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Views from the Director's Office on Post-Grant Reviews by the PTAB

Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Under Secretary of Commerce Michelle Lee took the occasion of the release of the revised PTAB Guidances last Thursday to provide the patent community with some statistics...more

Preliminary Discussion Draft of CEQA Guidelines Amendments Released

Comments Due to Office of Planning and Research by Oct. 12 - The California Office of Planning and Research has issued a preliminary discussion draft of revisions to nearly 30 different sections of the CEQA Guidelines....more

Updated employer covenant guidance from the Pensions Regulator August 2015

Background - The term employer covenant refers to the legal obligation, ability and willingness of a pension scheme's sponsoring employer (or a number of employers) to provide the requisite funds in order to meet the...more

FATCA Update: IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Electronic Transmission of Forms W-8 and Updates Information Reporting Guides

The Internal Revenue Service has issued additional informal guidance regarding implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). First, the IRS published a new “Frequently Asked Question” on its website...more

Intellectual Property Alert: The USPTO Announces Additional Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C....

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued additional guidelines for use by USPTO personnel in determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These additional guidelines follow the...more

SEC Issues Guidance Clarifying Anti-Retaliation Provision of Dodd-Frank Act

On August 4, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or “the Commission”) issued guidance that further clarifies the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision. According to the Commission, Section 21F of the...more

Antitrust Development: The FTC Provides Updated Guidance for Merger Review Best Practices

On August 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission issued updated best practices guidance for merger reviews. This is the first guidance that the FTC has issued on the merger review process since the 2006 merger review reforms....more

FTC Releases Updated Best Practices for Merger Reviews

On August 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a guide to best practices for merger investigations, its first update to the Guidelines for Merger Investigations since it published the Reforms to the Merger...more

USPTO publishes a midyear supplementary update to interim guidance on subject matter eligibility

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a midyear update to the 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility (IEG). While, the IEG sheds a little more light on the topic, the...more

USPTO Issues Newly Updated Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility that Further Clarifies Examination Standards under 35 U.S.C....

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice (Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014)) and Mayo (Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012)), and other cases...more

US Patent Office Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Patentable Subject Matter

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued updated guidance on subject-matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101, intended to “assist examiners in applying the 2014 Interim Patent Eligibility...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance Update Relating to Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act

In June, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a Guidance Update relating to Rule 204A-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Rule 204A-1 provides that a registered investment...more

EEOC Modifies Pregnancy Bias Guidance to Reflect the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peggy Young, a UPS driver who claimed she was discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy when she was denied a workplace accommodation that was made...more

EEOC Updates Guidance On Accommodating Pregnant Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued revised pregnancy discrimination guidance setting forth a framework for assessing how far employers must go in accommodating pregnant employees, following the Supreme...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Personal Securities Transactions Reporting

On June 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a guidance update on Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). Rule 204A-1 requires, among other things, certain advisory...more

EEOC’s Revised Pregnancy Guidance: Now, Just Barely More Flexible!

Last Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its amended guidance on pregnancy discrimination and accommodation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v. UPS, issued in March 2015. The...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance to Clarify Application of Rule Requiring Reporting of Personal Securities Transactions by Investment...

In a June 2015 Guidance Update, the staff of the Division of Investment Management clarified how the code of ethics reporting rules apply to investment advisers. Current rules require certain advisory personnel who...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance Concerning Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodations

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the Guidance). As stated on the EEOC’s website, the Guidance supersedes the EEOC’s...more

EEOC Issues Updated Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Updates Reflect Recent Young v. UPS Supreme Court Decision - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an update of its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and...more

EPA Announces Availability for Comment of OCSPP Harmonized Test Guidelines

On June 17, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice announcing the availability for comment of three draft revised 810 series test guidelines developed by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution...more

Inside Insight: How the FTC Approaches Data Breach Investigations

A data breach hurts in a myriad of ways – the tarnished image of the breached company, the diminished consumer trust, and the bottom-line impact of remedial costs and lost business. The last thing a company already reeling...more

OIG issues additional guidance to healthcare boards regarding compliance efforts and oversight

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, together with leading legal, audit and compliance collaborators, recently issued the fourth in a series of publications providing...more

How Transparent is Your Supply Chain? California AG Issues Guidance

After almost five years since passage, California’s Attorney General has finally produced guidance on The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. With the Attorney General at last weighing in (the Resource Guide...more

U.S. SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Cybersecurity Guidance

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Guidance Update on April 28, 2015 (Guidance) relating to the cybersecurity of registered investment companies and...more

"CFTC Issues Revised Embedded Volumetric Optionality Interpretation for Swaps"

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued revised interpretive guidance for forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). In 2012, the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission...more

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