificates....more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - March 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Happy spring! This issue includes two articles that challenge conventional thinking. The first, called “Software is Still Patent Eligible,” makes the case that software patents can still be obtained. IP generally accretes in...more

Business Planning Alert: "Selling a Business? Pay Attention to Your Confidentiality Agreement"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Selling a business can be a momentous event. The process used to do so should accordingly be carefully considered and implemented. An early step in the process should be to obtain appropriate confidentiality agreements from...more

Bankruptcy Dispute Regarding “Coolcore” Trademark Heats Up in the First Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the TMCA blogged about a decision in In re Tempnology, LLC, in which the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire held that a debtor’s rejection of a licensing agreement in bankruptcy terminated...more

On Your Mark—"TM" or "®"? Trademark Notice Guidelines

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When starting a new business or developing a new brand, business owners tend to have common trademark-related questions: Do I need a trademark registration? What rights will a registration provide? What are the associated...more

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