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Mexico Announces New Timelines for its Fast-Approaching Round One

Recent presentations by Mexican government officials indicate that upstream oil and gas bid processes will begin on a rolling basis in November and will continue through March 2015. Officials are also starting to “test” legal…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Changing Climate For 'Green' Trademarks*

Consumer protection concerns about the increasing practice of making misleading or false claims that a product or service is eco-friendly is now subjecting brand owners to heightened scrutiny when seeking to register trademarks…more
| Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property

Do Good Deeds, Go Unpunished: Legal Pitfalls And Practice Tips For Cause Marketing

“Join in the fight against breast cancer!” Each October, store shelves are filled with pink products and pink packaging in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Businesses across a variety of industries solicit…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Nonprofit Law

Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Declining To Review PTAB’s Institution (Or Non-Institution) Of Inter Partes Review

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a series of three decisions in cases involving appeals from a Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB’s”) institution, or non-institution, of Inter Partes…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

The Relaxed Standing Requirements For Institution Of Inter Partes Review

Generally, anyone except the owner of a patent can challenge the validity of that patent by petitioning the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) to institute an inter partes review (“IPR”). Certain exclusions apply to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Most Important New Changes To Russian IP Law

On Oct. 1, 2014, substantial amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation as it relates to intellectual property come into force. The amendments cover all areas of intellectual property, including copyright, patents,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

District Court Largely Rejects Challenges to CFTC's Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank Swap Regulations

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion on September 16, 2014, available here, largely rejecting challenges to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Interpretive Guidance and…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?

A strong market for initial public offerings has long been seen as a bellwether for good times in the broader market. When companies are going public, the perception is that investors, management teams and bankers have…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

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
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