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D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Fed’s Debit Card Fee Cap, Antiexclusivity Rules - Dealing a blow to merchants nationwide, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and upheld the rules promulgated by the...more

Closing The Gap Between Privacy Policies And The Use Of Portable Storage Devices

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released its Report of Findings from a year-long investigation into a significant incident involving the loss of personal data at the former Ministry of Human Resources and...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Mississippi Enacts Academic Research Rebate Legislation and Expands Existing Motion Picture Production Rebate Program

Mississippi recently enacted two pieces of legislation that should encourage private investment in the state. The Strengthening Mississippi Academic Research Through Business (SMART Business) Act (House Bill 826), which...more

Universities Urge Supreme Court to Affirm in Bowman v. Monsanto

A group of universities, entities affiliated with universities, higher education associations, and entities involved in university technology management, in an amici brief filed in Bowman v. Monsanto, argue that reversal of...more

Groups Petition for NIH Exercise of March-in Rights over Abbott Laboratories' Norvir®

Since 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act has encouraged, facilitated, and required universities and other recipients of Federal grant money to license inventions resulting from funded research for commercialization. While this has been...more

Grants for Funding University Technology Transfer Introduced in Congress

Companion bills were introduced in Congress on April 25th of this year with little fanfare (particularly in comparison to the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act) but they have the potential to provide significant funding for...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 1, 2012

General Legislative The House is not in session on Monday, June 4, 2012. The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Tuesday, the House will...more

Capital Thinking Update - May 21, 2012

General Legislative The House is not in session the week of May 21, 2012. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 3187, the FDA User Fee Bill. At 4:30...more

Intellectual Property News -- IP Rights with Penn State Take a Left Turn

According to several recent publications, beginning in the fall of 2012, Penn State University will no longer mandate Penn State's ownership of intellectual property associated with industry-funded research. This change in...more

Supreme Court to Address University’s Patent Ownership Rights Under Bayh-Dole Act

This week the Supreme Court agreed to address important issues regarding the ownership of inventions arising out of federal grants to universities, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. For the first time, the...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Universities’ Ownership Rights in Federally Funded Inventions Can Be Terminated...

The Supreme Court today agreed to decide a question of patent law with profound effects on the national economy – the disposition of patent rights under the Bayh-Dole Act in inventions arising from federally funded research...more

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