Posts tagged “TechLaw”
TechLaw: Social media has become a big part of the lives of many in North Carolina and around the world. With this rise in popularity and use, many in the legal profession have found ways to use social media to benefit clients in legal disputes; it can also cause problems as well.
TechLaw: Sticking to a sound collections policy is important, but many small businesses do not give sufficient attention to this component of their trade. With proper planning, some losses can be avoided. Ignoring the need for a collections policy may affect your bottom line.
TechLaw: State and federal laws, including Federal Trade Commission regulations that were revised in late 2012, require certain businesses to play an active role in the identification, mitigation, and prevention of identity theft. Does your business have any legal obligation to combat identity theft? The answer may be "yes."
TechLaw: Federal and North Carolina laws regarding employees' wages and hours of work impose potential liability on a covered "employer." Do such laws impose personal liability on individuals who control the employer as well? If you answered "no," prepare to be surprised.
Even before the U.S. Supreme Court decision disallowed human gene patents, biotechnology companies shifted their strategies. Learn how biotechs adjusted.
TechLaw: Because social media is now a vital advertising tool for businesses, it is important that your business be able to protect its social media accounts, messages, and information from unauthorized use or access. Recent court decisions demonstrate that one way your business may be able to protect its social media information is by making it a trade secret.
Sometimes it's good to be small ... and even better to be micro! - Micro entity status under the America Invents Act
TechLaw: On March 19, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office implemented a provision of the America Invents Act establishing micro entity status and providing a 75% discount to qualifying applicants for many patent and patent application fees. Are you small enough to qualify?
TechLaw: The final rules implementing the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") became effective in March and apply to persons and companies other than those in the health industry. The rules are cumbersome to navigate, but compliance is required by September.
Don't let the golden goose get away: The need for caution when contracting with a local government unit
TechLaw: When contracting with a local government unit, it is important for businesses to consider additional legal requirements that, if not complied with, may void what appeared to be a golden opportunity.
Leaving the apples to rot: The duty of a wronged party to mitigate its damages and its potential waiver in commercial contracts
TechLaw: The duty of a legally-wronged party to mitigate its damages is an important legal mechanism that minimizes economic waste. Under North Carolina law, that duty can be waived in commercial contracts and leases. Before agreeing to do so, contracting parties should consider the potential risks and rewards.
TechLaw: North Carolina law now requires certain private employers with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring new employees. North Carolina employers must understand the limits on legal use of the system, know how to proceed based on the confirmation or nonconfirmation received from E-Verify, and be aware of the possible penalties if they fail to use E-Verify, or fail to use it correctly.
A federal judge has taken a big bite out of Apple's $1.05 billion victory in a patent infringement case with Samsung, cutting the award by about 45 percent and ordering a new trial on damages for some Samsung products after finding the jury had erred.
TechLaw: Given the mobility of today's society, the need to determine which state has jurisdiction to hear child custody matters when parents relocate to another state has become more common. The North Carolina Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ("UCCJEA") governs when North Carolina has jurisdiction to decide particular child custody issues.
TechLaw: A business has been using a trademark in relation to its goods or services for years, but has never bothered to obtain a federal registration for it. Another business starts using a similar trademark and moves to federally register the trademark. How are the rights of the first business impacted?