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FCA publishes Memorandum of Understanding between the FCA and ICO

On 28 January 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which it entered into with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (dated 29 September 2014)....more

Read the Directions Carefully Before Playing: State Department Releases Military Drone Export Guidance

The United States has a responsibility, or so the State Department tells us, to ensure the sales and exports of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are consistent with U.S. national security interests, U.S. policy, and even U.S....more

Floyd Advisory’s Analysis of 2014 SEC Enforcement Actions

Our friends over at Floyd Advisory recently released their Summary of Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases for the Year Ended December 31, 2014. Some of the more notable highlights from the report include...more

Drone on Drones: Proposed Bans in Hunting and Fishing Shed Light on Regulatory Considerations for Drones

In several states across the country, hunters and fishermen are anticipating the potential use of drones to track — and even tag — wildlife, and asking that lawmakers prohibit that use of the technology before it even gets...more

Another IPR Petition Comes Up Short for Failing to Adequately Show Rationale to Combine

Many Patent Owners are finding success in undermining the challenge grounds of a Petition by arguing that the Petition fails to make an adequate showing that a person of ordinary skill in the art would have combined the...more

Employment Law Reporter – March 2015: A New EEOC Task Force for Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment in the Workplace is...

A New EEOC Task Force for Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment in the Workplace is Being Created: This is an Opportunity for Employers to Implement Proactive Measures Now that Will Save them Money Later....more

No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner...more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

Georgia Complaint Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A complaint filed in the Northern District of Georgia on February 19 alleges that the Securities and Exchange Commission brings claims in administrative courts that are unconstitutional. The plaintiffs in the case, Gray...more

SEC Settles with Global Manufacturer over FCPA Violations

On February 24, the SEC announced charges against a global manufacturer for alleged violations of the FCPA involving bribes paid by its African subsidiaries in order to make sales in Kenya and Angola. Over the course of a...more

CRTC Issues a $1.1 Million Penalty Under Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation

On March 5, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it had issued a penalty of $1.1 million to Compu-Finder under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)....more

Don’t Forget About Domain Names

One aspect of intellectual property law that doesn’t get as much attention as it maybe should is domain names. For those of you internet-savvy readers out there (who I assume is most of you), you already know that domain...more

China Announces Final Biosimilars Guideline

The Center for Drug Evaluation (the “CDE”) under the China Food and Drug Administration published final biosimilars guidance on February 28 with immediate effect. Officially titled the Technical Guideline for the Research,...more

Oxfam America Argues SEC Has “Unlawfully Withheld And Unreasonably Delayed” Resource Extraction Rule

I’ve often wished that my legal acumen could be judged by the same standard as professional baseball players. If that were the case, I could be wrong nearly 60% of the time and yet be considered one of the greatest legal...more

Top 5 Mistakes Brand Owners Make When Filing Their Own Trademark Applications

Entrepreneurs often choose not to spend money on legal fees as they are launching their businesses. Understandably, budgets are tight in a company’s early days, and when faced with the choice of spending money on a trademark...more

California Raisins Ripening (Again) in the Supreme Court’s Sun

Takings law is complicated enough but leave it to the frequently reversed U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to twist it out of shape so much as to dare the Supreme Court to reverse it not just once but twice in the...more

The FCA and the Ever-Narrowing Public Disclosure Bar

On February 25, 2015, the Sixth Circuit became the latest federal court of appeals to weigh in on the scope of the False Claims Act’s (FCA) public disclosure bar in its decision in United States ex rel. Whipple v....more

Certain Goods and Services Now Eligible for Importation into the United States from Cuba

The U.S. Department of State published its Section 515.582 List that outlines which goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs are eligible for importation into the United States....more

FAA Proposes Rules for Small Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems or Drones

Action Item: As a step towards integrating commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) flights into U.S. airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...more

Supreme Court Ruling's Implications for Healthcare Professions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state professional board controlled by active market participants must be supervised by a state to enjoy protection from federal antitrust laws....more

OIG Releases Health Reform Oversight Plan

Last week, while many of us were digging out from one snowstorm and bracing for another, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) was keeping busy. HHS lawyers were preparing to defend a key...more

International Fraud & Asset Tracing (3rd Edition), United States

In this Guide: - Introduction - Managing the Internal Investigation - Disclosure from Third Parties - Steps to Preserve Assets/Documents - Civil Proceedings - Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption Legislation -...more

Food Safety & Nutrition

The regulatory and legislative outlook for Food Safety and Nutrition is, compared to other more contentious and politicized issues, fairly robust for the next two years. At the federal agencies, there will be continued...more

Coast Guard seeks comments on multiyear renewal option for vessel documentation fees

In the March 3, 2015 Federal Register, the Coast Guard published a request for comments related to the Vessel Documentation Renewal Fees established in August 2014. The Coast Guard is considering options for implementing...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy - Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Tacking Should be Decided by a Jury in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank - Amending...more

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