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Results of USPTO Post-Prosecution Pilot Look Promising

Dec 04 2019
Through the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is rolling out programs to enhance overall patent quality. The latest program rolled out was the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program, which was developed to enhance after-final practice.

Building a Robust Innovation Economy: How Betting on Higher Education and Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Helped Northern Virginia Land Amazon HQ2

Nov 25 2019
On November 13, 2018, Amazon announced that its HQ2 project—contributing an estimated 25,000 high-paying jobs and $2.5 billion investment—to be located in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va. The announcement by the e-commerce giant ended months of fierce competition, and was cause for celebration throughout the Northern Virginia and the DC metro area.

Eight Things Your Social Media Influencer Agreement Should Accomplish

Nov 14 2019
As marketing trends evolve and social media continues to gain ground as an indispensable channel of advertising, businesses must adapt and recalibrate their marketing strategies accordingly. However, one tactic that is becoming more common – retaining social medial “influencers” to post content promoting your product or services – can present a minefield of legal considerations.

Common Misconception of Ownership under the Work for Hire Doctrine

Nov 06 2019
The issue of ownership rights to copyrighted materials, especially when created by independent software developers, is an issue that may be interpreted differently by the Federal Circuit courts. Therefore, it may be time for Congress to clarify this issue by amending the work for hire doctrine as defined in the U.S. Copyright Act.
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Brexit: A pre-Christmas election?

Oct 23 2019
On 22 October the government secured a majority of 30 to approve in principle the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB). However, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the government's programme motion to push the Bill through all of its House of Commons stages by the end of 24 October was lost by 14 votes.
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