Compliance

Is My Unregistered Mark Protected Under the Lanham Act?

While registering a mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is prima facie evidence of a valid and enforceable mark (and certainly recommended), registration is not required to garner trademark protection. Generally, to demonstrate trademark infringement, a plaintiff must show both (1) that it owns a valid and enforceable mark, and (2) that the use...
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Two Recent GAO Decisions Demonstrate the Importance of Knowing How an Agency Plans to Evaluate the Past Performance and Experience of the Contracting Team

GAO recently published two bid protest decisions that address the issue of when contractors may rely on the past performance or experience of a contractor’s teaming partners, and how agencies can restrict that reliance. These two decisions demonstrate the importance of thoroughly reviewing solicitations to see how an agency plans to evaluate past performance...
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Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Boards Have Jurisdiction to Hear Appeals Notwithstanding Nontechnical Defect in Certification

In DAI Global LLC v. Administrator of the US Agency for International Development, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a prior CBCA decision dismissing DAI’s appeals for lack of jurisdiction due to an allegedly defective CDA claim certification. In so doing, the Court upended a line of decisions holding that Boards...
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I’m a small business considering a bid protest. Should I file, and if so, where?

A glance at some relevant data may provide some initial orientation to the landscape. The congressionally mandated FY18 RAND Corporation study on bid protests of DoD procurements found that less than 0.3 % of contracts are actually protested. Of the protests that were filed, more than half of all bid protests were made by...
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