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The Federal Trade Commission Issues 2015 Annual Updates to the United States Premerger Notification and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds
V&E's Antitrust Update E-communication, January 22, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised the thresholds that govern pre-merger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act), as well as the thresholds for interlocking directorates under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. 

Supreme Court Holds Trademark Tacking Is a Jury Question
V&E IP Insights E-communication, January 21, 2015
On January 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the availability of tacking as a defense to trademark infringement is an issue for the jury, not the judge. Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, No. 13-1211 (U.S. Jan. 21, 2015).

Departments of Commerce and the Treasury Issue New Rules Easing Sanctions on Cuba
V&E Export Controls and Economic Sanctions E-Communication, January 16, 2015
On January 16, 2015, the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published amendments to regulations related to dealings with and exports to Cuba, the first step in furtherance of the major shift in U.S. policy announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014.

Federal Circuit Addresses Rejections of Trademarks as “Primarily Geographically Descriptive”
V&E IP Insights E-communication, January 16, 2015
On January 15, 2015, the Federal Circuit reversed a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirming the rejection of a trademark application for NEWBRIDGE HOME as primarily geographically descriptive. 

Mass Customization — Brought To You By 3-D Printing
First published by Law360, January 7, 2015 
Mass customization is somewhat of an oxymoron. How can a company achieve scalable production and distribution of its products on the one hand, yet achieve true personalization on the other?


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