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European opposition tactic using ambiguous patent conveyances in employee agreements

European Union - June 1 2015 Opponents in Europe have been invalidating priority claims in European patent applications using a formalistic challenge. In Europe, in order to have

PHMSA issues long-awaited advisory bulletin clarifying MAOPMOP verification requirements, foreshadows rulemaking to eliminate grandfather clause

USA - May 16 2012 On May 7, 2012, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advisory Bulletin to clarify the record verification requirements for establishing Maximum Operating Pressure (MOP) for hazardous liquid pipelines and Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) for natural gas pipelines

Fictional characters in new media

USA - July 9 2010 Spiderman, James Bond, Wonder Woman, Batman these iconic heroes remain among the best-known fictional characters of our time, and, as characters, are afforded copyright protection, independent of the works in which they appear

Accountable care organizations: the integrated delivery systems of the future?

USA - May 6 2010 One of the new models of health care delivery being championed by the Health Reform Law is the "Accountable Care Organization" or "ACO."

NLRB shortens timeline for union representation elections

USA - December 17 2014 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has voted to revise its procedures for conducting union representation elections. The principal effect of

New Kansas Act Allows Relief for Purchase of Contaminated Property

USA - May 18 2016 On May 9, 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the Contaminated Property Redevelopment Act (the “Act”). The goal of this Act is to

Department of Labor Final Rule Raises Minimum Salary for Exempt Status to $913 Per Week, Effective December 1

USA - May 18 2016 The minimum salary that an employer must pay in order to classify most workers as exempt from overtime has increased from $455 per week to $913 per

Death Knell for Knockoffs and Counterfeits?

USA - May 16 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the question that, as one Appellate Court characterized, has had the courts “twisting themselves

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Brings Need to Adjust Employment Contracts, Policies and Handbooks

USA - May 13 2016 Trade secret theft, much of it cyber-theft, annually costs American businesses roughly $320 billion, the value of all U.S. exports to Asia each year

POTUS Signs The Defend Trade Secrets Act

USA - May 12 2016 On May 11, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the "Act") into Law. The Act, which passed overwhelmingly in Congress last