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Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership

Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership

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Before entering into a business deal where intellectual property rights are implicated, it is usually better for the parties to spell out ownership rather than leave intellectual property ownership to be allocated by default laws, advises Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

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The settlement, which provides for a $10 million fund for customers and $6.75 million for plaintiffs’ attorneys, won final approval in November 2016, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Walmart Sues Its Former Head of Tax for Jumping to Amazon

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Walmart is trying to block Lisa Wadlin, Walmart’s senior VP and top tax executive, from taking the Amazon position until May 2020 and bar her from handing over “sensitive business information obtained at Walmart,” reports Bloomberg.

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Encountering Common Technology Contracts

Encountering Common Technology Contracts

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Corporate counsel often hire external technology lawyers to review, draft, or negotiate technology contracts such as software licensing agreements because of their ability to identify software licensing issues, resolve complex licensing models, and compare the subject deal to the many other unique technology contract structures to solve problems, according to a blog post by Kirkpatrick Law.

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Fifth Circuit Allows Non-Signatories to Enforce Arbitration Agreement

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The Fifth Circuit has affirmed an order compelling arbitration, despite the fact that the parties seeking to compel arbitration were not signatories to the relevant arbitration agreement, according to Carlton Fields.

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Sheppard Mullin Conflict Waiver Case Puts Big Fee at Stake

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The question for this case of first impression is whether a law firm needs to tell a sophisticated client about a specific conflict when it arises, or whether the firm can instead rely a boilerplate advance conflict waiver in the client’s engagement agreement, reports Bloomberg Law.

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U.S. Intellectual Property Ownership – Default Laws

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In order for a tech company to determine how to protect its intellectual property, the company should understand how the key intellectual property rights work, according to Morgan Lewis.

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Avoid Prejudgment Interest By Expressly Saying So in the Contract

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Striking an interest provision from a draft subcontract wasn’t enough to keep a party to the agreement from being required to pay interest, according to a review of a Missouri case by in Pepper Hamilton’s Constructlaw blog.

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Trump Brand Loses Trademark Licensing Dispute – Rules of Contract Law Prevail

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When a dispute involves the Trump brand for residential buildings, the adjudication of rights and obligations under a trademark license agreement can become national news, according to a Dorsey blog post.

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Perkins Coie Announces Consumer Protection Review Blog

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Perkins Coie has launched Consumer Protection Review, a blog designed to help businesses that market and sell to consumers navigate federal and state legal issues.

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DLA Piper Secures Victory for WebSpectator

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DLA Piper recently secured a victory in its representation of WebSpectator Corporation, a Santa Monica-based company that pioneered online analytics and attention ad space.

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Cross-Border Deals Forum: Applying Emerging Technologies

Event, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, NYC
Bloomberg Law’s June 6 Cross-Border Deals Forum 2018: Applying Emerging Technologies for Efficiency & Success, will feature an examination of the dealmaking landscape and new risks to watch.

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Seizures, Regulatory Scrutiny Follow Cryptocurrency Hype

Seizures, Regulatory Scrutiny Follow Cryptocurrency Hype

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State and federal authorities are picking up the pace of investigations into cryptocurrency markets, digital investment promotions and so-called initial coin offerings.

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Dallas Trial Attorney Sues FindLaw in Dispute Over New Firm Website

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Trial attorney Rogge Dunn has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County against FindLaw for alleged fraud and misrepresentation of services the company provided for the new Rogge Dunn Group, PC firm website.

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Download: Top 6 Legal Risks of Electronic Signatures and E-Transactions

Download: Top 6 Legal Risks of Electronic Signatures and E-Transactions

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This paper outlines the top six legal risks to be aware of, and how to prevent fraud, repudiation and increase admissibility and compliance when executing transactions digitally.

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NDAworks Introduces Automation of NDAs

NDAworks Introduces Automation of NDAs

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The company says on its website that NDAWorks helps manage the signing, tracking and storing of a company’s NDAs from a central, secure location.

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Federal Judge Scolds Slow-Moving BigLaw Lawyers

Federal Judge Scolds Slow-Moving BigLaw Lawyers

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A federal judge in New Jersey has criticized Samsung Electronics America and its lawyers at Squire Patton Boggs for alleged “poor judgment and a misunderstanding” of their obligations in litigation involving two would-be class actions, reports the ABA Journal.

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Don’t Risk Having an Equivocal Forum Selection Clause

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The language in a forum selection clause is critical if you want to ensure that potential litigation takes place on your “home court,” writes Shep Davidson in the Burns Levinson In-House Advisor blog.

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Why Your Contracts Need a Force Majeure Clause

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Elizabeth A. Whitman of Whitman Legal Solutions, LLC, says that parties should work with their attorneys to determine what types of circumstances should be listed given the nature of the specific contract.

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Littler Survey: Employers Reeling from Regulatory Shifts, New Forces Impacting Workplace

Littler Survey: Employers Reeling from Regulatory Shifts, New Forces Impacting Workplace

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Littler’s seventh annual survey of more than 1,100 employers reveals how companies are responding to rapid social and political changes.

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