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French Supreme Administrative Court Rules on the Procedure for Returning Artwork
After World War II, works of art suspected of having been stolen by the Nazis were listed on a special registry called the Musées... Read More >
Daddy Dearest?: Some Considerations Concerning Paid Parental Leave for Fathers i
Recently I had a conversation with my father about his options for parental leave when I was born (1979). As a new father myself, I was curious what... Read More >
Products Liability Cases Often Involve Complicated Issues, Such as When Competin
Because many automotive manufacturers or parts suppliers reside in or do business in Michigan, products liability cases arising from car accidents... Read More >
NIST Vetting Guidance Valuable for Health Care Organizations Seeking to Use Th
The mobile app and wearables market in health care is booming, most recently evidenced by Apple’s entry into the market with its ... Read More >
Global App Review Finds 85% of Apps Have Privacy Shortcomings
In May 2014, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”) performed its second Global Privacy Sweep, in which 26 privacy enforcement... Read More >
DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cuto
New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India... Read More >
EPA Proposes to Eliminate Affirmative Defenses for Many Clean Air Act Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule on September 5, 2014 that would prevent states from including... Read More >
The Thorny Problem of Patentable Eligible Subject Matter: Part 10 of a 10-Part S
Patentable Subject Matter in Japan  The Japanese Patent Act (Act) contains two provisions regarding patent eligible subject matter. The first... Read More >
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Many of the issues that landlords encounter with problem tenants can be avoided or, at least... Read More >
Man and Woman Computer Transaction
Section 15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Act) requires registration of any broker-... Read More >
Oxfam America Sues The SEC (Again) For Dilatory Rule Making
Recently, I wrote of the shamelessness of the Securities and Exchange Commission targeting late... Read More >
Reminder: Update Your “Grandfathered” HIPAA Business Associate Agreements Now!
In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published its... Read More >

Federal Court News

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Takeaway: A lack of sufficient disclosure of structure under 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶ 6 renders a claim indefinite, and thus not amenable to construction.

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Readers of this blog know that it isn’t just about the law, it is about the language of the law.  As I’ve mentioned, many of our legal terms are derived from Norman French courtesy of William the Conqueror....

PTO Litigation Center Patent Trademark Office

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of requests for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Since the last report, no new requests for ex parte ...

State Court News

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to...

NYS Commissioner of Labor Issues Official Wage Board Charge

On Monday, New York Commissioner of Labor Peter Rivera formally issued his Charge to the recently convened 2014 Wage Board.  The Charge, available ...

Brandon Willenberg, Employment Attorney, Mintz Levin Law Firm

The collective sobbing you may have recently heard from the west coast of the United States was that of California employers in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s September 10, 2014 signing of ...


European Union Sanctions Russia
by: Curtis M. Dombek and Neil Ray of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The European Union (EU) put into effect on Friday (September 12, 2014) a new round of economic sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine.  The new measures include further restrictions on (i) dual-use goods and...

by: Young Cynn of McDermott Will & Emery

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division announced on September 16 that the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have entered into a new antitrust cooperation agreement with Colombia’s Superintendence...

Jonathan Wakely, International Attorney, Covington Law Firm
by: Jonathan R. Wakely of Covington & Burling LLP

By any measure Ethiopia is experiencing impressive economic growth.  According to IMF data, GDP...