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Friday Factoid – 5.31.13

The USPTO will register unique motions as a trademark or service mark. For example, Peabody Hotels owns a registered mark for the “live visual and motion elements of The Peabody Duck March…The motion elements include the red carpet being rolled out, the appearance of the ducks at the elevator door, and the march of the…

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The Weekly Scenario from Steve Shane – 5.28.13

Question:  My children are beneficiaries of one irrevocable trust set up years ago by my great aunt.  My brother is the Trustee.  Some of the trust provisions seem ill-conceived and my brother would like to amend the trust to permit each child’s share to be administered as a separate trust?  Can this be done? Answer: …

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Friday Factoid – 5.24.13

In 2012, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) obtained more U.S. patents than any other company, for the 20th year in a row.  IBM in 2012 obtained 6,478 patents, a record for the company.  IBM earns approximately $1 billion per annum in licensing revenue. Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-10/ibm-granted-most-u-s-patents-for-20th-straight-year.html  

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Read|Delete 5.22.13

Cool Tech Tool Card Munch –  a free app that scans business cards into Outlook contacts. http://www.cardmunch.com/

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The Weekly Scenario from Steve Shane – 5.20.13

Question:  What happens if a tax-exempt organization fails to file its annual tax return filing (Form 990)? Answer:  Since the IRS has been ‘in the news’ recently, I thought this question seemed timely.  An organization that holds itself out as tax-exempt because it has been granted tax exempt status by the IRS, must file Form…

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Friday Factoid – 5.17.13

For works of authorship created after 1978 that are not “made for hire,” the author has a limited right to terminate any transfer of rights in the work that he or she previously granted.  Such termination rights must be exercised 35 to 40 years after either the date of the transfer or the first publication…

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Read|Delete 5.15.13

“Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and ranked on  Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” Source:  Sheryl Sandburg, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lend,  Alfred E: Knopf, Random House, Inc. 2013.

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Friday Factoid – 5.10.13

Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer each earn $300,000 per episode for lending their famous voices to the iconic cartoon characters on The Simpsons, which amount is down from the $440,000 per episode that each of them made under their prior contract. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/07/idUS143713934720111007

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Read|Delete 5.06.13

“Don’t assume that only money makes people happy.” Source:  Ross McCammon, “Less is more: The Esquire guy serves up a lesson on what not to do,”  Entrepreneur, May 2013.

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