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INSURANCE COVERAGE LAW BULLETIN

Unraveling Plain Meaning, Extrinsic Evidence And the Doctrine of Contra Proferentem

As anyone involved with insurance coverage litigation knows, "contra proferentem" is a rule of contract interpretation that requires an ambiguous contract term to be construed against the drafter of the contract. That the doctrine is also called the "contra insurer" rule speaks to the fact that, when interpreting insurance policies, courts sometimes forget that general rules of contract construction still apply.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STRATEGIST

International Design Patent Filing Considerations After U.S. Entry into the Hague Agreement

Effective May 13, 2015, applicants can file international design patent applications in a single, standardized application via the USPTO designating any of more than 62 territories, including the U.S. and European Union (EU), and can receive the same effective filing date in each jurisdiction. This important opportunity comes as the U.S. accedes to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement.

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