By Stephen B. Maebius , Courtenay Brinckerhoff , Kristel Schorr and Benjamin A. Berkowitz
On February 7, 2012, the USPTO released seven proposed rules packages to implement the new trial proceedings that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) will...
In a Landmark Decision, the Supreme Court
Exempts "Churches" From Most Employment Discrimination Statutes Affecting
by Gregory W. McClune
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution ( U.S.
By Toni Y. Hickey and Andrew Baum The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN) began accepting applications for new generic top
level domain names (gTLDs) on January 12, 2012. ICANN is accepting
applications through April 12,...
Under the leadership of its newly appointed first
director, Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau)
has laid out its top three priorities: (1) nonbank supervision; (2) protection
against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or...
NLRB Declares Arbitration Agreements
Prohibiting Class Action Claims Unlawful
by Susan R. Maisa
The NLRB has decided to enter the fray in a big way as to
the enforceability of arbitration agreements that do not allow for arbitration
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) recently held that expansive discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) will normally not be necessary in registration proceedings. Although the scope of discovery in TTAB cases is defined by Rule...
Potty Mouth Employee Loses Protection Written by: Michael C. Lueder
The NLRB ruled that it was unlawful for Plaza Auto Center to fire car salesman Nick Aguirre after he swore at the company's owner ( http://tinyurl.com/7cfy2dz ). Mr. Aguirre had...