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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

John Keith Miller
Oak RidgerFebruary 1, 2012

In November 2011, he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past 20 years. John Keith Miller, 84, ...more »

Intellectual Property News and Stories

DuPont trade-secret award helps drive record verdict growth
The News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Lawsuits by DuPont Co. and St. Jude Medical Inc. to protect trade secrets helped account for the largest increase in US history last year in the size of intellectual-property jury awards. The 10 biggest intellectual-property verdicts, including six ...more »

Entertainment Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Cultural Institutions
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Romney: Obama Forcing Religious Institutions To Distribute 'Abortive Pills'
CBS LocalFebruary 7, 2012

Romney, who previously supported abortion rights, has struggled to convince some cultural conservatives that he's conservative enough. And rival Rick Santorum hopes to use those voters to score strong finishes in Colorado and Minnesota on Tuesday.more »

Patent Prosecution
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Patent Software Company Wins Startup Competition
Inside INdiana Business (press release)February 4, 2012

During the course of PatentStatus' development, the team had input from local patent attorneys from some of Indianapolis' most prestigious IP practices including Barnes & Thornburg, Faegre Baker Daniels, Bingham Greenebaum & Doll, Taft Law and Brannon ...more »

Patent Office: big fees would help clear backlog
PoliticoFebruary 9, 2012

In the first test of the fee-setting authority that was at the heart of the debate over the America Invents Act, the US Patent and Trademark Office proposed substantial increases in fees for its services this week. “We take this responsibility very ...more »

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