In the first quarter of 2018, M&A activity across the world hit a 17 year record high according to Mergermarket’s Q1 2018 Global M&A Report. This is an 18 percent increase in value compared to the first quarter of 2017. This increase was affected by the surge in deal-making seen at the end of 2017 which carried over into 2018 as the US experienced mega US healthcare deals. In fact, US M&A activity during Q1 2018 was reported to represent 44.2% of the total global share. According to data from Bloomberg, the healthcare sector has already reported $156 billion … Continue Reading
“Business method” patents remain a hot topic in business and legal circles, yet are still too often overlooked – particularly in contexts such as M&A.
As recently as 2011, the Federal Court of Appeal in Canada affirmed that business methods are patentable, quashing the rejection by the Commissioner of Patents of the now infamous Amazon.com ‘one-click’ patent on the basis that the claimed invention was a business method – and therefore not patentable subject matter. Although that decision, … Continue Reading