Business

“TRIP-ing” Backward: Why a Waiver of IP Protections Will Not Help in the Fight Against COVID-19

By: Benjamin Suslavich

One year ago, the Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law addressed the prospect of compulsory licensing under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPS Agreement“). The TRIPS Agreement is an international treaty that came into effect in 1995 and sets out minimum standards of intellectual property (“IP”) protection each signatory country must uphold. Continue reading »

The Safety of an Employee’s Personal Information: A Look at Data Privacy Concerns

By: Lashania White

Data privacy concerns have undoubtedly spiked during the pandemic due to new categories of identifiable personal data being collected from employees. Given this rise in accumulated personal information, data privacy law has the potential to be implicated, owing to the collection and disclosure of employees’ confidential personal information. Continue reading »

Patents & Politics Don’t Mix: Why the Supreme Court’s Decision in Arthrex Fails to Fix an Underlying Problem

By: Benjamin Suslavich

In a split 5-4 decision in Arthrex Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc, the Supreme Court determined that the structure of Administrative Patent Judge (“APJs”) appointments—or lack thereof—was unconstitutional and took it upon itself to restructure the Patent Office’s chain of command. This case is another example of the Court striving to preserve the inter partes review (IPR) system, which allows anyone to file a petition requesting that the Patent Office cancel another’s patent. Continue reading »

The Chicken Sandwich Wars: A Sampling of Intellectual Property Law in the Fast Food Industry

By: Jonathon Ballantyne

It was the tweet heard ‘round the fast food world. After quietly launching its own version of the chicken sandwich, Popeyes broadsided rival Chick-fil-A on Twitter in what turned out to be the opening salvo in a new high-stakes conflict—the chicken sandwich wars. Continue reading »

A New Age for Crypto Regulation?

By: Noelle Henry

Bitcoin took the world by storm in 2009 as a peer-to-peer cash system. Over time, this system evolved and attracted investors who saw bitcoin as a “store-of-value currency, comparable to gold.”  Today, the excitement surrounding cryptocurrency has grown to such an extent that some employers are paying their employees with cryptocurrencies and certain businesses are accepting cryptocurrency as payment. Continue reading »

The Comeback of SPACs: Wall Street’s Hottest Investment Vehicle and its Potential Liability Risks

By: Charles Jenkins

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) have become one of Wall Street’s most favored investment vehicles. In the first half of 2021, there has already been an unprecedented number of SPACs formed. These investment vehicles offer private companies a faster way to go public by avoiding the lengthy and cumbersome process of a traditional initial public offering (“IPO”). Continue reading »

Mandatory Patent Waivers: A Debate Gone Viral

By: Carli Berasi

Vaccine

A conversation regarding patent rights has entered the international pharmaceutical stage as the World Trade Organization has debated requiring a temporary waiver of patent protections granted to companies for their COVID-19 vaccines. Continue reading »

Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s No-Good-Alternatives Dilemma

By: Hannah Norem

Olympic Rings

After a year-long delay, the 2020—now 2021—Tokyo Olympic Games will begin July 23. However, these Games are incredibly unpopular in Japan, the host nation, and raise public health questions around the world. COVID-19 is still ravaging many parts of the world, and some are concerned about the safety of bringing thousands of athletes together and then sending them back to their home countries.

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Progress or Impediment? Global Privacy Law’s Impact on the Data-Driven Music Industry

By: Michaela Cappucci

Cappucci Blog

The commercial use of personal data—accumulated via digital streams, online searches and applications that capture an individual’s musical tastes and listening habits—drives the way music is commoditized, consumed and promoted. This data is used by (1) record labels to determine which artists to sign and which to drop, (2) music streaming services to deliver content to listeners, and (3) concert promoters to route artists’ concert tours.

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SPACs: A Double-Edged Sword

By: Haodi Dong

Haodi Blog

Recently, a growing number of companies are choosing to go public by merging with Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) instead of going through a traditional Initial Public Offerings (“IPOs”). This post discusses current SPAC regulations and explores why investors should think carefully before investing in SPACs.

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