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- Utah BusinessJanuary 2015
Kirton McConkie intellectual property lawyer Nick Wells acknowledges most people don’t want to use lawyers, but most will need one at some point. He shares six important rules for building a solid client-attorney relationship and improving your overall experience. Click article title to read full article.
- San Jose Mercury NewsDecember 30, 2014
Kirton McConkie immigration attorney Jake Muklewicz poses his solutions to fixing the dysfunctional immigration system without massive reform in this letter to the editor. Click the title to read more.
- The HillDecember 17, 2014
Kirton McConkie attorney Shawn Gunnarson was interviewed for this article on the current situation since the U.S. government announced earlier this year that it would give up its historic oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the principal organization responsible for managing the Internet's domain name system (DNS). Click the title to read more.
- Utah BusinessNovember 2014
Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney Nick Wells writes about some cautionary tales in the crowdfunding space. Consider the risks, invest in professional advice when appropriate and take responsibility for making the project a success. Click the title to read the article.
- Utah Employment Law LetterOctober 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation lawyer Ryan Frazier states in this article that while theft is a legitimate reason for discharging an employee, it does not prevent the employee from initiating a lawsuit to test the limits of the at-will-employment doctrine. Click the article title to read.
- World Trademark ReviewOctober 14, 2014
Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney Nicholas Wells was interviewed for this article. To read more click the article headline. The USPTO’s statistics for the year to date report that just 2.6% of international trademark applications (Madrid) are approved upon first action, compared to 34.1% of applications via TEAS Plus and 17% by TEAS. For applicants this creates a number of challenges, and begs the question of whether the direct route to registration is a better option.
- Utah Employment Law LetterOctober 2014
Kirton McConkie immigration attorney Jake Muklewicz addresses the Muklewicz frustration over not getting enough skilled employees due to the artificial quotas Congress places on the H-1B visa category. One resolution he provides for employers is the TN Visa category. Click the title to read more.
- InsideCounselSeptember 17, 2014
Friend-of-the-court briefs offer an important, even an irreplaceable, means of shaping judicial decisions that will determine how many businesses establish and defend their intellectual property rights.
- InsideCounselSeptember 3, 2014
Parties should be aware that prosecution and litigation of patents in foreign jurisdictions may have an impact on the enforcement of their corresponding U.S. patent rights
- Utah Employment Law LetterAugust 2014
Kirton McConkie litigation attorney Brinton Wilkins outlines a case, which went to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. A terminated employee argued that his demotion was retaliatory and violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Click the article title to read.
- InsideCounselAugust 20, 2014
It is often desirable to seek an alternative to the litigation process. Mediation is a well-accepted means of dispute resolution and an alternative to litigation.
- InsideCounselAugust 6, 2014
Prevailing in a patent infringement action requires that the court understand the asserted patent claims the same way the plaintiff does. Courts come to this understanding through claim construction which takes place in the Markman hearing.
- InsideCounselJuly 23, 2014
If the claims are carefully construed, the accused product identified and analyzed, and the claims applied to the accused product, the plaintiff has an accurate road map for the litigation ahead. If any of these steps are missing or inadequate, the plaintiff can expects problems to arise rapidly.
- Utah Employment Law LetterJuly 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation lawyer Ryan Frazier writes about a case where a part-time debate coach was passed over when the position was made full-time. The coach felt she was the most qualified candidate and concluded the decision to hire a male coach was gender discrimination. Find out why the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Utah employers) concluded the hiring decision was devoid of discrimination. Click the article title to read more.
- Law360July 11, 2014
Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney Ken Horton was interviewed by Law360 about a patent licensing network created by Google and other entities as protection from patent trolls.
- InsideCounselJuly 9, 2014
Once an applicant has obtained a patent and has identified possible infringers in the marketplace, the question becomes what to do next. One of the most obvious steps is to contact the infringer by letter.
- You're hired! You're fired! Employers are totally boss when it comes to finding and keeping happy employeesUtah Valley Business QSummer 2014
Kirton McConkie employment attorney participated with other notable Utah County executives in a roundtable discussion hosted by Utah Valley Business Q. Get some inside information on the hiring and firing process. Click the title to read the article.
- CNN MoneyJune 26, 2014
Kirton McConkie tax and estate planning attorney Geoff Germane was interviewed by CNN in this article addressing how divorce doesn't put an end to your liability for joint debt accrued while you were married, even if the court rules your ex should pay it. Click the title to read the article.
- Utah Employment Law LetterJune 2014
Kirton McConkie employment lawyer Brinton Wilkins outlines the lessons learned in a Title VII discrimination case. Click on the title to read the article.
- Utah Employment Law LetterMay 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation attorney Ryan Frazier writes about a case in which an employee, in a retaliatory move, stole his former employer’s primary trade secret—its software product source code—and then freely handed it over to a major competitor.
- Law360April 30, 2014
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in a pair of cases that the Federal Circuit's standards for awarding attorneys' fees to prevailing parties in "unreasonable" patent infringement cases must be eased. Read Kirton McConkie intellectual property lawyer Ken Horton's response to Law360 on why the high court's decisions matter. Click title to read.
- E-Commerce TimesApril 25, 2014
Kirton McConkie technology lawyer David Shaw was interviewed for this E-Commerce Times article about net neutrality. "While barring unreasonable commercial behavior that can harm the Internet may sound like Net neutrality, it may have pernicious consequences for consumers. 'Effectively, what it does is invite litigation for the next decade about what is harm to the Internet,' said attorney David J. Shaw. While its effort is laudable, the FCC is ignoring the basic problem of supply and demand, he added."
- Utah Employment Law LetterApril 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation attorney Brinton Wilkins writes about a U.S. District Court for the District of Utah case where summary judgment was granted in favor of a county in a sexual harassment case filed by a court bailiff. The court found that given the law at issue—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—and the evidence the parties presented, there was no way the county could lose. Thus, the court did not hold a trial. The bailiff, however, appealed that decision, arguing that she found evidence that justified a trial. Read the article to find out more.
- LawDragonMarch 23, 2014
While there are not many attorneys who have been around for the whole Internet governance debate, R. Shawn Gunnarson of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of those people. He was interviewed by LawDragon about his views on ICANN and Internet, privacy issues and Internet law.
- Utah Employment Law LetterMarch 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation attorney Ryan Frazier discusses whether employment decisions should be based on objective or subjective factors. While purely subjective factors in employment decisions can be risky, a recent decision from the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals shows courts will not automatically infer unlawful discrimination based solely on subjective factors in employment decisions.
- Utah Employment Law LetterFebruary 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation lawyer Ryan Frazier outlines the possible impact of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upcoming ruling on same-sex marriage will have on the application of several employment laws and the affect it will have on the administration of employee benefits. This article analyzes the implications of the ruling in the employment context.
- Utah BusinessFebruary 2014
Kirton McConkie franchise attorney Lee Wright cautions business owners to thoroughly understand a business model before launching into expansion to avoid . What determines whether a business is a franchise or business opportunity depends on the nature of the relationship, not what the owner calls it. Avoid penalties and fines by setting your business up correctly.
- Technology Transfer TacticsJanuary 2014
Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney Ken Horton comments in this article on the potential risk to reputation universities face when deciding to commercialize and license intellectual property with patent assertion entities (PAE). See page 6 of the article.
- January 2014
Kirton McConkie employment litigation attorney Ryan Frazier discusses the potential for conflict between employee or applicant religious beliefs with workplace rules and employment practices. Find out more about a case before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to Utah employers).
- Utah Employment Law LetterDecember 2013
Kirton McConkie employment litigation lawyer Ryan Frazier addresses whether an employer’s liability for harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may depend on whether the alleged harasser is a supervisor or just another coworker.
- Utah BusinessDecember 2013
Kirton McConkie immigration attorneys Elaine Young and Jake Muklewicz address the errors some employers make by failing to meet the terms of the E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding or following the procedures in the various E-Verify and I-9 manuals.
- Utah Employment Law LetterNovember 2013
Kirton McConkie employment and litigation lawyer Brinton Wilkins addresses the role perception plays in discrimination claims. Read on to see how employers can find a measure of protection in their honestly held perceptions.
- CharterologyFall 2013
Kirton McConkie real estate and charter school attorney Joel Wright outlines Utah's Procurement Code as it pertains to charter schools. He addresses what school administrators need to know for various spending levels.
- Utah Employment Law LetterOctober 2013
Kirton McConkie employment litigation lawyer Brinton Wilkins discusses a case where a municipal police officer from Orem, Utah learned the hard way that even an understandable decision can mean termination. Read on to see how even municipal laws can play an important role in making sure employees toe the line.
- Utah Employment Law LetterSeptember 2013
Kirton McConkie employment attorney Lance Rich discusses a case involving the claims of a Hispanic female feather tester who alleged her employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) when, among other things, her hours were reduced and she was eventually terminated as part of a reduction in force (RIF).
- September 2013
Kirton McConkie estate planning attorney Geoff Germane discusses how the domestic Asset Protection Trust makes Utah attractive for asset protection and enhancement options like few other jurisdictions in the country. Most families and business owners want to enjoy their assets, but also want to control them, decide who else gets to enjoy them, protect them from creditors and predators, save them from as many taxes as possible, and even pass them along in some form or another to the next generation(s). Germane sums the new law up as having your cake and eating it, too.
- JAMS Dispute Resolution AlertSummer 2013
Kirton McConkie technology attorney R. Shawn Gunnarson is quoted in this article about the potential onslaught of domain name disputes as ICANN prepares to let 500 new top level domains go live.
- Utah Employment Law LetterAugust 2013
When originally passed, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not prohibit pregnancy-related discrimination. This changed when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was enacted as an amendment to Title VII in 1978. Unfortunately, female employees still struggle with perceived and real pregnancy discrimination. The issue becomes complicated when the employee works in a position with physical requirements that may be unrealistic for a pregnant woman—for example, as a police officer. Read the article to see how The City of Chandler, Oklahoma, addressed issues involving a pregnant police officer.
- Utah Employment Law LetterJuly 2013
According to Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. There are ways employers can blunt the force of Murphy’s Law by understanding their legal obligations. The article addresses how one employer made sure its actions complied with the law and avoided the pain caused by Murphy’s Law.
- Deseret NewsJune 25, 2013
Kirton McConkie adoption attorney Larry Jenkins was interviewed for this article on the recent Supreme Court case, which has been remanded to the lower court to determine if a child put up for adoption by the biological belongs with the white couple that had planned to adopt her or her biological father, who argued his rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
- Deseret NewsJune 19, 2013
Kirton McConkie adoption attorney David Hardy was interviewed for this article about the possibility of a putative registry to establish paternity so biological fathers who intend to help support and raise a child can preserve their rights.
- The Utah Employment Law LetterJune 2013
The case discussed in this article helps illustrate when an employee may have a justifiable belief that he has been the subject of race discrimination.
- May 2013
Utah lawmakers recently passed the Internet Employment Privacy Act (IEPA) prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose their passwords or user names for personal social media accounts. Employment attorney Darryl Lee outlines IEPA requirements, exceptions and violations.
- A Kirton McConkie publicationMay 1, 2013
Kirton McConkie's adoption law group outlines 12 things to consider in private or independent adoptions in Utah.
- Media One Law Day supplement in the Salt Lake TribuneApril 28, 2013
Kirton McConkie employment and business litigation attorney Ryan Frazier was interviewed for the special Law Day 2013 supplement.
- Inside CounselApril 26, 2013
Information security programs are mandatory for certain industries and most government agencies. It can bewilder in-house counsel to navigate the technical and administrative requirements. One framework is gaining acceptance as a best practice for information security programs: the SANS Institute’s Top 20 Critical Controls.
- Estate PlanningApril 2013
When "FLP" signifies "falling out of love with partnership," families should weigh their options and determine the most favorable approach to implement. Estate Planning lawyer Geoff Germane addresses the solutions families should consider when disenchanted with their family limited liability companies.
- Inside CounselApril 12, 2013
The transition from outside to inside counsel (or compliance officer) can be far more difficult than throwing out the billable hour. Focusing on three ingredients—people, process and technology—helps in-house counsel solve business problems in the corporate environment.
- Utah Employment Law LetterApril 2013
A female U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employee applied for a management position, but was not selected though she was arguably the most qualified applicant. Instead, the USFS broadened its search, eventually awarding the job to a man with different qualifications than the female USFS employee. Read on to find out whether a court allowed her claims to proceed to trial.
The Utah Employment Law Letter is edited by Kirton McConkie employment lawyer Darryl Lee and written by various firm employment and immigration attorneys.
- Inside CounselMarch 29, 2013
The introduction of a privacy program within an organization can sometimes cause tension with the information security function. These tensions arise out of the common goals and purposes shared between the two groups. This article addresses how in-house counsel can provide leadership to executives and prove instrumental in harmonizing the privacy and security programs within their organizations.
- Utah Valley Healthcare FoundationMarch 2013
Kirton McConkie Estate Planning attorney Geoff Germane outlines a few of the changes from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and what the changes mean to taxpayers.
- The Columbia Science and Technology Law ReviewMarch 23, 2013
Internet governance has long been troubled by an unresolved problem. Its dominant organization, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers (ICANN), suffers from inadequate accountability. The Board’s unconstrained powers present the issue of power beyond right, the quintessential problem for constitutional law. This article proposes to resolve ICANN’s longstanding predicament by describing a strategy to strengthen its accountability.
- Law360March 20, 2013
Kirton McConkie intellectual property lawyer Evan Witt was quoted in this Law360 roundup about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. The Supreme Court found that the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine was not limited by geography and applied equally to goods made both in the U.S. and abroad, reversing a victory for John Wiley & Sons Inc. in the textbook publisher's copyright suit against a man who resold foreign editions of its books.
- Law360March 20, 2013
Kirton McConkie intellectual property attorney Dax Anderson comments on the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc.'s infringement case involving the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine.
- Law360March 18, 2013
In what is turning out to be the year of immigration, Republicans and Democrats are finally coming to consensus on many of the major aspects of comprehensive immigration reform. Kirton McConkie immigration and tax lawyer Elaine Young helps employers understand how reform affects them and what changes may be on the horizon.
- Inside CounselMarch 15, 2013
Can we reasonably expect the custodians of our data to take the steps necessary to safeguard our information? Or is that hope a pipe dream? In this article, the authors walk in-house counsel through the current reality of data protection to help companies see the upside of protecting consumers’ personal data.