Fenwick & West LLP

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Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2014

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave - On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires all California employers, large…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The Alice Guidance Categories of Potential Abstract Ideas

The Alice Guidance lists four example categories of abstract ideas: - fundamental economic practices - methods of organizing human activities - an idea of itself (sic), and - mathematical…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Digital Health Investments Dominated by Software Plays in July

Healthcare software dominates the list of top digital health investments in July. Of the 10 digital health companies that received venture, private equity or angel investments of $10 million or more, six provide software…more
| Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

How to Correctly Apply the Alice Examination Guidance

In my previous post, I provided an explanation of Abstract Ideas under Alice, emphasizing that to be an ineligible abstract idea, a claim must recite a fundamental building block of human ingenuity. How then does an examiner…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2014

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2014. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Deciding Which Inventions to Patent

In the early stages of development, inventors and their employers are often confused about what to patent. When faced with a dizzying array of new products and feature enhancements, it may be tempting to select the flashiest…more
| Intellectual Property

Analysis of Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank.

On June 25, 2014, just six days after the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the USPTO issued its Preliminary Examination Instructions (“Guidance”) in view of the case. …more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

USPTO and "Telegate"

By now, we've all heard of the controversy regarding the lax oversight at the USPTO of examiners in the Office's Telework Program--what I'll unofficially dub as "Telegate." Now, the House Oversight and Government Reform…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

What Does the Supreme Court Ruling in Alice v. CLS Mean to a Software Entrepreneur? [Video]

The Supreme Court’s ruling against broadly claimed software patents in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered, which means the controversy and confusion over the scope of patent eligible…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees

A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than four hours. In Rhea v. General Atomics, plaintiff Lori Rhea, on…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Activity Before NLRB and WA Supreme Court Highlights Joint Employer Risk

A recent announcement by the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel and a Washington Supreme Court decision underscore the risks of potential joint employer liability..…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees - A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology
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