Posts tagged “TechLaw”
TechLaw: The year 2013 saw some of the most significant changes to the U.S. patent system in more than 60 years. Pending legislation and several cases to be heard by the United States Supreme Court could make 2014 another year of change.
SAS now has a key role in a new federal initiative to stop patent trolls. SAS, which has a contract with IP.com, will convert 38 years of user documentation and technical papers into electronic form."Providing our information to IP.com will give patent examiners the ammunition they need to object to questionable patent applications," says Tim Wilson, SAS Senior Intellectual Property Counsel.
A Utah judge on Wednesday blocked TV streaming company Aereo Inc. from operating in several Western states, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a related case in April. Broadcasters have argued Aereo is stealing TV signals without paying. Aereo says the tiny antennas it uses to capture signals before relaying them over the Internet should be treated the same as antennas that people use to pull TV signals for free.
Tax resolution for 2014: Be proactive to minimize your exposure to the new net investment income tax
TechLaw: The net investment income tax is a 3.8% federal tax that applies to certain taxpayers with passive income. It is important that you understand how this new tax works so that you can take steps to minimize your exposure to it.
TechLaw: A new standard practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments was adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency on December 30, 2013, adding more refined reporting requirements for parties seeking protection from environmental liability in land transactions.
U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaida's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.
TechLaw: The purpose of estate tax planning is to reduce the taxes on your estate so that you can leave more of your assets to your family and friends instead of Uncle Sam. Does the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ruin your previously prepared estate plan?
TechLaw: Commercial real estate transactions and projects have become more complex and expensive. The goal is to minimize the risks associated with your transaction or project before the closing so that you are protected to the maximum extent possible.
Inside Innovation at N.C. State: A vitamin that consumers can find in food such as asparagus and cottage cheese could be a key ingredient in developing tiny medical devices in the future, according to new research from N.C. State University. Read what this discovery could mean for patients.
Opinion: SEC Rule 506 (c) offerings are better than crowdfunding and traditional private placement exemptions, writes Jim Verdonik of the law firm Ward and Smith P.A.
TechLaw: A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit holds that when a public employee clicks "Like" on a political candidate's Facebook post, that is constitutionally-protected free speech.
While half of respondents to Morrison & Foerster's survey expect that M&A activity will increase in the next six months, 415 Research's analysis finds a mixed picture for M&A activity. Read more about the findings.
TechLaw: Filing a joint tax return seems like an innocuous and pre-determined action for most married couples. It is important to understand what obligations come with signing a joint return and what options are available for the years when you blindly signed a joint tax return and are now blind-sided.
SAS is aiming to bring transparency and analytics to the health payment data that states collect. WRALTechWire Insiders can read more about how the software works.
TechLaw: A New Jersey court has held that a person sending a text message to a driver might be liable for injuries or damage caused by the driver's crash. What is your (and your children's) risk of the same becoming the law in North Carolina?
Winning a battle, losing a war: Why ACLU's strategy in Myriad Genetics patent case may have backfired
Analysis: The real losers after Myriad patent case may be members of the general public, who will be denied access to useful information that might otherwise have been part of the public domain once the patent term expired. Is that what the ACLU intended? Please don't get me wrong; the ACLU does a lot of good defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. I'm just afraid that their foray into the patent arena has resulted in a myriad (pun intended) of misunderstood implications and unintended consequences and has done more harm than good.
TechLaw: You're negotiating to buy a piece of real estate and your attorney tells you that the seller is proposing to give you a "Special Warranty Deed" in exchange for all of the money you will pay. Special Warranty Deed - that sounds good, doesn't it. But what does it really mean?