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Changes in China Concerning the Trademark Law and the Trade Secret Provisions of the Anti-Unfair Competition Law Address Concerns of Western Countries

Recent cases of trademark theft involving Chinese employees of US companies and China’s ever rampant phenomenon of trademark squatting have emerged as very critical areas of dispute between China and several Western countries. On April 23, 2019, two new sets of regulations were adopted by China’s State Council addressing these concerns. Both introduce more effective … Continue Reading

President Trump Announces Trade Actions Targeting Chinese Tech and Intellectual Property Policies

In August 2017, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer initiated an investigation to determine whether the acts, policies, and practices of the Chinese Government related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation are unreasonable or discriminatory and either burden or restrict US commerce under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. … Continue Reading

Key Intellectual Property Enforcement Mechanism or Toothless Tiger? – The US Department of Justice and Department of State Launch Intellectual Property (IP) Law Enforcement Coordinator Network

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the US Department of Justice and Department of State announced the launch of an IP Law Enforcement Coordinator Network.  The Network focuses on international trademark counterfeiting, copyright piracy and other forms of intellectual property rights infringement across the world, spanning all industry sectors.  Though the components of the Network are … Continue Reading

The Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program – Worth Reactivating?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program, launched on July 11, 2016, was terminated on January 12, 2017, just 6 months after it began.  In general, the P3 Program combined the benefits of a Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review and the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 program (AFCP 2.0), and included … Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission To Review ALJ’s Dismissal Of Antitrust-Based Claims In Carbon And Alloy Steel Products

The USITC’s investigation in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002 was instituted to investigate alleged violations of Section 337 by the Chinese steel industry based on claims of trade secret misappropriation, false designation of origin, and (atypically for a 337 proceeding) antitrust violations.  While the first two claims are proceeding to trial, the … Continue Reading

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Leveraging the New Federal Framework to Protect IP – Webinar

We invite you to attend a webinar – The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Leveraging the New Federal Framework to Protect IP – co-presented by Steve Auvil of Squire Patton Boggs. Steve will address key provisions of the DTSA , outlining what companies and their counsel need to know about protecting and enforcing IP rights. The … Continue Reading

Brexit – What could happen to my IP rights?

The UK electorate has decided that the UK should leave the European Union (EU).  The referendum does not take immediate effect.  Current EU law and EU-wide rights, for example, the EU trade mark and the registered Community design, will continue to apply until the withdrawal from the EU actually happens.  The process of leaving the … Continue Reading

The Defend Trade Secrets Act – Key Takeaways

The Defend Trade Secrets Act was signed into law on May 11, 2016.  It creates the first-ever federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.  We have prepared an article on the Act.  The article distills the DTSA’s most important aspects – and omissions – into a distinct set of takeaways of practical use to … Continue Reading

Obama Signs Federal Trade Secrets Bill Into Law

President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law yesterday, May 11, 2016. As we previously reported, the Senate unanimously passed the bill on April 4, and the House overwhelmingly passed it on April 27. The President has long supported the legislation to bring greater harmonization to trade secrets enforcement, following an … Continue Reading

Trade Secrets Directive firmly back on the EU agenda

Just as 2015 was coming to a close, Europe’s key legislative bodies (the EU Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament) suddenly reached surprise political agreement on a number of pieces of proposed legislation.   This included the draft Trade Secrets Directive. This Directive was originally proposed by the Commission back in 2013.  Not much … Continue Reading

Feds Pursue Another Alleged Chinese Trade Secret Conspiracy

We at IP Tech Blog are interested in all aspects of international trade secret theft.   This is why we were intrigued by an article published this morning on Law 360 about the alleged theft of trade secrets by two former Eli Lilly employees who were Chinese nationals.   According to the superseding indictment, which was unsealed … Continue Reading