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Former White House Senior Advisor Fined $90,000 for Violating Chicago Lobbying Rules

A former Senior Advisor to President Obama has been fined $90,000 for violating the City of Chicago’s lobbying ordinances by communicating with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of his client without registering as a lobbyist with…more
| Elections & Politics

PTAB Changes Final Written Decision Upon Rehearing and Finds Additional Claim Unpatentable

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or “Board”) granted a petitioner’s request for rehearing and modified its Final Written Decision finding an additional claim unpatentable. Previously, the PTAB issued a Final Written…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

PTAB Terminates Interference Involving Revolutionary Gene Modification Technology

On February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) terminated a patent interference between the Broad Institute and the University of California, finding the parties’ respective claims to CRISPR-Cas9 systems and…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

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

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the Obama…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Cross-Examination Is Not Authorized as Routine Discovery Where the Relied-Upon Testimony Is from an Underlying Litigation

On January 30, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or “the Board”) granted in part the petitioner’s motion to strike various declarations of a named inventor because the patent owner failed to make him available for…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

D. Mass. Holds That Parties to an Arm’s-Length Negotiation Have Enough Common Interest to Maintain Privilege

During IP license negotiations, prudent negotiators will often avoid sharing privileged information about the IP to avoid waiving the attorney-client privilege. But in a recent District of Massachusetts case, the court upheld a…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Carbon Pricing Update: ISO-NE and NYISO Look to Gain Ground in 2017

Since our December update, ISO New England (ISO-NE) and New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) stakeholders have convened additional meetings to assess potential reforms to their respective wholesale electricity markets to…more
| Energy & Utilities

Trump Administration Makes First Iran Sanctions Designations

Key Points - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has added 25 new entities and individuals to its Specially Designated Nationals List, including some located in China, Lebanon, Iran…more
| Elections & Politics

Foreign Security Ownership Reporting on Form SHC and Changes to BEA Reporting

TIC Form SHC - The Department of the Treasury is conducting its mandatory (every five years) survey of foreign securities ownership by U.S. residents as of December 31, 2016, on its Treasury International Capital System…more
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Red Notice Newsletters - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Facing a Potentially Lengthy Non quorum Period, FERC Delegates Further Authority to Its Staff

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order (the “Delegation Order”) delegating “further authority” to its staff—beyond the existing delegations of authority already…more
| Energy & Utilities

President Issues Order Calling on the Department of Labor to Reconsider Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to re-examine the DOL’s final rule on who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan under the Internal Revenue…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

PTAB Applies State Sovereign Immunity in IPR

On January 25, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board dismissed three petitions filed by Covidien LP challenging U.S. Patent No. 7,062,251 (the “’251 patent”) owned by the University of Florida Research Foundation Inc. (UFRF)…more
| Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

OFAC Eases Certain Sanctions Involving Russia’s FSB; BIS Licensing Still Required

On February 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Cyber-related General License (GL) 1, a general license that authorizes certain transactions with Russia’s Federal…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Moving From Everyday Dosing to Less Frequent Dosing is Obvious

In a consolidated Hatch-Waxman patent infringement action, a district court judge in Delaware recently found claims directed to a treatment for multiple sclerosis invalid as obvious…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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