Topic: Patents

What’s New in the Fight Against Patent Trolls? The FTC Jumps In, Federal Legislation Advances, Judges Take Sides, and More…

Whatever you call them – non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, patent holding companies, patent monetization entities, or patent trolls – businesses that generate revenue not by exploiting patents but rather by licensing them are currently under attack from all sides. Here’s a quick look at how that fight is going, from attorneys on JD Supra… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Leased Photocopiers, Zero Tolerance, Big Data, Elder Abuse

Plan to sneak out of the office a little early today? Better read the JD Supra Corporate Brief right now then: What’s a leased photocopier going for under the new HIPAA regime? About the same as a lost laptop… (Polsinelli) The SEC’s “Zero Tolerance” policy is paying off… (BakerHostetler) According to a recent survey, companies… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Trade Secret Theft, Business Continuity Planning, NAFTA Arbitration Claim, Comprehensive Tax Reform

The bad news: it’s still not Friday. The good news: it’s pretty darn close. The law news: This can’t be good: foreign defendants avoid prosecution for theft of trade secrets by fighting the government’s attempts to serve process… (Orrick) Business continuity planning in the financial industry might not be as simple as regulators think… (Dechert)… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Big Data, Broker-Dealers, Graphene Inventions, Arbitration Agreements

Go ahead, pour yourself another cup. It’s Friday after all, and the world can wait while you sip your coffee and read your JD Supra Corporate Brief: Big data creates big dangers for consumer privacy, says the FTC chair… (Ropes & Gray) Here’s one lawyer’s take on the evolution of white collar crime prosecution over… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Can Openers, Anti-Competitive Agreements, Free Trade, Leased Photocopiers

On August 16, 2010, China officially surpassed Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy, just three decades after Deng Xiaoping opened the country to foreign investment, private competition, and the “socialist market economy.” This is why you don’t want to challenge a patent attorney to an argument… (Fenwick & West) 2015 will be here before you… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Internal Controls, Broker Dealers, Unfair Competition, Conflict Minerals

Is it just us, or is it getting really hot in here? But don’t worry – the heat wave should break by before the weekend. Until then: stay cool, drink lots of liquids, and read the JD Supra Corporate Brief: M&A risks: all too often executives ignore ethics and compliance issues and focus mainly on… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Software Patents, China Investments, Employment Visas, FCPA Violations

Happy birthday, Atticus Finch: On this day in 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was first published. Read it again to celebrate! What’s new in the world of software patents? Plenty! (K&L Gates) The Basel Committee wonders if international financial regulatory systems have become too complex. Really. (Shipkevich) Want to challenge a patent? Here… Read more »

Inevitable? Supreme Court Myriad Ruling Leads to Challenge of Human Stem Cell Patent

When the Supreme Court ruled last month that human genes were not patent eligible, writes attorney Antoinette Konski of Foley & Lardner: “[m]any in the biotech community were relieved that the Supreme Court in Myriad limited its holding of patent-ineligibility to isolated, naturally-occurring genes. However, patent practitioners cautioned that Myriad’s holding could potentially be applied… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Delaware Corporation Bylaws, Cram Down Plans, Paid Sick Leave, ACA Whistleblower Protections

Looking for law news? You’ve come to the right place… The Delaware Court of Chancery has held that boards of directors of Delaware corporations may adopt bylaws requiring lawsuits over the internal affairs of that corporation to be brought in Delaware… (DLA Piper) Two recent appeals court decisions separately address the rights of secured creditors,… Read more »

Attorney: Myriad Decision Shows SCOTUS Striking Necessary Patent Law Balance

“You know you’re living in the end of days when both the ACLU and the Wall Street Journal praise the same Supreme Court decision…” – Gideon Schor Here’s an interesting perspective on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in AMP v. Myriad from Gideon Schor, litigation partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati [bold ours]: “…The Court… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Fair Working Conditions, WARN Act Notices, Deferred Employee Compensation, Human Gene Patents

It’s Friday, and here at the JD Supra Corporate Brief, that means an extra Danish on the way into the office. Care to join us? How can multinationals ensure fair working conditions for workers on the other side of the globe? (NAVEX Global) The exemption from WARN Act notices for companies in Chapter 11 just… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Recess Appointments, Chinese Auditors, Meaningful Use, Utility Patents

Don’t forget: the JD Supra Corporate Brief is the most important meal of the day (and we won’t say a word if you come back for seconds)! Does this new court of appeals ruling put another nail in the recess-appointed NLRB’s coffin? (KMTG) China just agreed to allow US investigators greater access to work papers… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Total’s Bribery, Trade Secrets, IP Rights, Iran Sanctions

You can put away your umbrellas now – it’s June. Happy reading! Who remembers what went on in the 90s? The SEC, apparently… (Brooks Pierce) Want to make sure your trade secrets are protected? You’ll have to take the first step… (Venable) It is possible to maintain the confidentiality of competitively valuable information during a… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Public Company ESOPs, First Amendment Defense, Patent Law Treaty, Stark Law Enforcement

Can’t decide whether you should wear the black or brown shoes? The JD Supra Corporate Brief goes well with either… Public companies may need to revise their ESOPs to comply with a recent IRS notice (Katten) Is the First Amendment a viable defense for off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals? You might think so six months after… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Gross Negligence, Reasonable Royalties, IP Theft, OSHA Inspections

Large coffee: $2.50. Cherry Danish: $1.75. JD Supra Corporate Brief: priceless… The judge in the recently concluded BP oil spill litigation has asked all parties to discuss gross negligence by one of the responsible parties. And that could make any damages a lot more expensive… (King, Krebs & Jurgens) The SEC recently granted Pfizer’s officers… Read more »