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Patent Litigation Before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and in MDL Proceedings in 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Although the number of patent cases consolidated by the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) for pretrial purposes declined in 2014, pretrial consolidation remains an important consideration in multi-defendant and multi-jurisdictional cases.  In addition, with the Supreme Court’s recent decision limiting the reach of general jurisdiction in Daimler AG v. Bauman, there may be an uptick in MDL patent cases, particularly Hatch-Waxman ...

European Unified Patents Court: When Will the UPC Arrive and What Will You Need to Know?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The European Unified Patents Court (UPC) is coming in early 2016, and all U.S. companies that hold patents and do business in Europe need to be prepared.  Olswang's pan-EU IP team has identified procedural features that could attract “patent trolls”/NPEs to this new system.  This is particularly so given the UPC opens its doors at a time when such entities are seeking a new forum to monetize their patents as U.S. ...

Life Sciences Acquisitions and Divestitures: Special Considerations

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Whether you are acquiring a company or its assets or divesting a portion of your business, if you are involved in mergers and acquisitions relating to  pharmaceutical products, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics or similar assets, it is important to understand the products, their regulatory environment, the intellectual property landscape, the supply chain and other market factors.  These deals often involve a high degree of complexity ...

B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries: Supreme Court Gives New Life to Preclusion in Trademark Proceedings and Other Agency Litigation

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352, which addressed when a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board may also bind a federal district court, through the doctrine of issue preclusion (collateral estoppel).  In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court held that, when the Board holds that there is a “likelihood of confusion” ...

Breaking Bad Technology Habits: Email, Social Media and Document Management

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The practice of law has gone digital, for better or worse.  Technology can make the practice of law easier for attorneys but it also creates a new set of risks.  Fortunately, many such risks are foreseeable and avoidable.  Even though the paperless law practice is a fairly recent development for attorneys, many attorneys have already formed 'bad habits' when it comes to email, document management, and social media.  This session ...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Changing Legal Landscape

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Hobbyists, businesses, law enforcement, and the military are embracing the widespread use of unmanned aircraft systems, yet national civil aviation authorities and State/local governments are struggling to keep pace with clear rules of the skies.  Business and research applications for “drones” are poised to take off, literally, but what will be the consequences for your business, privacy, safety, and security?   Some estimate ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Jae  Kim

Jae Kim ~ Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Rambus Inc.

Lori A. Richards

Lori A. Richards ~ Chief Compliance Officer, Asset Management Unit, JP Morgan & Co

Edwin E. Smith

Edwin E. Smith ~ Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP