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  • It’s official – Supreme Court says government isn’t a person ― for patent purposes

    Year End 2019
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: Patentees welcomed a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that significantly reduces the pool of potential challengers to the validity of existing patents. This article highlights a ruling finding that federal governmental agencies can’t take advantage of three patent review processes created less than a decade ago — because the federal government isn’t a “person” under patent law. Return Mail, Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service, No. 17-1594, June 10, 2019, U.S.

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  • Feast or famine: Protecting a windfall

    Year End 2019
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: Receiving an inheritance, a legal settlement or prize winnings may seem wonderful, but it can also raise new problems. It’s important for recipients to use smart strategies that will help ensure the money continues to grow over the long term. This article offers some guidelines and advice for recipients that will help them avoid potential traps and pitfalls. It suggests that it’s a good idea to determine the tax obligations on the amount received, pay off any debt and increase savings before spending the money. The article points out that, with care, thought and planning, a windfall can help provide financial security.

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  • To catch a thief – ACFE report highlights most effective methods of detecting fraud

    March / April 2017
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: Every two years, the ACFE conducts an extensive analysis of occupational fraud. This article highlights various trends that are consistent across borders and time — and demonstrates how the findings can help steer efforts to detect fraud in all types of organizations.

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  • How to stop micromanaging in your family business

    Year End 2015
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: Family business owners often find it hard to not micromanage their employees. Both family-member and non-family-member managers can be prone to it. It’s natural to have strong financial and emotional ties to the business. But there comes a time when micromanaging can become a detriment to the employees and the company, harming morale and productivity. This article explains how to shift from a taskmaster mindset to a leadership one.

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  • Who are functional fiduciaries? Appeals court holds service provider not a plan fiduciary

    February / March 2015
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently provided a blueprint for when a retirement plan service provider is deemed a fiduciary and when it isn’t. The conclusion? There’s no substitute for fulfilling the full burden of fiduciary responsibility when managing a retirement plan. This article summarizes the case and its impact. Santomenno v. John Hancock (No. 13-3467)

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  • Recycle paper and plastic, not appraisal reports

    September / October 2014
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: It may seem economical and time-effective to reuse an old business appraisal for a new purpose. But recycling an appraisal without a valuator’s approval could prove costly over the long run. This article points out that there can be several definitions of value; a company’s value can change over time; and valuators face different considerations depending on why a business is being appraised.

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  • Inventive patent requires both hardware and software

    June / July 2014
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: In these technology-oriented times, it seems that more and more patents claiming computer-related inventions are being filed. But, when looking to nip infringers in the bud, holders of such patents will need to take care in drafting claims. Specifically, they should include separate claim sets to hardware, software, and a combination of hardware and software to cover all variations of the alleged infringing product. This article explains why a plaintiff who failed to do so lost its case. Nazomi Communications, Inc. v. Nokia Corp, No. 2013-1165, Jan. 10, 2014 (Fed. Cir.)

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  • 5 ways to use LinkedIn to build your business

    April / May 2014
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: Facebook and Twitter often dominate discussions of social media, and Google remains a powerhouse in searching for all things known and unknown. For companies and individuals looking to build their businesses, however, LinkedIn can be a valuable social media tool. This article offers five guidelines that can help companies and the self-employed build their professional networks and business via LinkedIn.

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  • NYSE streamlines notification process

    June / July 2013
    Newsletter: Public Company Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: Earlier this year, the SEC approved a proposal by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to establish a uniform method for listed companies to notify the exchange of certain events relevant to investors. In most cases, companies should comply with their notification obligations by using the NYSE’s compliance website. This article lists events that should be reported and what information is still required to be reported by phone.

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  • Can you afford long-term care? Consider trading in a life insurance policy for LTC coverage

    May / June 2013
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: One of the greatest threats to the financial security of one’s retirement as well as to the achievement of estate planning goals may be a nursing home stay or some other form of long-term care. And, while long-term care (LTC) insurance can be a great way to protect wealth against this risk, it can be expensive. One option for funding an LTC policy is to “trade in” a life insurance policy or annuity contract that’s no longer needed. This article examines what’s involved.

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  • Employers, know your break policies

    May / June 2013
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: A hospital’s policy allowed some employees to be compensated for time they reported as spent working during a required break. A nurse eventually stopped reporting such time, but later sued for compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As this article explains, the hospital’s consistent adherence to its procedures allowed it to prevail in the case. White v. Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, No. 11-5717, Nov. 6, 2012 (6th Cir.)

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  • Blurred vision: Trademark dilution standard clarified

    August / September 2011
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: The owners of famous trademarks often face a constant onslaught of parties using marks similar to their famous marks. This occurred in one case in which a clothing manufacturer claimed that another was using a decorative stitching that impaired the distinctiveness of its own famous mark. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified the burden of proof required since passage of the Trademark Dilution Revision Act. Levi Strauss v. Abercrombie & Fitch, No. 09-16322, Feb. 8, 2011 (9th Cir.) Thane International, Inc. v. Trek Bicycle Corp., Nos. 00-55293, 00-55599, Sept. 6, 2002 (9th Cir.)

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  • Appraising appraisals — How to read a valuation report

    May / June 2008
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: To understand an appraisal opinion, readers must wade through unfamiliar financial jargon, subjective assumptions and pages of complex mathematical computations. And comparing two widely divergent analyses to ascertain which opinion is more reliable is even more challenging. This article highlights some key elements that should appear in a comprehensive, reliable valuation report.

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  • Definitions key in determining FMLA eligibility

    March / April 2008
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 551

    Abstract: The Sixth Circuit held that denying leave to care for an adult daughter and a newborn grandchild didn’t violate the Family and Medical Leave Act. The court found that the FMLA doesn’t entitle an employee to leave to care for a grandchild, and it authorizes leave to care for children who are 18 or older only if they suffer from a serious health condition and are “incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.”Novak v. MetroHealth Medical Center, 503 F.3d 572 (6th Cir. 2007)

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