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"Municipal Advisor Update: SEC Examination Initiative, Series 50 Pilot Exam, Continuing Education Requirements"

SEC Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently updated the National Association of Municipal Advisors on...more

A Solution for Evolution in the Trademark Arena

The USPTO’s Welcome Initiative for Technology-Driven Changes in Registered Trademark Use. Under a pilot program announced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on September 1, 2015, trademark owners...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - September/October 2015

PTAB Update on Inter Partes Review - On August 19, 2015, the Director of the USPTO released a blog post reporting on the state of post-grant review proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and...more

From Phonograph Records to Musical Sound Recordings: USPTO’s Pilot Program May Bring Life to Outdated Registrations

Own a trademark registration covering goods or services that have become obsolete due to technological advances? Does your trademark registration cover content delivered by floppy discs that are now provided as on-line...more

USPTO Offers Small Entities One Streamlined Patent Appeal

In a September 15, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO announced a pilot program that will permit certain Small or Micro Entities to expedite a pending ex parte appeal. According to the Notice, the USPTO aims to decide...more

PTO Announces Requirements for Expedited Appeals for Small Entities

For some years, I have complained that the lack of a timely appeal process to the Board (“PTAB”) effectively removes the appeal process as a prosecution tool. The average pendency of an appeal to the Board from a rejection...more

Improving Patent Quality With International Collaborative Search Pilot Programs

The USPTO has launched two new programs aimed at improving patent quality by joining forces with the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) or the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) at the initial stages of the patent...more

USPTO Pilot Program Offers Relief to Proprietors of “Evolving” Goods and Services

Imagine, for a moment, a successful software company, Agave, that owns the trademark PHOTOCHOPS for a popular image-editing program. Being a diligent trademark owner, Agave registered the trademark PHOTOCHOPS in 2005, right...more

Concerned (or not) that the same three-judge panel makes the IPR institution decision and conducts the trial? The USPTO wants to...

On Tuesday, August 25, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened for public comment a proposed pilot program for inter-partes review proceedings (IPRs), one of the patent post-grant review proceedings made...more

Single-APJ Institution Pilot Program -- USPTO Requests Written Comments for IPR Proceedings

On August 25, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a "Request for Comments on a Proposed Pilot Program Exploring an Alternative Approach to Institution Decisions in Post Grant Administrative Reviews"...more

Is One APJ Enough For Post Grant Institution Decisions?

A pilot program proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would have a single Administrative Patent Judge (APJ), as opposed to a panel of three, decide whether to institute trial in a post grant patent proceeding, such...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution with the New Collaborative Search Pilot Program

Two new Collaboration Search Pilot Programs are or will soon be available to patent applicants. The Collaboration Search Pilot Program (CSP) between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent...more

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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