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Manufacturers may assume that protection of their brands can only be achieved through trademark protection of names, logos, and slogans. In fact, a broad arsenal of intellectual property tools is available to ensure that third parties do not infringe a manufacturer’s rights in its brand and products.  This article discusses some of the tools under U.S. law, other than trademark law, that manufacturers should consider as part of their arsenal of brand protection.…
Manufacturers considering operations in Texas may be surprised to discover that, despite the state’s desired reputation as a “light regulation” and “free market” environment, comprehensive regulatory statutes exist for most fields of business and commerce.  Layered on top of these laws are an often voluminous set of regulations promulgated and enforced by multiple state agencies to which the legislature has usually delegated broad regulatory authority.  When a Texas state agency overreaches with rules or statutory…
“Brexit” – the United Kingdom’s (“UK”) 2016 voter referendum to exit the European Union (“EU”) has grown from a nagging itch in many people’s sides to a full-blown feeding frenzy. There is now virtually blow-by-blow news coverage of daily developments. Pundits issue editorial warnings of dire economic consequences ahead (particularly for the UK). Savage political cartoons and even “You Tube” videos of UK and EU leaders prancing and dancing to the beat of Mama Mia…
Recently, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, along with co-sponsors Foley & Lardner LLP and Ballard Spahr LLP, hosted the “Concordant Crossroads” summit in New York City.  The esteemed keynote speaker, panelists and moderators provided deep insights into the unique and wide-ranging disruptive forces shaping the modern mobility industry.…
Manufacturers have an inherent interest in owning the intellectual property rights created by their employees in the course of performing their jobs.  Employees are the engine that drives a manufacturer’s innovations, but employees’ potentially patentable innovations only become the employer’s intellectual property if the proper patent assignment language is used.  All employees that may develop potentially patentable innovations during the course of their employment should be required to sign contracts transferring ownership of all intellectual…
The business community, lawmakers and even workers across North America breathed a collective sigh of relief on October 1, 2018, after the renegotiated NAFTA agreement was unveiled. Following negotiations that had become acrimonious, and fears that Canada might be left out, the newly dubbed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) yielded significant but workable changes to cross-border trade on the continent.…
In the face of what General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra calls a “fast-changing market,” this week General Motors announced its plans to end the production of certain vehicles, reduce its North American work force by more than 10%, and idle five plants in the United States and Canada. General Motors also announced that it plans to cease operations at two additional (but not yet identified) plants outside of North America by the end of 2019.…
Guest Author: Ruth Knox, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP Given the pace of change in the automotive industry and related technologies, combined with increasing regulatory scrutiny and recent developments in trade and M&A, there are several risks and challenges the global automotive industry can expect to deal with for the remainder of 2018 and beyond across Europe, China, and the United States. Recently,  Foley & Lardner LLP and Linklaters LLP held a roundtable on the “Future of…