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With Goal of Innovation, European Union Proposes Uniform Trade Secret Guidelines
By Elise Young – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Last week, the European Commission proposed a directive for greater and more uniform protection of trade secrets throughout the European Union. The proposal’s goal is to increase innovation by better protecting EU businesses’ trade secrets and by removing barriers to cross-border research and development. The proposal is one part of the EU’s “Innovation Union” and IP strategies, adopted in May 2011.

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Posted On Dec - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Court Punts Apple v. Samsung Back to Judge Koh, Citing Overly Restrictive Causal Nexus Standard

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co.
By Amy Zhang – Edited by Elise Young

On November 18th, the Federal Circuit ruled on the Northern District Court of California’s decision, which denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction. It affirmed the finding that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s design patents but vacated the denial of injunctive relief for utility patents. The decision turns on the the causal nexus between ongoing infringement and irreparable harm.

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Posted On Nov - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The TTAB’s Dangerous Dismissal of ‘Doubt’

Written By: Charles Colman, Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law

Edited By: Elise Young

On September 30, 2013, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board[1] issued a troubling decision in In re Bottega Veneta Int’l S.a.r.l. Viewed in a broader context, the decision reflects the Board’s growing reluctance to apply the doctrine of “aesthetic functionality” in ex parte prosecution proceedings to bar the issuance of potentially anticompetitive trade-dress registrations.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

NIST to Formally Reexamine Cryptography Standards Development Process
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Elise Young

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) recently announced that it has begun formal review of its standards development process for approving cryptographic algorithms. The notice appears to be a reaction to recent reports in the New York Times regarding the National Security Agency’s back door access to encrypted data through an NIST-approved cryptographic algorithm. That is used by many companies to encrypt data sent over the Web.

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Basaaly Moalin, Convicted of Supporting Terrorist Organization, Challenges NSA’s Electronic Surveillance
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Elise Young

United States v. Moalin

Basaaly Moalin, a Somali immigrant who was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab, filed a motion for a new trial. Moalin based his motion upon facts that surfaced during congressional hearings held in response to Edward Snowden’s release of information about the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance programs. The government filed a response and opposition.

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Posted On Oct - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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