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DOE Announces $15 Million In Funding For Algae-Based Biofuels And Bioproducts Research Projects

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $15 million in funding for three projects that will work to improve algal biomass yields to reduce production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. ...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Promoting Blender Pump Installation Throughout The State

On June 24, 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 657 modifying provisions related to motor vehicles. Under this new law, liability insurance carried by gas stations will expand coverage to include the release...more

Hawaii Governor Signs Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit

On July 6, 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed SB 2652 Related to Taxation -- Locally Produced Renewable Energy. This bill establishes a five-year renewable fuels production tax credit. The tax credit will take effect in...more

Agenda Of Biotechnology For Clean Vehicles Session Released; Includes Synthetic Biotechnology, Advanced Biofuels, And Bioproducts

On June 22, 2016, DOE released the detailed agenda for the Biotechnology for Clean Vehicles: Harnessing Synthetic Biology To Enable Next-Generation Biomaterials And Biofuels session at the Sustainable Transportation Summit....more

DOE Announces $23 Million In Funding For SBIR Phase II Winners

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced the 23 projects that were selected for Phase II funding through the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program. ...more

Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Requests Public Comments On U.S. Energy System

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced an upcoming deadline for comments to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) - An Integrated Study of the Electricity System. QER was created via a Presidential Memorandum in January of 2014 to...more

DOE Announces $70 Million Funding Opportunity For REMADE Program

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requested proposals for "Reducing EMbodied energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing." This funding opportunity is for the development of...more

California Governor Announces Deal to Remove Regulation of Lyft, Uber from PUC

On June 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Mark Leno, and Assemblymember Mike Gatto announced a blockbuster agreement to transfer oversight of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft...more

FCPA compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 264-John Champion on the 50th Anniversary of Star Trke [Video]

In this episode I visit with John Champion, co-star of MissionLogPodcast.com on the 50th anniversary of the premier of Star Trek. ...more

Top takeaways from North American Leaders' Summit and Canada-Mexico state visit

This past week the North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) was held in Ottawa, Canada, with US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to the summit,...more

HUD and FCC Broadband Services Expansion Proposals

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FCC have released a set of proposals that could enhance public housing residents’ access to broadband services. In a three-part series of BB&K Legal Alerts, we have...more

When Distinguishing Statements May Be Considered Disclaimers of Claim Scope

Addressing disclaimer of claim scope, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment of non-infringement, finding that the patentee clearly and unmistakably disclaimed...more

President Obama Announces Los Angeles-Based Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition as Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New...

Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition,...more

DOE Announces $16 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses commercialize promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This is the first...more

DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Publishes Report Finding Bioenergy Crops Are Not A Risk To Food Security

On June 14, 2016, DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), through UT-Battelle, LLC, published a report determining that bioenergy crops do not impact food security. The report, "Reconciling food security and bioenergy:...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Commerce Commission’s recently enacted rules that enforce “net neutrality” as to Internet Service Providers. ...more

World Energy Council warns utility industry of advanced malware

The World Energy Council recently warned the utility industry that one of the top threats to the energy sector is advanced malware attacks. The warning noted that the utility sector is vulnerable because of the size of the...more

Predictions for Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

In March 2016, the Alberta government tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the independent system operator for Alberta’s electricity system, with developing and implementing a plan to significantly increase...more

DOE Awards $23 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

Earlier this week the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects focused on developing clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These small...more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget –...more

FERC to Strengthen Protections for Infrastructure Information

Implementing new statutory authority, FERC proposes revised regulations to secure and share Critical Electric Infrastructure Information and penalize its unauthorized disclosure....more

2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners Announced

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (PGCCA). The PGCCA honors green chemistry technologies that solve climate and...more

FERC proposes FAST Act CEII rules

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed amending its regulations designed to protect critical information about utility infrastructure. If adopted, the new regulations would govern the treatment of Critical...more

What Fluctuating Oil Prices Mean for Patent Infringement Lawsuits

A notable trend has developed between the price of oil and gas and the prevalence of patent infringement lawsuits. As the price of oil plummeted, the number of patent infringement lawsuits in the oil business has increased...more

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