Davis Wright Tremaine offers a monthly series of one-hour CLE programs. Download slides from our past presentations listed below.
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Climate Change Regulation: What Now?
Speaker: Craig Gannett
While Congress continues to dither over comprehensive climate change legislation, EPA, other federal agencies, the courts, and state and local governments are all plunging ahead in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The likely result is the most complicated regulatory scheme in history, touching virtually every economic enterprise in America. What's a business to do to prepare for the vast changes ahead? Where are the regulatory reefs, and where might there be economic opportunity?
This session gave a highly-distilled version of where things stand, the direction they are moving, and how to think about the regulatory challenges ahead.
Open Standards, Open Source, Open Innovation: IP and Collaboration Through Social Networking
Speakers: Michele Herman and Joanne Montague
In recent years, the proliferation of open standards has spurred interoperability among diverse products and services. Standardized technologies such as the internet, web and wireless communications have provided an efficient and quick way for parties to form online communities to collaborate on the development of new standards, open source software, and other products ranging from simple consumer products to automobiles. Social networking tools have further fueled the pace of technical collaboration, now often referred to as "open innovation." The development and use of standards, open source software and other collaboratively developed products involves the incorporation, creation and licensing of intellectual property.
This presentation provided an overview of the IP issues that can arise in the development and use of open source software, and highlighted some of the unique risks associated with open innovation generally. Because social media and networking tools enable easy access to such communities by employees, many companies should consider implementing policies and training programs that can mitigate risks to their businesses.
Key Issues in Software Licensing
Speaker: Dave Daggett
Are you new to software licensing? Learn the basics and receive a checklist of issues to review. Do you regularly license software for your organization? Learn a few fine points to improve your practice.
Investigations Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Speaker: Mark Bartlett
Activity around the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is expected to increase. Mark’s discussion provided an overview of the FCPA, including its background and what companies it applies to, and a discussion of how to focus proactively on compliance while remaining competitive.
Tech Transfer—Doing Business with Academic Institutions
Speaker: Seth Levy
Ethical Issues with Engagement Letters
Speakers: John Reed and Joe Weinstein
Antitrust for Business Lawyers
Speaker: Doug Ross
Douglas Ross, chair of Davis Wright Tremaine's litigation practice and a member of the governing council of the ABA's Antitrust Section, discussed antitrust issues with which every business lawyer should be familiar.
Topics included a range of issues, from the Department of Justice’s suit against Google, Apple, and other Silicon Valley firms over agreements not to hire each other’s employees, to handling mergers under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, to determining whether a joint venture is legitimate or could be seen as a price fixing conspiracy.