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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

Intellectual Property News and Stories

Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...more »

Entertainment Law
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Musical 'Marilyn' may not sing
NewsdayFebruary 6, 2012

TV Newsday > Entertainment > TV Musical 'Marilyn' may not sing Originally published: February 3, 2012 4:00 PM Updated: February 3, 2012 4:10 PM By LINDA WINER REASON TO WATCH It is hard to resist snappy, interesting theater ...more »

Cultural Institutions
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iShares 529 Plan Supports Music Education by Providing 200 Arkansas Symphony ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

"Cultural institutions like the ASO deserve our support, and young musicians and their families deserve to see where their careers can lead with the right dedication and access to higher education," said Raman Suri with BlackRock, the firm behind the ...more »

Patent Prosecution
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Patent wars continue as Apple sues Samsung
Kingpin Webmaster NewsFebruary 13, 2012

Bear in mind design patent laws are quite different from nation to nation. The very concept of a tablet PC could be challenged by Amazon as an infringement upon their Kindle, at least to the extent that a rectangular WiFi based backlit book reading ...more »

Artists' Alley, Gary Friedrich And Marvel's Spirit of Vengeance
ComicsAllianceFebruary 15, 2012

In other words he did what almost every comic creator does when they sell prints, sketches, art books, etc. based on their past work, even though they're not legally authorized to do so if that work depicts trademarked characters those artists do not ...more »


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