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Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Patent litigation continues to be one of the hottest legal practice areas today. If you are a litigator and have wondered how patent litigation differs from your practice or if you have considered pursuing patent litigation but want to learn how it differs from other types of commercial litigation, then you will not want to miss this program. Covering the spectrum of patent litigation topics and exploring patent litigation from the inside out, this ...

International Estate & Tax Planning 2014

Seminar  Seminar

You should attend this program to strengthen your understanding and expand your perspective of the fundamental and advanced issues in estate and tax planning for international private clients. Individuals with connections to more than one country - international private clients - need sophisticated succession and tax planning advisors to help them navigate a complex and sometimes treacherous legal, tax and regulatory environment. These clients include ...

Financial Services Fiduciary Duties: Navigating the Emerging Regulatory Maze 2014

Seminar  Seminar

The SEC and DOL both have active rulemaking that could dramatically change the regulatory framework establishing fiduciary duties and obligations for broker-dealers, advisers and service providers in the retirement marketplace. At the same time, commodity trading advisers and municipal advisors have to mindful of fiduciary obligations which apply to their commodity and municipal securities activity. In this program, we review the respective frameworks ...

Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2014

Seminar  Seminar

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” - the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment ...

Handling a Securities Case 2014: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between

Seminar  Seminar

The landscape of securities litigation is constantly evolving and changing. This program takes you through all the issues that can arise in the most complex securities matters — from the initial government investigation to the filing of the civil cases to either settlement or trial. If you practice in this dynamic field, you know that the need to stay current and develop new strategies and tactics has never been more important. Our faculty of leading ...

Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies

Seminar  Seminar

We continue to see unprecedented changes in our economic, business and regulatory regimes in general, and in enforcement efforts in particular. This unique program brings together panels of senior staff from the various enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FINRA, New York State Department of Financial Services, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department ...

Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2014: Current Developments

Seminar  Seminar

The credit markets continue to be volatile and in today’s weak economy, staying abreast of the current developments in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganizations is essential. This advanced conference assembles a remarkable faculty of bankruptcy judges and leading practitioners who will provide you with a thorough analysis of hot topics and recent decisions and how to strategically respond to them. They will cover the cases after the Supreme Court's ...

Preparing the 2014 Form SD (Conflict Minerals Disclosure)

Seminar  Seminar

As the first filing deadline in connection with the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) conflict minerals disclosure rules rapidly approaches, registrants and their advisors are focused on the disclosures required to be included in the Specialized Disclosure Form (Form SD) and if applicable, the Conflict Minerals Report (CMR). This event will provide attendees with practical perspectives and leading practices in preparing the Form SD and CMR ...

IP Monetization 2014: Maximize the Value of Your IP Assets

Seminar  Seminar

The rapidly evolving field of Intellectual property ("IP") monetization has become a core strategic consideration for many companies. On an increasingly regular basis, companies are considering (i) carve-outs of IP assets in M&A and other strategic transactions, for sale or monetization in separate transactions (including privateering arrangements), (ii) IP-collateralized loans, (iii) IP litigation financing, (iv) creative technology development ...

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments in 2014

Seminar  Seminar

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is at the top of most companies’ key risk areas. DOJ and SEC resources devoted to investigation and enforcing the law remain at an all-time high. Recent FCPA enforcement actions and disclosures demonstrate that no industry is immune from FCPA scrutiny, and FCPA sweep investigations across industry sectors are becoming more common and challenging. Beyond the FCPA, an increasing number of countries, as well ...

Antitrust Institute 2014: Developments & Hot Topics

Seminar  Seminar

With an emphasis on new developments while providing a refresher of key principles, this year’s Institute will examine current merger issues, price fixing, the legality of joint ventures and other competitor collaborations, "vertical" restraints on customers and suppliers, including resale price maintenance, standards for complying with price discrimination laws, and the latest information on the state and federal enforcement priorities. Also included ...

Leveraged Financing 2014

Seminar  Seminar

At this conference, the country’s leading experts in leveraged finance will examine key concepts and strategies in serving leveraged companies, including portfolio companies of private equity firms. You will learn about the leveraged finance marketplace today, including new deal activity, continuing refinancing needs, evolving trends in leveraged finance, funding sources and product offerings, current covenant approaches, and financing product alternatives.

Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103

Seminar  Seminar

How has patent reform impacted the touchstones of patentability, prior art and obviousness? Already a complicated concept for patent practitioners because of evolving interpretations in the PTO and CAFC, 102 has been complicated further by the AIA. What aspects of current 102 understanding carry over to new 102? How does the concept of “prior art” and circumstance collide in the 21st century? How does prior art on the web impact the practice? What ...

Higher Education Law 2014: Current Issues and Recent Developments

Seminar  Seminar

At PLI’s Higher Education Law 2014: Current Issues and Recent Developments, an expert faculty, comprised of attorneys working both in private practice and in universities, will provide updates  and best practices in three important  areas of higher education law today: Title IX and sexual harassment policies; disability discrimination; and research compliance.

Appellate Advocacy 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Appellate Advocacy will give you real-world insight into effective appellate advocacy. Attendees will learn about all aspects of the appellate process, from things to do (and not to do) in the trial court, to strategies and techniques for persuasive brief writing and oral argument, to how and when to seek amicus support, to the rehearing and certiorari processes. Attendees will also hear the "View from the Bench" - what judges find persuasive and ...

Cloud Computing 2014: Key Issues and Practical Guidance

Seminar  Seminar

Corporations, government organizations and millions of consumers are shifting massive quantities of data and their software applications to cloud computing facilities. Cloud computing uses the Internet to give every size organization access to large, dynamically scalable resources (data storage, software applications and computing power). “The cloud” allows users, at all levels, to avoid large capital outlays for hardware and up-front licensing fees ...

Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2014: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know

Seminar  Seminar

Accounting is a language of business. Because attorneys encounter accounting information in a wide range of legal issues, it is critical for lawyers to understand financial statements and core accounting concepts. This practical course, specifically designed for the non-accountant attorney, will provide an understanding of financial statements and the key principles of accounting, using real-life examples of accounting issues that attorneys commonly ...

Patent Office Registration Exam Course 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Anyone with a degree in science or engineering (or sometimes, the equivalent) can take the Patent Office Exam to become a patent agent or patent attorney. Patent law is a field of challenging and ever-changing opportunities. Be at the forefront of innovation . . . lead at the forefront of innovation.PLI’s now-proven steps to success on the Exam: Unique, interactive, diagnostic software that replicates what you’re going to find when you sit ...

Pretrial Practice 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Pretrial practice in federal civil litigation has undergone tremendous change. As fewer civil cases are tried, the staples of pretrial practice - pleadings, motions to dismiss, discovery, Daubert motions, summary judgment, and settlement - have replaced trials as the focus of litigation. What does the changing nature of pretrial practice in litigation mean for your practice? Join our faculty of experienced plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys, ...

Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Joint ventures between large companies or with start-up or other smaller companies are now an everyday occurrence. Partnerships have long been the tried and true form for the holding and operation of real estate, and since the 1981 Act, for the conduct of closely-held business operations as well. Further, the increase in the number of joint ventures to develop large-scale projects, the rise of the limited liability company, the promulgation of the ...

Fashion and Retail Law 2014: Going Global and Mobile

Seminar  Seminar

Fashion brands and retailers operate in an increasingly global and mobile marketplace. The dynamic forces shaping the retail industry provide consumers with a greater variety of products, more information, and expanded retail platforms. Yet, these forces also pose significant and evolving legal risks for brands and retailers. This program will explore the key legal challenges for brands and retailers in the current environment and will offer practical ...

Financial Services IT 2014: Avoidance of Risk

Seminar  Seminar

The Financial Services Industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries and the regulations are constantly changing. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act changed the landscape and companies must maintain their vigilance to comply with its requirements, even four years after it was enacted. The last six months has yielded further regulations. In October 2013, the OCC implemented compliance requirements for banks for ...

The Volcker Rule: What it Means for Financial Institutions and Markets

Seminar  Seminar

More than three years after the passage of the Dodd Frank Act, regulators adopted final Volcker Rule regulations late last year. U.S. and foreign banks and other market participants will now have to come to grips with the law’s requirements, and the Volcker Rule is likely to shape capital markets, funds and securitization activities for years to come. Banking organizations are busy assessing the impact of the Volcker Rule on their global trading and ...

New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Satisfy your mandatory continuing legal education requirements in New Jersey and hone your legal professionalism by attending PLI’s New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon program on May 27, 2014. In accordance with New Jersey’s requirements, this one-day program will include New Jersey-specific instruction and discussion on topics authorized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board.

Delaware Law Developments 2014: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know

Seminar  Seminar

Delaware law continues to play a critical role in U.S. corporate and securities law, particularly in today’s challenging and changing business environment. This unique annual program focuses on the important Delaware corporate law developments over the past year and the practical impact on your corporate or legal practice. The very top Delaware corporate law experts from the Delaware judiciary, leading law firms and corporations, and academia, will ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA

George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA ~ Director, SEC Institute, a Division of PLI

Mina Park

Mina Park ~ Director, Banking and Capital Markets Origination Legal, Asia Pacific, Citi

Harvey I. Saferstein

Harvey I. Saferstein ~ Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.