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    William P. Atkins
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    4/01/2015
    Cuba: US Companies Need Trademarks
    Companies should consider Cuban trademark protection now.
    Source: Latinvex
    Authors: William P. Atkins, Richard L. Kirkpatrick
    In December 2014, President Obama made an unexpected announcement signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. The changes to U.S. sanctions and export policy under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) implemented in January 2015, although limited, opened new business opportunities for U.S. companies. Further liberalization may be considered in the future with Congressional support, although that is the subject of heated discussions in Washington, D.C. For now, it will make sense for many companies to consider strategic first steps in Cuba, including for intellectual property protection.
    3/3/2015
    Companies Should Consider Cuban Trademark Protection – Now
    Authors: William P. Atkins, Richard L. Kirkpatrick
    In December 2014, President Obama made an unexpected announcement signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. The changes to U.S. sanctions and export policy under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) implemented in January 2015, although limited, opened new business opportunities for U.S. companies. Further liberalization may be considered in the future with Congressional support, although that is the subject of heated discussions in Washington, D.C. For now, it will make sense for many companies to consider strategic first steps in Cuba, including for intellectual property protection.
    12/11/2013
    Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook
    Co-editor: William P. Atkins
    Pillsbury partner Bill Atkins (Litigation/Intellectual Property), a veteran trial and appellate lawyer, is the co-editor of the third edition of Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, a widely cited guide. The Handbook is a key resource in law offices and law schools across the U.S. and around the world. It can be found in more than 100 U.S. law libraries, as well as libraries in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. The American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law and Bureau of National Affairs first published the book in 2000.
    10/7/2011
    While Suing Large Radio Station Groups, Patentholder Seeks 'Voluntary' License Fee Agreements with Smaller Station Owners
    Authors: William P. Atkins, Richard R. Zaragoza
    In recent months, the owners of radio stations throughout the country have received letters from representatives of Mission Abstract Data, L.L.C., d/b/a DigiMedia (“MAD”), encouraging them to enter into patent license fee agreements with the company. MAD’s letter points out that it has sued some of the nation’s largest radio group owners. Undoubtedly, MAD will use the monies derived from the license fee agreements to help fund the current litigation as well as to demonstrate the “legitimacy” of its patent holdings. This Advisory is intended to provide radio stations with important background information on the case and to identify factors that may come into play as station owners consider the risks, as well as the options, available to them.
    Spring 2010
    An Updated Primer on Procedures and Rules in 337 Investigations at U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)
    Source: University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal
    Authors: William P. Atkins
    Originally appearing in the University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal (Spring 2010), this article on procedures and rules governing 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) was judged 'one of the best law review articles related to patent law published within the last year' by the editor of West's Intellectual Property Law Review (published by Thomson Reuters) and will appear in the Review's 2011 edition.
    Fall 2010
    Joint Defense Privileges and Agreements in Patent Litigation
    Source: BNA Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook
    Authors: William P. Atkins, Christopher K. Dorsey
    Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook
    Source: Third Edition (Bureau of National Affairs 2010)(chapters 12 on attorney client privilege and 20 on joint defense issues)
    Author: William P. Atkins
    September 2008
    Federal Circuit Hears Arguments on Revival of “Unintentionally” Abandoned Applications
    Source: Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal
    Authors: William P. Atkins, Terri Cunningham
    7/9/2007
    A Firm's Fun, Page-Flipping Battle
    How to bring associates into a law library? Hold a research contest.
    Source: Legal Times
    Author: William P. Atkins
    2006
    Will eBay Bring Down the Curtain on Automatic Injunctions in Patent Cases?
    Source: 15 Federal Circuit B.J. 587
    Authors: William P. Atkins, George M. Sirilla

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