Whistleblower Immunity Provision

With the New Year rapidly approaching, it is the time of year when businesses review the past year’s successes and failures, as well as plan what they want to accomplish in 2017. It also should be a time when businesses review their legal contracts to make sure that they are current with all applicable laws…

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Supreme Court Rocks Patent World

Recently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court was a decision on whether Samsung would owe Apple nearly $400 million in damages. The court’s ruling on that case will alter how much Samsung owes for patent infringement, and change patent law going forward. The ruling clarifies the meaning of “article of manufacture” under section 289 of…

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Intellectual Property Protection in the Food System: Don’t Forget the NDA

The article in our Winter issue titled, “Have You Copyrighted Your Trademarks?” addressed trademark and copyright protections for brands in the food system. We thus know that with a bit of effort, there is a lot of protection available from brand protection. But how does one protect the contents of the proverbial secret sauce or…

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You Down with TPP? An Overview of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its U.S. Implications

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an expansive and comprehensive trade agreement, comprised of 6,000 pages, entered into between the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. If the TTP is ratified, the food industry can expect increased trade and food choices in each member nation. One…

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