Posts tagged “TechLaw”
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?
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine will lead a project to develop a "body on a chip" that can stand in for human organs in developing bioterror countermeasures.
Techaw: Just because the lender sold the property you put up as security for a loan at a foreclosure sale doesn't mean you are no longer responsible for paying the remainder of the debt it secured after application of the foreclosure sale proceeds.
While most of the country is feeling some pinch from the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, tech leaders say this one is unique and unfair, because the Commerce Department's promised satellite patent offices were never going to be funded by taxpayers. Instead, they're supported by the $2.8 billion in annual patent fees collected from inventors, entrepreneurs and companies.
The warnings, to appear on the cap of Tylenol bottles, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.
TechLaw: In June, the United States Supreme Court issued two important rulings under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal statute prohibiting racial and sexual discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. If you're an employer, you should be happy.
Motorola Mobility says the Microsoft patent that led to an import ban on Motorola phones is the "poster child" for common ideas being applied to new devices and labeled an invention.
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.