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Implications of SCOTUS inter partes review ruling on biologics

One recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court might have escaped the notice of many in the country. We doubt that entrepreneurs in New Jersey and elsewhere missed the news, however, considering the potential scope of the ruling across all areas of industry, including life sciences.

The case was Oil States Energy Services, LC, v Greene's Energy Group, LLC. The issue was whether inter partes review (IPR), an administrative process instituted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deal with challenges to patents, violates the Constitutional guarantees due process in the courts against a taking by the government.

Choosing a business entity

If you are launching a business, it's important to protect your personal assets from the results of the business. You can do this by creating a properly constituted business entity.

You should never start a business or sign contracts in your own name.  Otherwise, you would be putting your personal assets at risk if the business doesn't work out as you expected. Here is an example of what could happen if you start a business under your own name.

4 Reasons Why It's So Important To Protect Your Intellectual Property

Intellectual property often gets short shrift from business owners. This is understandable since oftentimes, it is hard to sort out what constitutes your business's intellectual property... and then how do you begin to protect it? The key to remember is that intellectual property is by far one of the most (if not the most) important assets a business can have.

The Social Network In The Courts: 4 Legal Issues That Frequently Come Up With Social Media

Social media has touched and changed nearly every aspect of our world and lives.

We are now more connected than ever, which has allowed for enhanced collaboration and awareness around the world. The social network has had a significant impact on the legal world as well, but not in the ways that you might think.

Johnson & Johnson Is On The Move

I had the opportunity for a pre-opening visit to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLabs NYC ("JLabs-NYC") facility at the New York Genome Center. JLabs is an innovative outreach program by Johnson & Johnson to assist growing life sciences companies develop their technologies in a supportive environment.

Jlabs Opening In Nyc

JLABS, Johnson & Johnson's innovation center venture, is opening a branch in SoHo. I met Dr. Kate Merton, Director of [email protected] at a recent kick-off event. She is a highly skilled scientist and entrepreneur who is passionate about supporting innovative life sciences company. As a former Johnson & Johnson lawyer, I'm very pleased to see Johnson & Johnson taking this approach.

WHY INCORPORATE IN DELAWARE?

Clients sometime ask me why so many investors and business owners choose to incorporate in Delaware.

The answer is straightforward. It's a result of the Delaware General Corporate Law and interpretations of that law by the Delaware Supreme Court and the Delaware Court of Chancery. Although it's a small State, Delaware has set a legal framework that is pro-management, practical and extensively studied and litigated.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPANY'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AS A STARTUP

In today's modern world, a company's most valuable assets aren't necessarily the physical products that they produce. Instead, it is the intellectual property of these companies that give them their value. Nowhere is this truer than in the life sciences industry, though the same concepts certainly apply to just about every other field. Proactively protecting your company's intellectual property is critical for long term success, especially as a startup a few years into operation. The following are some initial things you can do to ensure your business's IP is safe.

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