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|Puerto Rico: A Haven for Manufacturers?|
Rosana M. Gutierrez; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014Perhaps not surprisingly to those familiar with the tropical island, manufacturing remains a key driver of economic activity in Puerto Rico. Indeed, manufacturing accounts for 45% of Puerto Rico’s GDP (compared to 11% in the U.S.) and over 20% of the island’s jobs. Many U.S....
|Job Training Reform Bill Clears Congress; President’s Approval Expected This Week|
Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014 Employers in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and agriculture faced with significant shortages of skilled labor, received a major boost from Congress last week. The long-awaited job training program reform bill “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” received bipartisan...
|Too much of a “Good Thing”? Exclusivity and Enforcement in Licensing Agreements|
Elder C. Marques; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014Exclusive product or manufacturing licenses allow retailers to leverage a partnering business’s strengths, such as a strong brand name, loyal customer base, or state-of-the-art operations and supply chain management. With these benefits, retailers might be tempted to find multiple strategic...
|Why Are Method of Treatment Claims and Method of Manufacture Claims Subject to Scrutiny Under the USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance?|
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014The USPTO has asked for written comments on its patent subject matter eligibility guidance by July 31, 2014. In this article, I discuss why therapeutic method claims and method of manufacture claims should not be subject to scrutiny under the USPTO’s multi-factored § 101 analysis.
|Strict Products Liability And Implied Warranty Of Merchantability Claims Allowed To Proceed Against Air Mattress Manufacturer And Retailer|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s strict products liability and implied warranty of merchantability claims against an air mattress manufacturer and the retailer from which the product was purchased. The plaintiff was allegedly...
|Facilities Siting: The Right Considerations Lead to the Right Choice|
Douglas S. Buck, Michael W. Hatch; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014According to the research, manufacturers are on the move. The questions and considerations listed below are a great starting point for any company opening or relocating a manufacturing facility.
|South Carolina Supreme Court Rules in FOIA Case|
Bob Coble; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 11, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014The South Carolina Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in Lambries v Saluda County Council.
|Dramatic Change to Scope of Anti-Dumping Duty Order Puts Many Importers at Risk|
Jeffrey S. Neeley, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 10, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014In a scope ruling issued May 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”) found that four chests marketed as living room pieces were within the scope of the anti-dumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. The scope ruling was made at...
|A Foreign Manufacturer May be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in the United States Under the “Stream of Commerce” Theory Where It Is Closely Affiliated with Its Intermediary Distributer|
Sarah M. Grago; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 2014In Valichka v. Kettler Int’l, Inc., et al., the United States District Court for the District of Maryland denied Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. Plaintiff William Valichka (“Valichka”) sued Defendants Kettler International, Inc., (D/B/A...
|New FDA Current Good Manufacturing Processes Rule Expected for Animal Food Manufacturers|
Diane J. Romza-Kutz, Fredric E. Roth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in March of 2011, the FDA was given a mandate to update its regulations to create a new set of regulations/rules that enables it to prevent the introduction of adulterated food into the human and animal food supply in the U.S., as opposed...