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IP – INTANGIBLE BUT EVERYWHERE

Intellectual Property (IP) – What is it? Where is it? Can you identify it? Do you have any? Are you using another’s? Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC has recently offered blogs, articles, and webinars on the topic of IP. As IP is a part of our everyday lives, business owners need to recognize IP and implement protections and procedures in order to ensure the business: (i) is identifying and protecting its IP assets; and/or (ii) is preventing any unauthorized use or infringement of another party’s IP (such can happen either intention...Read More
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COOK COUNTY MINIMUM WAGE/SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

  Who is in? Who is out? As of 7/10/17 Opt In Opt Out PENDING City of Chicago Barrington Hills Berwyn Cicero (sick leave only) Countryside Deer Park Elmhurst Evanston Ford Heights Frankfort Glencoe Harvey Hazel Crest (sick leave only) Homer Glen Kenilworth LaGrange McCook Northfield Oak Brook Oak Park Sauk Village University Park Westchester Winnetka Alsip Arlington Heights Barrington Bartlett Bedford Park Bellwood Bensenville Berkeley Blue Island Bridgeview Brookfield Buf...Read More
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TOP TEN BASICS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – DO YOU KNOW THEM? IS YOUR IP PROTECTED?

(PART OF AN ON-GOING IP SERIES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS)   Business Owners know that Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology are daily realities and aspects in our modern business world today. Each Business Owner needs to be aware of what IP is and the different forms of protections available to ensure it has obtained the proper protections for its business and also, does not risk infringing or misappropriating a third party’s IP rights. The following Top Ten List provides Business Owners basics on what IP is and what protections...Read More
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EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND NON-COMPETES

On January 1, 2017, a new law regulating the use of non-compete agreements between hourly employees and employers took effect. The Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”) prohibits private employers from requiring “low-wage employees” to sign non-compete agreements. The Act applies to all agreements entered into by the parties after January 1, 2017. Any such, which violates the Act, will be considered to be “illegal and void” and the courts will refuse to enforce it. However, the Act does not apply retroactively; it does not ap...Read More
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