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And the Winner is? Digital Platform Liability for Trademark Infringement

Much has been made of the question of liability for the operation or furnishing of digital platforms in the copyright context. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the provider of the Betamax recorder did not itself infringe…more

ACPA, Amazon, Consumer Confusion, Contributory Infringement, Copyright

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Could Offensive Trademarks Find Refuge in Common Law?

The 177-page tome the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) just issued in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. is remarkable for its length and its subject matter, cancellation of the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging to…more

Blackhorse v Pro-Football, Disparagement, Football, Good Faith, Laches

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the…more

Class Action, Internal Investigations, Loss Causation, Securities, Securities Litigation

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Digital Health Companies May Find a Faster Path to Market Under the FDA's Digital Health Plan

It looks like the FDA is moving forward—and swiftly—with the digital health plan articulated in FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's June blog post, previously outlined in this post. Closely tracking the commissioner’s post, the…more

21st Century Cures Initiative, Digital Health, FDA, Federal Pilot Programs, Medical Devices

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Antitrust Is Alive and Well and Lurks in Unlikely Places

A recent story in the Bay Area legal newspaper The Recorder had this headline: “Former Bazaarvoice CEO Takes Stand to Explain Damning Email.” That is not the kind of media attention that any CEO likes to have or the way he or…more

Competition, Email, Enforcement, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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Ninth Circuit in Spokeo: Inaccurate Consumer Reports Support Standing in FCRA Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that allegations that Spokeo Inc. published an inaccurate consumer report in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act established a concrete injury sufficient to confer…more

Article III, Background Checks, Class Action, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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2017 Proxy Season Results in Silicon Valley and Large Companies Nationwide

This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, “Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies,” covers trends in stockholder voting at annual meetings in the…more

Annual Meeting, Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Director Nominations, Executive Compensation

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New Index Rules Likely to Significantly Impact Tech Companies with Multi-Class Capital Structures

In response to investor concerns regarding an increase in the number of technology companies that have been implementing multi-class capital structures, index providers S&P Dow Jones, FTSE Russell and MSCI have adopted or…more

Alphabet Company, Capital Structures, Common Stock, Investment, IPO

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to…more

Architectural Copyrights, Commercial Use, Copyright Infringement, Digital Media, eSports

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Allegations Assailing Independence Of VC Directors In Dismissing Derivative Suit

A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision dismissing derivative fiduciary duty claims has significance for public companies with board members who are associated with venture capital firms…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Data Security, DE Supreme Court, Derivative Suit

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California Court Holds That Orders Demanding Global De-indexing Threaten Free Speech

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court order ordering Google to de-index a website from its global search results. In its decision, the Canadian high court rejected Google’s arguments that such an…more

Canada, Comity, Communications Decency Act, Declaratory Judgments, Free Speech

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Quit Your Griping: The USPTO Is Doing Pretty Well These Days

The USPTO is getting it from all sides lately. It’s become too easy, some say, to get a patent—examiners are in the pockets of large corporations. Others argue that no, it’s at best a crap shoot, with the outcome depending on…more

USPTO

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Privacy Alert: The Privacy Shield, As It Stands Today

Following the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October last year (see From a Safe Harbor to a Privacy Shield), the U.S. Department of Commerce and the EU Commission have…more

Data Protection Authority, EU, EU-US Privacy Shield, International Data Transfers, Self-Certification

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Litigation Alert: FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Order Further Expanding Definition of Autodialer, Providing Limited Protections to App Developers

FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Order Further Expanding Definition of Autodialer, Providing Limited Protections to App Developers - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a much-anticipated…more

ATDS, Auto-Dialed Calls, Declaratory Rulings, FCC, Mobile Apps

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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Securities Litigation Alert: District Court Says Indirect Purchasers of Shares Can Bring Fraud Claims Against Private Company and its Officers

In a case with important implications for late-stage private companies, a federal magistrate judge ruled last week that investors in funds holding private company securities can bring fraud claims against the issuer of the…more

Common Law Claims, Corporate Issuers, Indirect Purchasers, Intermediaries, IPO

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Executive Compensation and Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Adopts NYSE and Nasdaq Rules Relating to Compensation Committees and Compensation Consultants

On January 11, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved the equity listing standards proposed by the NYSE and Nasdaq, as amended1 regarding compensation committee independence criteria and compensation…more

Compensation Committee, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Independence Rules, Listing Standards

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Top 10 Best Practices for Handling a Data Breach

Data breaches are a reality that all businesses need to take seriously. Knowing your vulnerabilities is only part of the solution. You and your key stakeholders should be prepared with an incident response plan that defines…more

Best Practices, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Top SCOTUS Cases Tech Companies Should Watch – Fall 2017 Preview

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term promises to be a big one, featuring a patent case that could be a game changer for many clients and a host of other cases that may affect how tech and life sciences companies deal with…more

Administrative Proceedings, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to…more

Architectural Copyrights, Commercial Use, Copyright Infringement, Digital Media, eSports

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Legal FAQ: Introduction to Patent Litigation

Who enforces a patent? When can a district court patent case be filed? What does the patent holder have to prove to win an infringement suit? Fenwick patent litigators Charlene Morrow and Dargaye Churnet cover these and other…more

Antitrust Violations, Appeals, Contributory Infringement, Damages, Direct Infringement

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What You Should Know When Establishing a 401(k) Plan: A Guide for New Plan Sponsors

Setting up a new 401(k) plan seems like it should be simple. Many companies offer a 401(k) plan to their employees, and prospective plan sponsors appear to have a substantial variety of vendors to choose from, ranging from large…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Benefits, Retirement Plan

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Mergers and Acquisitions Alert: Lazard v. Qinetiq: Important Lessons for Structuring Earn-Outs

Overview - A recent Delaware Supreme Court case authored by Chief Justice Strine upholds the literal meaning of an earn-out provision that limited the buyer from taking action “intended to reduce or limit an earn-out…more

Corporate Counsel

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Top SCOTUS Cases Tech Companies Should Watch – Fall 2017 Preview

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term promises to be a big one, featuring a patent case that could be a game changer for many clients and a host of other cases that may affect how tech and life sciences companies deal with…more

Administrative Proceedings, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Litigation Alert: California Bans Non-Disparagement Clauses in Consumer Contracts

On September 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2365, popularly referred to as the “Yelp” bill. The new law, codified at California Civil Code section 1670.8, will prohibit the use of “non-disparagement” clauses in…more

Clickwrap Agreements, Corporate Counsel, New Legislation, Non-Disparagement Provisions, Online Reviews

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Rules on Copyright Preemption of Right-of-Publicity Claims

Last week, in Maloney v. T3 Media, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that claims under state right-of-publicity law are preempted by the Copyright Act “when a likeness has been captured in a copyrighted…more

Anti-SLAPP, Class Action, Copyright, Corporate Counsel, First Amendment

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Lingering in Lexmark's wake, uncertainty about the limits of patent exhaustion

According to ten judges of the Federal Circuit, a patent owner’s right to sue for infringement in the United States is not exhausted by sales of products abroad or by sales subject to valid post-sale contractual restrictions on…more

Corporate Counsel, First Sale Doctrine, Foreign Sales, Lexmark, Patent Exhaustion

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A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too…more

Corporate Executives, Corporate Structures, Diversity, Emerging Growth Companies, Life Sciences

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Top 10 Best Practices for Handling a Data Breach

Data breaches are a reality that all businesses need to take seriously. Knowing your vulnerabilities is only part of the solution. You and your key stakeholders should be prepared with an incident response plan that defines…more

Best Practices, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Top SCOTUS Cases Tech Companies Should Watch – Fall 2017 Preview

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term promises to be a big one, featuring a patent case that could be a game changer for many clients and a host of other cases that may affect how tech and life sciences companies deal with…more

Administrative Proceedings, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Privacy Alert: California Passes Trio of New Online Privacy and Data Security Measures

In the last month, the California legislature passed and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law amendments to two of California’s signature privacy and data security laws and one new consumer privacy law aimed at enhancing privacy…more

CalOPPA, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Internet, Privacy Laws

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Five Takeaways From Fenwick’s Sixth Annual Digital Health Investor Summit

Fenwick’s Sixth Annual Digital Health Investor Summit started on an upbeat note with Rock Health’s Megan Zweig sharing the venture fund’s mid-year funding report. After the uncertainty brought by the 2016 presidential election…more

Artificial Intelligence, B2B Organizations, Digital Health, Emerging Growth Companies, Information Technology

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2016

Mean Girls v. The Right of Publicity: Lessons Learned From the Lohan and Gravano Lawsuits - On September 1, 2016, a New York appellate court ended two closely watched right of publicity lawsuits brought by Lindsay Lohan…more

Abstract Ideas, Biotechnology, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Confidential Information, Copyright

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Tax Alert: AM 2015-01—Does Previously Taxed Income “Tier up” to a Domestic Corporate Shareholder?

In a recent chief counsel memorandum (AM 2015-01), the IRS addressed a long uncertain tax question: when a US corporate shareholder includes an amount in income under subpart F, does the subpart F inclusion increase the…more

IRS, Shareholder Distributions, Shareholders, Subpart F, Tax-Free Transfers

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SEC Extends Key JOBS Act Benefit for All IPOs and Recently Public Companies

On June 29, 2017 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it would permit all companies registering for an initial public offering to take advantage of the confidential review process that was previously…more

Capital Raising, Crowdfunding, IPO, JOBS Act, SEC

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Rules on Copyright Preemption of Right-of-Publicity Claims

Last week, in Maloney v. T3 Media, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that claims under state right-of-publicity law are preempted by the Copyright Act “when a likeness has been captured in a copyrighted…more

Anti-SLAPP, Class Action, Copyright, Corporate Counsel, First Amendment

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Trademark Alert: Are You Ready For The New gTLDs? The Trademark Clearinghouse Opens March 26

The universe of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), currently limited to about a dozen gTLDs such as .com, .net, and .org, will likely explode later this year, as some of the more than 1000 potential new gTLDs are rolled out,…more

Brand, Cybersquatting, gTLD, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

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CEO Pay Ratio Rule: New SEC Advice Helps Companies Prepare to Comply

Having recently affirmed that there will be no postponement of the 2018 effective date for CEO pay ratio disclosure, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept. 21 issued interpretive guidance to assist companies in…more

CD&I, CEOs, Disclosure Requirements, Executive Compensation, Pay Ratio

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[Event] The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2016 - Jan. 18th or 25th, Mountain View or San Francisco, CA

2016 brought several employment law developments that will undoubtedly affect your workplace. The Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group invites you to attend its annual complimentary briefing to learn more about the most…more

Arbitration, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, EEO-1, EEOC, Events

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Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and performance-based…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Deferred Compensation, Executive Compensation

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Investment in eHealth: 2014, and what the future holds

Digital health, a category that was virtually nonexistent five years ago, has exploded in recent years and shows the potential to remake the way healthcare is delivered worldwide. Rock Health, the digital health incubator,…more

Digital Health, Emerging Technology Companies, Healthcare, Venture Funding

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2017

Reducing Cybersecurity Risks to Autonomous Vehicles - The Department of Transportation is revising autonomous vehicle guidelines it issued in September 2016. Recent comments by Secretary Elaine Chao suggest that the new…more

Automotive Industry, Broadcasting, Connected Cars, Copyright Infringement, Cybersecurity

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Proposed Senate Bill Revives Concern of Adverse Impact on Equity and Performance-Based Compensation

The Joint Committee on Taxation released a description of the Senate Chairman’s Mark to the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 9, 2017, reintroducing adverse equity and performance-based compensation tax provisions that…more

Compensation & Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Expands Liability for Divided Patent Infringement

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Circuit in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. changed the law regarding liability for direct infringement of a method patent involving more than one actor (divided…more

Akamai Technologies, Covered Business Method Patents, Divided Infringement, En Banc Review, Limelight

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Court Declines to Dish Out Preliminary Injunction in Commercial-Skipping Case Despite Likelihood of Infringement - Free and Open-Source Software Diligence in Mergers, Acquisitions, and…more

Copyright, Disclaimers, Fair Use, Infringement, Preemption

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Section 385 Proposed Regulations

On April 4, 2016, Treasury and the IRS proposed sweeping regulations under § 385 of the Code. Issued the same day as the anti-inversion temporary regulations, the proposed § 385 rules would go much farther than merely curtailing…more

Anti-Inversion Regulations, Corporate Taxes, Debt, Debt Securities, Equity

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Biosimilars: Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz (Nos. 15-1039 & 15-1195). The Supreme Court originally deferred its decision on the parties’ certiorari petitions in order to consider the Solicitor…more

Amgen, Biologics, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Certiorari

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Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet

During recent years, the Internet has become the basic foundational infrastructure for the global movement of data of all kinds. With continued growth at a phenomenal rate, the Internet has moved from a quiet means of…more

ABC v Aereo, Cable Television Providers, Contributory Infringement, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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Mergers and Acquisitions Alert: Lazard v. Qinetiq: Important Lessons for Structuring Earn-Outs

Overview - A recent Delaware Supreme Court case authored by Chief Justice Strine upholds the literal meaning of an earn-out provision that limited the buyer from taking action “intended to reduce or limit an earn-out…more

Corporate Counsel

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Foreign Marks Vulnerable in US

“Cancellable? Unenforceable? Why?” This is likely to be the reaction of most foreign owners of U.S. trademark applications and registrations, and of many of their U.S. counsel, when challenged by claims that the owner lacked…more

Intent-to-Use, Registration, Trademark Act, Trademarks

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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – Third Quarter 2017

This quarter we are giving you, our readers, a “First Look” that allows us to provide you the top line trends for venture capital financings of Silicon Valley companies in Q3 more quickly. This “First Look” report will be…more

Capital Raising, Corporate Financing, Silicon Valley, Startups, Technology Sector

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to…more

Architectural Copyrights, Commercial Use, Copyright Infringement, Digital Media, eSports

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Litigation Alert: A Unanimous Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Ruling on Damages in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

On December 6, 2016, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of the damages award in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. The question before the Supreme…more

Apple v Samsung, Article of Manufacture, Calculation of Damages, Cell Phones, Component Parts Doctrine

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to…more

Architectural Copyrights, Commercial Use, Copyright Infringement, Digital Media, eSports

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Mergers & Acquisitions Alert: Controlling Stockholder Squeeze-Outs May Be Structured to Achieve Deferential “Business Judgment Rule” Under Delaware Law

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided that a going private transaction sponsored by the controlling stockholder of a Delaware corporation may, under certain…more

Business Judgment Rule, Controlling Stockholders, MFW, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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What Canadian Supreme Court's Landmark Decision Means for Tech Companies Big and Small

What should courts do when one country’s laws collide with a borderless Internet? Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada became the latest court to tackle the issue, upholding an order for Google to de-index globally from its…more

Canada, Counterfeit Goods Regulation, Google, Indexing, Internet

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Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications

On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted (the FTC Study) to…more

Data Protection, FTC, Information Reports, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2015

Judge Leval Illuminates Google Books Fair Use Issues - Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant in Massive Copying Case - Based on the defense of fair use, the Second Circuit affirmed summary judgment for…more

Author's Guild v Google, Copyright, Fair Use, Google Books, Transformativeness

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USPTO and EPO Examiners Discuss Key Considerations for Filing Effective Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics Applications in the US and Europe

At a symposium and webinar presented by Fenwick & West and Mewburn Ellis, we asked U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office examiners to provide perspective on the preparation and prosecution of patent…more

Diagnostic Tests, EU, European Patent Office, Intellectual Property Protection, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit’s Ariosa Decision, Good Chance for Rehearing En Banc

In June of this year, the Federal Circuit panel in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. invalidated a patent on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter. 788 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2015). While the case is one of many…more

Declaratory Rulings, DNA, En Banc Review, Life Sciences, Mootness

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The Ninth Circuit Holds That Accessing a Website After Receiving a Cease & Desist Letter Is a Violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Last week, the Ninth Circuit limited the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in affirming a grant of summary judgment against the defendant in Facebook, Inc. v. Power Ventures, Inc., et. al. and affirmed the rule…more

Cease and Desist, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Email, Facebook, Summary Judgment

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2015

Copyrighting Player-Generated Content in Video Games - Last year, consumers spent more than $21 billion on the video game industry. The Entertainment Software Association reports that almost 60% of Americans—roughly 200…more

Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, Copyright, Costco, Entertainment Industry

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Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

SEC Enforcement Trends for 2016 - Welcome to the latest edition of Fenwick and West’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter. In this newsletter, we look at SEC enforcement trends for 2016, starting with a recap…more

Accounting Fraud, Auditors, Confidentiality Agreements, Cooperation, Dodd-Frank

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Litigation Alert: Hurt Locker Decision Clarifies Differences in First Amendment Interests and Personal Interests Protected by the Right of Publicity

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the right of filmmakers and writers to use the story of Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, an Army bomb disposal technician in Iraq, in the creation of the film The Hurt Locker. Sarver v. Chartier, 16…more

Anti-SLAPP, Authors, Dismissals, Film Industry, First Amendment

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Tax Alert: FTB Disallows California Qualified Small Business Stock Benefits

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently issued FTB Notice 2012-03, stating that the FTB will disallow the exclusion or deferral of gain under California's qualified small business stock (QSBS) statute for all tax years…more

Commerce Clause, Cutler v Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Tax Board, Gain Exclusion, Income Taxes

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of…more

App Developers, Audio Recording, Children's Toys, COPPA, Data Collection

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Federal Circuit Provides Much Needed Patent Venue Guidance Post TC Heartland

The Federal Circuit has issued a landmark venue decision setting forth the standard for determining what constitutes a “regular and established place of business” under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Section 1400(b) limits venue in patent…more

Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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New Patent Claim Construction Review Standard

In early 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the standard of review for patent claim construction with its decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz Inc., 135 S. Ct. 831 (2015) (Teva I). Previously, the U.S. Court of…more

Agency Deference, Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, De Novo Standard of Review, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments

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Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - Full Year 2016

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during the year 2016. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US…more

Financing, Israel, Liquidation, Pay-To-Play, Reorganizations

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M&A Litigation Update: Delaware Chancery Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Disclosure Settlements

A new decision makes clear that parties should no longer expect the Delaware Court of Chancery to approve broad settlements of M&A class actions based on supplemental proxy disclosures. Chancellor Andre Bouchard issued a 42-page…more

Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Disclosure, Proxy Statements, Real Estate Market

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Article 29 Working Party Criticizes Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party, which is a group composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities in Europe (“WP29”), published its opinion (“Opinion”) on the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield. The…more

Article 29 Working Party (WP29), Binding Corporate Rules, EU, EU-US Privacy Shield, European Commission

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Highmark and Octane Helped, But Legislation on Fee Shifting Still Necessary

There is a continued need for patent reform to address the asymmetrical costs that patent litigation imposes on defendants. Given the substantial costs imposed on U.S. technology companies by the number of suits brought by…more

Fee-Shifting, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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SEC's Latest Guidance Clarifies Rule 701 Disclosure Delivery Requirements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 6, 2017, clarified the requirements for delivering financial and other disclosures to employees and other service providers receiving options and other equity awards…more

C&DIs, Compensation & Benefits, Disclosure Requirements, Employee Benefits, Exemptions

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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – Third Quarter 2017

This quarter we are giving you, our readers, a “First Look” that allows us to provide you the top line trends for venture capital financings of Silicon Valley companies in Q3 more quickly. This “First Look” report will be…more

Capital Raising, Corporate Financing, Silicon Valley, Startups, Technology Sector

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Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Clarifies When an Opinion Stated in a Registration Statement Can Give Rise to Section 11 Liability

Overview - On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, a highly anticipated case concerning the circumstances under which…more

Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS, Statement of Facts, Statement of Opinion

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Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in…more

Entrepreneurs, Patents, Startups, Venture Capital

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

In a pair of decisions issued yesterday, the United States Supreme Court unanimously lowered the threshold for obtaining attorneys’ fees in patent cases pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285 and increased the level of deference owed to a…more

Attorney's Fees, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Supreme Court to Decide if Disparagement Provision in the Lanham Act is Invalid Under the First Amendment

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to review Lee v. Tam, better known as “THE SLANTS” case, to assess the constitutionality of the Trademark Office’s refusal to register disparaging marks under Section 2(a) of the…more

Certiorari, Constitutional Challenges, Disparagement, First Amendment, Free Speech

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit’s ‘Seagate Test’ - In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court changed…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Common Law Claims, Copyright, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Dilution

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Purchasing Flowers Ends in Reforming Browsewrap Agreements

A California Court of Appeal has taken its first stance on the website design requirements necessary for an enforceable browsewrap agreement. On March 17, 2016 the Court of Appeal affirmed the California Superior Court of Los…more

Browsewrap Agreement, Clickwrap Agreements, Contract Formation, Internet Retailers, Terms of Use

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Copyright Alert: The European Union Exposes Websites to Copyright Liability for Linking to Infringing Material of Third Parties

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on September 8, 2016 that websites that merely link to infringing material (instead of copying it) can be liable for copyright infringement. If this decision, GS Media BV v…more

Copyright Infringement, EU, Hyperlink, Social Media, Websites

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Privacy Alert: New COPPA Rule Effective July 1, 2013

New amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule go into effect today, July 1, 2013. Amongst the significant changes introduced by the new Rule, the newly expanded definition of “personal information” and new…more

COPPA, Data Collection, Internet, New Regulations, Right to Privacy

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Federal Circuit Provides Much Needed Patent Venue Guidance Post TC Heartland

The Federal Circuit has issued a landmark venue decision setting forth the standard for determining what constitutes a “regular and established place of business” under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Section 1400(b) limits venue in patent…more

Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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New California Laws Prohibit Employers From Asking About Salary History

In a continuing effort to combat pay discrimination, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 168 into law. Beginning January 1, 2018, all California employers are prohibited from seeking, by any means, salary history from an…more

Compensation & Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

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Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Deadlines, Incentive Stock Options, IRS

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Federal Circuit Provides Much Needed Patent Venue Guidance Post TC Heartland

The Federal Circuit has issued a landmark venue decision setting forth the standard for determining what constitutes a “regular and established place of business” under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Section 1400(b) limits venue in patent…more

Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2017

Reducing Cybersecurity Risks to Autonomous Vehicles - The Department of Transportation is revising autonomous vehicle guidelines it issued in September 2016. Recent comments by Secretary Elaine Chao suggest that the new…more

Automotive Industry, Broadcasting, Connected Cars, Copyright Infringement, Cybersecurity

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Clarifies When an Opinion Stated in a Registration Statement Can Give Rise to Section 11 Liability

Overview - On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, a highly anticipated case concerning the circumstances under which…more

Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS, Statement of Facts, Statement of Opinion

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Summer 2017

In This Issue - Ransomware Advisory - The WannaCry ransomware attack that began on May 12 infected 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries within a few days. The scope of the attack was unprecedented—which is just one…more

Biometric Information, Biometric Information Privacy Act, China, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Thwarting 'The Great Patent Revolt' in your Engineering Organizations

When a patent practitioner reads an article calling on engineers to stage a patent strike within their organizations, alarm is the natural reaction. For in-house counsel, such articles and sentiments (which I have found to be…more

Patent Applications, Patents

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit’s ‘Seagate Test’ - In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court changed…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Common Law Claims, Copyright, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Dilution

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Top SCOTUS Cases Tech Companies Should Watch – Fall 2017 Preview

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term promises to be a big one, featuring a patent case that could be a game changer for many clients and a host of other cases that may affect how tech and life sciences companies deal with…more

Administrative Proceedings, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and performance-based…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Deferred Compensation, Executive Compensation

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M&A Litigation Update: Delaware Chancery Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Disclosure Settlements

A new decision makes clear that parties should no longer expect the Delaware Court of Chancery to approve broad settlements of M&A class actions based on supplemental proxy disclosures. Chancellor Andre Bouchard issued a 42-page…more

Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Disclosure, Proxy Statements, Real Estate Market

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Securities Enforcement Alert: SEC Increases Scrutiny of “Unicorns” and Other Private Companies and Secondary Market Trading of Pre-IPO Shares - Urges Private Companies to Adopt Enhanced Controls Long Before IPO

In an unprecedented one-day blitz, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission was joined by the SEC Enforcement Director in events in Silicon Valley and San Francisco on March 31 focused on one message: the SEC is…more

Enforcement Actions, Investor Protection, Privately Held Corporations, Rule 10b-5, SEC

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Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Guidance on Using Social Media to Disclose Material Non-public Information

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued noteworthy guidance on the use of social media to disclose material information in compliance with Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure)…more

Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Public Disclosure, Reed Hastings

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California Court Holds That Orders Demanding Global De-indexing Threaten Free Speech

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court order ordering Google to de-index a website from its global search results. In its decision, the Canadian high court rejected Google’s arguments that such an…more

Canada, Comity, Communications Decency Act, Declaratory Judgments, Free Speech

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Another Look at U.S. Federal Income Tax Treatment of Contingent Earnout Payments

The sale of a company in an M&A transaction often involves consideration to the selling shareholders that is deferred and contingent on subsequent events in the life of the company, such as the post-acquisition performance of…more

Earn-Outs, EBITDA, Income Taxes, Valuation

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FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of…more

App Developers, Audio Recording, Children's Toys, COPPA, Data Collection

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Proposed Senate Bill Revives Concern of Adverse Impact on Equity and Performance-Based Compensation

The Joint Committee on Taxation released a description of the Senate Chairman’s Mark to the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 9, 2017, reintroducing adverse equity and performance-based compensation tax provisions that…more

Compensation & Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

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Grand Jury Indicts Startup Founder Isaac Choi – Implications for Silicon Valley

On June 7, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested Isaac Choi, the founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup, WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. A San Jose, California grand jury had indicted Choi under seal…more

Corporate Counsel, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, Fraud, Indictments

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EEOC Conciliation Efforts Subject To Limited Judicial Review

In Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the United States Supreme Court held that the conciliation efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are subject to judicial review, although such review is limited to ensure that…more

Coal Industry, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Hiring & Firing

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Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2016

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will take effect the end of February. All transactions closing on or after the effective date will be governed by the new…more

Antitrust Provisions, DOJ, Filing Requirements, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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Client Alert: Brexit – What Silicon Valley Needs to Know

The vote of the UK Electorate to leave the EU has politicians, economists, lawyers and commentators from all sectors speculating on what will happen next and over exactly what period. While it is unlikely that there will be a…more

Contract Terms, Data Protection, EU, Force Majeure Clause, Foreign Investment

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Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad

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Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in…more

Entrepreneurs, Patents, Startups, Venture Capital

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Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2015

Background - We analyzed the terms of 166 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2015 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. - Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results continued to…more

Corporate Restructuring, Emerging Technology Companies, Silicon Valley, Software Developers, Venture Capital

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Securities Litigation Alert: GlaxoSmithKline and Five Executives Convicted of Bribery in China

On Friday, September 19, 2014, a Chinese court found pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline guilty of bribing doctors and hospitals in order to increase sales of the company’s products in China. Among other things, the company was…more

Bribery, China, Foreign Nationals, Foreign Official, GlaxoSmithKline

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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The Top Seven Takeaways from the December, 2015 Federal Rules Amendments

Can rule changes streamline litigation to make discovery proportional to the case, improve case management, cut down foot-dragging in response to document requests, eliminate “over-preservation” of records and expedite…more

Case Management, Discovery, Document Requests, Electronically Stored Information, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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Litigation Alert: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Advises That Text Message Senders Must Comply With the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

On November 18, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory declaring that autodialed text messages, also known as robotexts, must comply with the requirements set forth in the…more

Advisory Opinions, Auto-Dialed Calls, Corporate Counsel, Declaratory Judgments, Declaratory Rulings

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Article 29 Working Party Criticizes Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party, which is a group composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities in Europe (“WP29”), published its opinion (“Opinion”) on the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield. The…more

Article 29 Working Party (WP29), Binding Corporate Rules, EU, EU-US Privacy Shield, European Commission

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Supreme Court Redefines the Standard for Indefiniteness in Patent Cases

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., a unanimous Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and redefined the standard for indefiniteness under Section 112, ¶ 2. No. 13-369, 572 U.S. ___ (2014) (“Slip Op.”). The Court…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Deciding Which Inventions to Patent

In the early stages of development, inventors and their employers are often confused about what to patent. When faced with a dizzying array of new products and feature enhancements, it may be tempting to select the flashiest…more

Patent Applications, Patents

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Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in…more

Breastfeeding, Day of Rest Laws, DFEH, DOL, Domestic Violence

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FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of…more

App Developers, Audio Recording, Children's Toys, COPPA, Data Collection

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Life Sciences Financing Survey - First Half, 2013

In This Issue: - Summary - Analysis of Industry Data - Detailed Fenwick & West Results: Valuation - Detailed Fenwick & West Results: Financing Terms …more

Biotechnology, Financing, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Industry

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Supreme Court's Petrella Decision Eliminates the Laches Defense as an Absolute Bar to Copyright Claims

In the coming months, authors of copyrighted materials may begin resurrecting long buried works and asserting infringement claims against current users. The doctrine of laches — a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in bringing suit…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Infringement, Laches, Petrella v. MGM

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Examiner Citations of Smartgene, Cyberfone Drop After McRo Memo

After Alice, the USPTO's various guidance memoranda included references to non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, particularly Smartgene, Cyberfone, and Planet Bingo, as examples of patent-ineligible subject matter. …more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Top SCOTUS Cases Tech Companies Should Watch – Fall 2017 Preview

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term promises to be a big one, featuring a patent case that could be a game changer for many clients and a host of other cases that may affect how tech and life sciences companies deal with…more

Administrative Proceedings, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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IRCA Does Not Preempt FEHA, But Limits Available Remedies

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRCA”) preempts the application of the antidiscrimination provisions of California’s…more

Discrimination, FEHA, Immigrants, Immigration, IRCA

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Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013: Alert: “Unpaid Interns” Held to be Employees Who Should Have Been Paid

As this FEB went to publication, a federal district court in New York issued an important — and very instructive — decision on the compensation of unpaid interns at for-profit companies. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, the…more

FLSA, Internships, Minimum Wage, Unpaid Interns, Wages

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Tax Alert: FTB Disallows California Qualified Small Business Stock Benefits

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently issued FTB Notice 2012-03, stating that the FTB will disallow the exclusion or deferral of gain under California's qualified small business stock (QSBS) statute for all tax years…more

Commerce Clause, Cutler v Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Tax Board, Gain Exclusion, Income Taxes

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2015

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes - As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based entities…more

28 U.S.C. § 1782, America Invents Act, Claim Construction, Copyright, Cross-Border

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Litigation Alert: A Unanimous Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Ruling on Damages in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

On December 6, 2016, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of the damages award in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. The question before the Supreme…more

Apple v Samsung, Article of Manufacture, Calculation of Damages, Cell Phones, Component Parts Doctrine

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Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Executive Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRS

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Will Namenda IR Withdrawal Force A Legal Switch on Product Hopping?

On September 15, 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the specialty pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories and its new owner, Actavis. In the suit, Schneiderman alleges the…more

Actavis Inc., Generic Drugs, Pharmaceutical Industry, Prescription Drugs, Product Hopping

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Recent Tax Court Decision in Crestek – a Cautionary Tale for U.S. Companies with Foreign Subsidiaries

In a ruling with tax implications for U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries, the U.S. Tax Court has held that transactions between a U.S. parent company and its controlled foreign corporations constitute “United States…more

Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Taxes, Foreign Subsidiaries, IRS

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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Who Gives A Sheet About Graphene?

Graphene — a sheet of graphite that is one carbon atom thick — has been the subject of research efforts since the 1960s. With recent advances in synthesis methods, development of graphene-based inventions and the corresponding…more

Patents, Technology

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Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Adopts Broader Octane Fitness Standard for Attorneys’ Fees Awards under the Lanham Act

On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after an en banc rehearing in Sunearth, Inc. v. Sun Earth Solar Power Co., LTD., adopted the Octane Fitness standard for determining whether a case is…more

Abuse of Discretion, Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Exceptional Case, Lanham Act

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Landmark Decision Limits the Authority of the International Trade Commission

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Suprema, Inc., et al. v. International Trade Commission, Nos. 2012-1170, 2012-1026, -1124, Slip Op. December 13, 2013, issued a landmark decision limiting the…more

Imports, Indirect Infringement, Induced Infringement, ITC, Patent Infringement

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Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and performance-based…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Deferred Compensation, Executive Compensation

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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Growth Equity: Who is in Control?

As I discussed in an earlier article, growth equity (or growth capital) resides on the continuum of private equity investing at the intersection of venture capital and control buyouts. Growth capital is designed to facilitate…more

Breach of Contract, Debt Financing, Injunctions, Minority Shareholders, Private Equity

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Federal Circuit Provides Much Needed Patent Venue Guidance Post TC Heartland

The Federal Circuit has issued a landmark venue decision setting forth the standard for determining what constitutes a “regular and established place of business” under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Section 1400(b) limits venue in patent…more

Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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[Event] The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2016 - Jan. 18th or 25th, Mountain View or San Francisco, CA

2016 brought several employment law developments that will undoubtedly affect your workplace. The Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group invites you to attend its annual complimentary briefing to learn more about the most…more

Arbitration, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, EEO-1, EEOC, Events

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2016

European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation to Usher in Sweeping Changes Affecting Data Protection and Privacy Practices of European and U.S. Companies - In December 2015 the European Commission published a General…more

Attorney's Fees, Dismissals, Disparagement, EU, European Commission

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Federal Circuit Provides Much Needed Patent Venue Guidance Post TC Heartland

The Federal Circuit has issued a landmark venue decision setting forth the standard for determining what constitutes a “regular and established place of business” under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Section 1400(b) limits venue in patent…more

Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Leaves Pirate Joe’s Saying “Shiver Me Timbers!”

Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined a court had jurisdiction to decide a trademark lawsuit filed by a U.S. grocery store against a Canadian reseller where the products at issue were only…more

Appeals, Canada, Comity, Dismissals, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Split on Patent Eligible Subject Matter Analysis

Last week, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a much-anticipated decision in CLS Bank Int'l, et al., v. Alice Corporation Pty, Ltd. involving the test for when computer-related inventions are unpatentable "abstract…more

CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit’s ‘Seagate Test’ - In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court changed…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Common Law Claims, Copyright, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Dilution

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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – Third Quarter 2017

This quarter we are giving you, our readers, a “First Look” that allows us to provide you the top line trends for venture capital financings of Silicon Valley companies in Q3 more quickly. This “First Look” report will be…more

Capital Raising, Corporate Financing, Silicon Valley, Startups, Technology Sector

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Ninth Circuit Confirms Willfulness is Required to Award Profits in Trademark Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its commitment to the rule that willfulness is a prerequisite for disgorgement of a trademark infringer’s profits in Stone Creek v. Omnia Italian Design, Case No…more

Disgorgement, Intellectual Property Protection, Lanham Act, Likelihood of Confusion, Popular

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U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section…more

Banks, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, FFI, IGAs

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New Index Rules Likely to Significantly Impact Tech Companies with Multi-Class Capital Structures

In response to investor concerns regarding an increase in the number of technology companies that have been implementing multi-class capital structures, index providers S&P Dow Jones, FTSE Russell and MSCI have adopted or…more

Alphabet Company, Capital Structures, Common Stock, Investment, IPO

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Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These…more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v Superior Court of California - San Francisco County, Class Action, Class Certification, Disparagement, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2016

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will take effect the end of February. All transactions closing on or after the effective date will be governed by the new…more

Antitrust Provisions, DOJ, Filing Requirements, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Leaves Intact PTAB Authority to Institute and Regulate Inter Partes Review Proceedings

This week in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, the United States Supreme Court decided two important questions related to the power of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) over inter partes review proceedings. First,…more

Administrative Procedure Act, America Invents Act, Appeals, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Claim Construction

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the…more

Domain Names, Endorsements, First Amendment, Free Speech, gTLD

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USPTO and EPO Examiners Discuss Key Considerations for Filing Effective Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics Applications in the US and Europe

At a symposium and webinar presented by Fenwick & West and Mewburn Ellis, we asked U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office examiners to provide perspective on the preparation and prosecution of patent…more

Diagnostic Tests, EU, European Patent Office, Intellectual Property Protection, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in the…more

Administrative Appointments, America Invents Act, Appeals, Article III, Barack Obama

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Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in…more

Breastfeeding, Day of Rest Laws, DFEH, DOL, Domestic Violence

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Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Raises the Stakes in Trademark Proceedings at the TTAB

This week, the Supreme Court issued an important ruling that will significantly impact the way parties handle trademark disputes in the United States. The opinion in B&B Hardware, Inv. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., 575 U.S. ____;…more

B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, Issue Preclusion, Lanham Act, Legal History, Likelihood of Confusion

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Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey - 2017 First Half

This report analyzes key aspects of initial public offerings (IPOs) for technology and life sciences companies that went public in the first half of 2017. Downloading the full report will provide you access to a number of tables…more

Capital Raising, IPO, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Industry, Stock Prices

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Legal FAQ: Section 337 Investigations Before the International Trade Commission

What types of intellectual property claims can be brought before the International Trade Commission? - The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) investigates claims of unfair competition under Section 337 of the…more

Copyright, ITC, Misappropriation, Patents, Section 337

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Corporate Alert: China’s New Tax Regulation on Indirect Disposals Complicates Certain Offshore M&A Deals

In 2009, China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) promulgated Circular 698 to empower PRC tax authorities to re-characterize transfers by non-PRC residents of shares in offshore companies that hold equity interests in…more

China, Equity Securities, Offshore Companies, PRC Taxation Administration, Tax Avoidance

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California Attorney General Issues Privacy Guidelines for Websites

In the wake of numerous high-profile breaches of user privacy and complaints about sites that track the online activity of users, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a 28-page set of recommendations for how…more

CalOPPA, Data Breach, Data Protection, Data-Sharing, Kamala Harris

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Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the…more

Administrative Appointments, Copyright, Copyright Office, Cyber Crimes, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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