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Are you sure it’s from the CEO? 5 Ways to Protect Your Company from Business Email Compromise (BEC) Crimes

October 27, 2015

Last week, a successful Minnesota company fell victim to a crime being aimed at companies with a global presence and traveling executives.

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Benefit Plans: 2016 COLAs

October 22, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2016 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans.

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Sprinkler Mandate Declared Invalid by Minnesota Court of Appeals

October 13, 2015

The Minnesota Court of Appeals struck down the building code mandate requiring installation of fire sprinklers in larger homes.

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Practical Reminder for Ensuring Privileged Documents Stay Privileged

October 13, 2015

For all the protection the attorney-client privilege offers, it presents a bevy of potential pitfalls that may lead to the ultimate disclosure of the privileged documents.

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E.U. Court Invalidates “Safe Harbor” Program: Companies Scramble for Plan B

October 8, 2015

The Court of Justice of the European Union effectively invalidated the E.U. – U.S. “Safe Harbor” program in a decision released on Tuesday.

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Accused Infringer Prevails on Laches Defense

October 6, 2015

If you sit on your rights as a patent owner, you may lose your claims against infringers. Patent owner Dane Technologies recently learned that lesson the hard way.

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Magistrate Judge Rau Offers Primer on “Prevailing Party” Status Under the Patent Act’s Attorney Fees Provision

September 28, 2015

Patent law permits the award of legal fees to a “prevailing party” only in “exceptional cases.” A recent decision from Magistrate Judge Rau applying the Patent Act’s attorney fees provision reminds litigants that demonstrating a case is “exceptional” in only one part of the equation.

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Changes to Visa Bulletin Allow Many to File Early for Permanent Residence

September 11, 2015

The Department of State and USCIS announced jointly that certain individuals who are stuck in family and employment-based immigrant visa backlogs can start their immigrant visa paperwork or apply for adjustment of status before their priority dates become current.

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District Court in Octane Fitness Remand Awards Majority of Requested Attorneys’ Fees Under Section 285

September 11, 2015

In a lawsuit that redefined the standard for an exceptional case under 35 U.S.C. § 285, the District Court awarded defendant Octane Fitness $1,778,030 in fees and costs.

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Want to Preliminarily Enjoin the Sale of an Infringing Device? Be Prepared to Show the Value of Your Patent

September 3, 2015

The District Court of Minnesota denied a patent holder’s motion to preliminarily enjoin the sale of an infringing device.

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