shutterstock_164426618We are pleased to announce the webinar “State Specific Non-Compete Oddities Employers Should Be Aware Of ” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s sixth installment, attorneys Michael Baniak and Paul Freehling discussed the significant statutory changes to several jurisdictions’ laws regarding trade secrets and restrictive covenants and pending legislation proposed in additional jurisdictions over
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shutterstock_284998106In Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, just handed down June 22, 2015, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the 50 year old holding  of  Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U. S. 29 (1964), that patent royalties cannot extend beyond the expiration of the patent. So why is this case being discussed in a blog directed to trade secrets? Because the
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We are pleased to announce the webinar “Protecting Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property in Business Transactions” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s ninth installment of its 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar series, Seyfarth attorneys focused on considerations involving protecting trade secrets and intellectual property in business transactions, including, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other
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In what is at heart a trade secret misappropriation case, some Patent Law periodically materializes, like the smile of the Cheshire Cat.

This concept was evidenced by a recent case out of Texas.  Bianco, M.D. v. Globus Medical, Inc., 2:12 CV 147 (E.D. TX 10/27/14).

Dr. Bianco had an idea for a continuously adjustable spinal implant, which would fit
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On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Central, in the final installment of our 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar Series, Seyfarth attorneys Michael Baniak, Joseph Lanser and Randy Bruchmiller will focus on considerations involving protecting trade secrets and intellectual property in business transactions, including, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other collaborative arrangements.

Summary of topics:

  • How to properly address


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In a decision awaited with considerable trepidation by the biotech world, among others, the Supreme Court Thursday (June 13) handed down its unanimous decision (9-0) in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. The Court held “that genes and the information they encode are not patent eligible… simply because they have been isolated from the surrounding genetic material.”

Myriad
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By Michael Baniak and Puya Partow-Navid

Arthur Quiller-Couch formulated seven basic plots for a conflict.  Following his formula, every movie and television show can be narrowed down to one of seven basic plots.  Although the number of plots may be limited, there are inifinite ways to tell a story.  In a town like Hollywood, where everyone seems to have a
Continue Reading California Court Tosses Idea Theft Suit Over LOST Television Show Out to Sea