Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech for Patent Infringement Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

By Julie L. Spieker

On Friday Moderna issued a news release stating that the company is filing complaints in both the United States and Germany alleging that Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®) infringes three of Moderna’s patents. The patents at issue are US Patent Nos 10,898574, 10,702,600, and 10,933,127. The patents cover Moderna’s mRNA technology that Moderna say […]

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The Oprah Effect: Podcasters Sued for “Oprahdemics” Brand

By Nicholas J. Krob

“YOU get a car! YOU get a car! YOU get a car!” Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur, however, get a lawsuit. Media giant Oprah Winfrey seemingly strayed from her benevolent ways earlier this month when her media company Harpo, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Jackson and Rigueur, as well as Roulette Productions, LLC, […]

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Who is monetizing your online presence? Commercial surveillance and the FTC’s new rules

By Cassie J. Edgar

The Federal Trade Commission just posted notice of its intent to increase federal regulations regarding commercial surveillance, data security and privacy. The FTC defines commercial surveillance as “the business of collecting, analyzing, and profiting from information about people.” Currently, the FTC’s ability to deter unlawful conduct is limited because the agency generally lacks authority to seek financial […]

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Federal Circuit reiterates holding regarding errors in prior art references

By Joseph M. Hallman

On July 11, 2022, in LG Electronics Inc. v. ImmerVision, Inc., the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) affirmed the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB”) final written decisions in two inter partes reviews (“IPR”) wherein it was held that LG Electronics Inc. (“LG”) failed to show that the challenged […]

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In a diminishing talent pool, should you hire an independent contractor? Remember the ABCs.

By Cassie J. Edgar

It is increasingly hard to find top talent to fill roles.  As a result, organizations are adopting flexible models to allow remote/hybrid work to help fill needs, in addition to paying increased wages compared to pre-pandemic levels.  For those asking if they should hire an independent contractor instead of an employee, the waters are increasingly […]

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