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Next Generation State Privacy Law: Regulating the Commercial Use of Drones

When most Americans think of drones, they think of unmanned, often weaponized aircraft that are used by governments in areas of conflict for intelligence or combat purposes. However, the proverbial sky is the limit on the...more

New York State To Require Title Agents To Be Licensed

With the passage of the New York 2014-15 budget, New York becomes one of the last states in the country to license title agents. The budget includes measures that authorize the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to...more

Virginia Enacts Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs

Last month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 118, creating a transitional mortgage loan originator (MLO) license. Specifically, the law authorizes Virginia's State Corporate Commission to issue a...more

Virginia Enacts Transitional Mortgage Licensing Bill

On March 24, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB 118, which, effective July 1, 2014, will permit transitional licensing of mortgage loan originators (MLO). The bill grants the State Corporation Commission (SCC)...more

Hawaii Notifies Collection Agencies Of Change In Reciprocal States

On March 18, the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs published a notice advising collection agencies that due to changes in state licensing laws in Indiana, Nevada, and North Dakota, those states no longer...more

Interstate Medical Licensing Compact Could Pave a Smoother Path for Telemedicine Providers

One of the largest hurdles to the growth of telemedicine – streamlined physician licensure in multiple states – soon may be addressed. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) will vote on adopting the federation’s...more

Copyright Office to Study Music Licensing

The United States Copyright Office has announced the initiation of a study of the effectiveness of existing methods of music licensing. Three types of licenses were mentioned in the announcement: (1) compulsory licenses for...more

EU Commission Announces New European Technology Licensing Rules

The European Union adopted on March 21, 2014, revised competition rules for the transfer of technology covering certain categories of agreements for licensing of patents, know-how and software copyrights. The EU reaffirmed...more

State Licensing Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Appraisal management companies (AMC) are now required to register with and be subject to state supervision. In each state where AMCs provide services in connection with federally related mortgage transactions (as that term is...more

“Mind Your Own Business”- The Connecticut Supreme Court Limits Challenges to Licensing and Certification Decisions by Public...

In a much ballyhooed case, certain residents and taxpayers of the City of Bridgeport brought a “quo warranto” action in the courts, challenging the qualifications of the City’s Superintendent of Schools (Paul Vallas) to hold...more

Rhode Island Regulator to Seek Legislation Imposing Licensing for Mortgage Loan Servicers

At the January 28, 2014 meeting of the Rhode Island Governor’s Insurance Council, Joseph Torti III, Deputy Director and Superintendent of Banking for the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (the “DBR”), stated that...more

Form PCT/IB/382: Legal Implications in Countries with Compulsory Licensing Rules

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) added a new feature in January 2012 in an effort to promote licensing. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants may submit form PCT/IB/382, which informs others that the...more

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Montana Amends Licensing Requirements under the Montana Mortgage Act - The Montana Department of Administration (the Department) has recently amended rules pertaining to pre-licensing education, the definition of...more

FERC May Propose New Licensing Requirements

Commissioners John Norris and Philip Moeller plan to begin developing this month a first-of-its-kind licensing program for traders and other players in FERC-regulated markets. A licensing requirement could give FERC a...more

Contractors State License Board Releases New Complaint Form Aimed at Illegal Advertising

The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has released a new complaint form aimed at illegal contractor advertising. Under California Business and Professions Code section 7048, a California contractors...more

Australia: ACT paves the way for TAB sale, while NSW establishes Select Committee on Gambling

In late November 2013, the ACT Minister for Racing and Gaming, Joy Burch, presented the Totalisator Bill 2013 (ACT) (Bill), which is set to repeal the existing Betting (ACTTAB Limited) Act 1964 (ACT) (Act). The Bill seeks...more

The Oil and Gas Law Review: United States: California

In This Review: - I Introduction - II Legal And Regulatory Framework - III Licensing - IV Production Restrictions - V Assignments Of Interests - VI Tax - VII Environmental...more

The Building Blocks of a Technology Deal [Video]

Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu explains the building blocks of a typical technology partnering deal: equity investment, technology development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution...more

2014 California Construction Law Update

Approximately 2,000 bills were introduced in the California State Legislature during the 2013-2014 legislative session. Of these, 896 bills made it to Governor Brown’s desk and 800 were signed into law....more

Releases of Liability as Part of Licensing Deals – How Hard to Push?

Christopher Barnett, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, discusses the importance of requesting releases of liability when negotiating new software licenses or support renewals....more

Condominium Act 2014? Manager Licensing

The sensational stories in the news over the past few years, about condominium corporations left with depleted reserve funds as a result of fraud by condo managers, has now piqued the government’s and public’s interest in the...more

FTC Expands the Scope of Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions That Will Be Subject to Premerger Review

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it has finalized amendments to the premerger notification rules (HSR Rules) that provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Constitutional Challenge to Medical Licensing Law

Our previews of the newest additions to the civil docket of the Illinois Supreme Court continues this morning with Consiglio v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Consiglio involves a lengthy list of...more

State Regulators Proposes Changes To Uniform Licensing Forms And Mortgage Call Report

On October 11, the State Regulatory Registry (SRR) proposed changes to (i) the uniform NMLS company, branch, and individual licensing forms developed by state regulators and used by all states through NMLS and (ii) the NMLS...more

CLA and NLA partner to streamline copyright licensing for UK educational institutions

NLA media access Ltd. (NLA) and The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd. (CLA) last month announced a partnership that aims to “streamline and simplify copyright licensing for UK schools and higher education”....more

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