In a pair of opinions handed down on April 29, 2014, the United States Supreme Court returned to the roots of Section 285 of the Patent Act to decide under what circumstances a district court may award attorneys’ fees to a prevailing party in patent cases. In addition, the Court limited the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to considering only whether district courts had abused that discretion in connection with parties’ motions for fee awards under Section 285.
Monthly Archives: May 2014
Tax extenders update
While the Senate has begun the process of considering short-term extensions to the lion’s share of the 55 expiring tax provisions, the House is taking a different approach. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI), who had hoped to push comprehensive tax reform in this Congress, is leading an effort to make some of these provisions permanent parts of the tax code.
This effort got underway in earnest this week when The Ways and Means Committee voted to make six of the expiring tax provisions permanent, including the R&D tax credit and a provision intended to help businesses defray the cost of new equipment.
Making these six tax cuts permanent will cost $310 billion over the next 10 years. Republicans, however, aren’t proposing any pay fors, saying that extensions of current tax policy do not have to be paid for.
Greentarget, ALM Legal Intelligence, and Zeughauser Group have released the results of their 2014 survey, newly titled “2014 State of Digital & Content Marketing Survey.” The change in title is a great reflection of the change in conversation in the last year, a shift in focus to the discussion around content marketing, and how social tools are used to that end.
Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to welcome David Buxton-Forman to the firm’s Insurance and Infrastructure, Construction & Procurement Groups. David assists the firm’s clients on a broad range of litigation matters, with a focus on construction related claims and insurance defence. David articled with Clark Wilson and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2013.
The Canadian Privacy Law Review has republished Heather Hettiarachchi‘s article “Privacy Rights and Unionized Employees” in the April 2014 edition. The article, originally from our February 2014 Work Place Post, discusses a recent case that ruled it is not a violation of privacy for unions to collect personal contact information of all employees who pay union dues. Reproduced with permission of the publisher LexisNexis Canada Inc. from Canadian Privacy Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 5, April 2014.