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Supreme Court Eliminates the Laches Defense in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court held that laches is no longer a defense against patent infringement. The Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations already limits the window for damages for infringement, which precludes any further laches…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle Kingdom...…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

SEC Proposes Inline XBRL Filing of Tagged Data

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment a proposed rule requiring the use of the Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) format for the submission of operating company…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Foreign Private Issuers May Begin Submitting Their Financial Statements in XBRL

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided notice that the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) taxonomy has been published on the SEC’s website as provided for by the EDGAR Filer…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering a…more
| Business Torts, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting, Securities Law

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Trump presidency is halfway through its first 100 days. The legislative and executive branches are under a unified Republican government for only the second time since the Eisenhower administration, and the GOP is seeking to…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Health, Immigration Law, Taxation

EPA and Other Agencies to Seek Comment on Ways to Improve “Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability"

President Trump has given executive branch agencies 180 days to conduct an internal review and to propose, with input from public stakeholders, reorganization plans to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

PTAB Declines to Institute Post-Grant Review Because “New” Figures in Design Patent Were Sufficiently Supported in Parent Application

Under the America Invents Act, post-grant reviews are only available for patents having at least one claim with an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later. If this condition is not satisfied, the Patent Trial and Appeal…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

Defendant Wipes Out After Getting Caught in the Riptide and Is Sanctioned for Ill-Conceived Motion to Compel in Surf Tech Litigation

This case presents an example of a district court’s use of the “proportionality” requirement of Rule 26 to limit overbroad discovery. On March 9, 2017, Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major of the District Court for the Southern…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump Administration”

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Junior Associates Rejoice: SEC Adopts Rule and Form Amendments to Require Registrants to Hyperlink Exhibits Listed in Filings and to Submit All Such Filings in HTML Format

One of the typical activities for junior associates in performing due diligence for M&A and securities transactions involving public companies is going through the “exhibit list” filed by the public company on its recent…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

FERC Schedules Technical Conference on the Interaction Between State Energy Policies and FERC-Regulated Wholesale Electricity Markets in Eastern RTOs/ISOs

On March 3, 2017, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) staff scheduled a technical conference to discuss the interaction between state energy policy priorities for generation resources and resource…more
| Energy & Utilities

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a consolidated…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Reminder that the List of Securities Subject to Hong Kong Short Position Reporting will be Expanded with Effect from 15 March 2017

Market participants are currently only required to report short positions in 138 SEHK-listed securities (in accordance with the list of specified shares published by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on 10 February…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The Future of Europe

In 1957, the six EU founding members–Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg—agreed to settle their conflicts around a table rather than on the battlefields. We are now days away from the 60th anniversary…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade
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