Supreme Court Limits Right to Patent Certain Medical Diagnostic Methods

The United States Supreme Court has issued an important decision limiting the ability to obtain patents on certain medical diagnostic methods.  Under the U.S. Patent laws, patents can be obtained for any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition

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Posted in All Advisories, Health Care, Patents & Trademarks, Practice & Industries

Federal Maritime Commission To Adjust Optional Bond for China Operations

The Federal Maritime Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the bond limits of a Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier who needs to do business in China. At present an NVOCC is required to carry a basic bond of $75,000,

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Posted in All Advisories, Antitrust & Competition Law, International Law, Practice & Industries, Shipping, Transportation

Washington State Voters Throw Out State Controlled Liquor Sales

Washington State Voters Throw Out State Controlled Liquor Sales On November 8, 2011, Costco and other big retailers successfully convinced Washington State voters to approve Initiative 1183.  This will end the State’s long time monopoly on liquor sales.  The new

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Posted in All Advisories, Antitrust & Competition Law, Wines & Spirits