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Employment Law and Patent Law Collide: Federal Circuit Rules that California’s Non-Compete Restrictions Also Limit the Scope of Patent and Invention Assignment Clauses

USA - December 8 2020 California is well known for its broad restrictions relating to non-competition clauses applicable to workers. After a recent decision by the Federal…

Christopher M. Pardo.

Be Careful What You Consent To: At The ITC, An Easy Way Out Has Consequences

USA - May 19 2020 Section 337 investigations at the International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) can be among the most expensive intellectual property disputes…

Aimee N. Soucie.

Think You Don’t Belong At The ITC Because You Don’t Sell Or Import Your Products? Think Again: You May Be An Importer Without Even Knowing It

USA - March 27 2020 Under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337), it is unlawful to import, sell for importation, or sell after importation an article…

Aimee N. Soucie.

Overlook Patent Claim Preambles at Your Peril

USA - November 19 2019 Most patent claim preambles are mere bystanders that get little attention during claim drafting--but two recent cases from the Federal Circuit show…

Wondering How Much Domestic Industry Is Enough For The ITC? The Answer May Never Be Absolute

USA - October 29 2019 It's a question we are inevitably asked whenever the International Trade Commission (ITC) becomes a potential forum for a client's intellectual…

Aimee N. Soucie.