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Patent Term Adjustment: Lessons Learned from the Federal Circuit Decision in Actelion v. Matal

We can take two valuable lessons from a recent decision of the Federal Circuit: 1. Review all check boxes on forms when filing a U.S. patent application; and 2. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is not...more

How did U.S. retailers perform over the holiday season?

The retail and restaurant winners and losers from the holiday season in the United States have been revealed in analysis published by Thomson Reuters on Eikon and Lipper Alpha Insight....more

In Appellate Courts, (Seemingly Almost) Every Day’s a Holiday

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

As this is being written, the office is quiet because it’s a federal holiday, and the weather forecasters are predicting Snowmageddon (defined as a 1% or more chance of one or more particles of frozen precipitation falling...more

Happy (Registered Trademark) Holidays!

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

December is one of the largest shopping months of the year, due mostly to the overlap of multiple major holidays, such as Hanukkah and Christmas, and the coming new year. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that several...more

How to Throw a Festive Law Firm Holiday Party

by Knapp Marketing on

Lawyers are a competitive bunch. For these minds, mulling around the mulled cider does not a stimulating holiday party make. So this holiday season, we treated our law firm clients to some Christmas-themed legal debates on...more

How To Celebrate The Holidays Without Ending Up In Court: Tips For Hosting A Corporate Holiday Party

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Do you have any tips on how to ensure that our company holiday party does not lead to a new year liability? A. As the year comes to a close, many employers often celebrate with a holiday party as a way to thank...more

’Tis the Season to Be Mindful of Religious Accommodation Obligations

So it begins—the annual holiday marathon. But which holidays come to mind? Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus? A version of this article first appeared on Law360....more

1 Million Views for All the Wrong Reasons: How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Going Viral

Your annual holiday party presents an opportunity for employees and management to cut loose and celebrate their accomplishments in the past year. It also presents an opportunity to make some bad decisions - which,...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017 #3

Washington, D.C., in December is known for its holiday parties, where lobbyists and Hill denizens gather to stab food with toothpicks and knock back cheap—and sometimes not-so-cheap—drinks. Despite all this partying, people...more

Brace your elves – it's Christmas party season…

by Dentons on

It would be rude-olph of us to let this festive season pass by without comment on the much-anticipated but potentially risky Christmas party. To ensure that you are (three) wise (men) this festive season, take a few minutes...more

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Takeaways For The 2017 Holiday Season

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With Chanukkah almost behind us and Christmas rapidly approaching, the time for being jolly is unfortunately also a peak time for parental conflict in divorcing and divorced families. What one would think (hope) would be a...more

Happy Holidays, from Human Resources

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

As Thanksgiving 2017 recedes into a memory, Hanukkah is here, Christmas just around the corner, and a strange slow week between a Monday Christmas and following Monday New Year’s Day. It is the season for office holiday...more

Holiday P-A-R-T-I-E-S Protocol: Walking the Fine Line Between Fun and Fiasco

by Littler on

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and most employers intend to make merry by hosting a holiday party of some sort. This occasion presents an opportunity for employers to foster team spirit and express...more

‘Tis the season for drones- so learn the rules of the sky

by LeClairRyan on

Predictions about the number of drones that will be given as gifts this holiday season have “taken off.” According to the Consumer Technology Association, Americans will buy about 1.6 million drones over the holidays, nearly...more

Surviving The Holidays While Dealing With Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

The holidays are supposed to be a time of good will and cheer. For those going through a divorce, however, the situation is often not cheerful and may even be grim. With some thoughtful planning and the right outlook,...more

Social Hosts Beware: "One More for the Road?" May Be a Bad Idea

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Everyone was having such a good time, too . . . The company was hosting its annual holiday party. The company had arranged to hold the event that Saturday night in a hotel ballroom. Moods were festive, especially because...more

Three Tips to Help You Navigate the Holidays

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

When you are divorced with kids, Christmas and Hanukkah can become minefields that make previous family headaches look simple. But there’s good news: There are a number of steps that you can take ahead of time to make things...more

Pitfalls of Holiday Specific Branding

The holiday season in the United States starts around Halloween and extends for a two-month period until the beginning of January. The holiday marathon sparks a flurry of purchasing events – such as booking airline tickets,...more

Dear Littler: 'Tis the Season…for Employer Holiday Gift-Giving Reminders

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I’m in charge of our company’s party-planning committee, but I’m ready to give up my title as Head Elf. We’re working on choosing gifts for employees, and we’d like to raffle off nice prizes for employees and...more

Avoiding legal hangovers

by McAfee & Taft on

‘Tis the season … for office holiday parties. They are great for employee morale. They can also give rise to legal hangovers that can extend far beyond the holiday season. Originally published in The Journal Record -...more

MarkIt to Market® - November 2017

The November 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses another Ugg trademark dispute, pitfalls of holiday specific branding, "types" of protection for font and typeface designs, and lists the new gTLD Sunrise...more

An Annual Guide To Holiday Displays In Apartment Communities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

December will be here very soon. With the change in the calendar comes Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays. Always a great time for kids and families. Santa Claus. Christmas trees. Menorahs. Decorations. For professional...more

Daddy’s Home 2 – fisticuffs in the workplace

by FordHarrison on

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it can also be a time of great stress. Indeed, the pressure of holiday preparations and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with...more

Could this be you? Don’t invite injuries to your holiday party

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

It’s the time of year again when employers start planning year-end holiday parties. While most parties go off without a hitch, occasionally, unfortunate accidents do happen....more

Some Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

As you enjoy the holiday weekend, and even some Cyber Monday shopping, keep in mind these online shopping tips from the FTC: ..Know the seller and the item. Put the company or product name in a search engine, along with...more

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