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  • PTAB rejects inherently obvious finding

    October / November 2019
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 378

    Abstract: What’s obvious to one person isn’t always obvious to another, and the same is true when it comes to patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit demonstrated this principle in rejecting the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) determination that a patent was inherently obvious. This article reviews the court’s decision shedding light on what factors establish when a claimed feature of a patented invention was “inherent” in an earlier invention. PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc., No. 18-1599, March 8, 2019, Fed. Cir.

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  • Is your commercial customer involved in money laundering?

    June / July 2018
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 378

    Abstract: It often falls to loan officers, who have an in-depth understanding of customer relationships, to flag potential transactions that might indicate money laundering. This article discusses the three steps of the money laundering process and lists some red flags lenders should watch for in determining whether a potentially criminal act might be occurring. Warning signs include an unplanned loan pay-down or payoff, with no apparent business reason or explanation, and reluctance to provide the purpose of the loan or how the loan proceeds are being used.

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  • Keep sales stars with the right compensation plan

    Summer 2015
    Newsletter: Business Matters

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 378

    Abstract: To keep good salespeople, businesses not only need to offer a compensation plan that acknowledges job market competition but also motivates sales staff to work hard, focus on customer satisfaction and remain loyal to the company. This article explores the pros and cons of salary vs. commission and recommends a combination model.

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  • Salvage your “underwater” 529 plan

    July / August 2012
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 378

    Abstract: This article discusses the case of “Mark and Susan,” who opened a 529 plan to help finance their daughter’s higher education. It seemed like a smart move at the time: 529 plans offer the opportunity for education savings to grow tax-free. But, after the recession, its value is less than the amount they’ve contributed to it. This article offers options for those in a similar predicament.

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  • Receiverships offer an “out-of-the-box” solution for troubled firms

    July / August 2008
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 378

    Abstract: When borrowers experience financial distress, bankruptcy and out-of-court settlements are popular ways for creditors to protect their financial interests. A lesser-known alternative worth considering is a court-ordered receivership, in which the court appoints a receiver to preserve, recover or distribute assets for the benefit of the distressed company’s creditors and stakeholders.

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