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Key Takeaways from the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Conference

Stites & Harbison attorneys, Shannon Sprinkle and Peter Critikos, joined other cybersecurity stakeholders gathered a few blocks from the firm’s Atlanta office for the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy conference to exchange thoughts on the state of the industry and market developments. Shannon and Peter share their thoughts on some key highlights from those discussions. While geopolitical events have injected much uncertainty into the space, several trends have developed, which are unlikely to disappear anytime soon.

by Shannon M. Sprinkle and Peter J. Critikos III March 28, 2022
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Tax Increment Financing – A Developer's Playbook

Jim Seiffert and Jack Seiffert take a look at Tax Increment Financing ("TIF") in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by James C. Seiffert and Jameson M. Seiffert March 15, 2022
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Kentucky’s “Pay to Portray Act” Signed into Law March 9, 2022

Aaron Klein and Rebecca Sherman take a look at Kentucky's "Pay to Portray Act" signed into law on March 9, 2022.

by Aaron R. Klein and Rebecca M.W. Sherman March 10, 2022
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Europe Continues Progress Toward Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

For decades, inventors have been able to file a single patent application in the European Patent Office (“EPO”) in order to pursue protection across multiple countries in Europe. However, at the end of the examination process, a patent application granted by the EPO still must be validated in each of the countries in which a patent owner wishes to secure enforceable patent rights.

by David W. Nagle Jr. March 09, 2022
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Is Your Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable?

Kentucky courts continue to closely scrutinize consumer contracts, particularly those involving arbitration provisions. In light of recent federal and state court decisions, however, the framework for analyzing the enforceability of arbitration agreements has shifted. Courts can no longer target arbitration provisions for disfavored treatment on grounds not applied to other contractual terms.

by Andrew J. Poltorak and Cassandra L. Welch (Casey) February 18, 2022
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Decoding the Crypto Brand Super Bowl Commercials

Based on commercials that aired during Super Bowl LVI, crypto brands have officially moved from the fringes to the mainstream. But the crypto ads in this prime time space didn’t do much to explain the underlying products and services, especially if the viewers were not already immersed in Web3.

by Mandy Wilson Decker February 18, 2022
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Recent Patent Program Updates by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

USPTO Launches New Pilot Program to Improve Efficiency of Utility Patent Application Examination. In response to concerns expressed by way of a letter sent from Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has launched a “Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER) Pilot Program” for non-provisional patent applications.

by Patrick M. Torre February 11, 2022
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Supreme Court Rejects OSHA Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers – Allows CMS Healthcare Mandate for Facilities Receiving Medicare/Medicaid Funds

Holding that “[a]lthough Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given the agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” in a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court of the United States, on January 13, 2022, issued a stay of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) on vaccination or testing for employers with 100 or more workers.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, Calesia Henson, Demetrius O. Holloway, Ashley Owens Hopkins, Robin E. McGuffin, and Robin D. Miller January 14, 2022