JD Supra Corporate Brief: FATCA Update, Whistleblower Dilemna, European Data, Foreign Banks

Great moments in IP history: on this day in 1794, Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin. What to make of news that Sonos will ‘forward-publish’ patents? Depends on whom you ask… (JD Supra Contributors) This should be the last substantial change to FATCA before it goes into effect… (Skadden Arps) The… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: IPO Communication, Employee Engagement, African Electricity, Inversion Transactions

For some, it’s only Thursday. For others, it’s already Thursday. But for all of you, it’s the JD Supra Corporate Brief, and that makes any day a little bit brighter… Considering an IPO? The JOBS Act now lets you “test the waters” of potential investors without violating SEC communications rules… (Morrison & Foerster) What are… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: OSHA Inspections, Sustainable Buildings, Religious Discrimination, Export Controls

On the go? Get the JD Supra Morning Brief delivered straight to your inbox, every weekday morning. Sign up here. “We’re from OSHA and we’re here to visit your workplace…” (King & Spalding) Here’s your 52-page guide to developing, investing in, and managing sustainable buildings around the world… (DLA Piper) New guidance from the EEOC… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Big Data, Green Trade, iPad Regulation, Ukraine Sanctions

On March 11, 1999, Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Mo’ data mo problems… (Judy Selby at BakerHostetler) Going green + going global = going great! (King & Spalding) When is an iPad more than an iPad? When it’s an FDA regulated medical device, for starters… (Sharon… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Ukraine Sanctions, CFPB Lessons, REIT Taxation, USPTO Guidance

The perfect cure for a Monday morning? Two shots of espresso, one cheese danish, and a hearty dose of JD Supra Corporate Brief (repeat as necessary). The US Just imposed sanctions on individuals who threaten the stability of Ukraine… (Jonathan Epstein at Holland & Knight) The CFPB In numbers: 3 years, 35 enforcements, 300,000 complaints,… Read more »

The CFPB In Numbers: 3 Years, 35 Enforcements, 300,000 Complaints, And Plenty of Lessons…

“The CFPB’s permit is vast. It has supervisory authority over banks, thrifts and credit unions with over $10 billion in assets, as well as many nonbank consumer financial services providers, such as mortgage lenders and servicers, student lenders and servicers, payday lenders and certain participants in the debt collection and consumer reporting markets.” From attorney… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Activist Shareholders, Tax Reform, Ukraine Sanctions, EU Privacy

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent on the invention he called the “telephone.” Just in time for proxy season: three practical steps you can take to stay ahead of activist shareholders… (Steven Stokdyk and Joel Trotter at Latham & Watkins) The sweeping reforms in Representative Camp’s proposed tax reform… Read more »

SCOTUS Says SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees at Private Companies, Too

“… the Lawson decision should be a sobering one for employers.” (Jeffrey Dunlaevy of Ogletree Deakins) Private contractors across the country now need to adopt new procedures for responding to employees who blow the whistle. That’s because the US Supreme Court ruled earlier this week in Lawson v. FMR that the whistleblower protections of the… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cyber Attacks, Patent Eligibility, Proxy Voting, Dodd-Frank

You’ve got mail! Or rather, you WOULD have mail if you signed up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief… Is your IT security keeping up with increasingly complex and sophisticated cyber attacks? (Bertrand Liard and Agathe Malphettes at White & Case) Wonder if your subject matter is patent eligible? Check the new… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: M&A Jargon, Conflict Minerals, European Technology, Trade Secrets

On the day in 1946, Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” in a speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The M&A Word of the Day? PIPE (Martin Saywell at Latham & Watkins) Is the SEC’s Conflict Minerals rule just the beginning of “conflict sourcing” laws? (Chesley Blevins, Arcie Jordan, and Doug Paisley… Read more »

Congressman Camp Releases Tax Reform Proposal – What You Need To Know

“Camp’s plan proposes to cut the top tax rate for both individuals and corporations to 25 percent and eliminate the alternative minimum tax for both individuals and corporations.” (Duane Morris) If history is any guide, reforming the Tax Code may prove to be, well, too taxing for lawmakers to push through in an election year.… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Trojan Horse, Fisker Bankruptcy, MOFCOM Approval, Target 8-K

March 4, 1789: the first Congress of the United States meets and begins work on the Bill of Rights, putting the US Constitution into effect. Like the Trojan Horse, the growing wave of employee privacy laws are far more expansive than they appear on the surface… (Todd Horn at Venable) Should secured creditors be concerned… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Medicare Fraud, Cybersecurity Developments, Transfer Pricing, Export Compliance

Hey, Florida: welcome to the club! On this day in 1845, Florida became the 27th state in the Union. The feds estimate that $6 billion of Medicare payments each year are improper. And they’re going after the offenders… (Simi Botic and Thomas Hess at Dinsmore & Shohl) February was a busy month in privacy and cybersecurity…… Read more »

White House Continues Fight Against Patent Abuse

Earlier this month, the White House announced three new executive actions intended to “combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” From attorneys Jennifer Lane Spaith and David Tseng of Dorsey & Whitney: “The first action aims to ‘crowdsource’ prior art by allowing ‘companies, experts, and the general public’ to help… Read more »