Protecting Your Companies Competitive Edge

You might not think about non-competes, employee and customer non-solicits or trade secrets and confidential information very often. But we do. They are core to your business and help maintain your competitive edge. And we’re proud to play a key role in shaping this area of the law through our practice and thought leadership.

All companies, regardless of size, have sensitive information and valuable customer and employee relationships. There are simple measures that every business […]

By | June 11th, 2018 ||

Alibaba Files Trademark Suit Against AlibabaCoin Cryptocurrency

This week, Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, sued a company called Alibabacoin for “prominent, repeated, and intentionally misleading” use of its trademarks in its effort to raise more than $3 million in cryptocurrency called “AlibabaCoins.”

Alibaba accuses Alibabacoin, which is also known as ABBC Foundation, of operating an “unlawful scheme to misappropriate”Alibaba’s brand name. CoinDesk  reports the complaint reads:

“Rather than build independent value in their brand and the products and services they offer, Defendants have engaged in a willful and concerted […]

By | April 24th, 2018 ||

Presentations Of Information At The EPO

In November last year, the EPO updated the Guidelines for Examination in relation to presentations of information, which includes Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) (see sections G-II, 3.7 and 3.7.1). This provides a useful consolidation of their current approach to such inventions.

As will be familiar to users of the EPO, when assessing patentability of patent applications in this area, the claimed subject-matter is considered as a whole to determine if it has technical character and […]

By | April 24th, 2018 ||