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Power in Numbers: Companies Join Patent-Reform Coalition

Earlier this week, we brought you news of patent reform legislation out of Washington State. Now, we share the renewed reform efforts taking place in Washington, D.C.

As The Washington Post reports, patent trolls are no longer a “tech-sector problem.” Department stores, restaurant chains, search engines and social networks have united to form a powerful […]

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Washington State on the Offense Against Patent Trolls

While Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson continues to wipe away tears of joy (and Cheeseheads, tears of despair), we bring you news of patent troll legislation out of the Evergreen State.

What’s a patent troll? A company that acquires “exceptionally broad patents” and then accuses another company of violating patent laws for the purpose of financial […]

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What’s in a Craft Brew Name? (A Possible Lawsuit)

In June of 2014, the United States craft brewing industry hit an impressive number: more than 3,000 breweries are in operation in this country. With all those beers flooding the market, the likelihood that there are or will be legal fights over “original” names is also high.

NPR recently interviewed Candace L. Moon, also known […]

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Speaking Their Language: Firms Hire Mandarin Speakers

More than a decade ago, U.S. law firms were placing their Mandarin-speaking attorneys in offices in China. Now, as China’s investment in this country has ballooned into the billions, firms are keeping more of these attorneys stateside. This according to Feng Xue, a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, courtesy of a recent Crain’s Chicago Business […]

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On the Rise: Pleading Standard for Securities Fraud Actions

While the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Broudo in 2005 is the leading decision on loss causation, it did not clarify what a party must do to plead loss causation. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision (Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund v. Apollo Group Inc.) lends support to raising […]

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The Case for Your Courtroom Voice

Gentlemen, this one’s for you. If you are prone to lower your voice in the courtroom to raise your presence, you’ve got it all wrong. The surprising results of a linguistic study on whether the vocal characteristics of male lawyers affect trial outcomes show that “masculine-sounding lawyers are less likely to win in court.” It’s […]

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