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LIBOR Phaseout: What Happened and What's Next?

United Kingdom, USA - February 2 2018 The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom plans to phase out the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) by the end of 2021. LIBOR is

The differences between “pay if paid” and “pay when paid” clauses in construction contracts

USA - January 15 2013 As attorneys that draft construction contracts and litigate construction disputes on a regular basis, we have seen how construction contract terms are

The FLSA's "8 and 80" overtime provisions: what you need to know

USA - December 12 2013 The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay most hourly workers for all hours worked plus overtime, calculated at one-and-a-half

Closing Attorney Scams: Avoiding Fraudulent Wire Transfers

USA - February 27 2018 As we move into the busy spring real estate cycle, criminals are targeting real estate agents and closing attorneys with increasing frequency. The

New North Carolina law prohibits employers from asking applicants for information about expunged criminal arrests, charges, and convictions

USA - January 22 2014 Imagine a scenario where the applicant you are about to hire as Chief Financial Officer was convicted of a crime, perhaps embezzlement, that he

Trademark and branding pitfalls in a hashtag culture

USA - May 23 2018 With viral marketing using social media hashtags on the rise, some practitioners predict an increase in the use of the merely informational refusal

USPTO guidance on subject-matter eligibility following Berkheimer decision

USA - May 16 2018 The US Patent and Trademark Office has recently provided additional guidance to its examiners on the issue of subject-matter eligibility, which could

Supreme Court rules PTAB proceedings constitutional

USA - May 9 2018 The Supreme Court has issued dual decisions with substantial implications for the future of inter partes reviews and related proceedings for challenging the validity of patent claims before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Music publishers score major victory in closely watched copyright case

USA - April 25 2018 Six music publisher groups were recently granted summary judgment on an infringement claim relating to copyrights in approximately 200 musical

Practice note: avoid multiple embodiments in design patent applications

USA - April 18 2018 Considering the growing popularity of design patent applications, the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Pacific Coast Marine Windshields has important implications for IP owners and patent practitioners