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FEC Releases NPRM for Disclaimers on Internet Communications

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) took a step last week toward clarifying the “paid for by” and other disclaimer requirements that apply to political advertisements that appear on digital media. At its meeting on March...more

News from Abroad -- Disclaimers: Door Remains Open for Undisclosed Disclaimers at European Patent Office

The Enlarged Board of Appeal has now released its written decision in respect of G 1/16 (T 0437/14). This decision resolves the question regarding which standard is to be applied to determine whether an "undisclosed...more

Disclaimers Double Standard Acknowledged by European Patent Office

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent decision by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office confirmed that a 2011 ruling dealing with disclosed disclaimers does not overrule its 2004 decision applying to undisclosed...more

Wait....Does Your At-Will Disclaimer do its Very Important Job?

Human resource professionals and employment lawyers know the importance of an at-will disclaimer in employee handbooks and offer letters. These disclaimers have existed for years, and they are often glossed over because they...more

Improper Reliance on Informal “Opinion of Counsel” Part of Basis for Exceptional Case Award

In Drop Stop LLC v. Jian Qing Zhu et al, 2-16-cv-07916 (CACD January 22, 2018), the Central District of California granted Plaintiff’s motion to award attorney fees due to Defendants’ exceptional litigation tactics under 35...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Core Wireless v. LG affirms the denial of summary judgment as to unpatentable subject matter, ruling that the asserted claims are directed to an improved user interface for computing devices, not to the abstract idea of an...more

Who Can Sue an Attorney—and How to Stop Them

by Dentons on

Unlike some other torts, the class of plaintiffs who can bring legal malpractice claims against attorneys is fairly limited. Generally speaking, legal malpractice claims can only be raised by a limited set of people to whom...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement in Employee Handbook

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a court's decision finding an arbitration agreement is valid and enforceable even when located in an employee handbook containing a general disclaimer that the handbook is...more

Portion of PTAB’s Facebook Decision Addressing Pre-Institution Statutory Disclaimers Designated as Precedential

True to its ongoing effort to increase the number of precedential decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“P.T.A.B.”) designated, on December 21, 2017, a portion of its Decision on Petitioner’s Request for Rehearing in...more

When should you turn down an inheritance?

If a person expects to receive an inheritance from a family member, he or she might choose to use a qualified disclaimer to refuse the bequest. As a result, the assets will bypass their estate and go directly to the next...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2017

In This Issue: - When should you turn down an inheritance? - Addressing intellectual property requires careful estate planning - Year end is an ideal time to review your estate plan - Estate planning pitfall: You’re...more

Key Provisions for Supply Chain Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In the manufacturing industry, a company’s supply chain can be a source of both risk and value. By paying careful attention to the terms of its supply chain contracts, a company can help to mitigate its risks while at the...more

Expanded Panel Ratifies Post-Petition Disclaimer As Legitimate CBM Eligibility Strategy

by Jones Day on

An expanded panel at the PTAB has found that post-Petition claim cancellation is a legitimate strategy for patent owners to avoid CBM jurisdiction. In deciding petitioner’s Institution Decision Rehearing Request in Facebook,...more

Disclaimer of All Challenged Claims Results in Denial of IPR Institution

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied institution of inter partes review (IPR) where the patent owner filed a statutory disclaimer of all claims challenged in the petition. Xilinx, Inc. v. Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1,...more

Eastern District of Texas Judge Holds that Statements Made to PTAB Constitute Disclaimer

On September 9, 2017, an Eastern District of Texas magistrate judge issued a report and recommendation holding that a plaintiff was estopped from asserting its patent infringement claims because statements made in response to...more

Shifting the onerous: onerous land disclaimed by bankruptcy trustees can also become onerous for lenders

by Dentons on

This update deals with “onerous property” and the issues involved when a trustee in bankruptcy disclaims onerous land, including the potential impact on lenders....more

The “As-Is, Where-Is” Disclaimer – How Strong Is It?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

A bank is planning to sell equipment collateral – either repossessed equipment taken after a borrower’s default or leased equipment that has been returned by a lessee at the end of the lease term. [In this article, the term...more

2017 Summer review: M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Court Dispenses With Fraud Defense Based on Gumball Victims’ Disclaimers

The Chicklets and Runts vending machine at your local car repair shop last decade may have been one piece of a fraudulent enterprise that ensnarled roughly 7,000 victims. As CEO of Vendstar, Defendant Edward (“Ned”) Weaver...more

Disclaiming Proper Appointment With The Secretary Of State – “All You Have To Do Is Ask”

by Allen Matkins on

A lot of things in life may upset you. One these might be discovering that you have been improperly appointed as an agent for service of process, director or officer of a California corporation. Corporations Code Section...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That SPD Was An Enforceable Plan Document Through Which The Administrator Could Properly Seek Reimbursement

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In another victory for plan administrators seeking reimbursement under the terms of ERISA plans, in Rhea v. Alan Ritchey, Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, No. 16-41032, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9482 (5th Cir. May 30, 2017), the Fifth...more

Patent Owner Statements During IPR May Limit Claim Scope

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Federal Circuit holds that patent owner’s statements can trigger prosecution disclaimers. On May 11, 2017 in Aylus Networks, Inc. v. Apple Inc., the Federal Circuit addressed for the first time whether statements made...more

The PTAB Review - June 2017

Escaping PTAB Review Through Strategic Disclaimer in CBM Proceedings - A patent is only eligible for covered business method (CBM) review if it: (1) claims a method or apparatus for performing data processing or other...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Patentee’s Unnecessarily Broad Prosecution Disclaimer Affirmed by Federal Circuit - In Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Appeal Nos. 2016-1306, -1307, -1309, -1310, -1311, the Federal...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Australia

by White & Case LLP on

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

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