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|Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 and QPIDS Pilot Programs to September 2015|
Andrew Balazer; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced it has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot program (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement program (QPIDS), which are now set to run until September 30, 2015.
|Cadillac Moving to the Big Apple|
Chao Meng; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014General Motors’ Cadillac luxury car division, founded in Motown and named for the city’s founder, is moving 650 miles east to New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its foreign rivals, is hoping that a trendy New York address will give its...
|Montana Judge Reduces Punitives In Automotive Case But Award Still Vulnerable On Appeal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014In May, we posted that a Montana jury awarded the family of two teens involved in a fatal car crash $240 million in punitive damages because of an alleged manufacturing defect in the steering knuckles of the car’s suspension system. Last week, the presiding judge affirmed the jury’s...
|U.S. Regulations Can Raise Risks for Reshoring and Next-Generation Manufacturing|
Gregory Husisian; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 3, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014More than a third of United States businesses are either bringing back or considering bringing back manufacturing activity to the U.S. through “reshoring.” Although one would think that bringing production back to the U.S. would minimize the impact of U.S. regulations of international...
|Trek Leather: A New Avenue for CBP Enforcement|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in U.S. v. Trek Leather, Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri invites U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to increase its enforcement and penalty activities and serves as a warning that should encourage enhanced import...
|China's Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China|
Richard J. Ferris; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 24, 2014China presents foreign manufacturers with many paradoxes.
|Guilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety prosecution potentially signal increased criminal liability for food...
|Factoryless Goods Producers May Be as Hypothetical as Their Domestic Factories|
Scott R. Kaspar; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014Recently, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has considered a controversial new federal classification: “Factoryless Goods Producers” (“FGP”). FGP recognizes that a significant portion of the American workforce is involved with the manufacturing of...
|Do Not Pass Go: Federal Judge Orders Execs Jailed for Contempt of Recall Order|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014A recent federal decision has made clear that court-ordered recalls can have real teeth, not just for manufacturers but also their officers—especially when the court has reason to suspect a company’s execs are deliberately dragging their feet.
|Customer Collaboration and Predictive Analytics Can Lead to Successful Product Manufacturing|
Pavan K. Agarwal, James R. Kalyvas, Andrew E. Rawlins; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014Advanced manufacturing companies increasingly implement “Intellectual Property Plus,” an expanded view of IP assets and risks. Through this lens, companies incorporate customer expectations and preferences in new product development, on the one hand, and navigate the potential...