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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

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

IP in the Food & Beverage Industry

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Snack foods, packaging and bottling equipment, recipes and restaurants are all part of one of the world’s largest industries. The food sector plays an essential role in the economies of many countries, accounting for multi...more

Emerging issues in the connected cars and autonomous vehicles market are influencing standard-essential patents and IP...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Celine Jimenez Crowson addresses the relationship between standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the connectivity technologies used in connected and autonomous vehicles...more

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Senators Urge USDA to Implement GMO Labeling - Several Democratic senators, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging Secretary Sonny Perdue to...more

Becoming a Unicorn Fintech by Shoring Up Intellectual Property

Investment in fintech companies is at an all-time high. “Unicorns” are start-ups that have valuations of more than 1 billion dollars. The majority of the unicorns are in the fintech industry. Fintech companies are often agile...more

Fashion Law Newsletter - November 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." - Coco Chanel Welcome to our latest edition of Fashion Law where we provide you with the latest updates on legal issues affecting the fashion industry. In...more

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

IPunkt - October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Kurze Einleitung - Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser, diesen Monat ist es endlich wieder soweit. Der IPunkt kehrt in neuem Gewand zurück. Passend hierzu haben unsere Autoren die neuesten Updates im Bereich des IPMT kurz...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

Non-Compete Legislation Update: Why Choices of Law and Forum are a Big Deal

On October 31, 2017, the Joint Committee on Workforce and Development once again held a hearing to discuss the possibility of legislative changes to Massachusetts non-competition and trade secrets laws. There were several...more

Unlicensed Use of a Festival Name May Result in a Not-So-Festive Trademark Lawsuit

by Knobbe Martens on

Music festivals, film festivals, food festivals….festivals are popular venues for entertainment and each festival strives to offer the consumer a unique experience. Of course, at most festivals, clothes must be (or should be)...more

A Different "Type" of Lawsuit: Ensuring Proper Use of Licensed Font Programs

One may not typically think of font programs, or their underlying typefaces, as protected intellectual property -- but a recent suit involving retail giant Target should prompt companies to pay closer attention to their...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

Informing Illinois Newsletter - November 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

When Records Are Not Reasonably Accessible - The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was amended in December, 2014 to provide that a public body is not required to copy a public record that is published on the...more

How Trademarks, Copyrights, And Patents Protect Your Business

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Your intellectual assets are some of the most powerful resources your business has. These assets separate your business from your competition and make you unique – as long as they are protected. Trademarks, copyrights, and...more

More Bumps in the Road for Uber along the Trade Secret Highway

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a California district court decision denying a trade secret defendant’s motion to compel arbitration based on a prior employment agreement between the plaintiff and an...more

PTAB Permits Amicus Briefing in Connection with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Motions to Terminate IPRs Based on Tribal Sovereign...

by Goodwin on

In a move that has attracted attention from industry, the judiciary, and Congress, Allergan, Inc. assigned its rights to patents covering its Restasis® dry eye treatment to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (“Tribe”) and...more

Branding Stories Around The Lack of Memory

I’ve been meaning to write about a TV commercial for a while, but I keep forgetting to do it. Perhaps I need the very product being advertised in the commercial, because what gained my attention was the clever tagline...more

5 Key Takeaways: IP Considerations in M&A Transactions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the digital era increasingly involve a number of significant intellectual property (“IP”) issues. It is critical to a successful M&A transaction for in-house counsel to involve experienced IP...more

Building a Health App? Part 7: Commercialization and Strategic Partners

Given the uncertainty in reimbursement from private insurance and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, it is important early on to consider how best to land and leverage relationships with key customers and...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

[Webinar] Best Practices for Employers When Dealing With Issues Relating to Employment Agreements with Restrictive...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Many companies frequently use non-compete and non-solicit clauses in their employment agreements. However, there are several important legal issues to consider before drafting and executing these agreements. When an employee...more

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