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The intellectual property landscape is always evolving and provides a wealth of topics that impact business strategies, competition and operations. The IP of Everything podcast identifies current cases, trends, and hot topics that are important and of interest to our clients. Join us as we explore a variety of interesting topics that push the bounds of intellectual property and branding. This Month’s Episode: Well, that escalated quickly! Has your meme gone viral? Have you become a meme? Join our team as they discuss the…
On January 20, 2021, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Kayatta for the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 49- page ruling upholding the U.S. District Court’s ruling rejecting the 2018 Wire Act interpretation that The Wire Act applies to all forms of gambling rather than only sports betting. The Wire Act prohibits anyone who is in the business of wagering from knowingly using interstate communications to assist in the transmission of placing bets or wagers on…
The United States Patent & Trademark Office has enacted a Final Rule that will increase the fees for filing trademark applications, maintaining trademark registrations and filing oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, effective January 2, 2021. Some of the fee increases are fairly substantial and other fees have been set for actions that were previously without cost, so trademark owners seeking to file new applications, or with upcoming deadlines, should take…
After much haggling, Congress passed its second major COVID-related relief package on December 21, 2020. The $900 billion package is included in the 5,593-page Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which is expected to be signed by President Trump shortly and will provide funding for the federal government between now and the end of the current fiscal year on September 30, 2021. COVID-related Provisions The COVID-related provisions include, among other things: • Direct payments of…
Prize-linked savings (PLS) accounts are a new and exciting way for banking customers to experience the thrill of a lottery while personally funding their savings account. PLS accounts add a lottery-style feature to certain savings accounts where financial institutions offer incentives to its customers to win prizes. These prizes are funded by the interest that accrues from the pool of prize-linked accounts. In 2014, Congress passed the American Savings Promotions Act which allowed certain financial…
On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidance to employers that want to require employees to get Covid-19 vaccinations when they become available to most Americans. The guidance also outlines the steps that employers must take before they can exclude unvaccinated employees from their facilities and job sites. The guidance provides a framework under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on…
FireEye, Inc., a leading U.S. cybersecurity firm, recently disclosed that it had been hacked by a nation-state actor. The company has since revealed that the hack was likely perpetrated, in part, through an ongoing compromise of “Orion” IT monitoring and management software offered by SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Additional reports indicate that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and other agencies have also been affected by the breach, and thousands of other entities could be involved,…
According to recent reports, cloud hosting and IT services provider Netgain, which bills itself as “the industry standard for secure and scalable IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) for accounting and healthcare,” has been forced to take some of its data centers offline after suffering a recent (and potentially ongoing) ransomware attack. Apparently, Netgain first suffered or discovered the attack on November 24, 2020, and began reporting potential “system outages or slowdowns” as of December 4. On December…
(This article was originally published in the Fall 2020 Edition of the PACA Pulse Newsletter of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association of New Mexico.) No question, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is giving rise to multitudes of delay claims (along with claims of other varieties) by contractors against the federal government. Since the effects of the COVID virus did not begin to be felt until March of this year, even the earliest of these virus-related claims have…