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USPTO Updates Section 101 “Subject Matter Eligibility” Judicial Decisions References

Ann Robl You may be aware that the USPTO has a “Subject Matter Eligibility” webpage with links to resources regarding how patent examiners are to evaluate claims for patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. This month, the … Continue reading

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Ronald Fossum is the Subject of a Pending Civil Charge

Public records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and accessed on January 12, 2017 indicate that former Washington-based investment adviser Ronald Fossum has been charged with fraud by the SEC. Fitapelli … Continue reading

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New Tax Bill May Leave Some Taxpayers Subject to Double Taxation

Several years ago, our office published an article examining the subject of cumulative taxation. Under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, state taxes must not subject a taxpayer to an unfair cumulative tax burden.  We reported about the … Continue reading

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Discretionary Equity Awards to Directors Subject to “Entire Fairness” Standard of Review

Human nature being what it is, the law, in its wisdom, does not presume that directors will be competent judges of the fair treatment of their company where fairness must be at their own personal expense.[1] According to the Delaware … Continue reading

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section 2 refusals are subject to Reed strict scrutiny, Fed. Cir. rules

In re Brunetti, No. 2015-1109  (Fed. Cir. Dec. 15, 2017)Brunetti wanted to register FUCT; the TTAB affirmed a refusal to register on scandalousness grounds.  The Federal Circuit here deals the inevitable deathblow to scandalousness as a registration bar, but on … Continue reading

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