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An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

House Passes Cyber Sharing Bills and Congress is Focusing on Data Protection

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act ("PCNA"), which would give companies certain liability protection against potential lawsuits when sharing cyber threat...more

Cybersecurity Workforce Measures Present Business Opportunities

As part of the federal government’s efforts to address cybersecurity needs in our age of state-sponsored hacking and other high-profile data breaches, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon undertake a...more

The Evolving U.S. Cybersecurity Landscape: What Firms Want to Know

Following a year of high-profile data breaches, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on January 13, 2015 that, for the second consecutive year, its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2015

Congress Passes Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act - The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act was included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus FY 2015 spending bill signed into law by...more

Video Games, iPhones, and Senator John McCain

The picture of Senator John McCain playing poker on his Smartphone went viral within a few hours after it was posted.  Perhaps the reason had less to do with the fact that a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...more

The Cost of Convenience: charging for online contributions

On May 7, 2013, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (“Board”) will consider an advisory opinion request submitted on behalf of Democracy Ventures, Inc., d/b/a Democracy.com. The organization is seeking...more

Cyber-Security Issues Receiving Ever-Increasing Attention, Including From Congress and Governmental Agencies

On the heels of a recent survey that found that cyber-security is becoming the primary concern of corporate general counsels and directors, see C. Dunn, Cybersecurity Becoming No. 1 Concern for GCs and Directors, Corporate...more

You’ve Got Mail: Senator Rockefeller Sends Letter to CEOs re: Cybersecurity….Reply Requested

Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D., W.Va.) recently sent a letter to the CEOs of all Fortune 500 companies asking the companies for more information about their cybersecurity practices. The letter comes a month after Senate...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

New Data Breach Reporting Requirement to Connecticut Attorney General Passed as Part of Connecticut Legislature’s Budget Bill

For those of us who were watching this proposed legislation unsuccessfully move its way through the 2012 General Session, we see now that it was passed as part of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Special Session by...more

Lead Director Networks: Viewpoints - May 2012

Introduction On April 3, 2012, the Lead Director Network (LDN) gathered in Washington, DC, for its 12th meeting. Members examined the role of the board and lead director in overseeing strategic risks. This issue of...more

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite Controversy

Business executives and national security leaders are of one mind over the need to improve the security of computers that control elements critical to the U.S. infrastructure. But the two groups are divided over the question...more

Energy and Clean Tech Connections - November 2010

In the November edition of Energy and Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your...more

Congo Conflict Minerals Legislation Passes Congress: Affects Technology, Automotive, Mining, Jewelry, and Aerospace Companies

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation requiring companies that utilize “conflict minerals” to conduct due diligence and demonstrate that their products are not fuelling conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...more

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