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USPTO Announces Pilot for Responses After Final Rejection Scott Cleere • Apr 5th, 2012

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new test program for handling applicant response filed after a final rejection. Under current law, an applicant does not have the right to amend a patent application, including the claims, after a final rejection. Under current practice, an amendment submitted after [...]

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Personal Injury Law

DePuy Hip Recall»
Eric M. Knobloch • Sep 29th, 2010

DePuy Orthapedics, a Johnson and Johnson Family company based out of Massachusetts, recently recalled its ASR XL Acetabular Head System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System.  DePuy recalled the products as research indicates large numbers of people that received the hip replacement have experienced pain and other symptoms that lead to a second hip replacement [...]

Intellectual Property Law

USPTO Proposes Increased Patent Fees»
Scott Cleere • Apr 6th, 2012

The USPTO released their proposed fee increases for the next fiscal year. Though most of the increases are moderate, there are some significant increases:

Tax Law

Sales Tax - Personal Liability - Does Dissolving the Business Prevent Personal Liability?»
Robert B. Teuber • Mar 15th, 2009

Most businesses are formed as corporations or LLCs.  This is done to provide liability protection to the owner of the business from the risks, debts and obligations of the business.  Absent special circumstances (for example, “piercing the corporate veil” or personal guaranties of debts) creditors cannot look past the corporate entity to recover unpaid obligations.  [...]

Sports & Entertainment Law

Wisconsin Adopts “Single-Publication Rule” For Internet Defamation»
Elizabeth T Russell • Jan 28th, 2010

On January 27, 2010 the Wisconsin Court of Appeals adopted the “single publication rule” for defamation cases. Bottom line: once defamatory material is published online, subsequent “hits” or visits to that material do not constitute re-publication and the statute of limitations does not renew. Wisconsin courts had not previously addressed this issue.
 
Bob Uecker is [...]

Criminal Law

Car Accident Deaths - WI v. IL»
Eric M. Knobloch • Jan 7th, 2009

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently released 2008 statistics reflecting a 16% drop in car accident fatalities in 2008.  Amongst the reasons suggested is increase use of seat belts, less driving, and new laws that make it difficult for teens to obtain drivers licenses.  The research also alludes to laws that eliminate driving distractions, i.e. laws that prohibit cell phone [...]

Employment Law

The Danger of Labels in Employment Disputes»
Michael Brown • Nov 23rd, 2011

If you’re an employee or employer in a dispute or lawsuit, you will be tempted– very tempted– to describe events in terms of adjectives or conclusions, i.e. labels.
For example, a worker may want to tell a boss or a legal authority “I was given unfair and impossible expectations” (the operative labels being “unfair” and “impossible”), [...]

Business Law

Protecting Trademarks from the .xxx Domain»
Elizabeth T Russell • Sep 26th, 2011

Synopsis
The owners of trademark registrations issued before September 1, 2011 have a short window of time within which to block others from registering their trademarks as .xxx domains.
Background
ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the nonprofit organization charged with coordinating the internet’s naming system. As [...]

Environmental Law

So You Think You Don’t Own Any Wetlands?»
Elizabeth Rich • Dec 24th, 2008

Wetlands were once regarded as a nuisance, and were often drained for cropland or dredged for more useable waterways. We have since come to appreciate them as an important tool in flood prevention and water purification, and state and federal agencies have stepped up their efforts to protect them. The challenge, unfortunately, is to draw [...]

Civil Litigation

DePuy Hip Recall»
Eric M. Knobloch • Sep 29th, 2010

DePuy Orthapedics, a Johnson and Johnson Family company based out of Massachusetts, recently recalled its ASR XL Acetabular Head System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System.  DePuy recalled the products as research indicates large numbers of people that received the hip replacement have experienced pain and other symptoms that lead to a second hip replacement [...]

Real Estate Law

Asbestos Removal Crucial to Healthy Home and Work Environment»
Guest Author • Dec 22nd, 2008

This is a guest blog written by Joe Lederman of the Mesothelioma Cancer Center:
There are many things to consider when remodeling, purchasing or foreclosing an older home. Used in millions of homes and buildings built before 1980, workers and citizens are still being exposed to the corrosive substance. Often used in fireproofing, flooring, roofing [...]