A New Ruling May Have Implications for the Technology Owner and User

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The Supreme Court dealt a blow to patent law use by corporations, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business. Questions: 1. What was the name of the case and what did it deal with? 2. What is the practical question of the case in reference… Read more »

And the challenges go on……..

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According to the BBC, the Court of Appeal judges in London have denied Nestle’s attempts to trademark the shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar. Questions: 1. Which countries have granted Nestlé’s four-finger shape a trademark registration? 2. According to the article, why is it difficult to prove the case in U.K. courts? 3. Briefly… Read more »

Transparency Improved or Impeded?

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A little-noticed accounting change is coming down the pike that will have a major impact on business. According to the New York Times, this one has corporate executives up in arms — and scrambling to comply. Questions: 1. What is the title of the new FASB rule? 2. Which equity investments are affected? 3. How… Read more »

Puerto Rico is Bankrupt!

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Puerto Rico has been facing huge debts and population loss for some time. However, in a historic move that will likely trigger a fierce legal battle, the island territory declared bankruptcy. Questions: 1. According to the article, what were the main debts it listed in its filing? 2. How many jobs and what amount of… Read more »

Promises Kept? Buy American, Hire Americans?

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According to Lydia O’Neal with the International Business Times, President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order urging the U.S. to “buy American,” in part by encouraging the Departments of Commerce and State to prioritize American firms when they dole out lucrative contracts. Unfortunately, a report released last week found, that the direction may not… Read more »

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

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United Airlines, the Chicago-based giant at the center of a public relations storm for its forcible removal of a passenger from a weekend flight, has spent more than $41 million during the past decade to lobby the federal government, often battling consumer-friendly causes. Questions: 1. What were some of these consumer-friendly causes that United lobbied… Read more »

Pink Tax?

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The Pink Tax, so named because of the color of products directly marketed to girls and women, refers to the price difference for female-specific products compared with the gender-neutral goods or those marketed to men. Questions: 1. On average, how much more do women and girl’s products cost as compared to similar products for men… Read more »

Stop Working from Home

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Some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies are moving to bring their work-from-home employees back to the office. IBM is the latest example. Questions: 1. What percentage of U.S. workers do some or all work at home? 2. Why is the change being done? 3. Why does IBM have research on their side?… Read more »

During Trump Times

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According to the New York Times, the world currency that has gained the most since Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as president is the Mexican peso. Questions: 1. How much has the peso gained since the day that President Trump was inaugurated? 2. How much did the peso plunge on the day that President Trump was… Read more »

Detainees for Profit

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Libre, a for-profit company whose name means “free” in Spanish, is charging immigrants who sign contracts $420 per month for their freedom while wearing the company’s GPS devices. The company is now subject to a number of lawsuits and allegations of fraud by immigrants. Questions: 1. Do you think a company should be allowed to… Read more »