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DOL Proposes Exempt Classification Rule

The federal Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a proposed rule to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white-collar employee exemptions (i.e., executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer professional)…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2015

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave - This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Versata: What's Technological and The New Rule Against Improvements

What Is a "technological invention"? The other part of the CBM definition at issue in Versata is the exclusion of a technological invention from the scope of CBM review. Correctly, the Court noted that the USPTO's circular…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Litigation Alert: FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Order Further Expanding Definition of Autodialer, Providing Limited Protections to App Developers

FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Order Further Expanding Definition of Autodialer, Providing Limited Protections to App Developers - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a much-anticipated…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Patent Strategies in the Digital Health Care Space

You are founding a startup with a great new idea to revolutionize a key health care segment, but you know the digital health space is packed with potential competitors. Your technology and first-mover advantage create barriers…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

#AliceStorm: July is Hot, Hot, Hot…and Versata is Not, Not, Not

Part I: #AliceStorm and Versata - July invokes images of hot days, cool nights, and fireworks. When it comes to #Alicestorm, the fireworks are happening in the courts, with the Federal Circuit lighting up the sky…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Executive Compensation Alert: SEC Proposes “Clawback” Rules for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules directing the national securities exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ, etc.) to create listing standards requiring listed companies to implement policies…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Executive Compensation Alert: SEC Proposes “Clawback” Rules for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules directing the national securities exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ, etc.) to create listing standards requiring listed companies to implement policies…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

#AliceStorm In June: A Deeper Dive into Court Trends, and New Data On Alice inside the USPTO

The most important thing that happened in June was not the invalidation of yet another pile of patents, but the rather more consequential decision of the Supreme Court to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. Unlike…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Employer’s Motive, Not Confirmed Knowledge Of Accommodation Need, Is Basis Of Religious Accommodation Violation

Federal anti-discrimination laws (“Title VII”) prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a candidate to avoid accommodating a suspected, but unconfirmed religious practice, according to a recent United States Supreme Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Litigation Alert: Even Spider-Man Can't Defeat Ban on Post-Patent Expiration Royalties

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se.” 379 U.S. 29, 32 (1964). On June 22,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Circuit Creates New (non-Alice) Hurdle for Software Patents

In the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), dozens of courts have declared scores of patents to be invalid as not satisfying the requirements of §101 of…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update On Recent And Anticipated Federal Regulatory Developments

Federal white collar exemptions: According to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, proposed rules revising the regulations implementing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2015

Employer’s Motive, Not Confirmed Knowledge Of Accommodation Need, Is Basis Of Religious Accommodation Violation - Federal anti-discrimination laws (“Title VII”) prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a candidate to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know

Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got a bigger problem: When he was 17, he was not as wise as he is now at the ripe…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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