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Supreme Court affirms right of patent applicants to introduce new evidence on appeal
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • April 18 2012

Today (18 Apr), in Kappos v. Hyatt, the Supreme Court affirmed that a patent applicant may introduce new evidence at the district court in an appeal of a denial of patent claims from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO


SEC proposed rules regarding investment advisers
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • November 23 2010

The SEC recently proposed rules implementing certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that, among other things: (i) facilitate registration of advisers to hedge funds and other private funds; (ii) define "venture capital fund" and clarify certain exemptions to investment adviser registration; (iii) implement the mandate to require reporting by certain advisers that are exempt from SEC reporting; and (iv) increase the asset threshold that triggers adviser registration with the SEC


ISS recommendations regarding certain shareholder advisory votes on compensation
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • November 23 2010

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amended the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by adding Section 14A, which requires companies (i) to conduct a separate shareholder advisory vote to approve the compensation of certain executives, (ii) to conduct a separate shareholder advisory vote to determine how often an issuer will conduct a shareholder advisory vote on executive compensation and (iii) when soliciting votes to approve merger or acquisition transactions, to provide disclosure of certain "golden parachute" compensation arrangements and, in certain circumstances, to conduct a separate shareholder advisory vote to approve the golden parachute compensation arrangements


SEC releases guidance on conflict minerals reporting
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • Democratic Republic of Congo, USA
  • June 6 2013

On May 30, 2013, the SEC provided frequently asked questions and answers as guidance on the disclosure required by Rule 13p-1 of the Securities


"Whistleblowers are our best weapon against fraud"
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • February 5 2013

In the late 1980s, total health care fraud recoveries from whistleblower lawsuits averaged $5 million to $10 million a year. Last year, the U.S


SEC approves new NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards relating to compensation committees
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • February 1 2013

On January 11, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") approved new listing standards relating to compensation committees proposed


Gainful Employment working group proposals will set stage for second round of negotiated rulemaking
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • September 30 2013

With the recent conclusion of the first negotiated rulemaking session between the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and non-federal negotiators


SEC issues guidance on use of social media in the context of regulation FD disclosures
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • April 5 2013

On July 3, 2012, the CEO of Netflix, Inc., Reed Hastings, used his personal Facebook account to announce that Netflix had reached a milestone


Summary of impact of 2013 federal government partial shutdown on postsecondary institutions
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • October 14 2013

As the federal government partial "shutdown" concludes its second week, the long-term implications for postsecondary institutions and students


FTC releases updated guides on deceptive marketing practices by for-profit educational institutions
  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • USA
  • November 22 2013

For-profit schools and other higher education companies face increased exposure for deceptive marketing practices as a result of the Federal Trade