The attorneys at Morningstar Law Group are leaders who are frequently asked to share their legal insights and expertise. Here is a sampling of the wisdom our attorneys are sharing at industry conferences, in published articles, and at continuing legal education events.
Copyright Office Provides Welcome Innovation for Bloggers and Creators of Other Short Texts
July 1, 2020
Good news from the Copyright Office for authors of blogs, newsletters, social media posts and other short works published online. Beginning August 17, 2020, authors will be able to apply to register claims of copyright in groups of up to 50 short works on a single application and for a single low fee: $65. A bargain by […]
COVID-19 and Privacy: Can We Remain Anonymous?
May 20, 2020
The unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has alarmed policymakers and healthcare professionals alike. The rate at which infections continue to spike and the fact that most cases appear to be asymptomatic makes efforts to control the outbreak much more difficult as compared to other diseases. Certain mitigation efforts taken by governments around the world, […]
Time to Panic? The Effects of COVID-19 on the Internet.
April 16, 2020
Given the social distancing guidelines and broad stay-at-home orders necessitated by the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, organizations and schools around the world have been forced to reevaluate the way they conduct their day-to-day operations. As a result, those organizations and schools have shifted to telecommuting and remote learning, which has placed a major strain on […]
Is the COVID-19 Pandemic a Force Majeure?
March 13, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak, now deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization, is disrupting supply chains globally, leaving many companies unable to perform contracts or supply products to their customers, but is COVID-19 a force majeure that will shield affected companies from liability for non-performance? Under US law, the answer depends primarily on the terms […]
Wing Wednesday, Yes, But No Taco Tuesday
March 12, 2020
Last year, shortly after news broke of Tom Brady’s unsuccessful attempt to register the trademark “Tom Terrific” (see my article about that here), there were reports of a few other intriguing, high-profile sports-related trademark matters that seemed deserving of some additional commentary. Possibly not coincidentally, given Brady’s historic distaste for the State of Ohio […]
Supreme Court Decision in Lexmark Case Delivers Blow to Patent Holders
June 1, 2017
By Jennifer Van Doren, Partner, Morningstar Law Group The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. on May 30, 2017. In it, the Court continued its recent expansion of the patent exhaustion doctrine, delivering a blow to patent holders and finding that a patent holder (or “patentee”) cannot […]
Morningstar Law Group CLE 2016
February 16, 2016
Morningstar Law Group CLE: Current Topics for the Busy In-House LawyerFebruary 11, 2016 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Morningstar Law Group CLE 2016 from MorningstarLaw
"Everything as a Service" Contracts
January 20, 2016
Randy Whitmeyer recently presented the following CLE to members of the ACC at CAM Raleigh. We hope that you find this subject informative and useful. “Everything as a Service” Contracts – Presentation from MorningstarLaw
Safeguard Your IP
July 24, 2015
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies often engage contract CMOs to assist with the development of their drugs. This type of arrangement naturally involves the development of intellectual property (IP), so it is important for both the CMO and the sponsor to identify pre-existing intellectual property and also define how rights to new IP will be allocated, […]
5 Ways to Protect Intellectual Property
January 27, 2015
Published on Product Design & Development (http://www.pddnet.com) Jennifer Collins, Morningstar Law Group Prior to embarking on product development activities, it is critical that companies take time to protect their intellectual property rights. Several separate partnerships, alliances and agreements may be needed to go from the research phase to the marketplace. Each strategic alliances, development agreement, or joint development contract […]