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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

July 18, 2012

Premium Lock 'JOBS' overview: 'Jumpstart Our Business Startups' act

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The JOBS Act signed by the President on April 5, 2012, may offer better capital-raising opportunities to many tech companies and reduce their SEC compliance burdens. But we must await SEC rulemaking to determine how useful the JOBS Act changes will be.

Updated July 5, 2012

Premium Lock Criminal background information in employment: It's not what you learn, but how you use it

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: While an employer's gathering of criminal background information for use in its hiring and promotion decisions is allowed, it nevertheless can result in a charge of discrimination if such information is not used carefully.

June 20, 2012

Premium Lock Intellectual property in bankruptcy: An Overview

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: More businesses today rely on intellectual property for day-to-day operations. How might a bankruptcy proceeding affect your or your business's intellectual property rights?

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June 6, 2012

Premium Lock Proposed changes to tax laws may reshape estate planning landscape

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: President Obama's desired modifications to federal wealth transfer tax laws may limit your future estate planning, but you still have many tax saving opportunities during the remaining months of 2012.

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May 23, 2012

Premium Lock Need a manufacturing facility but don't want to own one? Try contract manufacturing and a comprehensive manufacturing agreement

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Developing and marketing products is your expertise, not owning and operating a manufacturing facility. You want to engage a third-party manufacturer to manufacture your products, freeing you up to pursue the aspects of your business that you do most efficiently. If that is the case, you need a well-drafted written Manufacturing Agreement.

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Updated May 9, 2012

Premium Lock Litigation by any other name would still be dispute resolution

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Litigation includes many components that are often referred to interchangeably and incorrectly. Understanding the correct use of these terms is essential in gaining a working knowledge of the litigation process.

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May 7, 2012

Premium Lock Google-Oracle jury reaches impasse on key issue

A federal jury in San Francisco has reached an impasse on a key issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google, handing the database-software company a major setback.

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May 7, 2012

Premium Lock State settles with Abbott Labs for false drug advertising

NCDOJ The Chicago-based drug maker is to pay a record settlement of $100 million total to North Carolina and 45 other states over marketing tactics used for Depakote.

April 25, 2012

Premium Lock When employees' Facebook posts turn into protected activity

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The National Labor Relations Board is significantly increasing enforcement related to protecting employees' use of social media websites.

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Updated April 19, 2012

Premium Lock Raleigh proposes funding for open-source government

City of Raleigh The Raleigh City Council voted this week to include $50,000 for a hosted open data catalogue in next year's proposed fiscal budget. Council members will vote on the budget on May 15.

April 18, 2012

Premium Lock Latest news on wireless, land-line services, CISPA, NYC

Bulldog U.S. wireless traffic more than doubles; State laws let telephone companies end land-line services; Cybersecurity Bill revised to ease privacy concerns; 'Smart screens' to replace pay phones in NYC.

April 11, 2012

Premium Lock The Limited Availability to employers of additional claims for relief in noncompetition disputes

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The North Carolina Business Court has recently issued an opinion suggesting that, in most cases, an employer's claim for breach of a former employee's noncompetition agreement will be the employer's only possible remedy. North Carolina employers need to be aware of this limitation and take proper steps to ensure that they are able to fully protect their rights.

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Updated March 28, 2012

Premium Lock Proposed patent fees under Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Be prepared for sticker shock

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law on September 16, 2011, amid much fanfare. The recently proposed fees authorized by Section 10 of this Act, however, have generated more shock than fanfare.

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March 15, 2012

Premium Lock I've been sued for a preference (and don't feel preferred at all)

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: My business received a demand letter from a bankruptcy trustee for a bankrupt customer asking me to return payments I received for goods and services provided to the customer. Do I have to return the payments?

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March 2, 2012

Premium Lock Taxpayers have one more chance to avoid trouble: IRS announces new offshore voluntary disclosure program

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: In January, the IRS announced a new Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program for taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets. The IRS warns taxpayers to come forward or risk facing severe penalties and criminal prosecution.

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Updated February 15, 2012

Premium Lock Tracing the comet's tail: Metadata is now discoverable information in litigation

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Much like tracing a comet's tail will eventually lead one's eyes to the comet, metadata are bits of information that can be traced to a piece of electronically stored information. These bits and pieces of hidden data used to be largely ignored, but they are now discoverable during litigation under North Carolina law. Business owners should plan accordingly.

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February 1, 2012

Premium Lock Does your company's website privacy policy pass the test?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Just weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Facebook over allegedly unfair privacy practices. The Facebook(r) matter presents a lesson about important but often overlooked website privacy law that your company should consider if it has a website.

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January 18, 2012

Premium Lock Your federal estate and gift tax exemption - Use it or lose it?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: All individual taxpayers have a window of opportunity for passing their assets to family members or other individuals with less gift tax than ever under current tax law. But this window is more than "half-way shut." So, immediate action is necessary to take advantage of this opportunity.

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January 4, 2012

Premium Lock Conservation easement opportunities: Protect natural resources, receive tax savings

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: A conservation easement may protect natural resources for future generations, while affording you substantial property, income, and estate tax savings and, at the same time, allowing you to retain title and the right to use your land for many purposes.

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December 21, 2011

Premium Lock What do 'fairness' and the middle class have to do with your independent contractors?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The Obama Administration has been talking a lot about "fairness" these days. President Obama has identified this time in history as a "make or break moment for the middle class," and he has made clear that his intent is to "level the playing field" in America. So what does this have to do with your independent contractors?

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