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Shareholder files suit to block Amazon-Whole Foods merger

As a leader in online retail, Amazon.com is one of the largest corporations in the world, and CEO Jeff Bezos has become one of the wealthiest men in the world because of Amazon’s successful business model. Amazon’s success depends, of course, on its ability to work with vendors who provide high quality products.

Venue selection a potentially important issue in patent cases

Last time, we began looking at a couple court cases this year which touch upon the issue of venue selection in patent infringement disputes. As we noted, a case recently decided in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas had a limiting effect on a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year which limited venue options for bringing patent infringement suits.

Venue selection a potentially important issue in patent cases, P.2

We began looking in our last post at some of the factors businesses should take into consideration when selecting a venue for patent infringement claims. As we noted, in some cases, it will be possible to select from multiple venues, and careful thought should be given to venue selection to ensure a plaintiff is best situated for a favorable outcome in the case.

Recent cases highlight issue of venue selection in patent infringement disputes

We’ve previously discussed on this blog the potentially important role licensing can play in protecting a business’ patent rights. Whether or not a company has a strong approach to patent licensing, though, protection of patent rights is critical for the success of a business. This means protecting patent rights in court when a third party is infringing them.

Addressing competitive concerns raised by the FTC: work with experienced attorney

Previously, we briefly mentioned the place of the federal merger review process in business merger planning. As we noted last time, the primary concern with any large merger is the potential negative effects the proposal could have on competition. In some cases, federal authorities will require that the proposal is adjusted to address any concerns with competition.

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