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Monetizing IP in your M&A transactions: Hong Kong-Shanghai-Beijing seminars

Our international tax, corporate and intellectual property partners will hold seminars in Hong Kong (3 Sept.), Shanghai (4 Sept.) and Beijing (5 Sept.), with lively discussion on the monetization of your intellectual property (IP) in the context of M&A transactions. While IP makes up a high percentage of Enterprise Value (if not the majority in some industries!), it

Straight Talks podcast: New players, new rules – IP disruption in the automobile industry

Not long ago, an automotive “innovation” meant a new way of engineering a powertrain or emissions system, which would then be patented by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or supplier. A “gentlemen’s agreement” allowed competitors to maintain similar portfolios, routinely infringe on patents, and sustain relationships that were mostly devoid of litigation. But autonomous and

2018 Spells a new beginning for IP arbitration in Hong Kong

Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 comes into effect The long-awaited Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 (the “Amendment Ordinance“) is finally applicable to arbitrations commenced on or after 1 January 2018 or to arbitrations commenced prior to this date if the parties themselves choose to apply the amendments to their arbitrations. By introducing sections 103A to 103J into

Drones – Is the sky the limit? -‘Intellectual Values seminar series #3’ video

On 17 October 2017, Hogan Lovells, London hosted its annual ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar which this year focused on the ‘connected world’. Paul Joukador, a partner in our London Tech Hub, gave a talk on the commercial opportunities and challenges arising from drone technology. A drone is an unmanned air-borne vehicle that shares what it sees

IP aspects of China’s new controversial Cyber Security Law

China’s Cyber Security Law, which will take effect from 1 June, 2017 was finally adopted on 7 November. The third draft of the law adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative authority, contained few changes from the second draft put forward for comment in July, 2016 (see our briefing).

U.S. – Protecting IP in Digital Health deals

Industry sources estimate that more than $4 billion worth of deals in digital health have been signed globally this year so far, as pharmaceutical manufacturers look for “beyond the pill” solutions to medical problems, health care providers seek more efficient means to monitor their patients’ wellbeing, and technology companies aim to commercialize their products and

U.S. – Develop a digital health IP protection plan

The digital health space is transforming health care with inventions that address complex medical challenges, such as wearable health-tracking devices, sophisticated software programs to improve patient care, and systems that facilitate on-demand doctors’ visits. Given the current legal environment for software-based patents and a fierce competitive landscape, the success of new products in this area

Italy: Client lists – a (trade) secret but not for the supplier

When distribution agreements are terminated, a delicate issue often arises that is closely related to the need of the supplier to ensure continuity of business thereby preserving the goodwill acquired on the market for the products by the earlier distributor. In these cases, while the distributor’s list of clients may be protected as a trade

U.S. – Considering the value of manufacturing trade secrets

These days, licensing between affiliate members of a multinational corporate family is prevalent. While reaching agreement between friendly parties on licensing terms may be easier than it normally would be between arms-length parties from an economic perspective, these transactions are likely to come under intense scrutiny from the relevant tax authorities worldwide. Understanding the value

California non-compete law trumps DTSA

Not long after my article discussing the interplay between the Defend Trade Secret Act (DTSA) injunction provisions and California non-competition law, a federal district court in the Northern District of California opined on this exact issue in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Cook, No. 16-CV-03166-JST, 2016 WL 3418537 (N.D. Cal. June 22, 2016). In Schein, the

US: DTSA Injunctive relief against former employees limited by state law

Although the DTSA provides powerful new rights to trade secret owners, Congress balanced those new rights with the interests of employees by placing important limits on an employer’s ability to restrict employee mobility on trade secret grounds. The DTSA authorizes a federal court to grant an injunction to prevent actual or threatened misappropriation of trade

US: The DTSA – Creating original federal jurisdiction over trade secret theft

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) which intends to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The bill offers trade secrets owners alternatives to navigating varied state trade secret laws or seeking assistance from the Department of Justice. In essence,