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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

Intellectual Property News and Stories

inovia Agents Rank Among the Top Patent Firms in MIP's 2012 Survey
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 9, 2012

NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--inovia, the leading foreign filing platform provider, announced today the inclusion of many of its agents in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's “Patent Survey 2012” rankings, demonstrating inovia's ...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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A work of art for East Harlem
Crain's New York BusinessFebruary 5, 2012

By Miriam Kreinin Souccar @miriamsouccar East Harlem is on its way to getting a $50 million building with affordable housing for artists and space for cultural institutions. The project—by Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer of artist ...more »

Patent Prosecution
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US House introduces bill to reduce OEM parts patent protection
FenderBenderFebruary 3, 2012

The proposed House bill, known as the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act, would amend title 35 of the current US design patent law. The amendment would reduce the time period when auto manufacturers are able to enforce design ...more »

Patent trolls in our midst
CSO MagazineFebruary 6, 2012

Unfortunately, the very protections afforded by the federal government--patents, copyrights and trademarks--are now often used as weapons by companies that exist only for the purpose of shaking down other companies for licensing fees.more »

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