Topic: North America

COVID-19: Global crackdown sees rise in counterfeit and unlicenced medical products

90 countries were involved in Operation Pangea XIII, the annual global coordinated operation to tackle the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. Health regulatory authorities, customs and police officers from 90 countries took part in collective action aiming to prevent the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices, including counterfeit face masks …

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Drafting and enforcing semiconductor patents

Semiconductor patents, those that protect the invention of new computer memory chips, are among the most commonly granted modern patents. Protecting semiconductor device and fabrication process inventions can be challenging. This is because showing that these types of inventions are being used by others often requires reverse engineering, a process that is costly and time …

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Supreme Court of Canada’s “expectation of privacy” analysis in R. v. Jarvis

 Canada’s Supreme Court laid out a highly nuanced, heavily contextualized framework for determining when and where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists. On February 14, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada decided yet another criminal law decision that will likely have broader ramifications for privacy law. In R. v. Jarvis, the Supreme Court of Canada builds …

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INTA urges brands to warn Gen Z-ers about counterfeit products during holiday season

The International Trademark Association calls on brands to warn Generation Z consumers, who will become the largest global consumer group in 2020, about counterfeit products. This holiday shopping season, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is calling on brands to step up their communications to consumers about the danger of counterfeit products—especially among Gen Z, which …

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Protecting your trade secrets in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Trade secrets frequently drive the success of a business; don’t wait until there is a problem to protect them. Does your company have confidential information? What about trade secrets? The concept of owning and protecting confidential information or trade secrets may not have occurred to most businesses. Yet, if you have a client list, pricing …

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US Supreme Court to review ruling on copyright and APIs

The outcome of Oracle v Google will have significant effects on past and future software development given the prolific use of APIs.  The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to review what has emerged as one of the most significant software copyright decisions of recent years: the 2018 ruling by the US Court of Appeals …

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Canada issues its first piracy blocking order to ISPs

Canada joins a host of countries around the world that have issued ISP blocking orders to combat pirate sites. Canada’s Federal Court has made an unprecedented ruling ordering the nation’s ISPs to block GoldTV, a popular pirate Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. Bell, Rogers, and Videotron, major Canadian broadcasters that also function as ISPs, spearheaded …

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Do non-compete clauses unfairly handcuff employees?

Employers today increasingly require their employees to sign a contract promising not to compete for a period of time after they leave a firm. Employers justify these “non-compete” agreements as necessary to protect trade secrets. The protection of valuable trade secrets is a legitimate concern for many businesses, and because employees are the most likely …

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Forum shopping in patent cases

Many defendants in patent infringement cases argue that case law (such as VE Holding in 1990) allowing patent lawsuits to be filed in any district in which the defendant has sales have only encouraged abusive patent litigation. They say this practice, which they call “forum shopping,” allows patent owners to file infringement suits in courts that are …

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Alternative legal services provider Axiom receives major investment

A new era dawns for legal services with Axiom, whose 2000+ workforce operate across 3 continents. Axiom, a New York-based alternative legal services provider received an investment from London-headquartered private equity firm Permira. The amount of the deal was not disclosed. The company intends to use the funds to pursue growth opportunities, driven by its …

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