Holidays

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Warehouses and Delivery Centers in Massachusetts May Operate on Sundays and Holidays Following an Amendment to the Commonwealth’s...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law amending the Commonwealth’s “blue laws.” The blue laws prohibit business activities on Sundays and holidays, unless the activity fits within a...more

Bastille Day Fireworks and Copyright

Bastille Day is a French national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, an important episode in the French Revolution. Each year, Paris celebrates the day with an elaborate military parade...more

Ramadan in the GCC: Practical Guide for Employers

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is now upon us. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and this year the holy month eid commenced on 6 June 2016 in the Middle East and is expected to last until 7 July...more

Designated Lender’s Counsel

Doug Cornelius at Compliance Building writes today about borrowers paying the legal fees of lender’s counsel...more

A VERY unique holiday card: ‘Are You My Lawyer?’

We all remember the childhood classic “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (1960). Well I received an interesting parody of it, “Are You My Lawyer?” by “E.B. Funny.”  It was created as a holiday card by Phoenix’s...more

Ringing in the New Year While Taking Depositions Abroad

New Year’s is a time of looking ahead with hopes for good things to come, and people wishing each other health, happiness and success in the coming year. Festivities are varied, ranging from church services to fireworks, and...more

Breaking News: USPTO Restores EFS-Web and Private PAIR

Although the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has not yet made a formal announcement on the USPTO Systems Status and Availability webpage or the Office's Facebook and Twitter accounts, it appears that the Office has now...more

USPTO Restores Fax Line

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced on December 24, 2015 that it has now restored its fax line and is once again able to receive faxed documents. The announcement was made on the Office's Facebook and Twitter...more

Major Power Outage Causes Shutdown of USPTO Online and IT Systems -- USPTO to Consider December 22-24 to be "Federal Holidays"

On Tuesday, December 22, a major power outage at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA significantly damaged the Office's electronic systems and required the shutdown of the Office's online and...more

Have Yourself An Inclusive Little Christmas . . .

Last week, a high school principal in Bangor, Maine, banned a math teacher from having a little pink Christmas holiday Hello Kitty tree in her classroom for the holidays. She says she was told it was too “religious,” although...more

Guest Post: The Ghost of Christmas Patents

Christmas is the biggest holiday in my family. We spend a lot of time putting up decorations, but the most time of all is devoted to decorating the Christmas tree. For me personally, it's a uniquely special time because I...more

When a Quirk of Copyright Law Creates a Christmas Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life and the Public Domain

George Bailey stands on a bridge begging for another chance at life. Upon being granted a second chance, he joyously runs home to embrace his family. As the community of Bedford Falls rallies around him and raises funds to...more

Have Yourself a Merry 12 Days of SWIFTMAS

Even amid the December hustle and bustle of the holidays, my mind is never very far from trademark and patent issues – especially when getting Christmas songs stuck in my head while shopping for friends and family. I’m prone...more

Two Clever Law Firm Holiday Cards

We’re not doing a big Best-Of competition for lawyer holiday cards this year. But two of my early favorite legal photo cards so far have been...more

Holiday Traditions from Around the World

I noticed the other night as I was out walking my little Jack Russell that downtown Frederick, Maryland, is fully decorated for the holidays. Lights are twinkling on the trees lining the streets, and most shop windows have...more

Sell-abrating Sensibly

The holiday season is in full swing, which means brand owners and merchants are seizing the opportunity to capture cyber market share via social media campaigns. While social media can be a great way to quickly...more

Weekly Privacy Tip #12 – Credit card safety during the holidays (use cash!)

‘Tis the season of shopping. Cyber-Monday has just passed and news flashes indicate that the total amount consumers purchased online on Monday will exceed $3 billion. Wow. All with credit cards....more

Tips on Handling the Holidays Post Divorce

As a divorce lawyer, I recognize being recently divorced and handling the holidays isn’t easy for anyone! You have experienced significant loss and the festivities can actually give you the blues. If you are in this...more

How Coparents Should Handle the Holidays

Hi there, It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it all of the holidays of the season! This time of year is particularly tough for folks who are just getting used to a coparenting...more

Santa Claus Will Leave The Building In 2016 — Author’s Heirs Prevail Over EMI

In Baldwin, et al. v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was tasked with determining when and how the rights to the song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (the “Song”) would properly terminate. The...more

How to Protect Yourself from Truck Accidents During the Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, more and more shipping trucks will be on the roads delivering food, presents, decorations, and more. Combine that with more cars on the road, as many of travel to visit family and...more

Advertising Holiday Discounts? How Retailers Can Avoid Lawsuits

With the holidays approaching, retailers and their advertising partners are preparing for the busiest time of the year. Sales advertising is a staple of holiday marketing campaigns, which often include “former price”...more

Wishing You Happy Holidays, if Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Permits

The holiday season is an important season to focus on good will and the profound messages that the holidays celebrate. Many organizations use the holiday season to communicate with clients and associates to share that...more

Be Halloween-Safe This Year by Avoiding Fire Hazards

Halloween is in the air, and for all the fun it brings – candy, costumes, parties and pumpkins – it also brings a bit of danger, the kind of which is not found in haunted houses or horror movies. The danger is found in...more

Halloween Ghouls, Zombie Nativities, Toilets with Antlers, and other Offensive Holiday Displays: Zoning Law, the First Amendment...

It’s that time of year again. Seasonal holiday displays are beginning to dot our subdivisions and public spaces. Although most will conform to mainstream cultural, religious and societal norms, the ones that don’t create...more

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