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Congress Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 4, 2016, the Senate unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), S. 1890, a bill to create the first federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation. On April 27, following consideration “under suspension of the rules,” the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass the Senate version of the DTSA, by a vote of 410-2. The White House issued a statement earlier this month that the Administration strongly supports the bill, so it is expected that President Obama will soon sign the DTSA into law.

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Consultation Period for Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

Practices: Intellectual Property

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On 25 June, 2013, the Preparatory Committee for the EU Unitary Patent System published its draft Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court. U.S. and international companies can now comment on the rules. Read the alert to find out how. 

The Committee is now soliciting public comment through 1 October, 2013. Comments should be submitted to the following address: secretariat@unified-patent-court.org

As we have discussed previously, the new Unitary Patent Court and its Rules of Procedure will substantially influence European patent litigation strategies for plaintiffs and defendants. Certain rules will be particularly important to U.S. and international companies. These include rules related to bifurcation, stay and injunctions, opting out of UPC jurisdiction, interplay between EPO oppositions and UPC revocation, and costs of proceedings and damages.

For questions about how the new EU System and its Rules of Procedure will impact your business or how to present comments to the Committee, please contact your usual Ropes & Gray attorney or one of the following Ropes & Gray attorneys: Anita Varma, Richard McCaulley, Christopher Harnett, Edward Kelly, Charles Larsen, and Christopher Carroll.                         



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