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|DC Circuit Court Upholds Federal Ban On Campaign Contributions - What’s Next for Politically Active Government Contractors?|
William H. Minor; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
September 10, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015A unanimous federal appeals court in Washington, DC has upheld a long-standing ban on federal campaign contributions by government contractors.
|China Adopts the New National Security Law - A Top Legislative Effort to Control Cybersecurity|
Yunzhu Huang, Scott Thiel; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
September 10, 2015, previously published on July 2, 2015On 1 July 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, approved the new National Security Law of the People's Republic of China (the "New Law") which became effective on the same day. This New Law is very high-level in its nature, covering a...
|Generating Life Sciences Brand Names: 5 Key Tips|
Virginia Wolk Marino, Christina L. Martini; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
September 10, 2015, previously published on August 25, 2015In the challenging and complex world of life sciences product development, choosing a brand that survives the US Patent and Trademark Office and US Food and Drug Administration clearance processes is critical. Brand names in this industry are subject to heightened scrutiny because confusingly...
Ed Chansky, Erica Okerberg; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015What does it take to create a binding contract online? This question has vexed courts, consumers, and e-commerce companies since the dawn of the Internet.
|The Procedure for Allocation of Spectrum for DTT (Mux-8) Has Now Started|
Karol Laskowski, Igor Ostrowski; Dentons Canada LLP;
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015On 12 March 2015 the President of the Polish Office for Electronic Communications (Polish: UKE) announced a contest for frequency reservations in the 174 - 230 MHz band, dedicated for the eighth multiplex (MUX-8) of Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT). The bidders have until April 29, 2015 to make their...
|Nike Lawsuit Against Former Designers Will Test Company Security Initiative|
Shawn N. Butte; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014Athletic shoe manufacturer Nike filed suit on December 8, 2014 in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon against three of its former designers alleging that the designers misappropriated Nike’s trade secrets and conspired with Adidas to start a new, competing business venture.
|Supreme Court Rules Juries Should Decide on Trademark Tacking|
Timothy J. Lockhart; Willcox & Savage, P.C.;
March 12, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015Resolving a circuit split, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the issue of whether two trademarks may be “tacked”—a newer mark’s acquiring the priority of an older mark—is a question for juries to decide. Hana Fin., Inc. v. Hana Bank, 135 S.Ct. 907 (2015). Writing...
|Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract?|
Sean Casey, Matthew A. Karambelas, Courtney Quish, Michael T. Renaud; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 10, 2015, previously published on January 12, 2015Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas” and if the ordered combination of those abstract...
|Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell: $1.5 Billion at Stake at the Federal Circuit|
Michael T. Renaud, Peter F. Snell; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 10, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015Currently on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is Carnegie Mellon University’s (“CMU”) $1.535 billion judgment for patent infringement against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (collectively “Marvell”),...
|Game Developers: What’s Your SWOT?|
Chinh H. Pham; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 8, 2014Multiple criteria have been used over the years by companies and investors to identify the commercial viability of Game Developer Creative Processa technology within a given industry. Included among these criteria are timeliness, market demand, and competitive advantage. These and other criteria...