COVID-19 Patent Waivers: What you Need to Know


In an effort to boost the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the US government recently voiced its support for temporarily suspending the intellectual property protections that would normally be afforded to the companies producing the vaccines. The argument is that providing patent waivers to manufacturers that do not own the patent on COVID-19 vaccines will allow more manufacturers to begin producing vaccines and providing them to underserved populations. Currently, around three billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide. However, the vast majority of these vaccines have gone to wealthier countries, and completely shutting down the spread of the virus [...]

COVID-19 Patent Waivers: What you Need to Know2021-08-18T21:44:38-04:00

The New Anti-Money Laundering Act: What You Need to Know


Passed as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act is a new anti-money laundering act that will significantly strengthen the government's authority to combat money laundering in the United States. Called the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, this new law establishes a wide-ranging set of reforms that present significant implications for financial institutions. While there are a lot of details and nuances to this new anti-money laundering act, the key takeaway is that this act will expand the Justice and Treasury Department's ability to both investigate and punish financial institutions for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) [...]

The New Anti-Money Laundering Act: What You Need to Know2021-08-18T21:45:07-04:00

Remote Work Ethics is a Two-Way Street


The workforce never imagined a collective experiment in remote work, not until during the COVID-19 crisis. While many companies danced around the idea of telecommuting, it had never been adopted widescale with the traditional office paradigm still the dominant approach across industries. However, with an infectious pandemic, we were all forced to embrace change. Coming out of the other side of the tunnel, workplaces now face an entirely new set of work ethics issues. Diligence and Accountability Ideally, every worker takes their employment commitment seriously when hired and does his or her utmost to support the [...]

Remote Work Ethics is a Two-Way Street2021-08-18T22:16:22-04:00

Survey Measures Impact of COVID-19 on Litigation


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our world in ways that we are only beginning to understand. While many of the pandemic's consequences are broadly recognized, other more nuanced ways in which the pandemic has influenced our society have largely flown under the radar. One such consequence of the virus that hasn't garnered a ton of attention is the impact that it has had on litigation in the United States. According to a recent survey published by Norton Rose Fullbright (NRF), the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a substantial increase in litigation with 31% of companies surveyed reporting [...]

Survey Measures Impact of COVID-19 on Litigation2021-08-18T22:16:18-04:00

Not-so-Epic: Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint from Epic Games


Epic Games - best known as the creator of Fortnite - recently announced that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The lawsuit claims that the 30% cut that Apple takes on all App Store purchases is anti-competitive, and a spokesperson from Epic Games was quoted saying that Apple has, "not just harmed but completely eliminated competition in app distribution and payment processes." This lawsuit comes after Epic Games attempted last summer to launch its own in-app payment system in an effort to avoid the 30% cut that Apple takes on all [...]

Not-so-Epic: Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint from Epic Games2021-08-18T22:16:14-04:00

Taylor Swift’s Wild Ride? A Lawsuit from Theme Park over Album Name


In a strange turn of events, pop superstar Taylor Swift has found herself fighting a lawsuit from a Utah fantasy theme park called Evermore over the name of her latest album - which happens to also be named Evermore. The theme park alleges that the name of Swift's album is causing "actual confusion," infringing on their marketing and merchandising, and negatively affecting the park's online presence. Evermore Park also alleges that both Swift and the park are offering similar merchandise and that Swift's Evermore merchandise is an infringement on the theme park's trademark. The park is [...]

Taylor Swift’s Wild Ride? A Lawsuit from Theme Park over Album Name2021-08-18T22:16:06-04:00

The Super Bowl or The Big Game


Did you watch The Big Game on Sunday, February 7? If you’re a fan, you probably know why most advertisers don’t simply call it The Super Bowl. As Colbert famously pointed out with the “Superb Owl” routine, Super Bowl is a trademark, registered by the NFL. The NFL is known to sue over “counterfeit” shirts copying NFL team names or proprietary gear designs. It has sued churches over Super Bowl parties. Other registered trademarks include Pro Bowl, the NFL shield logo, and images of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. IP Theft, or Nominative Fair Use? The National Football League guards the brand because its business model involves selling [...]

The Super Bowl or The Big Game2021-08-18T22:15:55-04:00

New AML Whistleblower Provisions: What You Need to Know


Included as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that was recently passed by Congress with bipartisan support is Section 5314 – a law that is designed to encourage whistleblowers within the financial industry to report money laundering to the Department of the Treasury. This law was modeled closely after the highly successful Dodd-Frank Act and includes a monetary incentive for employees who take the risk of acting as whistleblowers. Under Section 5314, any employee who provides “original information” regarding money laundering is eligible to receive a reward from the Department of the Treasury. [...]

New AML Whistleblower Provisions: What You Need to Know2021-08-18T22:15:48-04:00

The Knowledge Group: Your Continuing Education & COVID-19


We understand that everyone is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these days of uncertainty, we want you to know that we’re there for you to help where we can. With that in mind, we have launched a live blog that we will regularly update. Continuing education deadlines and requirements are changing, albeit temporarily. You are likely aware that the majority of states have already issued changes. We’ll keep you updated with all of the information as we get it, in one place. Rest assured that our priority remains the same: making it easier [...]

The Knowledge Group: Your Continuing Education & COVID-192021-08-18T22:15:39-04:00

COVID-19 Continuing Education Requirements: Live Updates


Live Blog: Updated Monday, June 29. 2020 To cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, what changes are states making to Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education (CLE/CPE) requirements? Continuing Legal Education: Modifications With social distancing understood as critical in containment efforts, New Jersey’s Supreme Court has suspended all live classroom credit requirements, enabling attorneys to complete all CLE through approved online courses. In these additional states, lawyers are now allowed to complete all CLE compliance online as follows: In Arizona,an order has been issued by the Arizona Supreme Court that extends the deadline for the 2019-2020 reporting period. Previously, it’s June 30 and September 15, but it is now [...]

COVID-19 Continuing Education Requirements: Live Updates2021-09-23T03:38:15-04:00
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