U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) on September 18, 2015, adopted a final rule on imports bearing suspected counterfeit marks or trade names recorded with CPB. CPB will disclose to a mark owner information on merchandise or its retail packaging that may otherwise be protected by the Trade Secrets Act. Detention notice will be served to the importer to allow the importer several days to provide a meaningful response. 美国海关9月18号修改了关于扣押进口假冒商品的规定。美国海关会给进口商通知和几天回答的时间，也会向原商标所有人提供可能被商业机密法律保护的一些信息，来帮助美国海关做决定。
Judge Robert Schollmeyer in Missouri this month awarded Rolla-based Brewer Science $8.4 million in punitive damages and $1.6 million in Trade Secret lawsuit against Brewer Science engineer Hai Xuan and his wife, Hong Sheng, along with the company they formed, Best Tools LLC. 密苏里法官裁定8百万惩罚补偿给 Brewer Science 商业机密官司。
“Innovation Box” is proposed by Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) and Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) to impose an effective 10% tax rate on profits from IP properties, instead of 35% corporate tax rate. Here is the recently released discussion draft of proposed legislation that would enact a patent box regime in the United States.
According to Dan Sinnot, senior consultant with Gallup, “UNH grads are much more likely to be engaged in their jobs than graduates from large public universities. And they are even more engaged than graduates from the Top 50 universities in the U.S. News & World Report rankings (48 percent vs. 41 percent respectively).”
In Ingrid & Isabel, Inc. v. Baby Be Mine, LLC, No. 13-01806 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 1, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that the look and feel of a website used to market and sell products and services can constitute protectable trade dress under Section 43 of the Lanham Act.
Congratulations, UNH Law School’s IP Program still ranks top 10 in the US.