Fenwick & West LLP

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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

Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping Applications

On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted (the FTC Study) to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Acquisitive Reorganization Under Section 367(b)

This outline discusses, in plain English, the regulatory provisions called into play under IRC § 367(b) on acquisitive mergers and other non-divisive corporate reorganizations. A Section 367(b) acquisitive reorganization…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade

Digital Health Investments Top $2.6B* in the First Six Months of 2014

Thanks to an impressive showing in April, digital health investment in the first half of 2014 totaled $2.676 billion. There were a total of 38 deals for $20 million or more from January through June, with more than two-thirds of…more
| Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRCA Does Not Preempt FEHA, But Limits Available Remedies

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRCA”) preempts the application of the antidiscrimination provisions of California’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Immigration Law

Change To Handbook Arbitration Policy—Adding Class Action Waiver—Was Valid And Enforceable

On the same day that the California Supreme Court issued Iskanian, another important ruling with respect to class action arbitration waivers was issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Davis v. Nordstrom, the court held…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Another Look at U.S. Federal Income Tax Treatment of Contingent Earnout Payments

The sale of a company in an M&A transaction often involves consideration to the selling shareholders that is deferred and contingent on subsequent events in the life of the company, such as the post-acquisition performance of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law, Taxation
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