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  • The Drone Industry—And its Legal Complexity—Is on the Rise

    The combination of continuing technological advancements and decreasing costs have drones both literally and figuratively on the rise. Once an expensive plaything navigable only by someone skilled in the principles of aviation, now anyone can purchase and operate a drone capable of reaching great height and distances with almost no effort. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates there are now more than 1.1 million consumer drones in the United States. This growth clearly will cont...

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  • 20 PROCOPIO ATTORNEYS NAMED TO 2018 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA LIST

    August 15, 2017 (San Diego) – Twenty Procopio attorneys representing 22 areas of law in two metropolitan areas were named by their peers today to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® list. The list is compiled annually through exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers provide confidential nominations and feedback. Nineteen San Diego-based Procopio partners were recognized for their legal expertise and accomplishments in various practice areas: • Jo...

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  • 2017 Alec L. Cory Pro Bono Award Given to Geoffrey Sorkin

    July 31, 2017 (San Diego) -- Recent University of San Diego (USD) School of Law graduate Geoffrey W. Sorkin was awarded the 2017 Alec L. Cory Pro Bono Award by Procopio for his meritorious pro bono work over the last three years. The award is awarded annually to deserving law students who embody Procopio’s values by demonstrating both academic excellence and a commitment to community and public service. During his studies at USD, Sorkin logged more than 600 hours of pro bono work, prima...

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  • Procopio Seeks Preliminary Injunction in Effort to Save Snopes.com

    July 25, 2017 (San Diego) -- Procopio attorneys Paul Tyrell and Ryan Caplan are fighting in court to save Snopes.com, the well-known fact checking and myth debunking website currently in litigation in an advertising revenue dispute. Procopio Partner Paul Tyrell said his firm is proud to represent Bardav, Inc., owner of Snopes.com.  “This isn’t just any business dispute. What is at stake here is the survival of a tremendous public resource that has provided critical online fact-ch...

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  • Procopio Applauds the Honorable Lawrence R. Baca on Being Named the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award Winner

    Hats off to The Honorable Lawrence R. Baca! Mr. Baca was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award. The Federal Bar Association established the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award “to honor that man or woman who promotes the advancement of civil and human rights amongst us, and who exemplifies Judge Hughes’ spirit a legacy of devoted service and leadership in the cause of equality.”  Mr. Baca has dedicated his career to addressing American Indian ci...

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  • Millennium Case May Strengthen IP Portfolios of Pharma Companies

    In a precedential decision that may bolster certain patent claims in the life sciences, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 17, 2017, held in Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. that the lyophilized D-mannitol ester of  bortezomib, --the active ingredient in Velcade®—was non-obvious. Sandoz and other pharmaceutical companies sought to create generic versions of Velcade®, arguing that some of the patent claims held by Millennium were invalid becau...

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  • Wage and Hour Wars Continue: The California Supreme Court Expands Discovery in PAGA Representative Actions

    In a blow to employers, the California Supreme Court ruled July 13, 2017, that employers can be required to turn over statewide employee information to allow a plaintiff to discover information about other potentially “aggrieved” employees in a Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) action. The PAGA statute allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the state for violations of California wage and hour laws and allows the recovery of substantial penalties for proven violations. In the Will...

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  • IS A CORPORATE AIRCRAFT IN YOUR FUTURE?

    Long lines. Full flights. Limited overhead room. Even less legroom. Less flexibility on your itinerary. How much more productive could your enterprise be with access to a corporate aircraft? That’s a serious question, not just a flight of fancy (pardon the pun). With a range of corporate aircraft options, from charters to fractional ownership to full ownership, many companies fail to take advantage of a service that could save them significant time and give them an ability to do more bu...

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  • LEGAL ETHICS EXPERT CAROLE BUCKNER JOINS PROCOPIO AS DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL

    June 1, 2017 (San Diego) – Seasoned lawyer, educator and ethics advisor Carole Buckner has joined Procopio as Deputy General Counsel. Carole will be providing legal guidance to Procopio’s more than 160 attorneys, working out of its downtown San Diego headquarters and reporting to General Counsel and Partner Robert Russell. “Solid and reliable general counsel support is critical for the success of a growing full-service law firm like Procopio,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managin...

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  • That's Not Me: The Use of Indian Imagery in Advertising

    It has been reported that there are over 600 active trademarks from 450 companies that have an Indian mascot or use Indian imagery in their branding.  Some of these trademarks are used by Indian-owned entities, but the majority of them are not.  The trademarks span the range of goods, including clothing, food, cigarettes and tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and paper products (see, e.g, Land O’Lakes, American Spirit, Hawaiian Airlines).  They also include sports teams like the A...

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