Category: Intellectual Property

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 »

FDA Proposes New Policy to Boost Development of Fixed-Combination Drug Products

“FDA’s new interpretation of these terms would result in a determination of 5-year [New Chemical Entity] exclusivity for each active ingredient in a drug product instead of the drug product as a whole.”  (Carlson Caspers) The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a policy change that should give combination therapies a shot in the arm.… 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 »

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 »

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 »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cybersecurity Framework, FCPA Enforcement, Marijuana Money, Food Safety

Enough is enough: on this day in 1951, the Twenty-second Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms. Five things every in-house counsel should understand about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework… (King & Spalding) Are you listening to what the SEC is saying about the FCPA? (Aaron Tidman at Mintz Levin) Feds… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Marijuana Industry Banks, Moldy Washing Machines, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Foreign Sanctions Evaders

Go ahead, sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. It is Tuesday, after all… The bottom line? Banks should think twice before doing business with a marijuana-related business… (Jay Baris and Oliver Ireland at Morrison & Foerster) Injury or no injury, consumers are free to join class action lawsuits against Whirlpool… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: I-9 Investigations, FCPA Charges, UK Whistleblowers, Public Statements

Why did the chicken cross the road? To pick up a double-shot latte and a scone to go with her JD Supra Corporate Brief, of course: I-9 investigations are at an all-time high… (Scott Bettridge at Akerman) Do the FCPA charges against a former Bechtel executive signal a new era of anti-corruption enforcement? (David Courchaine… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Annual Meetings, SEC Priorities, Information Governance, Trade Disputes

The beginning of the end: 24 years ago today, the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power. Getting ready for year-end SEC filings and the 2014 annual meeting? Read this first… (Megan Gates and Pamela Greene at Mintz Levin) 2014 priorities for the SEC’s investigation arm: fraud,… Read more »

Do Business in Europe? 5 Developments to Follow in 2014

From JD Supra authors, five regulatory changes that could have an important impact on your European activities this year: 1. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP):  United States and European Union Negotiators Hold 3rd Round of TTIP Negotiations – Scott Lincicome and Justin Miller of White & Case The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: The… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: BYOD Policies, Conflict Minerals, Cyber Crime, Class Actions

Go ahead, sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. It is Friday, after all… Unfortunately for employers, there is no boilerplate BYOD policy that will work for all situations… (Michelle Keogh at Snell & Wilmer) What if the key to overturning the SEC conflict minerals rule were the First Amendment? (Frank… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Whistleblower Program, Social Media, Activist Investors, Privacy Policies

If there’s a better way to celebrate National Croissant Day than a stop at the bakery on your way into the office, we sure can’t think of it… Momentum is building for the SEC’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower program… (Daniel Dunne, Susanne Klaric, Renee Phillips, and Paul Rugani at Orrick) Do you provide social media training to… Read more »