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Rx IP Update - April 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Teva awarded section 8 damages regarding pregabalin and olanzapine - On March 30 and April 4, 2017, the Federal Court released two decisions on the merits under section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

PTAB Releases March 2017 Stats

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has released its March 2017 statistics. The end of March marking the halfway point in the USPTO's fiscal year, the overall totals for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) are coming...more

House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing entitled "A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs." The purpose...more

ITC Declassifies Portions of Final Determination

by Jones Day on

In re Certain Network Devices, Related Software and Components Thereof (I), Inv. No. 337-TA-944 (ITC Comm’n Apr. 19, 2017), is a surprisingly rare opinion addressing a common issue: When should the ITC redact a portion of an...more

Withdrawal of IRS Tax Liens

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

When an individual or business owes federal taxes, a lien arises in favor of the IRS in all property of the delinquent taxpayer. The IRS will often file a notice of this tax lien – a Notice of Federal Tax Lien or “NFTL” – in...more

Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced yesterday the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (“VOICE”), designed to assist victims of crimes...more

Defect in Patent Assignment Results in IPR Challenge Effectively Going Unopposed

Old Republic’s IPR petition was effectively unopposed due to a defect in the chain of assignment, which led the PTAB to hold all claims unpatentable without considering arguments or evidence submitted in favor of...more

Energy Alert: The Court of Appeal Upholds the Redwater Decision

by Field Law on

Field Law’s Energy Group continues to follow developments regarding the Redwater Energy case. This Energy Alert summarizes the Alberta Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the matter. ...more

GAO Bid Protests - Impacts of a Government Shutdown

by Jones Day on

The Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") has begun the preparations for a potential government shutdown, ordering agencies to review and update their shutdown plans. Only a few days remain for Congress to pass (and the...more

“Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Post?” Second Circuit Rules on Foul Facebook Post about Employer

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to support the NLRB’s finding that an employee’s profanity-ridden social media posting about his employer (and his employer’s mother) was not so offensive that it went beyond the...more

2016 Could Be Peak SEC

2016 was a high-water mark for SEC enforcement activity; however, with the uncertainties associated with the new administration’s enforcement regime, we could be seeing a downturn going forward. According to a recent report...more

Updates to Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On April 26, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy provided an update on the application review process for contending grower/processors and dispensaries. The Department of Health (DOH) has received over 500...more

SC court awards Lowe's employee workers' comp disability benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employee disabilities are becoming a common issue that employers must address. Short- and long-term disability plans employers often make available to employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the varying...more

United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On April 25, 2017, United States District Court Judge William Orrick imposed a temporary injunction on any attempts by the Trump administration to enforce portions of an executive order that called for the withholding of...more

Novartis’ Gilenya Patent Invalidated as Obvious

On April 12, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,324,283 (“the ’283 patent”) were...more

Administrative Law Judge Rules Against SEC In Insider Trading Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 18, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) James Grimes dismissed an administrative proceeding instituted by the Commission against Georgia real estate...more

Heather MacDougall Re-Nominated as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a move that may be employer-friendly, President Trump has re-nominated Heather MacDougall to the OSHRC. MacDougall represents a Republican vote on cases appealed before the Commission....more

Federal Circuit to PTAB: No Short Cuts Allowed

Today, the Federal Circuit, vacated-in-part and remanded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s obviousness determination regarding a Securus Technologies patent directed to systems and methods for reviewing conversation data...more

Rules of the Drone. The New FAA Drone Rules For Your Construction Site

About ten years ago, I visited a college friend in Simi Valley, California. He graduated Purdue with an Aeronautical Engineering degree and had left Indiana to work for a company developing unmanned aircraft for the military....more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

USPTO Invites Suggestions for PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative

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The Patent Office has announced an initiative to make procedural reforms in an effort to improve PTAB trial proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Regulators Have Broad Authority and Discretion to Fulfill Mandate

by Field Law on

In its recent decision of Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that professional regulatory organizations will be granted deference when they enact general rules or bylaws to...more

Analogous Analysis: A Survey of Recent PTAB Decisions Establishing Subject Matter Patent Eligibility

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court established the current framework for determining patent-eligible subject matter in Alice. The Alice framework is a two-part test, with step one requiring a determination regarding whether a...more

No Nexus For Novartis Gilenya Patent

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Novartis AG v. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd., the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating all claims of U.S. Patent 8,324,283, which is one of four Orange...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

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