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HTMLThe USPTO Grants Two Patents Claiming Diagnostic Methods Post the Supreme Court's Mayo v. Prometheus Decision
Stefan J. Kirchanski, Miguel A. Lopez; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
On March 20, 2012 the Supreme Court in its decision of Mayo v. Prometheus unanimously held that claims directed to a method of administering a drug to a patient, measuring metabolites of that drug, and with a known threshold for efficacy in mind, deciding whether to increase or decrease the dosage...


HTMLSEC Warns Private Equity Fund Advisers about Compliance Shortcomings
Ronn S. Davids, Scott E. Gluck, William F. Herrfeldt, Michael R. Manley, Parker B. Morrill; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2014, previously published on May 2014
Andrew J. Bowden, Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) delivered remarks at last week's Private Equity International (PEI) 2014 Compliance Forum that all private equity fund advisers should be aware of. In his speech, titled...


HTMLNonprofits and Celebrity Endorsements: Common Legal Pitfalls and Practical Tips
William J. Briggs; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2014, previously published on May 2014
For a nonprofit organization, increasing awareness and support is often difficult because of the sheer number of nonprofits competing for funding, often many in the same space. Securing a celebrity endorsement is one powerful tactic nonprofits can use to differentiate and draw attention to their...


HTMLEndo Pharmaceuticals v. Actavis: An Analysis from a Transactional Perspective
Brett A. Garner, Pauline P. Jaturongpanich; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014
On March 31, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a denial of a preliminary injunction in Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. and Actavis South Atlantic, LLC, in a decision that underscores the importance of careful drafting and knowledge of the patent landscape...


HTMLRegulatory and Tax Issues Posed By Convertible Virtual Currencies
Charles K. Kolstad, D. E. Wilson; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014
Not surprisingly, the question is how Convertible Virtual Currencies (CVCs) such as Bitcoin should be classified for tax purposes. Given the treatment of CVCs by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in FIN-2013-G001, it is not surprising that the Internal Revenue Service also concluded...


HTMLPOM Wonderful's Decertification Decision Will Be Hard to Swallow for the Plaintiffs' Class Action Bar
Bety Javidzad, Gregory J. Sater, Daniel S. Silverman; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 2014
On March 25, 2014, Judge Dean Pregerson, of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, decertified a nationwide class of consumers in a class action brought against POM Wonderful LLC over allegedly false and misleading health claims related to its pomegranate juice. Judge Pregerson's...