SBA Reopens Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

By: BrownWinick | 06.17.2020

  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) to eligible small businesses and non-profits in all U.S. states and territories. This program provides loans at low interest rates and other forms of assistance to eligible organizations navigating the economic impact of COVID. EIDL loans may be used Read…

USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for Certain Trademark/Service Mark Applications

By: David Breiner | 06.16.2020

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and/or service mark applications.  To qualify, the applications must cover a product that is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19 or a medical Read…

COVID-19 Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

By: Tess Pocock |

  Last week, the Iowa General Assembly passed Senate File 2338. The legislation includes the COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act. The Act, which applies retroactively to January 1, 2020, provides liability protection from civil actions relating to COVID-19 exposure to certain “premises,” including real property serving a commercial, residential, educational, religious, governmental, cultural, Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 10

By: Amanda Loder | 06.05.2020

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday following an 11-week suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they paused activity days prior to the second funnel deadline, most bills that did not pass the House or Senate, plus committee in the other chamber by the end of the day on Friday, June 5 are “dead” for Read…

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

By: Amy Johnson | 05.28.2020

  The House passed a bill this afternoon that would provide businesses with greater flexibility with regard to their uses of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The legislation — titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act — was introduced by Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas and Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota. It is Read…

Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

By: Ann Holden Kendell |

  Eight members of our Employment Practice Group have prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Beth Coonan, Ann Kendell, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Amy Howells, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The Read…

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – CFAP

By: Colin Hendricks | 05.22.2020

  The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced very high-level details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (“CFAP”) on April 17, 2020. The CFAP is designed to provide money directly to crop and livestock producers to solidify the food chain during COVID-19. Finally, one month after the initial release, the USDA has issued an Read…

Guidance Regarding PPP Forgiveness

By: Amy Johnson | 05.18.2020

  On Friday, the SBA released much-anticipated guidance regarding the forgiveness component of Paycheck Protection Program loans: SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application The guidance includes the forgiveness worksheet that borrowers will be required to fill out as well as information on the types of documentation that borrowers will need to Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues Third FAQ to Assist Dentists with Practice Re-Openings

By: Amy Howells |

  The Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a third FAQ to address questions received in response to the “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice” and the first and second FAQs previously released. The new FAQ addresses questions from dentists about various topics, including: use of half facepiece respirators, defining “potential exposure” Read…

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Announced a New COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

By: David Breiner | 05.13.2020

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program.  Under this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to patent applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination. In addition, the USPTO Read…