• The High Tech Inventors Alliance: The newest institution of the efficient infringer lobby in D.C.

    Eight tech companies owning a collective 115,000 patents announced the establishment of the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), an organization they claim is “dedicated to supporting balanced patent policy.” According to coverage by Congressional blog TheHill, the formation of the HTIA is intended to further debate on Capitol Hill over patent reform… The members of the alliance are your typical “Who’s Who” of the efficient infringer lobby… Every member of the HTIA, including Adobe, Cisco,…

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  • View from the Courtroom: What to Expect When You Try to Get a TRO in Your Unfair Competition Case

    Experience shows that most unfair competition or trade secret theft issues can be resolved without the need for litigation; often, an exchange of letters between the parties’ respective attorneys is sufficient to resolve the matter. However, litigation is sometimes unavoidable, and when it occurs, the employers involved are often surprised by how fast an unfair competition case can move to a practical conclusion, and how little time there might be to prepare for the crucial court hearing… The…

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  • Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes Seven Intellectual Property Attorneys from Howison & Arnott

    Law Firm Munck Wilson Mandala welcomes seven attorneys, including partners Gregory Howison, John Arnott, and Brian Walker from intellectual property boutique Howison and Arnott, L.L.P. In addition to the three new partners, the firm added senior counsels Andrew Graham, Edward Jorgenson, and Steven Greenfield, and associate Keith Harden. The new attorneys will work in Munck Wilson’s technology/intellectual property law practice, bringing the total number of registered patent attorneys at the…

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  • NAPP Annual Meeting

    The National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) will be holding its Annual Meeting & Conference on July 27-29, 2017 at the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in San Jose, CA. Topics to be discussed during the conference will include: July 27 • 20,000-foot Overview of Current Challenges and USPTO Plans/Programs • Examiner Panel • Panel of PTAB Judges • Ethics Considerations • Pilot Programs Available July 28 • Patent Validity in a Post-Alice World • How to Address/Fix 101 Issues — to be presented in part by Patent Docs author and MBHB attorney Michael Borella • When Things…

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  • IPO Webinar on Attorney Fees

    The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled “Winning Attorney Fees: What Works, What Doesn’t” on July 20, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET). D. Clay Holloway of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Lionel Lavenue of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP; and Robert Palmersheim of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP discuss issues including: • How to choose between a Rule 11 sanction or a Section 285 fee award when both may be attainable; • How to handle the delicate matter of disclosing billable hours and hourly fees, particularly in joint defense groups;…

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  • Webinar on Bayh-Dole Compliance

    Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering a webinar entitled “Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency” on July 27, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Eastern). Tyson B. Benson of Harness, Dickey and Pierce, PLC will address the following topics: • TTO and university responsibilities under the Bayh-Dole Act • Review of federal funding agency compliance procedures and tools, including iEdison • Patent and license requirements • Common mistakes with the government support clause • The most common mistakes seen from a federal funding agency’s perspective • Confirmatory licenses and utilization reports • Understanding the consequences of noncompliance…

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