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Federal Circuit Holds That There is Patent Agent Privilege
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • April 19 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") limits the prosecution of patents and related activities to Patent Attorneys or Patent Agents


California Supreme Court Delivers Good News for Employers With Respect to Arbitration Agreements
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • April 11 2016

Plaintiff Maribel Baltazar was an employee at Forever 21, a clothing retail merchandiser, from 2007 to 2011. When Baltazar was hired in 2007, she was


Extreme Example of Piercing Corporate Veil
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • April 1 2016

It is standard legal advice for business lawyers to tell their clients to avoid claims of "piercing the corporate veil" by respecting the distinction


Recent Federal Circuit Ruling Gives Patentees More Control Over Their Inventions
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 21 2016

In Lexmark Int'l, Inc. v. Impression Prods, Inc. (Feb. 12, 2016), the Federal Circuit made two rulings that will give patentees more control of their


Trademark Infringement Suit That Should Not Have Been
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 17 2016

Often trademark infringement suits result from the unanticipated intersection of two apparently unrelated products or services. Sometimes the alleged


Health Care Reform: Reducing Employee Hours to Avoid the ACA is No Game
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 4 2016

On February 9, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District denied Dave & Busters, Inc.'s ("D&B") motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit


2016 Developments for Unemployment Benefits in Illinois
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 4 2016

So far, in 2016, there have been two legal developments that significantly affect unemployment benefits in Illinois. The Illinois Unemployment


Business Immigration Weekly for March 4, 2016
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 4 2016

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget completed their review of the proposed rule for STEM OPT that it had received on February 2nd and


Federal Circuit Clarifies What Is Required to Show Prior Use in Patent Cases
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • February 18 2016

In considering how to respond to an accusation of patent infringement, defendants will often review how long they have been making the accused


Business Immigration Monthly - February 2016
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • February 18 2016

The H-1B quota for fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017) will open on April 1, 2016. Similar to the last few H-1B quota