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IP Newsflash - July 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Finds District Court Erred in Refusing to Consider Evidence Pertinent to Determination of Priority Even Though the Evidence was Not Presented to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences - The Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Omnicare Petitioners and the United States Battle Over the Scope of Liability for Registration Statements

The Petitioners in Omnicare, Inc. v. The Laborers District Council Construction, No. 13-435 came out swinging in their opening merits brief to the Supreme Court, which granted certiorari earlier this year. See Brief of…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Form SHL: Foreign Resident’s Holdings of U.S. Securities Due August 2014

The U.S. Department of the Treasury requires U.S. resident issuers (including U.S. resident investment funds) and investment advisers managing foreign investment funds to report foreign residents’ holdings of U.S. securities,…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Highlight the Promise of Consumer/Utility Collaboration in Renewable Power Procurement

As we wrote earlier this year, end-use corporate energy consumers large and small are increasingly turning to distributed power generation using solar, wind and other technologies to reduce purchased power costs and price…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

2014 Changes to Delaware Corporate Law

Earlier this month, several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were approved. These amendments are substantially the same as the amendments originally proposed in April 2014 and will…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Slowing The Juggernaut

In 1992, Mexico thrust itself on to the forefront of the international power private investment stage by amending its power sector laws to permit private sector investment in power generation assets. Those early energy reforms…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Department of Energy Loan Guaranties for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

On July 3, 2014 the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued its latest solicitation under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for applications to obtain loan guarantees to finance innovative and…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

Ralls Case: How It Will Impact the CFIUS Process

A recent decision by the D.C. Circuit has prompted much speculation about possible changes to the traditionally opaque and secretive national security review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Options for Obtaining Regulatory Guidance and/or Approval Related to the Export of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products

As previously reported on Speaking Energy (available here), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has recently indicated that it is willing to work with U.S. energy companies to navigate…more
| Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

Second Bite at the Apple

As reported (see link below), Apple has appointed a second woman to its board of directors. Sue Wagner is a co-founder of Blackrock with a strong background in finance and M&A across various global markets. She is replacing Bill…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts

Stampeding for the Exits: Pharmaceutical Companies and the Recent Wave of Inversions

Actavis, Pfizer, Medtronic, Abbvie and Salix have all recently announced plans to merge with foreign competitors and reincorporate in the U.K. or Ireland – a strategy commonly known as an “inversion” (Pfizer’s merger plans with…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Court Orders CFIUS to Increase Transparency but Rejects Review of Presidential Determination

A recent decision by the D.C. Circuit has prompted much speculation about possible changes to the traditionally opaque and secretive national security review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

IP Newsflash - July 2014 #2

New Nautilus Indefiniteness Standard Justifies Submission of Expert Evidence at Markman Hearing - The court granted defendants' motion to supplement their claim construction briefing with an expert declaration following…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

PTC “Start of Construction” Clarifying Guidance Expected in a Week or Two

General Electric (GE) stated on its quarterly earnings call today that it expected that the clarification to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) production tax credit (PTC) “start of construction” guidance would be released in…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Obama Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Key Russian Energy, Financial and Defense Companies; EU Considering Expanded Sanctions Against Russian Companies

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday, July 17, 2014, targeting key companies in Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors, as well as other companies, regional separatist governments, and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade
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