The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has made headlines in the last few years with its close scrutiny of workplace social media policies. However, making something of a quieter splash, the NLRB has also been scrutinizing…more
In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when…more
The patentability of inventions implemented with a computer or based on software have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. One of the primary issues related to the increased scrutiny is whether the patent disclosure…more
Hydrokinetic energy projects generate electricity from moving water, capturing the power embodied in tides, waves, and currents without the use of dams. Hydrokinetic energy resources are estimated to have a tremendous power…more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first draft permits for injecting and storing carbon dioxide in underground rock formations, which could advance carbon capture and sequestration efforts.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) provides a mechanism for filing one patent application, referred to as a PCT or international patent application, that can later branch out into one or more national or regional patent…more
This past Wednesday, Peter S. Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Chicago, ruled that all scholarship football players at Northwestern University who have not exhausted their college eligibility…more
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health FSAs have for years enabled employers to offer employees the opportunity to spend non-taxable compensation on eligible medical expenses. FSAs could not only be used to pay for routine…more
The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report concluding that the use of "smart meters" -- advanced utility metering infrastructure capable of communicating wirelessly with the utility -- is a "safe,…more
The calendar tells us that it is now spring – the season of hope and optimism. While this may seem like a legal technicality given the weight of the objective physical evidence to the contrary, I, being a lawyer, have no…more
The use of energy from biomass resources in the United States grew more than 60% over the decade between 2002 and 2013 -- primarily in the form of increased use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel that are produced from…more
Federal regulators have issued a pilot license for a proposed tidal energy project in Washington.
Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of…more
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has voted against extending ratepayer subsidies to an offshore wind project proposed by developer Fishermen's Energy, challenging the project's financial viability. Back in 2011,…more
Will New Jersey regulators approve key support for an offshore wind project proposed off the Jersey shore?
Many coastal states and nations are placing new focus on energy projects designed to generate electricity from…more
If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your…more
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