Effective December 23, 2016, fees for most applications and petitions filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase. The increases in fees range from as little as $15 to as much as hundreds of dollars for some common categories. What will change under the new Fee Rule: USCIS will increase its filing fees […]

Enhanced Damages and Attorneys’ fees easier to obtain. PTO decisions on whether to institute IPR proceedings are final and unappealable PTO use of “broadest reasonable claim construction” in determining invalidity in IPRs upheld. Enhanced Damages/Attorneys’ Fees:  Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (June 13, 2016): Supreme Court rejects the Federal […]

Maria Luisa Palmese has made a contribution on patent litigation for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law website.

Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which President Obama signed on December 4, 2015, an individual’s US passport can, for the first time, be denied or revoked because the individual has a significant US tax liability.  This provision became effective on January 1, 2016. The liability does not have to be for US income […]

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission “Regulation Crowdfunding” Rule was published in the Federal Register.  The Rule becomes effective 180 days after the date of publication, which will be May 16, 2016, except that Form “Funding Portal” and amendments to “Form ID” will become effective January 29, 2016.  A publicly available […]

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is affording eligibility for employment authorization to certain H‐4 dependent spouses of H‐1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment‐based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.