Central Bank of Canada Experiments with Blockchain Technology

Emily HayesCase Studies, Market Rules & Responsibilities, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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As large financial institutions partner with Fintech start-ups to test blockchain technology, it is no surprise that governments are also experimenting with blockchain to see any potential savings in transaction costs when clearing and settling payments.  Recently, the national governments of Canada and the United Kingdom tested the technology. The Central Bank of Canada conducted a trial in conjunction with the New York based start-up R3 CEV, whereby … Read More

CFTC’s Recent Spoofing Settlement

Emily HayesCase Studies, Market Rules & Responsibilities, Operations

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Igor Oystacher, the now-infamous trader nicknamed “the Russian,” and his proprietary trading firm, 3Red Trading, informed the Northern District of Illinois on October 19, 2016, that the parties agreed to settle with the CFTC on the agency’s spoofing allegations. The settlement announcement came after Oystacher and 3Red failed to convince the court to dismiss the case in September 2016. Yet, … Read More

Trademark Fee Changes

Genna HibbsBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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Effective Jan. 14, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be revising its fee schedule. The upcoming changes are set forth in full in this final rule and summarized in this USPTO publication. Most fees will increase, as the USPTO attempts to “align fees with full costs.” At the same time, the changes aim to make electronic filing … Read More

Copyright Your Choreography

Ashley MorrisonBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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This article discusses how original dance choreography can be protected from imitation, so that choreographers can protect and profit from their creativity and hard work. Prior to the Copyright Act of 1976 (the “Act”), a choreographer’s right to his or her work was uncertain.  Since the enactment of the Act, “choreographic works” have been expressly included among the categories of … Read More

10 Things You Should Do to Capitalize on the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit

Ilya ZlatkinBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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When we’re sitting on the couch at home watching TV, it’s easy to forget how much effort and resources went into creating that content. In most circumstances, film production entails a significant investment on the part of the filmmakers and their financiers. These funds, in turn, create jobs and generate revenue. Many state governments have realized the impact that film … Read More

NFA: Information Systems Security Programs Due March 1, 2016

Steven BylinaBest Practices, Market Rules & Responsibilities, Operations

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The National Futures Association (NFA) held its first NFA Cybersecurity Workshop on February 2, 2016 in Chicago. The workshop consisted of discussion of NFA Cybersecurity Interpretive Notice to Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36, and 2-49 entitled Information Systems Security Programs (ISSP) and ISSP policy development. The NFA is requiring CPO’s, CTA’s, IB’s, FCM’s, retail foreign exchange dealers, swap dealers, and major … Read More

Advisers, Cybersecurity, and Regulation

Matthew TobinMarket Rules & Responsibilities, Operations

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Almost daily, headlines are peppered with reports of hackers breaching the cyber defenses of major institutions and governmental bodies, garnering information that could seriously compromise not only the financial well-being of countless individuals but also the financial stability of the nation. Even governmental bodies such as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management are susceptible to unwanted intrusions. [1] If the … Read More

SEC’s Focus Shifts in 2015 OCIE Priorities

Michelle ComellaMarket Rules & Responsibilities, Operations

This is the first of a series on financial regulators’ 2015 examination priorities.   The SEC’s priorities focus on three broad topics: 1) protecting retail investors and, in particular, investors saving for retirement; 2) assessing market-wide risks; and 3) identifying and examining potential illegal activity through the use of data analytics.  Ziliak Law Partner Michelle M. Comella and Associate Diona Rogers … Read More