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personal property exchange
The President’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal Seeks to Modify Like-Kind Exchange Rules for All Real and Personal Property and Restrict Some Eligibility
The Internal Revenue Code requires sellers of investment or business property to pay taxes on any gains realized from sales of such property. However, Section 1031 of the IRC has provided an exception to the general rule. | What this means to personal property exchange.
Patent Claims
Design Patent Claim Construction Should Include All Elements, Even if Certain Elements Have Functional Purposes
The Federal Circuit opinion of Sport Dimension v. Coleman confirms that as long as the design is not primarily functional, "the design claim is not invalid, even if certain elements have functional purposes.” | What this means for design patent claims.
Transgender Employees
EEOC Weighs-In on Restroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a Fact Sheet regarding restroom access rights for transgender employees. Explaining that, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, restricting an employee’s access to restrooms that is not consistent with the employee’s gender identity constitutes unlawful sex discrimination. | Read more about this fact sheet.
reduce methane emissions
Control of Methane Air Emissions from Existing Oil and Gas Facilities: New Initiatives from EPA and Pennsylvania DEP
Following on the heels of its 2015 action to reduce emissions from new and modified sources in the oil and gas sector, the U.S. EPA described the steps they would be taking to reduce methane emissions. | Read more about these initiatives.
Trade Secrets
Defend Trade Secret Act of 2016 Impacts Employers
On May 11, the President signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), amending the existing Economic Espionage Act and impacting employers across the United States. | What does this act mean for employers?
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