IP attorney Ukeme Awakessien Jeter joins McDonald Hopkins

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 27, 2014) – Ukeme Awakessien Jeter has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Jeter joins McDonald Hopkins after more than a year at a Cleveland-based intellectual property firm where she handled all aspects of patent and trademark preparation and prosecution for clients. She has experience advising clients and foreign counsel in acquiring and protecting all phases of their intellectual property portfolio. Jeter is experienced in providing infringement, patentability, and validity opinions, trademark prosecution and oppositions, patent portfolio analysis, and drafting various business agreements and documents including confidentiality agreements, nondisclosure agreements and licensing agreements.

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"The ghost of Simpson-Bowles haunts 2014," Steve LaTourette quoted in POLITICO Magazine

Lawmakers may say they want to reform the Tax Code and big government programs like Social Security — though you wouldn’t know it by the midterm election campaign.

Both parties, though especially Republicans, are targeting the relatively few lawmakers who’ve endorsed the deficit-reduction plan drawn up by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and one-time Bill Clinton aide Erskine Bowles, regarded by many budget experts as a model of reform and that dirty word — compromise.

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Marion Allan presents at Trial Lawyers Association

Marion Allan is presenting at the Trial Lawyers Association of BC event, “Personal Injury Trial Tactics & Tribulations,” which is taking place today at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. With her experience as a Provincial Court Judge, Marion is going to be presenting on the topic of “Mediation – Maximizing Your Client’s Chances”.

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SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Broker-Dealers’ Unregistered Sales of MicroCap Stocks on behalf of Customers

On October 9, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they engage in unregistered sales of securities on behalf of their customers. The SEC also announced an enforcement action against current and former brokerage subsidiaries of E*TRADE Financial Corporation that failed in their gatekeeper roles and improperly engaged in unregistered sales of microcap stocks on behalf of their customers.

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Canadian Securities Regulators Require Disclosure on Women’s Recruitment and Participation

By Bernard Pinsky

Canadian securities administrators announced changes to NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices that will require detailed disclosure regarding the representation of women on boards of directors and in senior management. The enhanced disclosure requirement takes effect from December 31, 2014 and will be required in an issuer’s proxy materials, except venture issuers.

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Rise of ‘DIY justice’ as funding cuts hit CPS

A version of this article was published in the Evening Standard.

Private prosecutions are again in the headlines. Recently a 20 year old university student went to extreme lengths by purchasing specially adapted sunglasses to record the actions of his harasser. Using the evidence gleaned, he then brought a private prosecution which resulted in the defendant pleading guilty and spending a day in jail. More…

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Commencement of KAFTA nears together with reductions in general TCF duty rates

There has been movement on a couple of different fronts which will deliver reductions in duty.

Commencement of KAFTA

Over time I have provided updates on the progress of the Korea – Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) including summaries of the KAFTA and the implications for industry in various CBFCA CPD presentations.  More recently I have been involved with submissions to the JSCOT review of KAFTA and 2 separate Senate Inquiries into the KAFTA, which also included appearing before a Hearing of one of those Inquiries. More…

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Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline Extended to November 30, 2014

Still not able to meet meaningful use this year? CMS recently announced that it has reopened submission and extended the deadline for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to submit a hardship exception application for not demonstrating “Meaningful Use” of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The CMS hardship application can be found here. Under the HITECH […]

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — October 24, 2014

This week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released a memo that highlights some of the House GOP’s agenda for 2015.

Not surprisingly, the memo focuses on House Republicans’ efforts to reign in what they see as an out of control federal government:

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Business Restructuring Alert: Don’t make the $1.5 billion mistake

In what is many times considered a ministerial task, the careful preparation and review of UCC-3 termination statements in transactions between debtors and lenders should not be taken lightly.  Secured creditors and their professionals would be wise to make sure that the identification of security interests to be terminated in any filing is completely accurate, and does not include security interests not intended to be released. Neglecting to carefully review UCC-3 termination statements could have a disastrous affect, as illustrated by the recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, which effectively converted a $1.5 billion dollar secured loan to an unsecured loan.

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