Several states have legalized the recreational or medical use of marijuana and their treasuries are seeing the benefits. Wisconsin is not one of them, yet. Federal law still criminalizes use of marijuana. Lawyers representing marijuana-related businesses must navigate conflicting state and federal laws to help their clients operate legally and reach full commercial potential.
Individuals who contemplate misappropriating or stealing intellectual property, take heed: the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 significantly increases the potential costs and penalties of stealing trade secrets. Read how Wisconsin lawyers can use the Act to protect clients who own or use trade secrets.
Lawyers who practice “arts law” represent individuals and entertainment-industry businesses but also any business that uses visual images – and other types of creative works – on its products or as part of its marketing or advertising. This article identifies the key considerations for individuals who create art and businesses that buy, commission, or use visual images.
Intellectual property can be a significant element of a person’s estate, and for artists, that intellectual property likely will be copyright. For lawyers advising clients, identifying, and cataloging property consisting of copyright is particularly important – and challenging.
For players in the ever-expanding food and beverage market, health-related labels, the rise of craft breweries, and new food-safety laws require the assistance of savvy counsel. This article looks at food and beverage laws, giving a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that face this dynamic industry.
Wisconsin’s bioscience industry is booming, creating opportunity, not just for the scientists that conduct bench research, but for lawyers, too. Read how lawyers serving the biotech arena are making an impact, what they’re doing, and how they got to where they are. There are many entry points to the field, and you don’t have to be a scientist to participate.
June 18, 2014 – In this article, gain insight on so-called “patent trolls” as well as a new Wisconsin law that gives businesses and individuals more protection from threats or assertions that they are infringing a patent or pending patent.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
Wisconsin privacy law and intellectual property law protect against the use of an individual’s name for trade or advertising purposes. However, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Habush v. Cannon found that such protections did not prevent a law firm from using two competing attorneys’ names to generate advertising on Internet search engines.
May 15, 2013 – The Intellectual Property Law Section presents its Eighth Annual Door County IP Academy in Sturgeon Bay on July 18 and July 19. This year’s academy will feature world-renowned speakers, including chief judges, USPTO officials, leading in-house counselors, jury consultants, and IP subject matter experts, all presenting best-in-class IP CLE sessions.
Significant reforms to U.S. patent laws move from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-inventor-to-file" system, create new proceedings for challenging patents, and implement litigation reforms, with the goal of creating millions of jobs and securing the United States' position as an innovative-technology leader.
Sept. 21, 2011 – The America Invents Act, signed Sept. 16, marks the biggest change to the U.S. patent system since the 1950s. In this article, intellectual property attorney Michael Cronin discusses some of the major changes, including the move to a "first-to-file" approach.
Aug. 3, 2011 – In this video, employment law attorney Luis Arroyo discusses to what degree an employer can monitor an employee's electronic activity, how such information can be used when making employment-related decisions, and how the employer can protect its information from disclosure.
June 9, 2011 – What happens when privacy clashes with free speech? Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, talked about protecting reputations in a digital world - as well as other topics concerning privacy issues and employers - today at the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE's Real Estate and Business Law Institute.
Although we live in a time when people daily read, watch, listen to, and use a host of copyrighted works in a variety of forms and media, what constitutes legal use and exploitation is fundamentally misunderstood. Here, the author debunks 10 copyright myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings.
Lawyers do a lot of copying. Why charge a client to create a document from scratch when you can draw from many existing sources? In this video, available online with the June 2011 Wisconsin Lawyer, the authors clarify the basic principles of copyright infringement and plagiarism, and advocate for a flexible notion of plagiarism adapted to the needs of the institutions in which lawyers work.
After your death, will your family know how and where to access sentimental family heirlooms such as the generations of family photos you digitally scanned from well-thumbed originals? What about your online bank, credit card, investment and social media accounts?
May 6, 2009 – Last year’s rampant flooding in Wisconsin pointed out a need that this program is designed to meet. Attend an afternoon of free training from 12:30 to 4:10 p.m. on May 21 in Madison to educate lawyers about common legal issues faced by victims of a natural disaster. Hear legal services professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, as well as private practitioners discuss how disasters af
April 15, 2009 – The next time you plan to attend a State Bar seminar, you can add it to your electronic calendar when you register by using WisBar’s new “Add to My Calendar” feature. Once you have registered, click the “Add to My Calendar” hyperlink. You will receive an email notification of your event with instructions on how to save the event to your electronic calendar. The feature works for Outlook and Google users.
Apirl 15, 2009 – Did you know that the State Bar of Wisconsin is the official record keeper for agencies that regulate the practice of law in Wisconsin? That means, when your State Bar member record is out of date or incorrect, it affects more than just the Bar. It could affect communications from the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, Board of Bar Examiners, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.
April 15, 2009 – Today, our country is experiencing one of the most troubling economic periods since the Great Depression, and the legal profession is not immune from the effects. These difficult times make finding cost-effective ways to connect with paying clients more important than ever.
April 15, 2009 – The State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics and Answers series will be presented on April 22 in Platteville and June 17 in Pembine. Pembine program information is not yet available. Pembine is conveniently located about an hour and a half from Rhinelander, Green Bay, and Marinette, and about a half hour from Iron Mountain, Mich. Both seminars, presented in two sessions, will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 11:15 a.m.
March 18, 2009, – Today, our country is experiencing one of the most troubling economic periods since the Great Depression, and the legal profession is not immune from the effects. These difficult times make finding cost-effective resources to connect with paying clients more important than ever.
The use of blogs as a forum for online communication is gaining popularity and their content is gaining influence. Yet the structure and nature of blogs raise a litany of challenging legal issues, including ones involving defamation, privacy, and copyright law.
- Tips for the occasional patent researcher
There are many reasons why a lawyer would occasionally want to conduct patent research: to follow trends and patterns in key technology, to help a client test a business environment, to learn about corporate competition, or even to evaluate a job applicant. These tips help the occasional user locate patents online.