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Trademark Symbols: Powerful Tools for In-House Counsel?

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Though companies often place a high value on protecting their trademarks, some may be missing out on the opportunity to put others on notice of their rights by way of trademark symbols.

With Infringement Complaints, Qualcomm GC Says It's Time for 'Affirmative Action' Against Apple

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm, spoke on why his company is striking back at Apple.

Should Trump Org GC Be Renewing Russia-Related Domains Right Now?

By Stephanie Forshee |

Trump Organization GC Alan Garten renewed website domains last week on behalf of the company, including TrumpRussia.com and TrumpTowerMoscow.com.

AstraZeneca Snuffs Out ‘Promise of the Patent’ Rule. Now What?

By Scott Graham |

We asked Richard Gold of McGill University's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy to explain what last week's decision from the Supreme Court of Canada means for innovation, competition and patent quality.

In-House Counsel Role in Branding is Key to Success

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

According to former and current in-house attorneys, the legal department needs to be involved in all kinds of decisions around branding.

Supreme Court to Slants: “Rock On!” Trademark Ban on Offensive Trademarks Held Unconstitutional

By Erin S. Hennessy, Annie Allison and Salsabil Ahmed |

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously held that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the provision of federal trademark law barring registration of disparaging trademarks, violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause when applied to potentially disparaging or offensive trademarks.

In-House IP Counsel Doing More With Smaller Budgets, Report Says

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Although intellectual property budgets continue to be squeezed, patent filings are on the rise, according to a new report from RWS inovia.

The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

After Years of Setbacks, Patent Owners Try to Turn Tide in Congress

By Scott Graham |

The STRONGER Patent Act of 2017, sponsored by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, would undo recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have weakened patents. But lawmakers may have other priorities.

Lucy Koh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing to become a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. July 13, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Qualcomm Can't Shake FTC's Antitrust Suit, Judge Rules

By Scott Graham |

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow antitrust claims to proceed based on a theory that the chip giant abused its patent portfolio to extract inflated royalty rates. That's bad news for the wireless giant which is also fending off suits from Apple and consumers.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court IPR Rejection Would Be 'Very Disappointing' for Some In-House Counsel

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take up a case on the constitutionality of inter partes review.

China, India Lead as Biggest Producers of Counterfeit Goods, Study Shows

By Sue Reisinger |

More of the world's counterfeit goods are produced in China than in any other country—though India leads the way in counterfeit pharmaceuticals—according to a new report.

Sleepless Nights for GCs Caused by Regulations and Crisis Management

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster shows just what is keeping GCs up at night.