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Biosimilar Market Developments Continue Apace in 2018

It has been a few months since we reported on Federal Court wranglings with the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, or BPCIA, which created the nation’s abbreviated marketing pathway for biosimilar products....more

Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company

American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE), based in Irvine, California, recently acquired a New Hampshire drone services company, Media Wing, LLC (Media Wing), to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data...more

SEC Nixes 40 Act Registration of Cryptocurrency Related Funds for Now

In a letter to representatives of the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the SEC staff indicated it would not be receptive to 1940 Act registration of cryptocurrency...more

AML extended to digital currencies - The 'Bitcoin amendments'

by Dentons on

Digital currency providers will soon be required to adhere to the AML/CTF standards required for remittance sector providers. Providers will be required to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

FinTech Update: Emerging Legal Trends Regarding Blockchain Technology

by Burr & Forman on

Over the course of the past few years, Blockchain technology – a platform that acts as a digital ledger for assets – has rapidly grown in prominence. While it is perhaps most well-known for its connection to Bitcoin, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

NYSE owner Intercontinental Exchange is looking to do the as-yet inconceivable: bring some order to cryptocurrencies. The plan, announced yesterday, is to launch a data feed that pull info from cryptocurrency exchanges around...more

eCTD Format Required for all Mutual Recognition Procedure Submissions

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite earlier recommendations to the contrary, as of 1 January 2018 all types of EU mutual recognition procedure (“MRP”) submissions should be made in electronic Common Technical Document format (“eCTD format”)....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks - Just before the false alarm in Hawaii last weekend when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes Common-Law Cause of Action for Unauthorized Disclosure of Confidential Medical Information

In a long-awaited decision concerning the confidentiality of medical records and patient privacy, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently concluded that the physician-patient relationship establishes a duty of confidentiality...more

Supreme Court To Consider Availability Of Extraterritorial Patent Infringement Damages

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

On January 12, 2108, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal addressing whether a patent owner proving infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) is entitled to damages suffered outside the United States, or whether a...more

MHRA confirms UK stance in Brexit update to pharma industry

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published an update to pharmaceutical companies in the UK on the status of the Brexit negotiations and confirmed the UK's wish for there to be a transition...more

AkzoNobel Launches 2018 Imagine Chemistry Challenge

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 10, 2018, AkzoNobel, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the challenges for its latest Imagine Chemistry program. AkzoNobel initiated the Imagine Chemistry program in...more

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference February 28 - March 2, 2018, Washington D.C.

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2018 (ABLC) will be held February 28 - March 2, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy --...more

DHS and DOC Report on Botnets and IoT Security Recommends Increased Collaboration between Stakeholders in Private Industry and...

by Reed Smith on

On Jan. 5, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Commerce (DOC) released their joint draft report on “Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem against Botnets and...more

EU Trademarks and Brexit: Are You Ready?

There continues to be a high level of uncertainty regarding the impact of Brexit on the rights of EU trademark owners. For the last 21 years, the EU Trademark Registration (EUTM), formerly known as the Community Trademark or...more

Broad Institute CRISPR-Cas9 patent revoked in Europe

by Allen & Overy LLP on

17 January 2018 – the Opposition Division (OD) of the European Patent Office (EPO) has today revoked one of the Broad Institute’s foundational CRISPR-Cas9 patents in Europe (EP2771468), upholding the preliminary opinion,...more

Employment Agreement That Included a “Will Assign” Provision, a Trust Provision, and a Quitclaim Provision Insufficient to...

In Advanced Video v. HTC, the Federal Circuit affirmed that Advanced Video Technologies (“Advanced Video”) lacked standing to bring an infringement suit because the future-tense “will assign” provision in the Employment...more

HIPAA Breach Reporting: 2017 Trends and Mends

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With 2017 having drawn to a close, it is once again time for HIPAA covered entities to complete their annual breach reporting obligations to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”)....more

Less than One Month To Go!

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 15, many insurance companies, producers and others with New York DFS licenses and other authorizations (except for certain entities and employees who have filed for an exemption) will need to file a compliance...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - January 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both...more

Medicare 340B Drug Payment Policy Survives Legal Challenge; Hospitals Say, It's Not Over

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A federal court has handed CMS an initial legal victory enabling drastic cuts in Medicare Part B payment to take effect for separately payable drugs and biologicals purchased by hospitals under the 340B Drug Discount Program...more

No Jurisdiction in Aviation Dispute Based on Online Manuals and Services Program

by Lane Powell PC on

In the modern economy, courts must grapple increasingly with questions about whether an out-of-state company’s online presence and programs subject it to potential jurisdiction in states throughout the country. This risk is...more

PTAB Designates Informative Decisions on Timeliness of IPR Petitions

by Knobbe Martens on

In wake of the Federal Circuit’s Wi-Fi One decision, the PTAB has designated two of its decisions as informative on the issue of IPR petition timeliness under § 315(b). This statute provides that an IPR may not be instituted...more

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