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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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SEVENTH CIRCUIT EXTENDS CIVIL RIGHTS ACT PROTECTIONS TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION

On April 4, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rendered a decision leading a split in authority between federal circuits on discrimination and harassment claims based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana[1] the Court held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is the first time a federal court of appeals has extended Title VII’s protections to claims based on sexual orientati...Read More
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “MADE IN AMERICA”?

  The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) is charged with the task of determining when a product can be labeled “Made in America.” This is part of the FTC’s larger task of preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace. The FTC routinely brings enforcement actions against products that use false or misleading claims to deceive consumers into thinking it is of U.S. origin. While certain items, such as automobiles, wool and fur products, must clearly state the amount of the product made in the U.S.A. (known as th...Read More
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COPYRIGHT LAW OVERVIEW AND GUIDANCE PART II

As mentioned in the Part 1 March, 2017 WPD Blog on Copyright Law Overview and Guidance, with the ever-changing world of technology, business owners need to be aware of the different areas of intellectual property law (IP). This blog is Part II of this topic covering Copyright duration, notice, registration, and works made for hire with a brief discussion on the importance of licensing to assist business owners in making significant business decisions to protect their assets under IP. As stated in Part I, copyright IP protection is provided ...Read More
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