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July 2020 | CSG Intellectual Property Law Alert

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Initiates Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

On July 2, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") initiated the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Currently, the average appeal pendency for a normal ex parte appeal is about 15 months. Decisions in ex parte appeals accorded fast-track status under the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program are expected within six months from the date that the appeal entered into the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program.  


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July 14, 2020

America's SBDC New Jersey: Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Michelle A. Schaap will particpate in an America's SBDC at Rutgers University - Newark webinar on Tuesday, July 14, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT. The program entitled, "Cybersecurity for Small Businesses," will provide small business management teams and executives with cybersecurity awareness best practices that reinforce a consistent and continuously improving security posture for their organizations.  


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July 13, 2020

PALS - Navigating Your Career Goals During the Pandemic: Staying Positive and Productive

Shirley U. Emehelu will serve as a panelist during a Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. ("PALS") virtual meeting on Monday, July 13, at 5:30 pm. The panel discussion entitled, "Navigating Your Career Goals During the Pandemic: Staying Positive and Productive," will provide students with career development tips in order to maximize their summer and downtime over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.  


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July 8, 2020

Sagacious IP: Why IP Strategy is a Crucial Part of Value Creation for Tech Unicorns

Jeffrey M. Weinick will participate in a Sagacious IP webinar on Wednesday, July 8, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT. The program entitled, "Why IP Strategy is a Crucial Part of Value Creation for Tech Unicorns," will outline steps start-up executives can take towards developing a cohesive intellectual property strategy that facilitates enterprise value and growth.  


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July 13, 2020

ROI-NJ: N.J.'s solar sector worried about future as incentives transition, but hopeful that clean-energy goals will lead to clarity

Stephen A. Kisker and John G. Valeri were featured in a ROI-NJ article discussing the current state of New Jersey's solar market – including the State's transition away from the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) program; its temporary successor incentive, Transition Renewable Energy Certificates (TRECs), and the interest it has generated; and what the Murphy administration's renewable energy priorities signal for the sector's future.  


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June 25, 2020

Mazars Food for Talk Podcast: A Conversation with Ed Stevenson

Edward B. Stevenson, Co-Chair of CSG's Corporate & Securities Group, was featured on Mazars' Food for Talk Podcast. In a wide ranging interview, he and podcast host Howard Dorman, National Sector Leader for the Mazars USA Food & Beverage Group, discuss CSG's response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the current middle market M&A landscape and contractual protections likely to arise from the pandemic. The conversation also delves into CSG's commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as several charitable initiatives the firm has recently participated in.  


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Blog Posts

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July 2, 2020

EPA Sets Termination Date for Temporary Policy Suspending Certain Monitoring and Reporting Requirements Due to COVID-19

On June 29, 2020, the EPA issued a memo notifying applicable members of the regulated community that effective August 31, 2020, it is terminating the temporary policy suspending certain monitoring and reporting requirements.


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May 5, 2020

NJDEP Proposes Amendments to Existing Remediation Standards

On April 6, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") proposed substantial changes to the Remediation Standards at N.J.A.C. 7:26D, promulgated under the Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-1 et seq. ("Brownfield Act"). The proposal seeks to amend the existing Remediation Standards in a number of ways, many of which have potential for significant impacts on ongoing and future remediation in the state. The following is a brief discussion of some, but not all, of the changes that NJDEP proposes.


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May 1, 2020

The Life of a Data Breach: The "Gift" That Keeps on Giving

You are in a fantasy football league registered under your email and your password. Unbeknownst to you, however, the league's site has been breached, and access credentials have been stolen. The site discovers the breach, investigates the breach, and gives notice to impacted individuals.


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