Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ITC Grants Apple’s Bid for Injunction Against HTC’s Android Phones, as of April 19, 2012

The International Trade Commission issued an order Dec. 19 banning imports by HTC Corp. of Android smartphones as infringing a valid patent held by Apple Inc…

House Approves Omnibus Spending Bill With Environmental, Energy Policy Riders

December 24, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The House approved a $1.043 trillion, nine-bill omnibus package to fund the federal government for the rest of 2012…

EPA Approves Three Hydrocarbon Refrigerants

December 24, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Environmental Protection Agency approved three hydrocarbon refrigerants to replace ozone-depleting substances in a final rule to be published in the Federal Register…

BNA INSIGHTS: The Top Health Care Privacy Issues to Watch in 2012

There’s a lot going on in the health care world today. Perhaps because of ongoing health care reform developments and the long-standing delay in issuing final amendment to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules, the topic of health care privacy has been relatively quiet in 2011…

BNA Insights: A World of Whistleblowers: What Companies Should Know About Dealing With Third Parties Going Forward

The new United States whistleblower program is global in scope and provides incentives to a broad array of individuals. The new rules incentivize a much wider array of individuals than merely corporate insiders to become watchguards of corporate compliance with federal securities laws…

Spending Bill Agreement Retains Language to Restrict EPA, Interior Regulatory Authority

December 15, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

Republicans and Democrats have reached on agreement on retaining policy language that would restrict the regulatory authority of the EPA and the Interior Department in an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2012…

Supreme Court Distinguishes Novelty, Obviousness In Weighing Medical Method Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Dec. 7 on the patent eligibility of methods of medical diagnosis and treatment under 35 U.S.C. §101, but the debate turned early and often to the relative roles of Section 101 versus patentability issues of anticipation and obviousness under Sections 102 and 103…

Office of Management and Budget Issues New Cloud Data Security Policy To Support Service Provider Approval System

The Office of Management and Budget issued a policy memorandum on cloud computing vendor data security authorization to support an acquisition program designed to allow federal agencies to more quickly transition to cloud computing services…

BNA INTERVIEW: Damon Greer, Former Director, U.S.-EU and U.S.-Switzerland Safe Harbor Programs

Damon C. Greer, director of the U.S.-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks for the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2006 until the fall of 2011, sat down recently with the editors of BNA’s PSLR to discuss his tenure at the helm of the Safe Harbor programs…

BNA INSIGHTS: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Authority to Regulate ‘Abusive’ Consumer Financial Products and Services

December 15, 2011 in Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) has been given a broad and vaguely-defined power to prohibit and punish “unfair, deceptive, and abusive financial practices.”…

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