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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

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."

2014 World Cup: precautions for brand owners

Brazil - February 14 2014 The 2014 World Cup kicks off this June, placing Brazil in the international spotlight. FIFA has predicted over three million tickets will be sold

Five communication skills every effective leader must have

USA - October 23 2015 Information enables effective leaders to make good decisions. An engaging interplay between leader and workforce is vital to uncovering the best

PHMSA clarifies operator requirements for national pipeline registry

USA - March 23 2012 On March 21, 2012, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published an advisory bulletin in the Federal Register clarifying operator registry and notification requirements under the National Pipeline Operator Registry

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