1. JD Supra Morning Brief: Holiday Parties Go Viral, Facebook Flexes Its Muscles, Crop Inventors Breed Taste, More

    I never was a big fan of Wednesdays. The spelling / pronunciation discord, the embarrassing “hump day” nickname, those orphaned mid-week holidays… But Wednesday it is, and that means another JD Supra Morning Brief:

    All that Dodd-Frank regulation will cost banks a lot, and it’s likely customers who will end up paying for it (Levick

    Strap yourself in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. And other observations on the global economic outlook (Bennett Jones

    On the other hand, the future looks bright for energy and clean tech policy and programs (Wilson Sonsini

    What happens at the Vegas-themed holiday party stays at the Vegas-themed party? Yeah, right… Set smartphones on “tweet!” (Akerman Senterfitt

    The Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office sees patents as “innovation currency” (Pillsbury

    Show of hands: is Facebook gearing up to buy an ad agency, or merely reminding its 1 billion users that it can do whatever it wants with their data (BakerHostetler

    China’s Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on subpar generic drugs (Ropes & Gray

    You might still be able to reduce your 2012 tax bill, if you act quickly (Fein, Such, Kahn & Shepard

    Gregor Mendel would be so proud: crop inventors are now patenting their creations (and they don’t need GMOs to do it) (MoFo Tech

    The CPFB and FTC already sent holiday cards to a dozen mortgage lenders and brokers: Season’s Greetings! Clean up your misleading advertisements or you won’t have a very happy new year (Leonard, Street and Deinard