Key Word Advertising Using Trademarked Terms - Fair or Foul?

Steven Wilker discusses the use of trademarked terms as key word triggers in internet advertising for the Spring 2008 edition of the Oregon Intellectual Property Newsletter.
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Risks From Global Warming -- Should Investors Know?

Partner Jeffrey Cronn is interviewed by the Portland Business Journal.
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Electronic Devices Strain Firms' Security Measures

Intellectual Property Group Chair Paula Holm Jensen is quoted in an article that appeared in the Portland Business Journal Friday, October 26, 2007.
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Tonkon Torp Hosts Meet and Greets With Political Leaders

On October 8, 2007, the firm's Government Relations and Public Policy Group hosted the fourth event in its series of Meet and Greets with Oregon political leaders. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Clackamas County Chair Martha Schrader joined 30…
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Current Commentary: Keeping High Standards

This article appeared on August 27, 2007 in the online issue of nwcurrent (http://www.nwcurrent.com/policy/10036611.html).
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Think Twice Before Accepting an Assignment of Insurance Rights - Anti-Assignment Provisions may be Enforced in Oregon

The Oregon Supreme Court recently found in Holloway v. Republic Indemnity Company of America that a standard anti-assignment provision in a liability insurance policy barred an insured from assigning policy rights after a loss. This decision is a…
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Nonprofit Executive Compensation

Nonprofit executive compensation has made headlines in Oregon and nationwide. Am I correct in believing that this has become a hot button issue with regulators? (Reprinted with permission from the Oregon Society of CPAs.)
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NIKE, Inc. Selects Tonkon Torp as a Go-To Law Firm

NIKE, Inc. has chosen Tonkon Torp as one of their top law firms in the recent ALM Directory of Go-To Law Firms.
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U.S. Supreme Court Broadens Employer Liability for Retaliation

The Supreme Court has now spoken on what kind of conduct an employer must engage in and how harmful that conduct must be for the employer to be liable for retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Medical Marijuana Victory in Oregon Supreme Court

Let's say you are an employer with an employee whose sleep is disturbed each night by leg spasms. The employee smokes medical marijuana every night before he goes to bed.
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H-1B Numbers Dwindle

H-1B numbers will soon be depleted according to figures recently released by the government. Once depleted, H-1B numbers will not become available until October 1, 2007.
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When Should a Board Appoint a Special Committee?

The proper use and operation of a special committee can protect decisions of public and private companies from challenge and insulate individual directors from personal liability.
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Reefer Madness at the Court of Appeals

Among the challenging issues for Oregon courts in the last decade is the question of whether, and to what extent, employers must accommodate employees who are legally using marijuana for disabling medical conditions.
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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Pay Issues Regarding Special Safety Gear

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has clarified the definition of a compensable work day for employees required to wear special safety gear.
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Marion County Court Invalidates Measure 37

Oregon's Measure 37 has been at the center of controversy since being passed by voters in 2004. Recently, Measure 37 was ruled unconstitutional by the Marion County Circuit Court. This article provides a brief update regarding these developments.
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Annual Report Review and Tune-Up

Since the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the SEC has paid particular attention to the MD&A section of each public company's Annual Report. This article discusses the SEC guidelines for tuning up your MD&A section.
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Chinese Premerger Notification Requirements

While the People's Republic of China continues its halting steps toward robust merger control legislation, many foreign investors and companies are not aware that current PRC premerger notification regulations may require notification of and approval…
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Protecting and Leveraging Your Intellectual Property

Building a solid intellectual property foundation is just as important as generating capital or seeking investors. This article outlines simple steps that can help you establish and maintain a sound intellectual property foundation for your business…
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Collision of Medical Marijuana and Oregon Disability Laws Leaves Employers in Limbo

Among the challenging human resource issues for Oregon employers in the last decade is the question of how to handle employees who are legally using marijuana. Must employers accommodate medical marijuana use?
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Buyer and Lender Beware: Financing Measure 37 Property

Eight months after taking effect, Measure 37 still triggers more questions than answers. One of the most significant unresolved question is whether waivers of land use regulations are transferable. This article explores the issue of waiver…
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