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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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The Landscape Shifts for Pharmaceutical Patents as the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Review PTAB IPR Decisions


December 13, 2016

The pharmaceutical patent landscape is undergoing changes as the Supreme Court of the United States and the Federal Circuit review an increasing number of Patent Trial and Appeal Board inter partes review proceeding decisions. While the appellate courts give some deference to the PTAB's implementation of the America Invents Act, we are seeing more dissenting opinions and some panels are striking down the PTAB's interpretation of the AIA. During this webinar, Janelle Waack and Greg Parker will highlight relevant trends, address issues and offer insights pertinent to the pharmaceutical industry.

Topics will include:

  • Addressing Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions impacting IPR claim interpretation, expert testimony, amendment of claims, estoppel, burden shifting and raising new arguments in reply briefs
  • An overview of how to preserve issues in the IPR record for appeal 
  • The impact of recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions on strategies for pharmaceutical patents undergoing review at the PTAB

For more information and registration, visit the IP Counsel Exchange website.

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