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Prior Art, Obviousness, and the America Invents Act in 2013

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From the program: Prior Art, Obviousness, and the America Invents Act in 2013

Released on: Aug. 5, 2013

Patent reform has arrived: what will be its impact on those touchstones of patentability, prior art and obviousness?  102 was already a complicated concept for patent practitioners, having undergone evolving interpretations in the PTO and CAFC.  How will the AIA now complicate matters further?  What aspects of current 102 understanding carry over to new 102?  How does the concept of “prior art” and circumstance collide in the 21st ...

ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2014

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From the program: ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2014

Released on: Feb. 19, 2014

This course provides an introduction to the basics of ERISA fiduciary law using a case-study vehicle.  In this year’s program, you will learn about the principal issues in ERISA’s regulation of plan investments through a case study of a hypothetical plan asset hedge fund exploring entry in the plan marketplace and a plan investor considering such an alternative investment.   The program also will utilize a hypothetical fiduciary training ...

ERISA: The Evolving World 2013

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From the program: ERISA: The Evolving World 2013

Released on: Aug. 20, 2013

A working knowledge of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA) framework is crucial for lawyers, HR practitioners and other professionals in the area of employee benefits and compensation planning. Our experienced faculty of leading practitioners will discuss a broad array of topics, including the basic regulatory framework, the types of plans covered, the requirements for intended tax treatment, fiduciary responsibilities and other ...

Assoc. for Mol. Path. v. Myriad: Isolated Human DNA is Not Patent-Eligible Subject Matter 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 17, 2013

Taken from the briefing Assoc. for Mol. Path. v. Myriad: Isolated Human DNA is Not Patent-Eligible Subject Matter recorded June, 2013.On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that naturally occurring, isolated human DNA was not patentable subject matter. The litigation involved Myriad’s patents covering, inter alia, isolated human DNA sequences known as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Mutations in one of these genes can dramatically increase an individual’s ...

Bowman v. Monsanto: Supreme Court Reinforces the Limits of the “Patent Exhaustion” Defense 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jun. 14, 2013

Taken from the briefing Bowman v. Monsanto: Supreme Court Reinforces the Limits of the “Patent Exhaustion” Defense recorded May, 2013.On May 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. and reinforced the limits of the “patent exhaustion” doctrine. In its decision, the Supreme Court held that the patent exhaustion doctrine did not shield Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman’s unauthorized planting of Monsanto ...

Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice and Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund: Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Developments in Securities Litigation 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 9, 2014

Taken from the briefing Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice and Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund: Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Developments in Securities Litigation recorded March, 2014.In the past several years, the Supreme Court has issued a number of decisions that have shaped the contours of securities litigation. The Court’s avid interest in securities cases continues in 2014.Lecture Topics  ...

CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp.: Federal Circuit Splits on Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jun. 25, 2013

Taken from the briefing CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp.: Federal Circuit Splits on Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions recorded June, 2013.On May 10, the Federal Circuit handed down a much-anticipated en banc ruling regarding the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  In a per curiam opinion that is perhaps the most important § 101 jurisprudence since the Supreme Court's Bilski v. Kappos ...

Daubert Practice 2013: How to Avoid Getting Sliced by Cutting-Edge Developments in Expert Witness Challenges

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From the program: Daubert Practice 2013: How to Avoid Getting Sliced by Cutting-Edge Developments in Expert Witness Challenges

Released on: Oct. 7, 2013

This illuminating seminar is presented by highly experienced Daubert practitioners who have litigated Daubert and similar issues under state law in federal and state courts throughout the country. Their insights into how Daubert challenges should be prepared, executed, and argued will assist counsel in developing and deploying effective Daubert strategies in any case where the admissibility of expert witness opinion testimony is likely to be challenged.Lecture ...

HRE v. Florida Entertainment Management: Addressing the Presumption of Irreparable Harm Post eBay and Winter (Audio-only)

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Released on: Feb. 20, 2014

Taken from the briefing HRE v. Florida Entertainment Management: Addressing the Presumption of Irreparable Harm Post eBay and Winter recorded February, 2014.In Herb Reed Enterprises, LLC v. Florida Entertainment Management, 736 F.3d 1239 (9th Cir. December 2, 2013), the Ninth Circuit became the first circuit Court of Appeals to directly address whether the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 ...

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.: Supreme Court Sets New Limits on Extraterritorial Human Rights Suits 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 22, 2013

Taken from the briefing Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.: Supreme Court Sets New Limits on Extraterritorial Human Rights Suits recorded May, 2013.On April 17, 2013, the Supreme Court held in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows suits in federal courts for violations of international law (including international human rights law), is subject to the presumption against extraterritoriality. Chief Justice ...

Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District: A Blow to Monetary Exactions in the Land-Use Permitting Context 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Aug. 28, 2013

Taken from the briefing Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District: A Blow to Monetary Exactions in the Land-Use Permitting Context recorded August, 2013.On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision with significant implications for land-use regulation. The Court held that permitting agencies have a constitutional obligation to prove that any monetary exaction imposed as a condition of permit approval bear an essential nexus ...

New York Times v. Sullivan at 50: A Look Back and the Road Ahead 2014

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From the program: New York Times v. Sullivan at 50: A Look Back and the Road Ahead

Released on: Apr. 7, 2014

No judicial decision has been more influential in defining the “central meaning of the First Amendment” than Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.’s opinion for the United States Supreme Court in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. In the fifty years since it was decided, Sullivan has transformed both our national understanding of the “freedom of speech or of the press” and the litigation of claims for defamation, invasion of privacy and related torts. To commemorate ...

Sierra Club v. EPA: Clean Air Act Permitting Becomes Even More Complicated and Onerous 2013

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Released on: May. 21, 2013

Taken from the briefing Sierra Club v. EPA: Clean Air Act Permitting Becomes Even More Complicated and Onerous recorded May, 2013.On January 22, 2013, the court in Sierra Club v. EPA, No. 10-1413 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 22, 2013) issued a decision with far reaching implications for sources seeking a Clean Air Act permit under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. The decision addressed two screening tools – Significant Impact Levels (SILs) ...

Secured Transactions 2014: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9

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From the program: Secured Transactions 2014: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9

Released on: Jan. 29, 2014

Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code applies to secured transactions, which are interests in specific collateral granted by the debtor in conjunction with the debtor’s promise to pay. In Secured Transactions 2014: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9, you will learn the fundamentals of acquiring a security interest, including how to attach, to perfect (filing and non-filing methods) and to gain (and maintain) priority in the collateral ...

Private Placements and Other Financing Alternatives 2014

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From the program: Private Placements and Other Financing Alternatives 2014

Released on: Apr. 9, 2014

Our expert faculty of leading practitioners and regulators as will discuss and analyze the changing regulatory framework and market for private offerings. We will address the changes to private and exempt offerings brought about by the JOBS Act, including the SEC’s final rules relaxing the ban on general solicitation for certain Rule 506 offerings and 144A offerings, and the practical implications of these changes for issuers, broker-dealers and investment ...

Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2013

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From the program: Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2013

Released on: Jun. 21, 2013

In this perennial favorite, our experienced faculty will walk you through all of the steps associated with acquiring and selling a privately held company, whether it is a large independent corporation, a division or subsidiary of a large public company, or a smaller venture capital-backed or family-owned entrepreneurial enterprise. You will learn about the special issues that apply when a private equity firm is the buyer or owns the target company, ...

Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2014

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From the program: Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2014

Released on: Jan. 24, 2014

In this perennial favorite, our expert faculty will teach you the basics of drafting and negotiating corporate agreements - from how the provisions of an agreement fit together, to the fundamental drafting and negotiating principles common to all corporate agreements. You will learn how to reduce your client’s goals to a complete, clearly written and enforceable agreement, and how to identify what issues are most likely to come up in a negotiation ...

Venture Capital 2014: Nuts and Bolts

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From the program: Venture Capital 2014: Nuts and Bolts

Released on: Mar. 13, 2014

A thorough understanding of current market practice, deal terms and conditions, transaction documents and applicable securities, regulatory and ethical issues is critical in the venture capital business. This program, designed for those seeking a secure foundation in the venture capital field, will teach you the essentials of venture capital. From examining the anatomy of a venture capital deal, to participating in a mock term sheet negotiation, to ...

California Employment Law Update 2013

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From the program: California Employment Law Update 2013

Released on: Sep. 24, 2013

PLI’s California Employment Law Update addresses the issues confronted by employment law advisers, litigators and human resources management and professionals, with particular emphasis on California State law considerations. This program combines a comprehensive review of case law and regulatory developments, an in-depth analysis of emerging issues, and practical guidance about best practices to maximize employment law compliance, mitigate legal risk ...

Securities Regulation Institute 2013 (45th Annual)

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From the program: Securities Regulation Institute (45th Annual)

Released on: Nov. 22, 2013

PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation has become the most highly anticipated annual review of the current state of securities, financial regulation and corporate law and practice.  We are pleased to co-chair the 45th edition of this important event, and to present you with this year’s agenda.  As always, we strive to bring you the most up-to-date information in response to the many changes of the past year.  As we continue ...

Building a Law Department IP Licensing Program 2013: Driving Shareholder Value

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From the program: Building a Law Department IP Licensing Program 2013: Driving Shareholder Value

Released on: Oct. 4, 2013

The role of the law department in managing the IP assets of a company is expanding in new and challenging ways.  Whether driven by shareholder activism or Board of Director or C-suite pressure, companies are increasingly looking for new methods to extract value from their intellectual property portfolio.  Innovative law departments have a rare opportunity to provide corporate leadership by developing revenue-generating patent licensing programs ...

The SEC Speaks in 2014

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From the program: The SEC Speaks in 2014

Released on: Mar. 8, 2014

The past year has seen significant activity at the Commission as it has continued to engage in a broad range of rulemaking projects and other initiatives to implement the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA). For example, the Commission adopted rules to implement provisions of the JOBS Act lifting the ban on general solicitation in certain private offerings and also ...

Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2013: Current Developments

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From the program: Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2013: Current Developments

Released on: Apr. 26, 2013

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 review and analysis of hot topics, developments, and recent decisions in diverse industries. They will cover the ramifications of the ...

Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2014

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From the program: Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2014

Released on: Mar. 10, 2014

During the past nineteen years, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have substantially revised the consolidated return regulations. These changes, coupled with legislative developments, judicial decisions, and published and private rulings, have dramatically changed the operating rules of consolidated returns. An understanding of these rules is critical for practitioners and corporate tax counsel who practice in this area. ...

Antitrust Institute 2013: Developments & Hot Topics

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From the program: Antitrust Institute 2013: Developments & Hot Topics

Released on: May. 21, 2013

From mergers and acquisitions to enforcement priorities, resale price maintenance to international competition, you can be certain to hear about all of the developments in antitrust law at this program led by top experts in the field.  Hear from leading antitrust practitioners, senior government officials, and state regulators about how to manage all of the challenges new developments might throw your way.  Whether you are a seasoned antitrust ...

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.