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Federal Circuit Holds “Computer Aided” Claims Unpatentable Under Bilski

On January 20, 2012 the Federal Circuit issues an important, precedent-setting opinion in Dealertrack v. Huber, Case No. 209-1566-1567 (Fed Cir. Jan. 20, 2012) concerning the issue of whether patentability of an otherwise abstract business method is salvaged by reciting in the claims that the method will be “computer aided”. The patent-in-suit, U.S. Patent No. …

Truth in Tweets FINRA Is Following You on Twitter!

Marshall McLuhan coined the expression “the medium is the message” but when it comes to communications by registered representatives of securities broker-dealers the reality is that the message is the message. Recently FINRA suspended a registered representative for one year and fined her $10,000 for misrepresentative and unbalanced messages that she posted on her Twitter …

How to Meet FINRA RULE 2111 on Suitability Standards

As of July 9, 2012, all broker-dealers transacting with clients must be in compliance with the suitability obligations for institutional customers under FINRA Rule 2111. The rule makes some changes to the institutional investor exemption and clarifies what information brokers must ask for and analyze before they make their recommendations, in an effort to ensure …

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