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No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Closer Look at the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative

On January 20, 2015, as part of his State of the Union address, President Obama announced the upcoming launch of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (Initiative). The Initiative seeks to allocate $215 million in 2016…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Unauthorized Use of Patented Grape Plants Not an Invalidating Public Use - Delano Farms Co. v. California Table Grape Comm’n

Addressing the issue of public use under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in the context of an unauthorized use open to the public, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s finding that the actions of…more
| Agriculture, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Massachusetts Senate Explores “Nuclear Option” to Help Move Legislation

As of the first week of March 2015, several states are well into their legislative session. Committee hearings are underway, and significant legislation has passed both branches of government. In Massachusetts, however, a…more
| Elections & Politics

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - March 2015

In This Issue: - U.S. International Tax Policy: 10 Questions for 2015 - The New UK Diverted Profits Tax - France Implements Horizontal Tax Consolidation - China’s New General Anti-Avoidance Rules: An…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Legal Malpractice Claims Against Prosecuting Attorneys Belong in State Court - NeuroRepair, Inc. v. Nath Law Group

Addressing whether the federal district court had jurisdiction over state legal malpractice claims relating in part to the prosecution of patent applications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Professional Malpractice

Third Circuit Affirms MillerCoors Victory in Wholesaler Contract Dispute

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. v. MillerCoors LLC, No. 14-1008 (3d Cir. 2015), finding in favor of MillerCoors LLC…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts

German Employment Update – Obesity May Qualify as Severe Disability

European employers should exercise caution in the event of the dismissal of an obese employee.  The European Court of Justice (ECJ) determined that obesity may qualify as severe disability if it significantly restricts…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

SCOTUS: Colorado Notice and Reporting Challenge Not Barred by the Tax Injunction Act

The United States Supreme Court released a unanimous decision yesterday holding that the Tax Injunction Act (TIA), 28 U.S.C. § 1391, does not bar suit in federal court to enjoin the enforcement of Colorado notice and reporting…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Redux

On February 27, 2015, the Obama White House released an “Administration Discussion Draft” of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (Proposed Consumer Privacy Act). …more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOL Extends FMLA Spousal Leave Rights to Same-Sex Spouses in All States

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division published its final rule regarding the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Specifically, the rule recognizes all…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Lack of Patentability Ruling in First-Ever AIA Review - In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC

Addressing for the first time an appeal of an America Invents Act review decision out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

FTC and DOJ Host Workshop Examining Health Care Competition - Updated 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) held a public workshop on February 24–25, 2015, to examine recent trends and developments in health care provider organization…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Health, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions

ArbG Solingen: Unternehmen muss Vorgesetztem trotz Missbrauchsverdachts nicht kündigen

Ein Arbeitgeber muss einen Manager, der einen anderen Arbeitnehmer sexuell missbraucht haben soll, nicht entlassen. Das entschied das Arbeitsgericht Solingen kürzlich (ArbG Solingen, Urt. v. 24.02.2015, Az. 3 Ca 1356/13). Der…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Pfändbarkeit von Schichtzulagen

Die noch immer uneinheitlich, zuletzt vom LAG Berlin-Brandenburg (vom 09.01.2015 – 3 Sa 1335/14) entschiedene Frage, ob Zulagen für Wechselschicht, Feiertags- und Nachtarbeit dem Pfändungsprivileg unterfallen und von…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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