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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

April 16

Premium Lock Biotech patent holders: I hate to say I told you so, but ...

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued new guidelines to its Patent Examiners to assist them in determining which patent claims are not eligible for patenting. The guidelines create hurdles that patent applicants must overcome in their quest for patentable claims.

April 2

Premium Lock Changes to N.C. Limited Liability Company Act - Is it time to update your LLC's operating agreement?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The North Carolina Limited Liability Company Act has been revamped with some important changes that may impact the current operating agreement of your LLC. It's important that you understand these new changes and determine whether any of them affect your LLC.

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March 24

Premium Lock FCC looks to have E-Rate reforms done by fall

The Broadband Report     The Broadband Report: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last week the commission will vote to modernize E-Rate by this fall as pressure mounts from elected officials and service providers to mayors and educators throughout the country.

March 5

Premium Lock 2013 dramatically altered landscape of US patent system ... so what's next in 2014?

Ward and Smith, P.A. 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.

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Updated February 21

Premium Lock 'Patent trolls' have a new enemy: SAS software

SAS logo at its Cary headquarters  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.

Tags: SAS, TechLaw
February 20

Premium Lock Aereo blocked in some Western states after ruling

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.

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Updated February 19

Premium Lock 'But we were just negotiating:' Understanding when a string of communications (even emails) may establish a binding contract

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Parties negotiating the terms of a deal must understand when the negotiating stops and a binding contract has been created, even if there is only a string of emails.

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February 5

Premium Lock Tax resolution for 2014: Be proactive to minimize your exposure to the new net investment income tax

Ward and Smith, P.A. 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.

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Updated January 22

Premium Lock Reviewing EPA's cleanup liability standards in land deals

Ward and Smith, P.A. 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.

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December 27, 2013

Premium Lock NY judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

Data security 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.

Updated December 18, 2013

Premium Lock Does your estate tax planning still make sense?

Ward and Smith, P.A. 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?

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Updated December 4, 2013

Premium Lock How not to get zoned out of your transaction or project

Ward and Smith, P.A. 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.

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November 25, 2013

Premium Lock Vitamin B2 could be key to developing tiny medical devices, NCSU researchers say

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.

Scaffold for tissue engineering Scaffold for tissue engineering

Updated November 25, 2013

Premium Lock Raising capital advice: SEC 506 (c) offerings vs. crowdfunding, private placements

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.

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Updated November 20, 2013

Premium Lock Court decision affirms freedom of speech on Facebook with 'Like' ruling

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.

November 8, 2013

Premium Lock Tech, biotech M&A to increase in 2014? Not so fast

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.

Tech mergers Tech mergers

November 6, 2013

Premium Lock My Spouse Did What and I Owe How Much in Taxes?

Ward and Smith, P.A. 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.

Updated October 30, 2013

Premium Lock SAS analytics software targets state efforts to control health costs

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.

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October 30, 2013

Premium Lock Patent litigation weighs on more venture-backed startups, NVCA survey says

Legal ruling Up to 80 percent of startups claim the patent demands they're facing has increased in the last five years. Read more about this finding and others from a National Venture Capital Association report.

Updated October 23, 2013

Premium Lock Recent IRS ruling that all legal marriages are equal for federal tax purposes impacts same-sex couples and employers

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: A recent IRS decision on same-sex marriages raises complicated tax issues and can impact same-sex couples and employers, regardless of their location.

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