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Supreme Court Deals Blow To Diagnostic Method Patents, Denies Cert In Sequenom

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” can be good words to live by, but in the context of the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Sequenom, the silence is deafening–and could have a chilling impact on…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

New USCIS Policy Decision Broadens Permissible Bases for Visa Transfer of Multinational Managers

After four years of internal deliberations, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum binding all USCIS personnel to follow the reasoning of a 2013 USCIS Administrative Appeals Office…more
| Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Recent Developments Again Call for Timely Review of Restrictive Covenants

We have suggested before that employers should view non-competition and other restrictive agreements as “live” documents, warranting regular examination to ensure they are deployed with appropriate precision and account for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

HIPAA Compliance: Navigating a Health Care Minefield

In the two decades since its original passage, complying with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) hasn’t gotten any easier. Enacted with the primary goal of protecting the confidentiality,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the automotive…more
| International Law & Trade, Transportation

Supreme Court Declines to Review Sequenom Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari in Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. (No. 15-1182), declining to review the Federal Circuit’s June 12, 2015, decision that certain methods of detecting paternally inherited…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Will the Supreme Court Clarify Patent-Eligibility?

The United States Supreme Court is set to render its decision on the grant or denial of Sequenom, Inc.’s (“Sequenom’s”) petition for writ of certiorari that posed the issue: ..Whether a novel method is patent-eligible…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Issues New Requirements for IVES Participants

On June 23rd, the IRS dropped a bombshell on the lending industry. As of Midnight on July 1, 2016, many lenders will no longer be able to verify directly borrower income except through snail mail. If the IRS sticks to its plan,…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

The Toxic Substances Control Act Overhaul: What You Need to Know

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” into law, making comprehensive changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This step comes after years of…more
| Conflict of Laws, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Do Not Need to be Shielded from Lawsuits

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go to…more
| Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Like Dominoes: Vermont Follows New Hampshire’s Lead and Makes Drastic Changes to Its Equipment Dealer Statute

In a dealer-friendly move that is growing increasingly common, see here, Vermont recently made substantial changes to the law that governs the relationship between equipment manufacturers and dealers within the state. Much like…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

CAFC Upholds Same Day Continuation Applications

The Federal Circuit decided not to disturb the “longstanding administrative construction” of 35 USC § 120 that permits the filing of a continuation application on the same day its parent application grants as a patent. The…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Health Care IT Program Discusses Alternative Payment Model Opportunities

A distinguished panel of providers, consultants and IT firms convened on Tuesday, June 21st in New York at the Foley and Lardner LLP offices to share a discussion focused on the convergence of IT spend and new value based…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Straight From The Judges’ Mouths: Lessons For Persuading the Board

The USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) hosted its June Boardside Chat, which addressed best practices for presenting patentability/unpatentability arguments before the board. The Chat, which was hosted by Administrative…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Impact of Brexit for Intellectual Property Rights

A British vote to leave the European Union (EU)—the Brexit referendum issue scheduled for a vote June 23, 2016 — would have a significant effect on intellectual property right-holders, such as manufacturers doing business in…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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