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When entitlement to leave lapses under EU law – a neverending story?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Under German law, the statutory minimum entitlement to leave is four weeks per year. However, six weeks' paid annual leave is often agreed under collective bargaining agreements or in employment contracts. For example, if an employee is unable to work ...more »

Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Intellectual Property News and Stories

Microsoft, Facebook, Ericsson, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp., the largest software maker, said it would be “fair and reasonable” in ...more »

Entertainment Law
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Christine Heathman of Glymed Plus Takes Stand Against Bullying
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012

Raffles Entertainment releases statement on behalf of Christine Heathman and the Stop Bullying Now campaign. The passion behind my commitment to support the anti-bullying campaign "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil" stem from my own raw bullying ...more »

Cultural Institutions
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Days of Culture Celje, Slovenia
Guide2SloveniaFebruary 2, 2012

This year's events is aimed at learning about the program offers a truly diverse Celje cultural institutions, with emphasis on the gallery and museum offer. Free off charge you can see the Old Castle of Celje on 8 th Day February and 12 February ...more »

Patent Prosecution
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Murphy: Englewood snow shovel inventor couldn't push aside patent backlog
Denver PostFebruary 6, 2012

Burke is a real-life advertisement for the America Invents Act, a bipartisan piece of common-sense legislation signed into law in September by President Barack Obama. The act, four Congresses in the making, streamlines the process for seeking a patent.more »

Business Owners Adjusting to Patent System Overhaul
New York TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The most sweeping patent system changes in more than 50 years became law in September with enactment of the America Invents Act, which the White House has said will help turn inventions into businesses faster. Entrepreneurs and small-business owners ...more »


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