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The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - October 2014

In this issue: - Delaware Legislative Update - Amendments to DGCL Effective August 1, 2014 - News from the Courts - Additional Guidance on Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. - Exculpation…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Issues Notice of Intention to Deny Application for Non-Transparent Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Funds

On October 21, 2014, the SEC issued a notice of intention to deny an application for exemptive relief (the “Application”) under the Investment Company Act, as amended (the “1940 Act”), filed on behalf of Precidian ETFs Trust…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Post-Grant Insights: The Need for Seamless Coordination of District Court & PTAB Litigation [Video]

The key to a critical strategy is having a vision for how you are going to win the war, even if you lose individual battles. By adding the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges to District Court to the jury, a client…more
| Intellectual Property

Surge in FOIA Requests to State Agencies Seeking Information About PE and Other Alternative Investment Fund Sponsors

We have recently observed a surge in freedom-of-information (“FOIA”) requests made by media outlets to state pension funds and other state-government-affiliated investment entities. Although the requests have so far concentrated…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Post-Grant Insights: The Preparation and Pace of the PTAB [Video]

The motions that are filed at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board all need to be authorized in advance. In other words, attorneys and their clients have to request a phone conference and there's a very active practice of…more
| Intellectual Property

CFTC Staff Issues Self-Executing Registration Relief for Certain Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) staff issued Letter 14-126 (the “October Letter”), which provides self-executing registration relief to a commodity pool operator (“CPO”) of a fund that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims Based on Alleged Customs Violations

In United States ex rel. Customs Fraud Investigations, LLC v. Victaulic Co., a federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently dismissed claims alleging that the defendant mismarked foreign-made pipe fittings in…more
| Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Post-Grant Insights: The Impact of PTAB Appeals on the Federal Circuit [Video]

The Federal Circuit could receive a thousand appeals per year from decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). That means that within one year we could effectively expect a doubling in the patent appeal load in the…more
| Intellectual Property

HHS Office of Inspector General Proposes Expansions of Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalties Law Exceptions

On October 3, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (the “OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a proposed rule that would amend regulations implementing the federal anti-kickback statute…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Post-Grant Insights: Key Considerations in PTAB Oral Hearings [Video]

At the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) there is a live proceeding that is simply called an oral hearing. During the hearing, each side has a limited amount of time to present their arguments to the PTAB judges; it’s…more
| Intellectual Property

Post-Grant Insights: What claims to include in your PTAB petition [Video]

The first challenge in designing either an inter partes review (IPR) petition or a covered business method (CBM) patent petition is to decide which claims to address before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Overview of…more
| Intellectual Property

FDA Final Guidance Confirms Role of Medical Device Firms in Cybersecurity Management

On October 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released the final version of a guidance document entitled, “Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.” As discussed in a…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Unified Patent Court – Status Update

Status – “No earlier than late 2015” - As reported earlier the new UPC will go live after 13 member states in the EU, including the UK, France and Germany, ratify the agreement…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

ESMA Plans Phased-in Approach to EMIR OTC Derivatives Clearing

The European Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”)) requires counterparties to clear over-the-counter (“OTC”)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Regulators Re-Propose Minimum Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. Federal banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) recently re-proposed rules providing for minimum margin requirements for uncleared swaps and security-based swaps executed by swap dealers, security-based swap…more
| Securities Law
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