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By Scott A. McKeown
Patent owner estoppel is codified by Patent Trial & Appeal Board regulation (37 C.F.R. § 42.73(d)(3)(i)). This rule is designed — much like patent interference estoppel — to thwart patent owners from securing claims ...
By Scott A. McKeown
Just over half of all final written decisions for petitions challenging Orange Book-listed patents find all claims patentable.
By Michael Littenberg, Nicholas Berg, Andrew Dale, Isabel K.R. Dische, Keith Higgins, Amanda Raad, Melissa C. Bender, Julia Chen, Joanna Torode
After years of looming on the fringes, 2018 is likely to go down as the year that corporate social responsibility compliance became a core responsibility of in-house legal departments.
By Ropes & Gray LLP's Government Enforcement/White Collar Crime Practice
Last year also saw the implementation of two other important pieces of legislation concerning sanctions enforcement.
By Scott A. McKeown
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) along with Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced...
By Ropes & Gray LLP's Investment Management Practice Group
On February 22, 2018, the SEC adopted an interim final rule (the "IFR") that extends, for six months, the compliance date for some of the requirements of Rule 22e-4 under the 1940 Act...
By Ropes & Gray LLP
Among the sweeping changes included in the federal tax reform legislation passed last year by Congress are various reforms that may affect the federal tax benefit of charitable giving.
By Alyson Gal Allen, Stephen Moeller-Sally
Credit funds that invest in distressed debt, whether through secondary trading or loan origination, not only must evaluate the borrower's credit quality and business plan, but, with the help of their lawyers, ...
By Christopher P. Conniff, Michael McGovern, Helen Gugel, Jessica F. Soricelli
ICOs are an innovative financing tool through which companies can fund projects by utilizing the distributed ledger technology, or blockchain, that underpins cryptocurrencies
By Paul S. Scrivano, Jane Goldstein, Sarah Young
In Martha Stewart, the procedural protections were instituted after the merger negotiations began between the target company and the buyer.
By Michelle Visser, David Cohen, Rebecca Harlow, Tom Wakefield
For over a decade, companies that have suffered data-security breaches have faced claims asserted by a dizzying array of adversaries, from the FTC and other federal agencies to state attorneys general to private plaintiffs ...
By Scott A. McKeown
The Supreme Court provided its most up-to-date guidance on the boundaries of Article III jurisdiction relative to acts of Congress in Patchak v. Zinke, No. 16-498.
By Mark Nuccio
He also endorsed legislative efforts to pull community banks out from under the Volcker Rule.
By Ropes & Gray LLP's Securities & Public Companies Practice, Ropes & Gray LLP's Privacy And Cybersecurity Security Practice Group
On February 21, 2018, in response to the increasing significance of cybersecurity incidents, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced much-anticipated interpretive guidance on cybersecurity disclosure.
By Ryan Rohlfsen, Sarah M. Kimmer, Daniel Flaherty
In March 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice extended the 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program, pending a review of its "utility and efficacy.1
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