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Trade Secret Misappropriation By Ex-Employees In China: How To Confront “Inside Theft”

Article 123 of the General Provisions of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China (effective Oct. 1, 2017) confirmed that trade secrets are intellectual property, signifying China’s recognition of the importance of...more

Arrgh! Social Media Post Lands “Pirate Joe’s” in Hot Water

by Reed Smith on

In the highly-publicized case about unauthorized reselling of Trader Joe’s merchandise by renegade Canadian merchant “Pirate Joe’s,” social media provided the powder keg for Trader Joe’s arbitration enforcement demand. The...more

Building a Health App? Part 5: Contracting for Health App Construction

As you take your health app from innovative idea to reality, you will be engaging in a development project that will likely entail the procurement of technology, services and perhaps even content from third parties. For...more

Compulsory Licensing of Biopharmaceutical Inventions

Very few topics in international intellectual property have been as controversial as compulsory licenses. While the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) sets minimum standards for...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

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

March-in Rights and Compulsory License in the United States

March-in rights in the US were created in 1980, as part of the Bayh-Dole Act. Simply stated, when the US government funds research that results in patents, it obtains rights to those patents. These rights are retained even...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - October 2017

March-in Rights and Compulsory Licensing of Biopharmaceutical Inventions - Very few topics in international intellectual property have been as controversial as compulsory licensing. In the US, consumer groups have...more

Supreme Court Rejects Louis Vuitton’s Request for Appeal Against Parody Tote Bag Company

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Louis Vuitton is no stranger to the court. For years, the luxury fashion label, headed by creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, has battled high-profile cases over parody bags. Those cases have involved dog toys, Super Bowl...more

Be Proactive: Protect Yourself from Unfair Competition

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Most sophisticated companies actively protect their intellectual property from infringement. They scour the market looking for possible infringers, and they update their searches for possible infringement on a regular basis....more

Patents or Trade Secrets? Deciding How Best to Protect Your Invention - Part I: Can The Invention be Kept Secret?

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Key Takeaway: One critical question to ask when deciding whether to protect your invention using patents or trade secrets is how well the invention can be kept secret. Ease of reverse-engineering, risk of independent...more

Corporate E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

Is It Five O’Clock (or 1700 Hours) Somewhere?

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

You’re probably familiar with the song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson. It was the number one country single of the year back in 2003. A few years later, Jimmy Buffet submitted several trademark...more

Business Litigation E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

[Webinar] An M&A Primer for Software Companies - October 18th, 1:00pm ET

by BakerHostetler on

When contemplating a sale of your company, your hope as a businessperson and software engineer is that you have made it as valuable as possible. From a legal perspective, there are some simple, yet important, steps to...more

Beyond Mere Consent: It's All in the Details

Consent agreements - in which a prior U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rights-holder provides consent to registration of a later-filed trademark - can be an efficient path to registration in situations where the...more

How to Protect Trade Secrets Under Federal Law

by Revision Legal on

Trade secrets are among the most valuable forms of intellectual property owned by any business. Those trade secrets should be and must be protected from misappropriation and unauthorized disclosure. As recently reported,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017

OIG Report Suggests Improvements to FSMA Enforcement - A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...more

ALJ Shaw: ITC is a Viable Forum for Enforcement of SEPs

The public version of ALJ Shaw’s Initial Determination (ID) in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1012 (1012...more

Last Call: Your Q4 DMCA Agent Designation Reminder

by Jackson Walker on

We are only three months away from the December 31, 2017 deadline for websites and other online service providers to redesignate their DMCA agents under the U.S. Copyright Office’s new online registration system. This is an...more

GovTech M&A

A Selection of Evolving Trends in Mergers and Aquisitions - Buyers are aggressively targeting companies with differentiated technology and strategically-positioned intellectual property....more

Will the EU box itself in? Fate of Standard Contractual Clauses (aka the Model Clauses) for personal data transfers is now in the...

Executive summary: The EU’s standard contractual clauses may be on the fast track to invalidation, putting a vast number of personal data transfers from the EEA at risk. A case brought by Maximilian Schrems (whose first...more

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

by Hogan Lovells on

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they...more

Massachusetts Legislature Schedules Hearing on Non-Compete Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again. Under new leadership, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development recently scheduled a hearing for October 31, 2017 on the non-compete reform bills proposed in...more

“Local” is a Claim Requiring Substantiation in False Advertising Action

by Reed Smith on

U.S. District Court in Utah decided an interesting case involving whether an advertiser can use the word “local” in Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Leland Sycamore et al. Defendant Leland Sycamore had invented the trade secret...more

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