Chinese Companies and Western Law. Ugh.

By | China Law Blog | May 9, 2017
Chinese Companies and Western Law. Ugh. We are constantly writing about American and European companies that do business in China or with China without sufficiently recognizing that China isn’t Frankfurt and Chinese law is not British law and Chinese courts are not American courts. In other words, they may give lip service to the idea that they must operate differently in China than in the West, but they are not truly drinking that Kool-Aid yet.  View Full Post
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The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry

The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry The rapid adoption of new technologies by the auto industry and the new players that provide them is going to have an impact on the world’s roads. It’s also bringing an increased focus on exploiting and protecting intellectual property. In the past, the OEMs and suppliers have always played nice, while major West Coast technology companies not traditionally associated with the auto industry, such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft, are moving into the automotive space with extensive automotive patent portfolios and a more aggressive attitude about protecting and exploiting their intellectual property. View Full Post
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The Careful Timing of Trademark Truncation

By | DuetsBlog | May 8, 2017
The Careful Timing of Trademark Truncation A recent stroll through a big box store opened my eyes to a brand of steel toe boots I hadn’t encountered before, take a look at the CAT that will be protecting my son’s toes this Summer: CAT is an excellent example of successful trademark truncation, a single-syllable truncated brand name for the four-syllable CATERPILLAR version (originally for heavy excavation equipment): By the way, I love how the brand intelligently employs both both versions (full and truncated) of the brand name on the goods and packaging for the goods. View Full Post
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What is Skim Milk? Eleventh Circuit Provides Some Insight in Commercial Speech Decision

What is Skim Milk?  Eleventh Circuit Provides Some Insight in Commercial Speech Decision Dairy cows at Ocheesee Creamery. Source: Institute for Justice. Some questions probably never need to be answered, and the universe of such questions might include the question: “what exactly is skim milk?” In a decision that sheds light on the current state of the commercial speech doctrine—and which may provide some helpful guidance for our local government readers—the Eleventh Circuit additionally provides some good analysis of low-fat dairy products. View Full Post
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Cannabis Startups 101: Securities Compliance

By | Canna Law Blog™ | May 8, 2017
Cannabis Startups 101: Securities Compliance Like tech startups, or any new business, cannabis startups need investment. Though most tech startups are organized as corporations, with the ultimate goal of acquisition or IPO, cannabis businesses are more often (but not always) organized as LLCs. But cannabis startups too often fail to realize that if they are seeking investors, they are probably selling securities. View Full Post
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Third Circuit Tells Construction Suppliers to “Play by the Rules” of Bankruptcy

Third Circuit Tells Construction Suppliers to “Play by the Rules” of Bankruptcy In an opinion by Judge Roth issued on March 30, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that two suppliers who had sold electrical materials to a bankrupt contractor had violated the automatic stay by asserting a construction lien against the owner of the development where the contractor had installed the materials supplied. View Full Post
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