December 2015

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In Watervale Marine Co. v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently affirmed a district court ruling allowing the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security – acting through the Coast Guard – to impose certain conditions (non-financial in nature) upon the release of ships suspected of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. (more…)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains annual statistics on patents issued across various technologies. Specifically, each year the USPTO’s Patent Technology Monitoring Team prepares the Patent Counts by Class by Year Report, which includes the number of patents granted in more than 400 top-level U.S. patent classes. (more…)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued an opinion ruling in favor of Cameron International Corporation and certifying a question to the Texas Supreme Court on issues arising out of an insurance dispute filed against Liberty Insurance Underwriters, Inc. In its ruling, the court considered several issues connected to Liberty’s refusal to fund a settlement between Cameron and BP and Liberty’s refusal to waive subrogation against BP. (more…)