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Am I Being Clear Enough? – PTAB Reaffirms Lower Pre-Issuance Threshold for Indefiniteness in Ex Parte McAward

On August 25, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a precedential opinion in Ex Parte McAward, reaffirming the Patent Office’s use of a lower pre-issuance threshold for indefiniteness distinct from the Supreme...more

SEC Files Administrative Proceeding Against An Investment Services Firm For Improperly Recommending Higher-Fee Mutual Funds To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 14, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an administrative proceeding against SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. (“STIS”), the investment services subsidiary of SunTrust Banks. STIS...more

Fifth Circuit Joins Tenth Circuit, Holding that Federal ALJs are Subject to Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution

On September 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a stay of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) order, following a hearing conducted by an agency administrative law judge (ALJ), assessing a...more

5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

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In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

SEC ALJs Before the Supreme Court: Will the Court Take The Issue?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The validity of the SEC ALJs’ under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause is a critical issue the Supreme Court is considering for addition to its docket this term which will begin on the first Monday in October. Petition...more

Unlawful administrative action

by Hogan Lovells on

An update on the law on unlawful administrative action according to Merafong - Bidders and employers of projects in the public sector should be aware of the recent Constitutional Court judgment of Merafong City Local...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The SEC filed an insider trading case this week based on three separate trading chains that netted $5 million in trading profits, all back to a New York City bank official. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a...more

Standing to Appeal PTAB Decision to Federal Circuit is Measured for the Appellant, Not the Appellee

by Knobbe Martens on

The Federal Circuit determined that Article III standing was not necessary for an appellee to participate in a judicial appeal of an IPR final written decision because the appellant had Article III standing in Personal Audio,...more

West Virginia Doctor Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Medicare Exclusion

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In Robie v. Price, Dr. Robie successfully obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting CMS from terminating his Medicare billing privileges prior to the exhaustion of his administrative remedies by the U.S. District...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - D.C. Circuit Decision Creates Split on SEC’s Use of Administrative Law Judges

On June 26, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel that determined that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative...more

Lucia appeals D.C. Circuit ruling to Supreme Court

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 21, 2017, an investment adviser sought review by the Supreme Court of the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in Lucia that allowed to stand a district court decision holding that SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are...more

The PTAB Grants the University of Minnesota Sovereign Immunity but does not Terminate IPR

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB has again addressed sovereign immunity in the context of an IPR. Reactive Surfaces, LTD. petitioned for IPR of U.S. Patents No. 8,394,618 and 8,252,571. The ’618 and ’571 patents are co-owned by Toyota Motor...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission affirmed by a divided vote an Initial Decision dismissing insider trading charges against Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri. At a hearing the Division of Enforcement failed to prove that in six instances Mr....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week the Commission filed four actions: One arose from the failure of an adviser who arranged a transaction between two managed funds to honor the terms promised to one fund; a second charged the sister...more

The United States Patent Office Totally Rejected Your Claims? Don't Panic!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In my almost 17 years of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO"), by far the most common telephone call I receive from inventors is a frantic inquiry about an Office Action received from the PTO...more

En banc D.C. Circuit Split Leaves Intact Panel Ruling That SEC ALJs Are Not Inferior Officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia, which held...more

Federal Circuit Denies Motion to Stay Pending Supreme Court Decision in Oil States

by Jones Day on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, to decide whether inter partes review (IPR) violates the Constitution by extinguishing patent rights...more

Circuit Split Cries Out for Supreme Court Review - Have SEC ALJs been operating contrary to the U.S. Constitution?

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals’ earlier decision in Lucia v. SEC that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges (ALJs) are employees who are not subject to the Appointments...more

California WaterFix: A Snapshot of the SWRCB Water Rights Change Hearings

by Downey Brand LLP on

After five parched years, substantial winter rains and Sierra snowpack have brought California a long-sought reprieve from drought, though not without presenting a new set of challenges. In February, nearly 200,000 residents...more

In Split 5-to-5 Decision, En Banc D.C. Circuit Denies Petition for Review in Lucia v. SEC

On June 26, 2017, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit that determined that SEC administrative law judges...more

An Early Look at the Impact of Oil States

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs. LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, No. 16-712 (U.S. Jun. 12, 2017). The Supreme Court will review whether the Constitution permits the PTAB, a...more

Supreme Court to Decide the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

In a move that could drastically change the patent law landscape, the United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, No. 16-712, to answer the question...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs (2nd Article)

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

A Comparison of US and EPO Post Grant Practices

Challenging the validity of a patent through the courts of Europe and the United States can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) and US post-grant cancellation...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

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