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IP Newsflash - April 2014

For the First Time, PTAB Rules for Patent Owner After Inter Partes Review Trial Instituted - A PTAB panel has held, for the first time, that all challenged claims of a patent are valid following completion of an inter…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOE Announces Two Programs Supporting Renewable and Clean Energy

Last week the United States Department of Energy (the DOE) announced two programs supporting the Obama administration’s commitment to renewable energy development. On April 16, the DOE released a draft solicitation for up to $4…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Government...

Implications of SEC’s Revised “WKSI-Waiver” Guidance

On March 12, 2014, the SEC updated its guidance regarding the framework it will follow in reviewing a “WKSI waiver” request. Such a waiver – which, if granted, allows an issuer to continue to qualify as a WKSI despite otherwise…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

NREL Analyzes Production Tax Credit Extension Implications for U.S....

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is a component of the U.S. Department of Energy, has published a report analyzing the implications of the extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for U.S. manufacturing…more

| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Executive Actions Relating to Labor Matters

On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order to “promote economy and efficiency in Federal Government Procurement[.]” The Executive Order, “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information[,]”amends…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Climate Change Disclosure - Heads I Win, Tails You Lose?

Arjuna Capital, a sustainable wealth management platform, and As You Sow, an environmental corporate responsibility advocacy group, have been advocating for publicly traded companies to assess and disclose the risks that their…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law,...

Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure...

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation of…more

| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy &...

SEC Director of Corporation Finance Discusses Disclosure Effectiveness

On April 11, 2014, Keith F. Higgins, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance, gave a speech before the ABA Business Law Section discussing the new Disclosure Project that…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IP Newsflash - April 2014

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Rule 11 Sanctions Warranted Due to Plaintiff’s Objectively Unreasonable Claim Construction - A district court in Delaware has granted a defendant’s motion for sanctions against a plaintiff…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid...

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While the…more

| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Privacy, Science, Computers, &...

President Obama Signs Ukraine Bill Into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (Public Law No. 113-95). The law includes new authority, not specifically…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law &...

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