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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 21 Jul 2010

Many private fund managers must register as investment advisers under financial reform legislation

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which becomes law July 21, brings significant changes for managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, and - to a lesser but not insignificant extent - venture capital funds as it mandates investment adviser registration and reporting for many private fund managers.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 29 Jun 2010

Business methods and software patent eligibility saved with Bilski decision

In an anxiously awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos (No. 08-964) issued a ruling on June 28, 2010 that preserves at least for now patents on business methods and software.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 7 Nov 2008

Federal Circuit sets forth patent eligibility test for process patents, including business method patents

The Federal Circuit recently issued its closely watched decision in In re Bilski, No. 2007-1130 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 30, 2008) (en banc), regarding the proper test for determining patent eligibility of process claims under 35 U.S.C. 101.

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