Partners Matt Johnson and Sarah Geers talk about former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu’s impact on the PTAB, and what we might expect from a new director under the Biden Administration. They also comment on why patent litigation filings remained active during COVID-19, and explain the factors the PTAB considers when exercising its discretion to deny an inter partes review, including parallel district court litigation involving the legitimacy of the same patent.
Jones Day partners Lanier Saperstein and Jay Tambe talk about The New York Department of Financial Services’ recent guidance on Climate Change and Financial Risks, and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s annual January letter to corporations, which addressed similar issues.
The conversation focuses on how regulators and asset managers are addressing investors’ concerns relating to climate change, including the risks of potential climate-related damage to physical property, and the economic benefits of moving toward carbon-neutral investment options.
In the fourth installment in our series of programs on the private enforcement of competition law in European jurisdictions, Jones Day partners Mario Todino and Lamberto Schiona discuss how private enforcement has evolved in Italy in recent years, the types of actions available, recent precedents, and the advantages and disadvantages of legal action in Italy.
Health care providers hold a unique position in the fight against human trafficking. To help them understand their reporting and education obligations related to anti-human trafficking activities, Jones Day has prepared “Human Trafficking and Health Care Providers: Legal Requirements for Reporting and Education.”
Jones Day’s Alexis Gilroy, Curt Kirschner, and Taylor Goodspeed, along with Dr. Hanni Stoklosa of HEAL Trafficking and Claire Zangerle of the American Hospital Association, explain how hospitals and providers should use the tool, Talk about how providers can overcome barriers to identifying and reporting trafficking incidents, and discuss the significant role of telemedicine.
Takeaways from this discussion:
- Green bond issues are surging worldwide, eclipsing US$257 billion in 2019.
- Major corporates, including many not usually associated with climate initiatives, are bringing green bonds to market, spanning the investment grade and high-yield spectrum and including more exotic instruments as convertibles and covered bonds.
- Green bond qualifying standards in Europe differ from those in the United States. An EU Green Bond Standard may be adopted as early as Q4 2020.
- First-time issuers should plan time to calibrate their green bond framework and prepare for reporting requirements, enhanced investor outreach, and potential for liability.
- “Greenwashing” remains a concern.
Jones Day’s Meredith Wilkes and Anna Raimer discuss 2020’s most significant developments in trademark law and preview what’s to come in 2021, including possible progress in Washington on the highly anticipated Trademark Modernization Act.
In the third installment in our series of programs on the private enforcement of competition law in European jurisdictions, partner Gerjanne te Winkel and associate Sophie van de Graaff discuss developments in the Netherlands, with particular attention to the effects of the 2014 EU Damages Directive, the actions available to victims of cartel activities, the passing-on defense, and other issues relevant to parties to these matters.
Jones Day partners Jürgen Beninca and Dieter Strubenhoff discuss how private litigation relating to antitrust and competition enforcement in Germany has changed in recent years, what factors claimants should consider when preparing to file an action, how these proceedings often play out, and what parties to these actions most need to understand.
In May of 2019, the Trump Administration lifted the suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. This cleared the way for U.S. nationals with claims to property in Cuba that was confiscated under the Castro regime to file suit in U.S. courts against persons that may be “trafficking” in that property. Jones Day Miami-based partners Rick Puente and Chris Pace discuss the most recent court actions and decisions related to Title III matters.
Private enforcement actions relating to antitrust matters has increased dramatically across Europe in recent years, both as follow-on damages claims in reaction to governmental enforcement actions, or as standalone competition claims pursued in litigation and arbitration by private parties. Jones Day partners Jürgen Beninca and Nicholas Cotter discuss what is behind the escalation in cases, including the effects of the European Union’s 2014 Damages Directive.