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On the Fundraising Circuit? NDAs are a Bad Idea; Do This Instead.

by Workman Nydegger on

I find that a lot of inexperienced entrepreneurs are concerned (borderline paranoid) about somebody stealing their idea. At some point, they heard whispers in the wind about this magical document called an NDA (Non-Disclosure...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 16, Issue 1

Fair Use and Social Media Sites like BuzzFeed - Fair use, an evolving doctrine and a very popular fallback for those on the Internet, has continued to be “the most troublesome in the whole law of copyright.” Its goal has...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 75, SEC Enforcement Action Against Holmes

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the recent SEC enforcement action against Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of Theranos, for her massive fraud around the former unicorn. Holmes claimed to have...more

The Patent Landscape of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

With Bitcoin and alternative coins, such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Cardano, experiencing volatile price swings, cryptocurrencies have rapidly become mainstream and widely discussed, with many seeking to find ways to profit...more

Rejecting Trademarks and Exclusive Distribution Rights in Bankruptcy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit concluded that a debtor in bankruptcy is entitled to reject grants of trademark licenses and exclusive distribution rights. Although Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code protects a...more

2018 Legal Trends: Cannabis

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, we first take a look at what’s on the horizon for cannabis. As the Canadian Cannabis Act works its way through Parliament, the Canadian cannabis...more

The World in U.S. Courts - Winter 2018

French Bank Whose Transactions Benefitted Sudan Generally, But Were Not Otherwise Related To The Commission Of Terrorist Acts Supported By Sudan, Could Not Have Violated ATA And ATS....more

Airbus Pays €81 Million Fine to German Authorities for “Violation of Supervisory Duties”

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In one of Europe’s largest cross-border corruption investigations, involving multiple jurisdictions including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Austria, one chapter concluded at the end of last week: On February 9,...more

Blockchain: Not Just A Platform For Cryptocurrency But A Potential Method For Protecting Trade Secrets And Other IP

Cryptocurrency has dominated the attention of the financial world for most of the past 12 months as Bitcoin’s value (as well as other cryptocurrencies’) soared over 1,500% in 2017 (though it has experienced some recent...more

CFIUS and China: Separating Fact from Fiction

No, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has not put a halt to acquisitions of U.S. companies by China-based purchasers. Three recently cleared transactions illustrate that CFIUS is not standing in the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s retirement was short lived. The Jack Welch protégé will be bringing his C-suite skills to Athenahealth, the electronic medical records software provider that’s been under considerable pressure...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Markets proved that last Friday’s 600-point Dow drop wasn’t an isolated incident, as all major US indices were down nearly 4% (at least) in a nasty Monday of trading....more

Blockchain: background, challenges and legal issues

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Are Financial Services Firms Reconsidering The Protocol?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Protocol for Broker Recruiting (“Protocol”) allows for reciprocal poaching of brokers. More specifically, if a broker leaves one Protocol firm for another Protocol firm, the broker can a) take certain account information...more

The Blockchain Patent Gold Rush

by Field Law on

The blockchain technology underlying BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies was originally designed and conceived as an open protocol that would not be owned by any one centralized entity, whether government or private. Just...more

Defensive Patent Strategies for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many companies who offer next generation cybersecurity technologies are experiencing significant growth in both corporate share value and revenue. To help protect against competition, many companies are seeking patents to...more

Trademark Licenses . . . Again

A long-running issue concerning the treatment of trademark licenses in bankruptcy has seen a new milestone with the January 12 decision of the First Circuit in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. The issue was...more

Trends In Patenting Blockchain Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the recent rise in values of cybercurrencies such as bitcoin, and with increasing interest in initial currency offerings (ICOs), businesses around the world are rushing to build value with new blockchain technologies and...more

Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

The French Prosecutor Office Has Entered Into the First French DPA in History With HSBC Private Bank Suisse

On Nov. 14, 2017, six months after the so-called Sapin II law1 entered into force in France, the president of the Paris Tribunal de grande instance approved the first French deferred prosecution agreement (DPA or CJIP...more

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

2018: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

Happy 2018 to our readers! It has become a Socially Aware tradition to start the New Year with some predictions from our editors and contributors. With smart contracts on the horizon, the Internet of Things and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 363, Convercent on 2017 Compliance Trends

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Keith Read and Angus Robertson, with Convercent, on some of the key trends they observed in the marketplace in 2017, from the vendor perspective. I found this an interesting perspective as both...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

And after all of that, Nelson Peltz will end up on P&G’s board after all. It was an unexpected finale to one of the “largest, priciest and nastiest corporate proxy fights in history” between P&G and Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As widely expected, the Fed affirmed the general strength of the US economy today by raising the benchmark interest rate again today—the 5th raise since the financial crisis....more

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