February / March

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  • Taking a fresh look – Active vs. passive plan investment options

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1002

    Abstract: Prudence dictates that qualified plan sponsors periodically re-examine important policies of their retirement plans. One area to consider is the balance of actively managed funds vs. passively managed (index-based) fund options for the plan’s participants. This article discusses the difference between the approaches, and what plan sponsors should consider when balancing their retirement plans’ fund options. A short sidebar covers legal considerations in the investment selection process.

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  • Who can file for trademark cancellation?

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 425

    Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently held that parties can pursue cancellation of a trademark even if they don’t show a proprietary interest in the contested mark. This article reviews the case and why owners of registered trademarks could see an uptick in attempts to cancel those marks. Australian Therapeutic Supplies Pty. Ltd. v. Naked TM, LLC, No. 19-1567 (Fed. Cir. July 27, 2020).

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  • “Method of preparation” involving natural phenomenon is patent-eligible

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 559

    Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has taken the unusual step of modifying and clarifying an earlier opinion considering whether an invention related to a natural phenomenon was patent-eligible. Although the case deals with a “method of preparation,” this article looks at why it may also provide some valuable clues on how best to structure diagnostic claims to increase the odds of patent eligibility. Illumina, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., No. 19-1419 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 3, 2020); Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. 576 (2013).

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  • Don’t let patent licensing missteps cost you

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 620

    Abstract: The owner of three software-related patents can attest to the highs and lows of patent litigation after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in its case. Unlike other patents challenged as patent-ineligible under the so-called Alice test, its patents were upheld — but the patentee lost out on millions in pre-suit damages due to a licensing misstep. This article examines the case and reminds readers not to make the same mistake. Packet Intelligence LLC v. Netscout Systems, Inc., No. 19-2041 (Fed. Cir. July 14, 2020).

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  • Behind the curtain – “Jersey Boys” doesn’t violate copyright on autobiography

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 814

    Abstract: The long-running Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” chronicles the history of the band known as the Four Seasons — and spawned copyright litigation that has run nearly as long as the play itself. This article discusses the latest ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which found that because facts can’t form the basis for a copyright claim, and all of the alleged similarities were based on elements that were treated as fact in the manuscript, the plaintiff’s manuscript was unprotected. Corbello v. Valli, No. 17-1637 (9th Cir. Sept. 8, 2020).

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  • Estate Planning Pitfall – Your elderly relative won’t commit to estate planning

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 267

    Abstract: There are many obstacles in the path to estate planning. One of the more difficult to overcome is when an elderly parent or family member refuses to cooperate or even acknowledge the need for estate planning measures. This brief article discusses steps to take to encourage a parent or other family member to create an estate plan.

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  • The art of estate planning – An art collection is a special asset to account for in an estate plan

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 752

    Abstract: It goes without saying that an art collection, including paintings, sculptures and other pieces of art, can represent a significant portion of a person’s estate. Thus, it’s critical to account for these assets in their estate plan. This article stresses the importance of having one’s art collection valued by a professional valuator and lists three options available for incorporating art into an estate plan.

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  • Understanding the terms of health care directives

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 699

    Abstract: Estate planning experts usually cite the need to include advance health care directives in a comprehensive estate plan. But there’s often disagreement about the legal names given to those directives and their optimal use, depending on one’s jurisdiction. In any event, regardless of what they’re called in the state where you reside, it’s important to create these documents and keep one’s family in the loop. This article defines several health care directive terms.

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  • Attention business owners: It’s time to talk about estate planning

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 832

    Abstract: For many small business owners, estate planning may be the last thing on their minds, especially if they’re struggling to recover after a turbulent 2020. However, not only can estate planning help ensure that one’s objectives are met should they die unexpectedly or become disabled, it may protect the business. Also, an estate plan may provide a smooth transition to the next generation. This article details specific estate planning strategies for business owners.

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  • Proactive lenders ask borrowers about cash flow practices

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 413

    Abstract: Cash flow is the lifeblood of a small business. This article suggests some questions to ask when evaluating a prospective borrower’s cash flow management, such as whether customers are paying on time and whether the borrower is taking advantage of its credit terms. The article notes that cash flow statements can help lenders understand the overall health of their borrowers’ businesses — particularly whether the borrowers are able to generate and hold cash.

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  • What should you do when your borrower becomes ill?

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 612

    Abstract: Dealing with a borrower who has become ill or injured creates unique challenges for a lending relationship. Creating trust and ensuring good communication will become even more important if the borrower is a sole owner who, through some unforeseen event, such as illness, becomes unable to meet the payment terms of a loan. This article offers some strategies for lenders when a loan becomes endangered by borrower illness, including keeping communication channels open and suggesting a temporary surrogate to take over until the borrower is able to reassume management of the company.

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  • Don’t lose the online fight: Build a winning strategy

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 689

    Abstract: Online lenders offer potential borrowers speed, efficiency and convenience. To compete, traditional lenders need to up their digital game, while continuing to emphasize the benefits only they can provide. This article provides some tips on how lenders can build a successful strategy, including deepening and nurturing personal relationships with borrowers and taking steps to streamline the lending process. It points out that lenders need to adapt to the changing lending market to ensure they remain competitive.

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  • Weathering the storm – How to help borrowers survive a downturn

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 813

    Abstract: No one can predict with certainty when a recession will happen. By the time it does, it’s often too late for lenders to adopt a proactive approach to help the business weather the storm. This article shows how lenders can help borrowers survive and maintain profitability over the long term regardless of the vagaries of the economy. Conserving cash, maintaining customer connections and improving employee support are just a few of the strategies lenders can suggest to borrowers. A sidebar offers six questions lenders can ask to gauge a borrower’s management experience during an economic downturn.

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  • News for Nonprofits

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 442

    Abstract: This issue’s “News for Nonprofits” reports on legislative actions involving donor disclosures, hackathons that benefit charities, and gender gap trends among nonprofits.

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  • How you should respond after an outside audit

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 581

    Abstract: Regular outside financial audits are among the most effective tools for revealing financial risks in a timely manner. Failing to act on issues identified in an audit isn’t only a waste of money. It also may threaten your organization’s long-term viability. This article explores what happens after the auditors’ work is complete and how the audit committee, management and the executive director fit into the picture.

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  • CFOs deliver financial know-how – But does your nonprofit really need one?

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 669

    Abstract: Nonprofit leaders may think that hiring a chief financial officer to help “run the show” can boost financial performance. But there’s a lot to consider before taking that step. This article defines the role of the CFO, considers hiring-decision factors, and discusses the search for finding the right candidate.

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