Apr 7, 2022

EPA to Cease Accepting Expedited Corrections to TSCA Inventory

DuPont Toxic chemicals

On February 24, the EPA announced that it will stop accepting streamlined requests to correct entries on the TSCA Inventory of Chemicals in Commerce as of April 26, 2022.  Historically, the Agency has allowed corrections to chemical identities using the same forms and documentation used to add an existing chemical to the inventory.  This practice greatly streamlined and expedited the ability of industries to correct mistakes made in initial filings.  Under the EPA’s new policy; however, the Agency will require any changes to go through the same pre-manufacture notice (“PMN”) process required for completely new chemicals.   The decision has already… Read more

Jun 24, 2021

U.S. v. Arthrex Case Creates a New Path to Challenge IPR Decisions

As a result of yesterday’s Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, any party dissatisfied with the result of an Inter Partes Review (IPR) can now seek review by the Director of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Previously, and as codified by the America Invents Act (AIA), IPR decisions were appealed directly to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with no possible review at the PTO.  Yet to be determined will be the details of how this extra appeal step is to be implemented.   And will, for example, the Director really have time, resources and responsibility for reviewing… Read more

Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Judy de León Jarecki-Black Joins SGR IP Dept. to Lead Biotech/Chemistry Patent Team


Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Judy de León Jarecki-Black has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department, to lead the firm’s significant and growing Biotech/Chemistry Patent Team. Dr. Jarecki-Black is a seasoned and accomplished patent and IP attorney, with more than twenty years of experience, including in both private and corporate practice. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Jarecki-Black was the Global Head of IP for Merial Limited (now Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health), a leading global animal health biotech and pharmaceutical company, for 18 years. While at Merial, Dr. Jarecki-Black was responsible for developing and implementing… Read more

Nov 25, 2017

SGR Partner Scott Woldow Hosts USPTO Dialogue with INTA: “View from the Outside”

Trademark Attorney

SGR Partner Scott Woldow was recently featured in the International Trademark Association’s monthly bulletin regarding a Panel Discussion Scott gave to the Trademark Examination Division.  The topic he spoke on was called “A View from the Outside”.  Former Trademark Examiners discussed the differences between being an Examiner with the USPTO and being a trademark attorney in outside practice.

Apr 27, 2017

SGR Partner Bruce McDonald Co-Chairing Annual American Bar Association International Law Meeting

US Capitol View

SGR partner Bruce McDonald is co-chairing the annual Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of International Law this year at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., April 25 – 29, 2017.  The ABA Section of International Law has over 20,000 members and is one of 27 sections and divisions of the ABA.  The Section has approximately 60 committees and publishes The International Lawyer, one of the oldest and best known quarterly journals on international law.  Currently there are more than 1,000 attorneys from around the world registered for the Spring Meeting, with several hundred more expected. In 2008,… Read more

Apr 6, 2017

SGR to Sponsor IP Think Tank and Hot Topics Event on May 10, 2017

Professionals Networking

SGR is proud to be sponsoring the IP Think Tank program and the IP Hot Topics Luncheon on May 10th, 2017, taking place at Georgia State University College of Law.  The only event of its kind in the Southeast, IP Hot Topics is targeted to technology professionals and entrepreneurs reliant on the business of intellectual property, in-house and outside intellectual property counsel, licensing & tech transfer managers, IP strategists and academics involved in the study of IP law and economics. The IP Think Tank’s goal is to engage Southeast thought leaders to contribute to the global discussion on the future of IP… Read more

Aug 17, 2010

Corporate Sustainability: The Game Changer.

Posted by Steve O’Day and Jessica Lee Reece SGR attorneys Steve O’Day and Jessica Lee Reece have co-authored an article in the current issue of Business to Business magazine. Their article, Corporate Sustainability: The Game Changer, explains the concept of corporate sustainability in an environment with rapidly changing fiscal and corporate policy. Here is an excerpt: Corporate Sustainability, often referred to as Triple Bottom Line Sustainability, is a targeted business strategy that considers a company’s long-term viability from all angles—social, environmental and fiscal. In other words, corporate sustainability is where the philosophies of staunchly conservative economists and those of wildly idyllic… Read more

Aug 12, 2010

SGR + Business to Business Magazine: Sustainability Roundtable

Looking for another great way to learn more about corporate sustainability? What? B2B’s Annual Executive Sustainability Roundtable, featuring executives from COX Enterprises, Georgia-Pacific, InterfaceRAISE and The Home Depot. Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Time: 7:30 – 9:45 a.m. Place: Georgia – Pacific Auditorium, Atlanta, GA