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  • Proposed California Legislation Seeks to Expand Eviction Protections Including Rent Reduction

    By Procopio Associate Sara G. Neva and Partner Robert J. Brown The California Legislature is currently considering two COVID-19 response bills aimed at protecting both residential and commercial tenants regarding evictions, foreclosures and unlawful detainer actions. If signed into law, both bills would take effect immediately. While their ultimate fate is uncertain, it’s important for landlords to consider now how they might manage should one or both become law. Senate Bill 939 ...

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  • Considerations for Angel and VC Funded Startups and Emerging Growth Companies Considering a Loan under the Paycheck Protection Program

    By Procopio Partner Roger Rappoport and Associate Yeshaya Larkin, with peer review by Partner Paul Johnson What are the eligibility criteria most likely to be of concern to emerging growth companies funded by angel or institutional investors considering funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)? As entrepreneurs look to weather the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we address this key question and many others in this overview of one of the most significan...

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  • New U.S. Rules Limit Exports to China and Other Countries

    By Procopio Senior Associate Michael Jones The U.S. government has issued two new export control restrictions and has proposed another one as well, all affecting exports to Group D countries  including China, Russia and Venezuela. More specifically, the two new final rules from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) were issued on April 28, 2020, and go into effect June 29, 2020; the proposed rule is open for comment until June 29 as well. Exporters should consider the follow...

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  • Avoiding Litigation While Resolving Disputes: Commercial Contract Challenges During COVID-19

    By Procopio Partners Robert H. Sloss, Mindy M. Morton, and Edward C. Walton Lawyers, like everyone else, are scrambling to identify potential problems and craft possible solutions for the COVID-19 virus’ far-reaching impact on businesses and financial markets. Small and large companies are being forced to deal with substantial catastrophes they never expected to encounter, including: large-scale cancellations or postponements of orders; disruptions to key supply chains; ...

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  • USPTO Targets Fraud Through Trademark Rule Changes

    By Procopio Partner Lisel M. Ferguson and Associate Neil A. Salyards In an effort to prevent fraudulent filings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has instituted several changes to its trademark application, maintenance, and enforcement procedures that are worth noting for trademark applicants and practitioners both in the U.S. and abroad. The USPTO is now requiring electronically filed trademark applications using the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS...

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  • Recent Court Decision Affects Enforceability of Pay-When-Paid Clauses

    By Procopio Partner Mary A. Salamone Construction contracts are exchanged so routinely that it is not uncommon for contractors to give the documents a quick glance or not even read them altogether before signing. Even when a contractor examines a contract thoroughly, legal terminology with profound impact may be overlooked. Since it is rarely feasible to have an attorney read every contract, the best course of action for contractors to avoid risk is to understand some of the key things to...

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  • “Not Appealable” Means Just That Regarding Institution of IPR Timeliness Challenges: U.S. Supreme Court

    By Procopio Partner Robert H. Sloss In a decision designed to adhere to Congressional intent of the America Invents Act (“AIA”) that post-grant patent reviews should be final, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on April 2 that a patent owner cannot appeal a ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) to institute inter partes review (“IPR”) of a patent on the basis that the IPR petition was not timely filed.  In one of the few patent cases on its docket this term,...

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  • IRS Grants Much-Anticipated Section 1031 Extensions

    By Procopio Partner Robert J. Brown The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on April 9, 2020, issued Notice 2020-23, providing the much-anticipated relief for taxpayers pursuing so-called “Section 1031” tax deferred exchanges. This extension allows exchanging taxpayers whose 45-day identification period or 180-day replacement property closing deadline falls after April 1, 2020, to extend that deadline until July 15, 2020. However, Notice 2020-23 extends the outside date for both identifica...

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  • USPTO Extends Certain Patent Filing Deadlines

    By Procopio Partner Robert “Bob” Ramos The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently exercised its authority granted by the CARES Act stimulus package to extend several patent-related deadlines that would have been due on or after March 27, 2020, through April 30, 2020. The specific deadlines that can be extended include: Responses to Official Actions, Issue Fee Payments, Maintenance Fee Payments, Notice of Appeals, Appeal Briefs, Reply Briefs, and Requests for oral hearings b...

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  • California Relaxes Telehealth Services Rules in Light of COVID-19

    By Procopio Partner Robert G. Marasco and Law Clerk Bella M. Olmedo Health care providers in California now have greater flexibility to provide telehealth services to patients pursuant to the executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on April 3, 2020.The order allows more flexible use of telehealth services for routine and non-emergency medical services by waiving certain state and privacy and security requirements for health care providers. This action is similar to the waiver ...

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