In a win for Teva Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. Supreme Court abandoned the Federal Circuit's long established rule that the patent claim construction rulings of trial courts are not to be accorded any deference upon appeal. On January 20, 2015, the Court held in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA,...
By: Jefferson C. Glassie, Stacey L. Pine*
By: Jeff Glassie and Stacey Pine On an almost daily basis, we hear about a high profile company falling victim to a cyber-attack. While the news media has been replete with stories about high profile, for-profit businesses falling victim to computer hackers, nonprofit associations are now...
By: Jefferson C. Glassie
By Jeff Glassie This article originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of “Risk Management Essentials” a publication of Nonprofit Risk Management Center.
The US Patent and Trademark Office submitted a report to Congress outlining the progress and underutilization of virtual patent marking in the three years since it became available under the America Invents Act (AIA). The report was directed at analyzing the effectiveness of “virtual marking” as a...
By: Frank S. Jones, Jr.
The Federal Trade Commission has revised the filing and other dollar-denominated thresholds contained in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”). These adjustments are made annually based on ch
A trademark protects a company’s goodwill and reputation. The owner of a legitimate trademark may prevent others from using a similar mark that is likely to cause confusion among consumers as to the relationship or affiliation of the two entities or their products or services. A company...
By: Jhumur Razzaque
By Jhumur Razzaque The District of Columbia has adopted rules requiring residential buildings with eight or more units to provide secure bicycle parking spaces, effective as of November 28, 2014. These rules have been added as sections 1214, 1215, and 1216 to Chapter 12 of Title 18 of the District...
In 2014, Title 6.5, entitled “Protection of Charitable Assets,” was added to the Business Regulation Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. This new law went into effect on June 1, 2014. The new title relates to “charitable assets” that are given, received or held for a “charitable...
By: Eileen Morgan Johnson
Take-away: Beginning January 1, 2015, a nonprofit organization that was incorporated in California will no longer be able to have ex officio directors who do not have voting rights.
By: John B. Gontrum
Recent decisions from trial and appellate courts have marked a major point in the evolution of importance of comprehensive plans to zoning decisions. Although there has always been a close relationship between comprehensive plans and development regulations, the relationship between...