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US District Court Rulings Underscore the Necessity of Proper Jurisdiction in IP Law 1

US District Court Rulings Underscore the Necessity of Proper Jurisdiction in IP Law

Intellectual Property (IP) law is an incredibly complex field, especially in light of the globalization of technology. Globalization and the widespread usage of online commerce complicate jurisdiction and proper notice. They also increasingly raise the question of whether a company can be sued in a state where they do not have offices. In two recent …

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COVID-19 & IP Laws: Should Drug Patent Holders Be Concerned? 2

COVID-19 & IP Laws: Should Drug Patent Holders Be Concerned?

There’s a possible storm brewing between governmental “powers that be” and drug patent holders, particularly big pharma. With most of the world on hold as we work our way through month two of the coronavirus-related shutdowns, some countries are invoking rarely used powers to ensure they have the drugs they deem necessary to wage war …

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How COVID-19 is Impacting Intellectual Property Laws 3

How COVID-19 is Impacting Intellectual Property Laws

Can a pandemic affect intellectual property laws? Apparently, the answer is yes. From calls to relax IP restrictions around the manufacture of personal protection equipment, testing procedures, and vaccines related to COVID-19, to greater scrutiny of remote work options and the resultant increase in the exposure of proprietary information outside the office, IP rights are …

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Ludwig APC Is Open For Business 4

Ludwig APC Is Open For Business

Greetings from COVID-19 lockdown!  Despite the disruption and uncertainty happening around us, Ludwig, APC is open and executing its contingency plans to remain fully operational.  Life and business do not stop during this time, and neither do we.  You may take advantage of consultations and appointments by phone or video conference.  Our litigation clients interested …

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LUDWIG APC on COVID-19 5

LUDWIG APC on COVID-19

As of today, March 13, 2020, it’s hard to imagine there is not a person anywhere who has not been effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our Hong Kong-based clients at Ludwig, APC have been dealing with the outbreak for several months and already endured extensive, government-mandated shutdowns and quarantines.  Here in the United States, it’s now …

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With Innovation Becoming Increasingly Collaborative and Transnational, What Does this Mean for Patents? 6

With Innovation Becoming Increasingly Collaborative and Transnational, What Does this Mean for Patents?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations that provides a global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation, recently released a report which concluded “that innovative activity has grown increasingly collaborative and transnational” in recent years. Given the globalization of trade, business, entertainment, and virtually every other …

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The State of “Alice” 2020: Is Congressional Reform on the Horizon? 7

The State of “Alice” 2020: Is Congressional Reform on the Horizon?

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank put an end to, or at least hampered, the prevalence of potentially “bad patents” being granted that covered abstract ideas, especially in the area of software.   At the heart of the landmark 2014 case was Alice Corporation’s claims that its patent …

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When is Big Tech Too Big? (and Why Patent Holders Should Care) 8

When is Big Tech Too Big? (and Why Patent Holders Should Care)

Let’s put it right out there. Once big tech companies are firmly entrenched, once they are so large that money is no longer an issue (for all practical purposes), they benefit greatly from a weak patent system.   At first glance, that assertion might seem nonsensical. After all, in a weak patent system, wouldn’t a …

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What You Need to Know: The Latest on Cannabis-Related Trademark Laws

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, aka the 2018 Farm Bill, removed “hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), effectively making the growth of industrial hemp legal in the eyes of the federal government. This reclassification is of particular importance to those who produce cannabis and cannabis-related products in the …

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You Can Take Steps to Protect your Intellectual Property in China

While most reporting on the U.S.-China trade war has focused on the U.S. imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods in response to what the U.S. Government calls China’s “unfair trade practices,” what often gets buried in the ongoing kerfuffle are the details—namely, what are those unfair trade practices? According to the Business Roundtable, an association …

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