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Chinese Company Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets From U.S. Computer Firm

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Federal prosecutors said one of the defendants served as president of a company acquired by Micron five years ago.

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FRAND Licensing: Recent International Developments – Webinar

Webinar, Nov. 15, 2018, 11 a.m. CT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “FRAND Licensing: Recent International Developments,” featuring Fitch Even senior licensing specialist and patent analyst Curtis S. Dodd.

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In a Texas Courtroom, Tech Firm Huawei Stands Accused of ‘Corporate Espionage’ to Aid China

In a Texas Courtroom, Tech Firm Huawei Stands Accused of ‘Corporate Espionage’ to Aid China

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A former employee of Huawei Technologies Co. accuses the company of using a lawsuit against his Silicon Valley startup as part of a strategy to steal intellectual property and help China achieve technological dominance over the U.S. according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

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Legal Fight Erupts Over Lawyer’s Advertising Slogan

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The ABA Journal reports that a Florida attorney is suing San Antonio lawyer Heather Clement Tessmer for using “Ever Argue With A Woman?” on billboards, the internet and business cards to pitch her legal services.

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Copyright or Copycat? Rock Classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case Sent Back to Trial Court

Copyright or Copycat? Rock Classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case Sent Back to Trial Court

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A dispute over the songwriting credit for the iconic “Stairway to Heaven” took a surprising twist when a California appellate court reversed a 2016 copyright victory for Led Zeppelin and ordered a new trial.

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IP Warranties v. IP Indemnification

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Morgan Lewis discusses a frequent point of contention between parties negotiating the allocation of risk related to intellectual property rights in connection with the acquisition of intellectual property.

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Top 10 Mistakes When Drafting Non-Competes in the Oil Patch

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Bruce “Chip” Morris of Kane Russell Coleman Logan has posted a new podcast in the firm’s Energy Law Today blog about the top 10 mistakes employers can make—in the oilfield, and beyond—when drafting non-compete agreements.

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Invention Assignment Agreements – How to Avoid Pitfalls

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Agreements should also be drafted to encompass the widest range of intellectual property possible, advises Jeffrey A. Simmons of Foley & Lardner.

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Does Your Employee Agreement Address These Three Often-Overlooked IP Provisions?

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Intellectual property can be one of the most valuable assets of a company and should not be glossed over, warns John E. Munro of Harness, Dickey & Pierce.

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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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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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Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine

Webinar, May 31, 2018, 11 a.m. CT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine,” featuring Fitch Even attorneys David A. Gosse and Margaret A. Wojkowski.

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Patent ‘Death Squad’ System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

Patent ‘Death Squad’ System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

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The 7-2 court found that a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review board that critics call a patent “death squad” wasn’t unconstitutionally wielding powers that belong to the courts.

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Owning the Patent Isn’t Always Enough for Standing

Owning the Patent Isn’t Always Enough for Standing

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In a recent Initial Determination, an administrative law judge ruled that a patent owner did not have standing to sue without joining a third party to which certain rights had been transferred, reports Jones Day.

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Avoiding Prosecution Churn: When Ex Parte PTAB Appeals Make Dollars and Sense

Webinar, March 21, 2018, 11 a.m. CDT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Avoiding Prosecution Churn: When Ex Parte PTAB Appeals Make Dollars and Sense,” featuring Fitch Even partner Thomas F. Lebens and Anticipat founder Trent Ostler.

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Tips for Raising Venture Capital: Commercial Contract Issues

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It is important to address the critical intellectual property rights issues that will allow the protection of an idea in the commercial market, warns DLA Piper partner Jeff Lehrer.

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Not So Common Sense? Reliance on Common Sense to Establish Obviousness

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Jones Day reports on a recent written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board that sheds light on how the PTAB may treat common sense as used in obviousness arguments.

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Surviving the NDA Nightmare: New Webinar

Surviving the NDA Nightmare: New Webinar

Webinar, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. PST
ContractWorks will present a complimentary webinar, “Surviving the NDA Nightmare: Managing Legal & Logistical Problems,” on Thursday, February 22nd at 11 AM PST.

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If Your Employment Agreements Use This One Word, Ownership of Your Patents May Be in Jeopardy

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An employment agreement providing an employee “will assign” title to her inventions to her employer did not automatically transfer title or any related patent rights, explains Eleanor M. Yost of Carlton Fields.

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Fundamentals of Software Audit Data Collection – Hardware Inventory

Fundamentals of Software Audit Data Collection – Hardware Inventory

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In order to effectively manage their software usage and to mitigate compliance exposure, companies need to know how to gather and analyze information regarding their product usage, writes Christopher Barnett of Scott & Scott LLP.

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