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Extrinsic Evidence May Not Be Used To Distinguish the Commercial Impressions of Marks In An Ex Parte Likelihood-of-Confusion...

In a non-precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed that in an ex parte proceeding, when analyzing the likelihood of confusion between a registered and an applied-for mark, evidence extrinsic to the application and...more

Enforcing Patents in Brazil: An Injunction Paradise?

In the Americas, Brazil is the second largest country in both GDP and population, and the third in territorial extension. Although the amount of patent litigation in Brazil is rather small in comparison to the U.S., patent...more

Attorney Admonished For Ex Parte Communications With Flight Attendants

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Regina Raub sued US Airways for injuries she allegedly suffered when her flight encountered turbulence. In preparing the case, Raub’s attorney spoke with two US Airways flight attendants. Ethics rules prohibit a lawyer for...more

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Defendants' Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has dealt a significant blow to Florida's medical malpractice pre-suit process, ruling that statutes authorizing the conduct of informal, ex parte interviews with a medical malpractice claimant's...more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Candour in Ex Parte Applications

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) reminds us that counsel must take care to provide a balanced view of both sides and not overreach in their asks when seeking an ex parte application, lest the court set...more

Trade Secrets: What In-House Counsel Need to Know

As former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder observed, there are only two types of companies affected by trade-secret theft: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t know yet. Please see full...more

CAFC Vacates USPTO Single Reference Obviousness Rejection For Inadequate Showing Of Expectation of Success

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a split decision with Judge Lourie dissenting, the Federal Circuit vacated an obviousness rejection that had been affirmed in an ex parte appeal to the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The decision was rendered in In...more

The DTSA After One Year: Has the Federal Trade Secrets Law Met Expectations?

On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation – celebrated its first birthday. The law was the result of years of negotiation between...more

Lower Threshold for Indefiniteness Confirmed by PTAB in Ex Parte McAward

The courts have long stated that one goal of patent law is to provide certainty to both inventors and the public regarding the law that is applied in determining the metes and bounds of a patent claim....more

DTSA and Ex Parte Seizure – Lessons From The First Ex Parte Seizure Under The DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Ex Parte Seizure mechanism allows victims of trade secret misappropriation to quickly prevent further dissemination of confidential information by asking a court to direct federal marshals...more

Three Urgent Questions to Ask When Trade Secrets Migrate Across Borders

by Kobre & Kim on

Today’s employees can quickly become tomorrow’s trade rivals. Seamless information-sharing among an increasingly global workforce is great — until key knowledge lands in competitors’ hands. It may be tempting for teams and...more

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex...more

Emerging Issues In the Defend Trade Secrets Act’s Second Year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One year after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) continues to be one of the most significant and closely followed developments in trade secret law. The statute provides for a federal civil cause of action for...more

Courts Still Heavily Favor Rule 65 TROs Over DTSA Ex Parte Seizures

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. While the DTSA has been on the books for over a year, relatively few courts have addressed the ex parte seizure provision and even...more

It’s Inevitable: Pleading Trade Secret Misappropriation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), enacted on May 11, 2016, provides the first private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and allows employers whose trade secrets have been misappropriated to head...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act one year in – four things we've learned

by DLA Piper on

One year has passed since the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was enacted, providing a new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and new remedies to trade secret owners. In that time, what have we learned?...more

5 Lessons Learned as the Defend Trade Secrets Act Turns One

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

While courts only sparingly grant ex parte seizures under the DTSA, the availability of federal jurisdiction and extraordinary remedies may be enhancing enforcement efforts. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was...more

Change is Coming for CPUC Procedures

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Spring cleaning has come to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as it sets on a path to overhaul its Rules of Practice and Procedure. On May 4, 2017, Administrative Law Judge Wildgrube issued Draft Resolution...more

USPTO’s Second Trade Secrets Symposium Looks Back on First Year of DTSA and Ahead Toward Challenges of International Trade Secrets...

On May 8, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office hosted its second event on trade secrets. When we covered the USPTO’s inaugural trade secrets symposium held in January 2015, there was a palpable sense among DC...more

"Sections 204 and 205 of Delaware Corporation Law: Effective Tools to Remedy Defective Corporate Acts"

Since they became effective in 2014, Sections 204 and 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) have provided mechanisms for a corporation to unilaterally ratify defective corporate acts or seek relief from the Court...more

"The Risks Associated With Worldwide Freezing Orders"

A worldwide freezing order is an injunction granted by the English courts to restrain individuals or businesses from disposing of or dealing with assets on a worldwide basis. The order can be sought before, or...more

CFPB adopts changes to ex parte policy

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has adopted changes to its “Policy on Ex Parte Presentations in Rulemaking Proceedings,” which generally requires anyone who communicates with the CFPB about a pending rulemaking to submit a written copy of the...more

Top trade secret developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Trade secrets form one of the most valuable assets of technology companies. The protection of trade secrets is widely seen as essential to foster innovation and economic growth. This past year, both the United States (U.S.)...more

Litigating Disruption in the Automotive Industry's Supply Chain

by Hogan Lovells on

“We’ve seen an increase in litigation over supply chain disruption in the automotive industry,” said Hogan Lovells partner Dr. Detlef Hass. “In the past, there was a sense that suppliers wanted to keep their customers happy...more

A Key Difference Between the DTSA and UTSA: “Continued Misappropriation” Continues to be a Viable Claim

by Fisher Phillips on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), unapologetically, was modeled after the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”) in many respects. For background, the DTSA is the federal statute, enacted in 2016, that creates a federal...more

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