Thursday, April 24, 2014

BNA INSIGHTS: Higher Minimum Capital Standards: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Crowns Common Equity King

November 30, 2010 in Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

On Sept. 12, the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Basel Committee Group”) announced capital reforms designed to substantially strengthen…

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Microsoft Case Challenging Patent Validity Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari Nov. 29 in Microsoft Corp.’s attack on the clear-and-convincing evidence standard for challenges to the validity of a patent ( Microsoft Corp. v. i4i L.P., U.S., No. 10-290, cert. granted 11/29/10 ).

The patent validity standard was established by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1984. Lowering the standard to a preponderance of evidence—as Microsoft requests—could significantly decrease the strength of every patent owner’s case in…

EPA Sets Final Renewable Fuel Standards for U.S. Motor Fuel Supply in 2011

November 30, 2010 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Nov. 29 setting the levels of ethanol and other biofuels required in the nation’s motor fuel supply in 2011

The final 2011 overall volume and standards are:…

Criminal Insider Trading Defendants Rajaratnam, Chiesi Lose Bid to Suppress Wiretap Evidence

Criminal insider trading defendants Raj Rajaratnam and Danielle Chiesi Nov. 24 lost their bid in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to suppress Title III material obtained by government telephone…

Drawing a Line Between Proprietary Trading, Market Making under Volcker Rule a Challenge for Regulators

One of the toughest challenges facing financial regulators charged with implementing Volcker rule restrictions on proprietary trading will be distinguishing those activities from legitimate market-making trades that financial firms routinely…

Massachusetts Agency Issues Guidance on Law Governing Criminal Records of Job Applicants

BOSTON—National and international employers doing business in Massachusetts must inform job applicants of their rights under a revised criminal records law that took effect in early November, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination said…

EPA Sends White House Final Rule on State Implementation of Greenhouse Gas Permitting

November 26, 2010 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a draft final rule that would require states to revise their state implementation plans to allow them to issue pre-construction permits for new and modified sources for greenhouse gas emissions…

BNA INSIGHTS: Intellectual Property Cost Control Counsel—Addressing the Structural Components of Skyrocketing Litigation Costs

Companies and their in-house counsel are under unprecedented pressure to stabilize or reduce litigation costs…

U.S., E.U., Japanese Patent Office Heads Pledge Cooperation, Patent Quality Improvements

Wrapping up their annual Trilateral Patent Office Conference at the PTO in Alexandria, Va., the leaders of three of the largest patent offices in the world promised greater cooperation in harmonization and work sharing efforts…

Bill Making Technical Copyright Law Changes Goes to the President

A bill (S. 3689) aimed at clarifying and improving federal copyright laws was passed by the Senate Nov. 19, clearing it for President Obama’s signature.

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