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News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Global Tax News - Poland: Tax exemption for venture capital funds aims to foster innovation

It is becoming increasingly clear that the legislature is striving to make Poland a technological and digital oasis. One of the tools intended to achieve this goal is a tax exemption applicable to venture capital funds....more

UK Financial Services Sector regulatory landscape for 2016

In a short article it is not possible to be totally comprehensive about everything that the regulators are focused on, and which might affect you, in the year ahead but here are some of the bigger issues of which to be...more

Swimming with the “Fintechs”– an insight into the future of Financial Technology Companies

Imagine applying for a mortgage or commercial loan on Amazon or shopping for a checking account via an App on your Iphone. As many in the financial services industry may already know, there are a new brand of startups known...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 10 - May 2016 (Global)

Two stories prominent in the financial media this week highlight the interesting policy challenges facing the nation’s lawmakers. On Monday, the so-called equity crowdfunding rules went into effect. The rules,...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

Patentable subject matter: Inventive test for assessing substance of an invention

In Australia, one requisite for patentability is patent-eligible subject matter. This area has been in a state of flux lately, with one area of focus being computer implemented methods and business innovations....more

The New North Sea – Part 1: the revolution begins here

How much of a difference will the recent reforms of UK offshore oil and gas regulation make to the industry and its stakeholders? It may be too early to say whether the creation of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the...more

The OCC’s Request for Comments and Discussion on the Future of Fintech Regulation

U.S.-based digital banking startups have raised more than $10 billion since 2010, and investment in financial technology (“fintech”) companies has surpassed $24 billion worldwide. These firms are attempting to disrupt the...more

EBA Publishes Discussion Paper on Use of Consumer Data by Financial Institutions

On May 4, 2016, the EBA published a discussion paper on innovative uses of consumer data by financial institutions, in line with its mandate to monitor financial innovation. The EBA report notes that although general...more

UK Government Consults on Draft Innovation Plan for Financial Services

The UK Government launched a consultation on a draft innovation plan for financial services. The innovation plan covers the work of each of the financial services regulators – the Financial Conduct Authority, the Payment...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #24

FCA discusses advice regulation - Tracey McDermott spoke on the regulation of advice following FCA and Treasury’s Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR). She noted the high level of engagement with the review and looked...more

The OCC on Innovation

Seeking to demonstrate its support for technological innovation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a white paper offering a framework for approaching "responsible innovation." The white paper...more

8 Simple Rules for Accommodating Responsible Innovation

From mobile deposits to securing account access with biometric data, financial institutions are interacting with their customers in never-before-seen ways. But long before these advances come to market they must survive...more

What Banks Need to Do to Address Technological Change

In the past few years the FinTech industry has grown exponentially. According to a recent Forbes article, the existing number of FinTech start-ups globally are between 5,000 and 6,000, all seeking to take a slice of the...more

Tribute to Dr. Jannetta and Improvisation in Compliance

It is rare you are able to write about someone who directly changed the quality of your life. Rarer yet that you did not know about him, only what he created, until you read his obituary. That happened to me recently when I...more

The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer

In a recent book entitled Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, author Adam Cohen examines the case of Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that "[t]hree...more

Biotech Industry Supports Cert in Sequenom to Avert “Crisis of Patent Law and Medical Innovation”

The biotechnology and life sciences community has voiced broad support for Sequenom’s recent request that the Supreme Court review the Federal Circuit’s decision holding Sequenom’s diagnostic fetal DNA patent ineligible under...more

UK 'regulatory sandbox' to foster FinTech innovation

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") will launch a 'regulatory sandbox' on 9 May 2016 to foster innovation in the UK financial services market. Unauthorised firms that successfully apply to the FCA will be able to...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile WellDog for its work in...more

Go Big Red-y for Design-Build! Nebraska Enables and Funds Innovative Highway and Bridge Procurements

Governor Pete Rickets followed through on a promise to rethink infrastructure delivery in Nebraska. Signing LB 960, the “Transportation Innovation Act,” into law, Nebraska is poised to clear its backlog of highway...more

Sequenom v. Ariosa Diagnostics: A Supreme Court Petition that Requests Clarification on the Patent Eligibility of Diagnostic...

UUnder the Patent Act, one can patent “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” Common exceptions to what can be patented include laws of nature,...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Innovation in the Financial Services Industry

At the American Banker Retail Banking Conference, US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed innovation in the financial services industry and its impact on retail bankers, consumers of banking services and...more

OCC Introduces Framework for Responsible Innovation

On March 31, 2016 the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a white paper setting forth its vision of responsible innovation, and signaling its increasing involvement in the financial technology (Fintech)...more

OCC Releases its Risk Appetite Statement

On April 12, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released its Risk Appetite Statement, which sets boundaries of acceptable levels of risk in key areas of agency operations. The OCC stated that: “By clearly...more

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