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JPO and USPTO Announce PCT and Search Collaborations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced two new collaborations with the Japan Patent Office. In a press release issued on July 1, the USPTO announced an agreement with the JPO in which the JPO will...more

SEC Approves NMS Plan to Implement Tick Size Pilot for Small Cap Stocks

In June 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) issued an order directing the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (collectively, the “Participants”) to...more

Testing, testing....EEOC Starts Its New Digital Charge Program

Employers in the Carolinas are part of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) test program designed to “streamline” the employment discrimination charge process. As of May 1st, the EEOC’s field offices in...more

Mediation Pilot Program Caps Year of OSC Enforcement Developments

On May 1, 2015, the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will launch a mediation pilot program. This program caps a year that has seen significant changes to the OSC’s approach to initiating and...more

ITC Pilot Program to Expedite Rulings on Whether Exclusion Orders Cover Redesigns and New Products

On February 24, 2015, the ITC announced a new pilot program to decide whether redesigns or new products are covered by ITC exclusion orders. The announced goal of the program is to test the use of expedited procedures for the...more

Agencies Green Light Pilot Program to Allow Limited Wrap-Around Coverage for Health Insurance Policies Purchased on an Exchange

Under proposed rules recently issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS, employers may participate in a pilot program where they offer certain wraparound coverage as an “excepted benefit” to part-time employees,...more

New York Fed Pilot Program for Small Firms and SOMA Treasury Operations

On February 20, the New York Fed launched a one-year pilot program with small broker-dealers to examine options to broaden access to monetary policy operations. The program will allow up to five small firms to act as...more

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