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Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22...more

Transparency and Human Trafficking: Is Your Company Prepared?

Companies increasingly face expectations that they will “know and show” that they are taking appropriate steps to manage the human rights impacts associated with their business activities. New transparency requirements on...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Business Method Patents: What you need to know about Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The patent claims at issue required using a computer system as a third-party intermediary to facilitate the exchange of financial obligations between two parties to mitigate settlement risk. The patents included method,...more

Compliance in the C-Suite

The ongoing debate whether certain executives are “too big to jail” misses the most important trend in corporate governance – namely, that criminal conduct is rising in the C-Suite. Viewed from a broad perspective, since...more

FFIEC Launches Cybersecurity Resources Web Page

On June 24, the FFIEC unveiled a new web page that will serve as a central repository for current and future FFIEC-related materials on cybersecurity. Although the FFIEC did not release any new resources, the launch shows the...more

Risky Business: How Rules Governing Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Reporting on Nonconformance Have Put Risk at a Premium in the...

Any contractor or subcontractor supplying the government with electronic parts or other items should consider new rules aimed at controlling counterfeit electronic parts and monitoring for nonconformance. In an industry...more

Cybersecurity: Having a Privacy Policy is Not Enough

With the rash of significant data security incidents that occurred in 2013 and have continued to this day, it is increasingly important for companies to have an updated cybersecurity preparedness plan. The World Economic...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 72-interview with Michael Rasmussen [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I interview Michael Rasmussen, the GRC Pundit. As the man who coined the phrase 'GRC' Michael is one of the country's top GRC experts. He talks about the recent OCEG...more

Mitigating Risk in Cloud Computing Agreements

Cloud computing is the new reality. A 2013 IDC survey reports that 61% of enterprises have at least one cloud-based application and total enterprise investments in cloud-based solutions have gone up more than 10% since 2012....more

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: Another Unpatentable Business Method Patent

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l. and held that the claimed computer-implemented business method did not recite patent-eligible subject matter. The Alice decision examines...more

Alice And The Abstract Idea

On June 19, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. _____ (2014) (Alice) struck down method claims related to mitigating “settlement risk” in financial transactions as...more

Alice Corp.—Through the Looking Glass Darkly

Continuing its recent series of patent law decisions, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International on June 19, 2014. The question before the Court was whether Alice Corp.’s patent claims,...more

USPTO Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions in Light of Alice Corp.

In Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, el al., Case No. 13-298 (decided June 19, 2014) (“Alice Corp.”), the Supreme Court unanimously held that the subject patent claims are not patent-eligible under 35...more

Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court invalidated claims directed to methods and computer systems for using an intermediary to reduce the settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims were invalidated on the...more

Abstract idea not converted to patentable invention by performance on a computer; Must be applied in an inventive manner

In a unanimous decision on June 19, 2014 authored by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Intl. held that an abstract idea did not become patent-eligible simply by performing that idea on a computer....more

Four Reasons Why Employee Social Media Training Is Essential (Hint: It’s Not Just About Compliance!)

And before I forget, let’s make that effective social media training, shall we? Pam Moore wrote this great article “Social Media Policy & Governance: 17 Tips to Mitigate Social Business Risk.” It’s quite insightful and...more

What CLS Bank Taketh, Copyright May Giveth Back

Courts, commentators and clients will be struggling for some time to assess the impact on software patents of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. Interpreted one way, the decision kills patents directed at...more

Alice v. CLS Bank: A Unanimous Supreme Court Rules On When Computer Claims are Patent-Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, No. 13-298, addressing the question of when patents claiming aspects of computer software satisfy the...more

How the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Undermines the USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, finding that patents directed to “a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk’” were invalid as being drawn...more

The Name of the Game Remains the Claim

In a long-awaited, patent-law ruling involving a computer-implemented system, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13–298, 2014 WL 2765283 (U.S. June 19, 2014) unanimously affirmed that the claims in that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a prominent patent case regarding subject matter that is not eligible for patent protection. In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, Justice Thomas...more

$2.9 Million Jury Award For Texas Fracking Claim: Lessons for Energy Company Risk Managers

A jury in Dallas recently awarded $2.9 million to a Texas family in one of the first trials involving allegations that hydraulic fracturing caused nearby residents to suffer health problems and property damage. Although...more

Supreme Court on Evaluation of Claims to Computer-Implemented Inventions under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its much anticipated decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International et al., confirming that computer-implemented inventions, such as computer...more

Supreme Court Sets Framework for Determining Software Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International regarding the patent eligibility of basic business methods covered in computer software patents. Writing for the unanimous...more

Supreme Court Holds in Alice Corp. that Generic Computer Automation of an Abstract Idea Is Not Eligible for Patenting

In a case that could have broad implications for software patents, the Supreme Court last week held that an abstract idea does not qualify for patent protection merely by claiming that the idea can be implemented using a...more

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