Publications

The Perils of Social Media

The evolution of electronic social media presents numerous complications in regulating employee conduct which may cause problems for the public sector employer. Employers must carefully balance liability considerations with privacy issues when regulating an employee's non-work related communications on work-issued computers, cell phones or other...

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Attorney General Addresses a Town Chair’s “Google Group”

Background It is becoming increasingly common for elected officials to use electronic media such as websites or chat rooms to communicate with their constituents. While providing information or a forum to the voters is well intended, the sites and communications are likely public records, and the information exchanges may even constitute public...

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Recent Design Patent Cases Clarify Scope, Expand Protection of Design Patents

Two recent decisions by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provide new tools for design patent holders and new hazards for those attempting to design around products covered by design patents. What are Design Patents? Design patents are directed to a non-utilitarian or non-functional design that is embodied in or applied to a product or...

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News from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”)

It's that time of year again - PTO Set to Increase Fees In addition to the comprehensive Patent Reform Act which is winding its way through Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D – Mich) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R – Tex) recently introduced the "Patent and Trademark Office Funding Stabilization Act of 2010" (the "Stabilization Act"). The bill combines...

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District Court Awards $180 Per Falsely Marked Item

In our recently issued Client Alert regarding the rash of False Marking lawsuits, we advised that the Federal Circuit had reinterpreted the False Marking statute in the Forest Group v. Bon Tool case to permit damages on a "per article" basis. Forest Group originally sued Bon Tool for infringement of its patent on stilts used by drywallers....

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Thinking About Becoming a Franchisee?

If your place of employment has recently down-sized and you have lost your position, or if you want to make a pre-emptive strike before that happens, you may have toyed with the notion of owning your own franchised business. Most prospective franchisees have the notion that, by owning a franchised business, they will, in fact, be their own boss....

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What Is Software Licensing?

Simply put, a license is nothing more than permission given to do something that would otherwise be considered illegal absent that permission. In the licensing of computer software, what permission is given, how is it given and to whom? In the real world, software licensing arises in one of two very different situations.... Read Full Article

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What Is Software Licensing?

Simply put, a license is nothing more than permission given to do something that would otherwise be considered illegal absent that permission. In the licensing of computer software, what permission is given, how is it given and to whom? In the real world, software licensing arises in one of two very different situations.... Read Full Article

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DIRT ALERTS™ – March 2010

New Real Estate Attorney Matt Impola joined our real estate team in December, 2009. Matt worked previously as corporate counsel with Continental Properties Company, Inc., and also with the real estate departments of Sidley Austin (Chicago), and Foley & Lardner (Milwaukee). Matt’s focus is on all aspects of real estate transactions including...

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