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  • Who gets the patent? USPTO issues final rules on first-to-file system

    June / July 2013
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 954

    Abstract: This article takes a look at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s long-awaited final rules and examination guidelines on the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act. Many of the regulations, which took effect in March, are similar to the earlier proposed regulations — but some significant amendments have been made. A sidebar explains how U.S. patents and patent applications can reach back to a foreign priority date in certain circumstances.

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  • Handle mergers with care

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 954

    Abstract: The possibility of rising regulatory capital requirements has prompted many banks to consider a merger as a potential compliance strategy. These complex transactions raise a variety of corporate, financial, valuation, regulatory, tax and liability issues. This article provides an introduction to the merger process — with a focus on tax-free transactions. A sidebar offers a checklist to ensure that all the bases are covered during each phase of the merger process.

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  • Control your debt (so it won’t control you)

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 954

    Abstract: As fuel costs fluctuate and project income becomes less reliable, contractors are increasing their debt load in record numbers. In fact, most contractors have come to depend on debt as a source of liquidity to keep their operations running smoothly. Yet, in an unstable economy, having a plan for managing debt is vital — especially now that bankruptcy is more common than ever. This article offers some tips on putting together just such a plan.

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