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Brazil | 09/15/2014
- President Peña Nieto announces short-term plans for accelerating the reform’s implementation.
- Mexico | 09/17/2014
- UNITED STATES – State Department clears most of backlog from database
- United States | 09/13/2014
- ARGENTINA – Upgraded National Identity Cards to be issued
- Argentina | 09/11/2014
- UNITED STATES – State Department glitch delays visas globally
- United States | 09/08/2014
- CANADA – New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application
- Canada | 09/03/2014
- GHANA – Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules
- Ghana | 08/27/2014
- IRS Has Begun Section 409A Audits: Are You Ready?
- United States | 08/22/2014
- U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter
- The full impact of the Alice decision will be apparent after lower courts further explore the contours of patent-eligible subject matter. On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a prominent patent case regarding subject matter that is not eligible for patent protection. In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International,1 Justice Thomas delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court that affirmed the Federal Circuit and held that Alice Corporation's patent claims directed to a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating settlement risk are drawn to a patent-ineligible abstract idea. The Supreme Court did not broadly declare that computer-implemented or software-directed patent claims as a general category are unpatentable. Rather, the Court applied the Mayo2 test to the details of the specific claims at issue and found the claims to be patent-ineligible on that basis. In that regard, the Court's decision in Alice is not significantly different than the earlier Bilski case,3 which also found claims (directed to hedging of financial risk) to be patent-ineligible. The full impact of the Alice decision will be apparent after lower courts further explore the contours of patent-eligible subject matter. Justice Thomas' opinion in Alice yields insights into the relevant analytical framework.
United States | 09/03/2014
- 2nd Biennial IBA Silicon Valley from Start-Up to IPO/Exit Conference
- United States | 09/17/2014 – 09/19/2014