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BIS Proposes Broad New Licensing Requirements for Exports Involving Cybersecurity Technology

In December 2013, members of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a group of 41 countries, which includes the United States, agreed to broaden its list of dual-use controls to include certain cybersecurity items. The new items added to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

IP Newsflash - May 2015 #4

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Eastern District of Virginia Grants Summary Judgment of Noninfringement to Adobe - On May 7, 2015, Judge Brinkema of the United States district court for the Eastern District of Virginia…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Senator Angus King Introduces the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 to Promote the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

On May 6, 2015, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) released a discussion draft of the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a bill that would radically change the landscape for distributed energy resources (DERs) – small-scale…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Fee-Shifting Prohibition Clears a Hurdle

Last week, the Delaware Senate, in response to a prior Delaware Supreme Court ruling, voted to approve legislation that would prohibit corporations from adopting charter or bylaw provisions that shift a corporation’s legal costs…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Securities Law

IP Newsflash - May 2015 #3

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment of Noninfringement Under § 271(e)(1) for Consideration of Certain Post-FDA-Submission Activities, But Expresses Skepticism About Infringement - In a…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Approves Tick Size Pilot Program

In response to the initial proposal received last August from the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on May 6, 2015,…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Criminal Cyberattacks: The No. 1 Cause of Health Care Data Breaches in 2014

A new study released on May 7, 2015, by the Ponemon Institute revealed that criminal cyberattacks on health care organizations were the most prevalent cause of data breaches in 2014. The report underscores the need to think…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Loretta Lynch Sworn in as New Attorney General – What’s Next?

Newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made it clear that she plans to get tough on financial crime.  During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch testified that she “looks forward to taking a very aggressive…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

IP Newsflash - May 2015 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - U.S. Supreme Court Remands Case to Federal Circuit to Review Patent Under Teva - On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded a case back to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bureau of Economic Analysis Mandatory 2014 BE-10 Survey Reporting Requirement Deadline Approaches

The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce requires all U.S. persons that own or control more than 10 percent of the voting securities (a “Direct Investment”) of a “foreign” business enterprise to report…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 28, 2015, pursuant to the mandate in Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that, if adopted, would require public companies to disclose in their annual-or…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IRS Comes Out With Proposed Regulations Clarifying the Scope of Assets and Activities That Qualify for MLP Treatment

On May 5, 2015, the IRS issued proposed regulations that provide guidance on whether income from activities with respect to minerals or natural resources is qualifying income for publicly traded partnerships (MLPs). The proposed…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Taxation

FERC Revises Gas Nomination Regulations, Leaves Gas Day Unchanged

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 809, its Final Rule regarding the coordination of scheduling between interstate natural gas pipelines and electric public utilities.  FERC…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Update: Mexico’s Ronda Uno

On April 30, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) released a revised version of the Bidding Guidelines for the First Tender published on December 11, 2014. This first tender seeks to auction fourteen (14) shallow…more
| Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

IP Newsflash - May 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Subjective Term Not Indefinite when Intrinsic Record Provides Reasonably Certain Scope - On remand from the Supreme Court, on April 27, 2015, the Federal Circuit reassessed whether Biosig’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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