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Trademark Review | May 2016

Surname Not Registrable Absent Substantially Exclusive Use - As a result of various third-party uses of the surname “Ayoub” for similar services, Applicant’s use of AYOUB did not meet the requirement of Section (f) that...more

SEC Issues C&DIs and Small Entity Compliance Guides for Crowdfunding

On May 13, 2016, the SEC issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Rules 100 (Crowdfunding Exemption and Requirements), 201 (Disclosure Requirements), 204 (Advertising) and 205 (Promoter Compensation)...more

How to Increase the Value of Your Business and See More Green

A general rule in your financial success in business is that you cannot increase profits directly, only indirectly. You must have a specific strategy. The only thing that you can do to increase profits is to improve the...more

Laurie & Monica Out-Action Jack…and Other Fiduciary Duties (Silicon Valley – Episode 22)

Episode 22 provides a decisive and satisfying showdown between Jack’s Box plan and Richard’s consumer platform option. Richard’s not-so-secret skunkworks project is dead, and the team sets to work on the Box believing that...more

NASAA Releases Proposed Model Rule for Crowdfunded Offerings

On May 16, 2016, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released for public comment its proposed model rule and uniform notice filing form for crowdfunded offerings. ...more

New Crowdfunding Rules Present Challenges and Opportunity

On May 16th, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s long-awaited rules known as “Regulation Crowdfunding” take effect, providing a revolutionary method for emerging companies to raise capital. The SEC’s adopting...more

May 16th: Title III Crowdfunding Effective Date

In time for the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding, FINRA has issued an investor alert and a press release....more

Regulation Crowdfunding Takes Effect

In Depth - On May 16, 2016, the final rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) took effect (except for certain forms...more

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016

Funding portal registration is now available through FINRA. This LawFlash discusses funding portals, which are the intermediaries through which crowdfunding will occur, specifically regarding the registration process...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: Worth the Wait?

You’ve been waiting more than four years since Congress passed the JOBS Act to use equity crowdfunding to raise capital for your company. On May 16, 2016, the SEC’s final crowdfunding rules under the Securities Act of 1933...more

Quebec Publishes Draft Regulations Requiring the Presence of French on Outdoor Signs

On May 4, 2016, the Government of Quebec published proposed Regulations that aim to ensure there is “a sufficient presence of French” on the outdoor signage of establishments on which trademarks appear in a language other...more

California DBO Reports on Marketplace Lending Inquiry

The results are in from the California Department of Business Oversight's (DBO) investigation into online marketplace lending....more

European Commission To Promote Crowdfunding under Capital Markets Union

The European Commission announced that it would not, at this stage, be proposing legislation to regulate crowdfunding. The Commission pledged to report on whether crowdfunding should become regulated at EU-level as part of...more

Crowdfund Your Restaurant: New Equity Financing Option Could be Industry Game Changer

Have you always dreamed of investing in a restaurant, but never had the capital necessary to make that vision a reality? Or, perhaps you are an aspiring restaurateur looking to engage local food lovers more deeply in the...more

Update on China’s New Restrictions on Internet Content

Apple’s iTunes and Disney’s DisneyLife websites have reportedly become early targets of China’s internet regulators who are beginning to enforce new rules restricting the publication of online content. The new rules, the...more

British Columbia Announces Changes to Film and TV Tax Credits

On May 2, 2016 the government of British Columbia announced significant changes to the province’s film, television and digital media tax credit programs. While the changes remain to be approved by the provincial legislature,...more

British Columbia film and television tax credit announcement

British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong released a statement this morning regarding proposed changes to BC’s film, television and digital media tax credit programs. Subject to approval of the British Columbia...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

Million Dollar Martini: How to Shake Up Your Network and Mix Up Big Deals

You’ve taken the traditional marketing routes: ads in the local paper, perhaps a quick spot on the radio or a basic web page. But, how do you mix in that extra ingredient that will put your company on top? What can push your...more

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: New Data Types and E-Discovery

Almost any activity we take part in creates data; it no longer resides just on email servers or your laptop or mobile phones. Data resides in the cloud, in apps, on social media, in your watch or fitness tracker. For...more

Why a Recent Ruling on Disability Access Serves as a Warning to All Businesses Operating Public Websites

Any business operating a website for use by customers or other members of the public should take heed of a recent California decision that found a retailer liable for violations of federal and state disability access laws...more

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Claiming Statute That Authorizes “Gag Orders” Is Unconstitutional

Adding to the number of recent, high-profile confrontations between the government and tech companies concerning the limits of government investigations and the protection of privacy interests, last week, Microsoft filed a...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1142

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Information - Ministerial Decision No. 42/2016 Amending some provisions of the implementing regulations of the Press and Publications Law. Issued on 5 April 2016. Effective from...more

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