Legal

What SMEs Can Do When Patent Trolls Come Calling

From Main Street, USA to the Halls of Congress, ordinary citizens are up in arms over the patent trolls who send form letters to hundreds or even thousands of random small businesses, claiming with little or no evidence that they are ‘infringing’ on the troll’s patents. Here's what to do if you get one of these letters.

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Patents’ Prince Charming

There are 2.2 million U.S. patents in force and less than 10 percent of them are generating any licensing revenue. Jay Walker thinks his latest venture will awaken our economy’s “Sleeping Beauty” patents, which can be leveraged as springboards to innovation, business expansion and greater economic competitiveness.

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How to Evaluate Legal Risk in Acquisitions

Litigation does not have to be an uncontrollable factor in the valuation of any business. By properly evaluating the potential for materiality and future litigation, and the connection between the litigation and the business plan, investors can make informed decisions, with a full understanding of the legal risk associated with a potential company.

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The “America Destroys Jobs” Act

President Obama's signing of the "America Invents Act" is supposed to spur job creation, but in reality, the act will destroy jobs. Successful entrepreneur and author, Hank Nothhaft, writes exclusively for Chief Executive on why this act will only make the U.S. unemployment problem worse.

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Kill Economic Freedom; Kill Job Creation

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After Boeing announced its plans to locate a Dreamliner production site in South Carolina, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stated its position that Boeing should restrict production to Washington state. The NLRB was against the airline manufacturer creating jobs in South Carolina (there were no plans to eliminate the jobs in Washington) where there are lower costs and business conditions are stable.

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Making Litigation Management Work for You

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Legal fees can be astronomical, and executives sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by legal actions they don't understand. Some disputes can be resolved with a lot lower cost in legal fees, but more importantly than lowering fees, litigation management can help align legal strategy with business goals.

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