Fast Track Process

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on 510(k)

The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to remember that these sort of FDA-issued...more

Eastern District Implements New Fast Track for Patent Cases

On February 25, 2014, Chief Judge Leonard Davis unveiled an expedited case management procedure available to patent litigants in the Eastern District of Texas. The new procedure, known as "Track B," is an alternative to the...more

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Examines Benefits Of Fast-Track Foreclosure

On March 6, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland published a staff commentary that examines how the implementation of a fast-track foreclosure process in Ohio and Pennsylvania would affect the housing markets in those...more

The Trade Muddle: A Primer

Which comes first, TPP (the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”) or TPA (“Trade Promotion Authority”)? Alphabetically, and logically, TPA. Strategically, TPP. Politically, neither is likely to come at all. Nor, then, is TTIP the...more

IRS Announces Expansion of Fast Track Settlement Program for Businesses Nationwide

On November 6, 2013, the IRS announced the nationwide expansion of the Fast Track Settlement (FTS) program to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Prior to this announcement, FTS was only available to large and...more

FERC Amends Pro Forma SGIP and SGIA

Reforms are expected to reduce the time and cost required to process small generator requests for Interconnection Customers while maintaining reliability, increasing energy supply, and removing barriers to the development of...more

New Fast Track Opposition Procedure For UK Trade Marks Launches Today

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has responded to concerns over the time and cost of UK trade mark opposition proceedings with the introduction of a new fast track opposition procedure. The fast track comes into...more

Fast Track Patent Examination [Video]

Following passage of the America Invents Act, the US Patent Office now provides ways to fast track or accelerate patent examination. In this video, Michael V. Messinger, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne,...more

FERC Adopts Policy on Allocating Capacity for New Transmission Projects and Proposes Simplified Interconnection Policy for Small...

In two significant transmission orders, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) adopted guidelines for allocating capacity on new merchant and participant-funded transmission projects and proposed reforms to...more

FERC Issues NOPR to Reduce Small Generator Grid Interconnection Time and Cost

On January 17, 2013, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that would revise the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA) in order to lessen...more

FERC Proposes Changes for Small Generator Interconnection Requests

Proposed rule aims to reduce the time and cost involved in processing solar facility and other small generator requests. On January 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a Notice of...more

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