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HTMLFederal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable based on the Federal Circuit s recounting of the prior art, but the...

 

HTMLKeep Quiet No Longer: President Prohibits Retaliation for Pay Data Disclosure and Wants to Poke Around Federal Contractor Compensation Data
Carmen N. Couden; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
“All information regarding Company wages and benefits is confidential and employees are prohibited from discussing or disclosing such information to others. Employees who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.”

 

HTMLThe Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules
Simon J. Elliott; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 11, 2014
The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner” reaches far beyond title holder (assignee), and...

 

HTMLD.C. Circuit Partially Strikes Down SEC Conflict Minerals Rules
Frank S. Murray, Mark T. Plichta; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014
On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) and other industry groups, giving the challengers a partial...

 

HTMLCMS Releases Medicare Part B Supplier Billing and Payment Data
Michael P. Matthews, Lawrence W. Vernaglia; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
On April 8, 2014, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released, with tremendous fanfare, hundreds of thousands of points of billing data regarding Medicare suppliers including some 880,000 physicians for 2012. These data are presented in an Excel format that makes searching and...

 

HTMLPreparing for the Conversion to ICD-10
Alexis Finkelberg Bortniker; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
With the ICD-10 implementation date delayed once again until October 1, 2015, providers who were previously unprepared for the transition or had only begun their transition planning have an extra year to address the upcoming changes in an attempt to minimize any potential disruption to their...

 

HTMLFinally...FDASIA Health IT Regulation Report Released
Benjamin M. Daniels, Melesa A. Freerks; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, together with FDA and ONC, the “Agencies”) published their long-awaited report, FDASIA Health IT...

 

HTMLOESA Sees Sunny Skies for Auto Industry
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently released its 2013 Annual Report which includes an interesting and positive “State of the Industry.” Modest growth is projected for both 2014 and 2015, pushing expected annual North American Production levels over 17 million...

 

HTMLDo the USPTO 101 Guidelines Violate International Trade Agreements?
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014
One advantage of being a blogger in the relatively small world of patents is that I have gotten to know practitioners in other countries who also have a keen interest in patent law. One such person is Australian Registered Patent Attorney Mark Summerfield, who blogs at Patentology. I enjoyed his...

 

HTML“Why I Oughta ...” Leave Retaliation to the Stooges and Avoid Liability
Bernard J. Bobber; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014
Retaliation was a linchpin of the slap stick comedy of The Three Stooges. A retaliatory poke in the eye, a tit-for-tat clout to the top of the head, or a responsive jab to the gut — all animated by some well-coordinated but silly sound effect.

 


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