The latest Baker Botts PTAB Trials Blog post discusses the rules associated with proceedings before the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board (the “PTAB” or “Board”). Click here to read more on this matter from Associate, Stephanie Diehl.
On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments in the consolidated challenges to President Obama’s signature climate regulation -- the Clean Power Plan. Baker Botts Environmental partners, Bill Bumpers and Megan Berge are available to comment.
Baker Botts was named International Tax Review’s 2016 Americas Tax Restructuring Deal of the Year for their work on Liberty Interactive’s spin-off of CommerceHub.
The patent industry is awaiting a number of patent eligibility decisions from the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit over the coming weeks and months that will significantly impact the rights of patent holders post-Alice. Baker Botts Intellectual Property partners provide comments on patent eligibility challenges amid a changing law landscape in the aftermath of Alice.
The firm has been ranked in Chambers Latin America for the second consecutive year in two practice group categories.
According to a recent EY global survey of 100 PE firms active in the sector, they are readying to deploy capital into the global oil and gas sector with 25% planning acquisitions before the end of the year and 43% by the first half of 2017. Baker Botts' Partners, Paul Exley and William Lamb are available to comment.
In the Baker Botts IP Report, lawyers share their insight on the latest Intellectual Property topics.
On May 4, 2016 the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued final and temporary regulations, Treasury Regulation § 301.7701-2T (the “Regulation”), to clarify the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership that owns a disregarded entity.
In the 2016 edition of Legal 500 UK, the firm received rankings for their work in seven practice areas. Eight Baker Botts lawyers were “Recommended” in the 2016 edition, while five individuals received “Leading Lawyer” titles in their respective fields.
Last week the European Commission (“Commission”) published its eagerly awaited preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry (the “Report”)1 and opened a two-month public consultation on the Report. In this alert, we explain the background to the Report, the Commission’s main findings, and the next steps that it will take.
On September 22, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”). The changes discussed in the NOI have the potential to increase or decrease the regulatory burden faced by parties that own, operate, and invest in FERC-jurisdictional utilities.
On September 23, 2016, the decision in BCCA Appeal Group v. City of Houston, No. 13-0768 (Tex. April 29, 2016) became final when the Texas Supreme Court denied the City of Houston’s motion for rehearing. Baker Botts Litigation partner Evan Young who argued the appeal in the Texas Supreme Court, and Environmental partner Matthew Kuryla, are available to comment.
The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to close on or about September 30, 2016. Baker Botts is representing SunPower in the sale of the Henrietta Project to 8point3 Energy Partners.
Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust practice group, Stephen Weissman, was selected as a 2016 Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Antitrust Trailblazer by NLJ.
The application of next generation demand-size management (DSM) technologies, such as the smart grid, is playing an increasingly important role in the modernization of utilities sector and engaging consumers more effectively. Baker Botts Partner, Elaine Walsh is available to further discuss these implications.