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7 Must-Haves for your Company Employee Handbook- for their Benefit and Yours

All employers, no matter the company size, should have an employee handbook to communicate essential policies of the company to employees. A company employee handbook also serves as a legal defense against claims brought by an employee against the company or its managers. Employee handbooks also provide guidance to both supervisors and their employees. A […]


Trademark Disparagement and the Slants

Trademark Disparagement? The Slants, The Redskins and the Supreme Court

Acceptable Trademark Disparagement… or Disparagement at all? People try to trademark all types of names, brands and slogans. The U.S. government, however, acts as the gatekeeper applying trademark law to decide whether or not those names or brands are worthy of protection or if they constitute trademark disparagement. One of the most newsworthy parts of […]


It's never RICO!

It’s Never RICO! What this Column Presupposes is, Maybe Sometimes it is

If you type the phrase “It’s never RICO” into Google, you’ll get a bunch of hits, including this clever and interesting discussion. The Google image search returns “House, M.D.” memes. I would beg you, dear reader, not to Google “RICO Trump”. It’s a rabbit hole where you will see all sorts of nonsense about alleged forthcoming sealed indictments […]


civil litigation

Anatomy of a Trial

This CLE online webinar, Anatomy of Trial, introduces the different components and phases of civil litigation — including motion in limine and much more.


The New Reality of Federal Litigation

Federal courts in Chicago have adopted new rules that will profoundly change how civil lawsuits progress.


Patent Troll TC Heartland

The TC Heartland Decision: Big Loss for “Patent Trolls”

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. Now, it is much harder for “patent trolls” to file their cases in the Eastern District of Texas.What Are “Patent Trolls?” Why Marshall, TX?A patent troll is a derogatory term for a company that obtains the rights […]


Theranos

Theranos Revisited

Theranos made headlines for the alleged failure of its signature blood test – and for civil and criminal suits from its stockholders.


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A Trademark Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Your business’ trademark is a valuable asset. Protecting that asset is a practice in which every business owner should invest—the security of your business, its intellectual property rights and its reputation are at stake.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property and the U.S. Constitution

Like most things, the so-called Intellectual Property clause isn’t as clear as we’d like. Experts often refer to this clause as the patent and copyright clause, because “science and useful arts” refer only to patented and copyrighted creations.


Business Divorce

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do—Common Issues and Strategies in Business Divorce

Conflicts between business partners are nearly inevitable. Thankfully, there are a number of ways for parties to negotiate up-front. Precautionary agreements give you space to resolve issues more easily or, at least, provide a picture of what the result will be when resolution is not possible.


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