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Protection against Business and Legal Risks from the iPhone 5s Security...

The iPhone 5s debuted with a list of new features designed to enhance its users’ experience. Among the list is Touch ID, a form of biometric security that allows users to lock and unlock their iPhone with their fingerprint. It…more

| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science,...

IRS Announces Deadline to Amend Retirement Plans for Same-Sex Benefits

On April 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) published Notice 2014-19, in which it describes amendments required to be made to retirement plans qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Family Law,...

Trade Secrets: What an investor or acquirer will want to know.

If you are thinking about raising capital or selling your company, one of the most important questions that the investor or acquirer will want to know is whether you own your IP. One critical part of this is protecting your…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Intellectual Capital Development for Technology Companies, Cost Effective...

The term Intellectual Capital means different things to different people even in the technology space. For business planning purposes, intellectual capital should be recognized as more than patents, copyrights, and other forms…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, &...

Contractual Venue Provision Was Enforceable

In In re Mark Fisher and Reese Boudreaux, the Texas Supreme Court held that a contractual venue agreement was enforceable and overrode the statutory venue requirements for the plaintiff’s claims, including tort claims. The…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway – Global Protection on a Budget

Patent prosecution can be a slow and expensive process. A business or an applicant may wish to accelerate the process of procuring a patent for a number of reasons including, engaging in enforcement activity and reducing…more

| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Determined Unconstitutional

The State of Texas is the latest jurisdiction under scrutiny for its ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the state law banning same-sex marriage results in a…more

| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Taxation

The First Pieces of Health Reform's Pay or Play Penalty Puzzle

Early this week the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury (the “IRS”) issued the first piece of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) penalty imposition jigsaw puzzle. It then followed up with 46 FAQs on the same…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Patent Trolls, Defensive Groups, and Pooling

A common topic of patent reform discussions are patent trolls. Patent trolls, who often gather patent portfolios and assert patents against others in an effort to collect licensing fees or patent infringement damages, are often…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Healthcare Reform Mandate Delayed (Again) for Some Employers

On Monday, February 9, 2014, the Agencies issued regulations that provide additional guidance regarding the employer mandate (i.e. the “play or pay” penalty) under Healthcare Reform. But, the most surprising aspect of the…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Welcomed Guidance on Wellness Programs

On June 3, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) issued final regulations regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Agencies Share Guidance on Cost-Sharing

Earlier this month, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) jointly issued additional guidance on the application of the cost-sharing limitations imposed under the Affordable Care Act. It is…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Health

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