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Pitfalls to Avoid: Common Mistakes in SDO Presentations

In my previous legal capacity as an Associate General Counsel working under a Department of Defense (DOD) Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO), I observed a vast spectrum of styles and approaches in SDO meetings where…more
| Administrative Law, Government Contracting

Deadline to Update Business Associate Agreements for HIPAA is Approaching

The deadline for updating your health plan’s existing business associate agreements is rapidly approaching. The final regulations issued on January 25, 2013 under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Fracking Strategies

Advancements in the technology for the development of shale gas resources are expected to open doors to exploitation of shale gas reserves worldwide. In that context, we look at the scope of protection and the issues affecting…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property

Dealmakers Q&A: Baker Botts' Buzz McGrath

Frederick H. (Buzz) McGrath has counseled public and private companies for more than 30 years on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and complex capital structures…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International: Challenges In Identifying Patentable Subject Matter

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International.1 The Court held that a group of patents related to mitigating settlement risk were not drawn to patent eligible subject…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Upcoming Amendments To Russian IP Legislation: General Overview

On October 1, 2014, substantial amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (“Civil Code”) as it relates to intellectual property will come into force. The amendments cover all areas of intellectual property,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Maximum Protection

Guarding trade secrets is essential for maintaining the value of a company, says Neil Coulson at law firm, Baker Botts. Here, he advises on intellectual property, telling EPC about the most recent hurdles and trends within the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Same-Sex Spouses and 401(k) and Pension Plans - Does Your Plan Need to be Amended by December 31, 2014?

Same-Sex Spouses are Spouses for Qualified Plan Purposes - On July 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court held that the prohibition against recognizing a same-sex spouse as a spouse for…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Family Law, Taxation

Making A Federal Case Out Of State Taxes

The U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to clarify the circumstances under which state taxes may be challenged in federal court. On July 1, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Direct Marketing Association v…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Conflict of Laws, Taxation

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Accounting Expert

Math intimidates many lawyers. And yet, in almost every large commercial lawsuit, math is unavoidable because it is integral (pun intended) to damages. Given the complexity of the damages models in some cases and the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Dealmakers Q&A: Baker Botts' John Martin

John W. Martin is a corporate partner with Baker Botts LLP and serves as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Palo Alto, California, office. He also serves on the firm’s executive committee and as the firmwide technology sector…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

New Executive Orders and Department of Labor Proposals Impose Increased Compliance Burden on Government Contractors

President Obama recently signed the third of three Executive Orders (E.O.s) issued this year, which will significantly change the labor and employment compliance landscape for government contract prime contractors and…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Motion Practice In Inter Partes Review

Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) have become a leading forum for patent disputes. IPRs are designed to be a faster and less expensive alternative to district court…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

A Patent Owner's Preliminary Response Must Rebut Statement Of Material Facts In The Petition

Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) proceedings are proving to be a highly cost efficient means to challenge patent claims as either lacking novelty under 35 U.S.C. § 102 or as being obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103. However, a…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

So We Agree It’s Price-Fixing, But ...

Recently an experienced attorney with a class action plaintiffs firm responded to our article “Looks Like Price-Fixing Among Class Action Plaintiffs Firms,” in which we observed that a very common practice among plaintiffs law…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts
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