Monthly Archives: February 2010

6 Pointers for Floridians Taking over an Elderly Relative’s Finances

When a parent or other elderly relative reaches the point where they need help with their finances, it can be emotionally draining. It can also be a long, drawn out and frustrating process if the relative does not have their … Continue reading

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Investment Firms Going Green to Make Green

Venture capitalists are flocking to green-technology companies to get a cut of the action. Approximately $1.59 billion dollars have been sunk into environmentally-friendly corporations worldwide in the third quarter of 2009. These businesses are developing clean systems ranging from solar … Continue reading

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Hot H2O: Alaskan Inventor Frees Himself From Oil Dependence

Bernie Karl, the proprietor of the Chena Hot Springs Resort outside Fairbanks, Alaska, has built a portable geothermal generator that he says can provide enough power for 250 houses. The self-proclaimed “imagineer’s” machine uses 165°F water to produce large quantities … Continue reading

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Patent Regulations Rescinded

In a move to “incentivize innovation,” the Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rescinded former patent regulations that some said imposed undue restrictions on patent applicants. The old rules … Continue reading

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RIAA Stops Infringing Bloggers

Bloggers beware! Recently, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued Google a take down notice for hosting websites that were either streaming or distributing music without authorization. Most, if not all, of the websites included in the notice have … Continue reading

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The Snuggie, The Slanket, the the Importance of The Patent

A new invention is often followed by imitating competitors unless, of course, that new invention is protected by a patent. That various blanket with sleeves products serve as a perfect example. You’re probably familiar with the infomercial-promoted Snuggie, the blanket … Continue reading

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The Importance of Proper Document Execution

If you use noncompete or confidentiality agreements in your course of business, make sure the employees properly fill them out. A detail as minor as a signature in the wrong place may invalidate your ability to keep your trade secrets … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Noncompete Agreements

In light of a declining economy, courts are less likely to enforce noncompete agreements. Such agreements protect valuable training and trade secrets by preventing employees from competing with their former employers. They are not being enforced due to the interest … Continue reading

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U.S. Seeking Comments On New International Treaty

The United States intellectual property offices (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Copyright Office) are open to comments about a new world wide treaty that could affect copyright laws. The World Intellectual Property Organization has recently considered an international … Continue reading

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The Power Of Public Pressure

“Power to the People – Power Belongs to the People.” The Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville, VT adopted that phrase in celebration of being able to keep the name of their 10th anniversary beer, the Vermonster, after settling a trademark … Continue reading

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