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Baker Botts is a full-service, leading global law firm, recognized for our understanding of the industries we serve. Our firm has a long…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 14 Jun 2018

USPTO Proposes Change in Claim Construction Standard for Post-Grant Proceedings

Since the enactment of the America Invents Act in September 2012, the USPTO has evaluated a patent’s validity in post-grant proceedings1 with a…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 5 Jun 2018

Uncertainty of IPR Estoppel in District Courts Continues

One of the early-recognized pitfalls of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings was the statutory estoppel of 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(2) barring petitioners…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 5 Jun 2018

Securing Your IP Litigation Recoveries: Remedy by Judge or Jury?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently vacated a $77 million verdict against Intersil Corp. in a patent and trade secrets suit…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 4 Jun 2018

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Realities of Horizontal Drilling in Key Lease Clause Ruling

On Friday, June, 1, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that as a matter of law, Murphy Exploration & Production—USA complied with an…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 23 May 2018

SEC Updates Interpretations of Proxy Rules and Related Schedules 14A and 14C

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued updated compliance and disclosure…

Baker Botts LLP | United Arab Emirates | 21 May 2018

Highlights of the UAE Federal Arbitration Act (Law No. 6 of 2018)

On 3 May 2018, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, signed the first-ever UAE Federal Arbitration Law (Federal Law No. 6 of…

Baker Botts LLP | European Union, Iran, USA | 15 May 2018

What the U.S. Withdrawal from the JCPOA Means for U.S. Sanctions Implementation and Enforcement

On May 8, 2018, the President announced his decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 1 May 2018

House Subcommittee Considers Sunset of the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents

The Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents (“CBM”), created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), is set to sunset in…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 1 May 2018

PTAB Institutes First Derivation Proceeding

The PTAB instituted its first derivation proceeding on March 21, 2018. The institution is in response to Andersen’s Petition to Institute a…

Baker Botts LLP | USA | 1 May 2018

Texas Tax Amnesty Program

The Texas Tax Amnesty Program opens today, allowing Texas taxpayers to “get right” on Texas taxes without penalties or interest. All tax periods prior…
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