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Strategic Use of Patent Examiner InterviewsPosted on 09-12-2018

By: Frank DeLucia and Luciano Ricondo , Merchant & Gould After a patent application is filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and during the stage in which the application is being examined by a patent examiner, it can often be helpful to conduct an interview with the examiner... Read More

Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation StrategiesPosted on 06-22-2018

By: Jeffrey Alan Hovden, Robins Kaplan LLP This article discusses strategies that counsel for brand-name and generic drug companies may employ in pharmaceutical patent litigation under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, commonly known as the Hatch-Waxman Act. It focuses... Read More

Current Updates and Legal Developments—Summer 2018Posted on 06-22-2018

SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS CONSTITUTIONALITY OF AIA PATENT REVIEW PROCESS A PROVISION IN THE AMERICA INVENTS ACT (AIA) allowing for pre-trial review of existing patents does not violate Article III or the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has held. In Oil States Energy... Read More

Cyber Risks in the Workplace: Guidance for Employers on Managing Insider ThreatsPosted on 02-28-2018

By: Lindsay Burke and Moriah Daugherty Covington & Burling LLP Today, among the most critical risks a company can face are the cyber risks associated with its own employees or contractors. Companies are confronting an increasingly complex series of cybersecurity challenges with employees in the... Read More

Biometric Information Protection: The Stage is Set for Expansion of ClaimsPosted on 02-28-2018

By: Torsten M. Kracht, Michael J. Mueller, Lisa J. Sotto, and Daniella Sterns Hunton & Williams LLP Litigation alleging the improper collection and storage of biometric data is being driven by the Illinois Biometric Information Protection Act (BIPA). The authors of this article discuss two headline... Read More

Preparing for Random Trademark Registration AuditsPosted on 02-28-2018

By: Janet Marvel Pattishall, Mcauliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is commencing random audits of trademark registrations in which Declarations of Use have been filed to verify that the registered mark is in use on all of the goods and services... Read More

Current Updates and Legal Developments Spring 2018Posted on 02-28-2018

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SETS NEW GUIDELINES FOR INTERN COMPENSATION THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) HAS ADOPTED new guidelines for determining whether interns working at for-profit companies are entitled to compensation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL abandoned its... Read More

Current Updates and Legal DevelopmentsPosted on 12-19-2017

D.C. COURT ORDERS EEOC TO RECONSIDER WORKPLACE WELLNESS RULES IN AN ACTION BROUGHT BY THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of Retired Persons (AARP), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider two regulations related to... Read More

Life Sciences: Strategies for Overcoming Early Litigation Challenges to Patent EligibilityPosted on 12-19-2017

By: Michael Furrow and Shannon Clark , Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto                                                Introduction Section... Read More

In-House Counsel’s Role In Cybersecurity & Data ProtectionPosted on 10-31-2017

THE CONDUCTOR CANNOT HOPE TO KNOW EVERYTHING about each section of the orchestra, (e.g., what strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion must do in order to play their part). However, each section (and subsection) has its own chair who can determine that with the help of internal or external advisors... Read More

Current Updates And Legal DevelopmentsPosted on 10-31-2017

SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON VALIDITY OF CLASS WAIVERS IN EMPLOYMENT CONTEXT By: Lexis Practice Advisor Staff THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IS expected to decide this term whether the collective-bargaining provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) prohibit enforcement of agreements requiring employees... Read More

What Companies Need to Know about Protecting Confidential Information under the New ACC GuidelinesPosted on 10-31-2017

By: Stephen E. Reynolds and Nicole R. Woods ICE MILLER LLP In response to the increased concern surrounding cybersecurity, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has released the Model Information Protection and Security Controls for Outside Counsel Possessing Company Confidential Information... Read More

Current Updates and Legal Developments - Fall 2017Posted on 09-27-2017

SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION UNDER TITLE VII REMAINS HOT-BUTTON ISSUE By: Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, Volume 17, Issue 7 RECENTLY, THREE OF THE U.S. CIRCUIT COURTS OF APPEAL addressed the issue of whether discrimination on account of an individual’s sexual orientation... Read More

Drafting a Motion to Dismiss a Patent Infringement Complaint for Failure to State a Claim under Rule 12Posted on 09-27-2017

By: John DeFosse FRIED FRANK, HARRIS, SHRIVER & JACOBSON LLP THIS ARTICLE EXPLAINS THE STRATEGIC AND PRACTICAL considerations associated with filing a motion to dismiss claims of patent infringement under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and discusses the legal grounds that... Read More

Copyrights in the Fashion Industry – Tips for Protecting DesignsPosted on 09-27-2017

By: Seth Appel PATTISHALL, MCAULIFFE, NEWBURY, HILLIARD & GERALDSON LLP THE U.S. SUPREME COURT CONFIRMED THAT ARTISTIC designs on clothing can be subject to copyright protection in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S.Ct. 1002 (2017) . This landmark decision follows years of uncertainty... Read More

Drafting a Trademark Cease and Desist LetterPosted on 06-07-2017

By: Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Roger LaLonde, ECKERT SEAMANS CHERIN & MELLOTT, LLC BEFORE SENDING A TRADEMARK CEASE AND DESIST LETTER on behalf of a client, it is imperative to conduct due diligence and to carefully consider the content and tone of the letter. Such letters may range from a polite... Read More

Preparing for Artificial Intelligence in the Legal ProfessionPosted on 06-07-2017

By: Dennis Garcia, Microsoft Assistant General Counsel One of the very hot topics so far in 2017 is artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential disruptive impact on the legal profession. Questions ranging from, “Will AI replace lawyers?” to “Does it make sense to attend law school... Read More

U.S. Patent Office Launches PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative - Practice News, Summer 2017Posted on 06-07-2017

THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE (USPTO) With the enactment of the America Invents Act in 2011, the PTAB was charged with conducting proceedings to address challenges to existing patents. Those proceedings “have significantly changed the patent landscape by providing a faster, cost... Read More

Patent Litigation Strategies Against Patent TrollsPosted on 02-09-2017

By: Matthew Bernstein , Perkins Coie LLP. THE MAJORITY OF PATENT CASES ARE BROUGHT BY non-practicing entities (NPEs), also called patent trolls or patent assertion entities (PAEs). These parties litigate or license their patents but have no real products or services. NPE Lawsuits are commonly brought... Read More

A Look into Digital Media’s Influence on Brand Identity and Intellectual Property RightsPosted on 02-09-2017

Q&A with Po Yi , Partner at Venable LLP. Please provide some general background on the types of transactional work you do currently. I counsel and work with clients on the front end of their marketing activities. My practice focuses on business transactions and counseling in the areas of... Read More

Guidance on Ransomware Attacks under HIPAA and State Data Breach Notification LawsPosted on 02-09-2017

By: Amy M. Gordon, Ann Killilea, Michael G. Morgan, Susan M. Nash, and Angela M. Stockbridge , McDermott Will & Emery LLP. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on what covered entities... Read More

Complying with the CAN-SPAM ActPosted on 11-08-2016

By Mark W. Brennan , Hogan Lovells US LLP The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act), 15 U.S.C. §§ 7701–7713 , imposes a number of detailed requirements on persons and entities that initiate and send commercial e-mail messages... Read More

The Demise of Safe Harbor and Rise of Privacy Shield: How Can Personal Information Now Be Exported from the EU to the United States?Posted on 11-08-2016

By: David Bender Special Counsel, Data Privacy, GTC Law Group. Since 2000, the Safe Harbor program has provided a relatively painless way for U.S. companies to import into the United States the personal information of European Union (EU) residents in compliance with the EU’s rigid restrictions... Read More

Attorney Cloud Computing for Technology Clients: A Patent and Trade Secret PerspectivePosted on 11-08-2016

By: Eric M. Dobrusin, Kristen L. Pursley, and Daniel P. Aleksynas , The Dobrusin Law Firm. A broad range of attorneys represent technology companies in some capacity, and therefore, potentially handle and store sensitive information related to patents or trade secrets. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU MAY BE A... Read More

A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy OnlinePosted on 11-08-2016

By: Angela Bozzuti Product Manager, Lexis Practice Advisor. THE CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT AND Rule ( COPPA ) is a federal law that places parents and legal guardians in control over the collection, use, and disclosure of their children’s personal information (PI). COPPA... Read More