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August 11, 2022
New and Non-Obvious: The Nuts-and-Bolts Episode on Patent Law
What is a patent? How do I get one? Are they expensive? Are they enforceable? Intellectual Property Practice Group Chair David M. Sullivan answers these questions and breaks down the requirements needed before filing an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. David provides technical and practical insight into the application process starting with an inventor’s abstract idea, and ending with a formal patent application.
About David M. Sullivan
July 22, 2022
West Virginia vs. EPA Part II: U.S. Supreme Court Applies the Major Questions Doctrine to Limit EPA Regulatory Authority
On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 opinion that Congress did not give the EPA authority to set greenhouse gas emissions standards for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group member Donald K. Shandy returns to Briefly Legal to discuss the Court’s ruling and its application of the Major Questions Doctrine to limit EPA’s regulatory authority. He also discusses what the ruling means for administrative agency power more broadly, and the scenarios in which EPA can still regulate emissions under other sections of the CAA.
About Donald K. Shandy
June 29, 2022
PFAS Regulatory Update: EPA Issues Updated Drinking Water Health Advisories
On June 15, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued updated drinking water health advisory levels for four specific types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Based on current analytical methods, the health advisory levels for two of these PFAS are below the level of detection and quantitation, and thus present certain difficulties to the regulated community. While the updated health advisories are intended to act as guidance and are not enforceable regulations, they send a strong signal that EPA intends to continue moving forward with the regulation of PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act and other federal environmental statutes. Join Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group member Tim Sowecke as he discusses the significance of the updated health advisory levels on the public and regulated community and how it fits into EPA’s broader strategy to regulate PFAS.
About Tim Sowecke
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