Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night . . . Will Stop the U.S. Postal Service from Stealing Its Contractor’s Trade Secrets?

It’s no secret that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been struggling financially for well over a decade. One means of combatting its struggles has been to contract with third-party resellers to market USPS services and drive customers to it. Indeed, just one of those resellers, Express One, delivered over $3 billion in revenue to the USPS in the past 12 months alone. Although the annual operating budget of the USPS is $77 billion, $3 billion is still real money—especially since the USPS suffered losses of $6.9 billion last year.

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Brigitte Garceau Designated Lawyer Emeritus

The title of Avocat émérite — Lawyer Emeritus — is one of the most prestigious distinctions that the Bar of Québec can give. It is awarded to members who stand out for their outstanding career, their exceptional contribution to the profession and their remarkable engagement in their community.

Therefore, RSS is both very happy and exceptionally proud to announce that Brigitte Garceau, Ad. E., is one of the nine members selected by the Bar to receive this title in 2022.

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Unpacking Averages: Using Natural Language Processing to Extract Quality Information from MDRs

Over the spring and summer, I did a series of posts on extracting quality information from FDA enforcement initiatives like warning letters, recalls, and inspections.  But obviously FDA enforcement actions are not the only potential sources of quality data that FDA maintains.  FDA has what is now a massive data set on Medical Device Reports (or “MDRs”) that can be mined for quality data.  Medical device companies can, in effect, learn from the experiences of their competitors about what types of things can go wrong with medical devices.

The problem, of course, is that the interesting data in MDRs is in what a data scientist would call unstructured data, in this case English language text describing a product problem, where the information or insights cannot be easily extracted given the sheer volume of the reports.  In calendar year 2021, for example, FDA received almost 2 million MDRs.  It just isn’t feasible for a human to read all of them.

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ILN Today Post

Use of the e-address is mandatory from 1 January 2023

Latvia: Latvian companies, branches, associations, foundations registered in the Republic of Latvia, and other entities registered in the registers of the Enterprise Register need to immediately activate the official electronic address (e-address).

What is an e-address? 

The official electronic address is a digital mailbox for communication between public administration institutions and individuals. One can receive and send letters, applications, documents, and request (often also receive) services there.

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Llinks Legal Alert – Labor & Employment Law (September 2022)

Llinks Legal Alerts focus on cutting-edge labor law topics and brings you most updated legislation trend. Please stay tuned with us.

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Managing Partner Chip Connolly Appointed Chair of Delaware’s Judicial Nominating Commission

Wilmington, DE – September 29, 2022 – Governor John C. Carney, Jr. recently appointed Connolly Gallagher Managing Partner Arthur G. (“Chip”) Connolly, III as Chair of the Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission, the body charged with assisting governors with the appointment of judges to each of the State’s constitutional courts. The goal of the Commission is to ensure a bipartisan judiciary composed of judges of high integrity, independence, and excellent legal ability. Mr. Connolly had previously served as Vice Chair of the Commission, and was appointed to the Chairmanship following the retirement of former Chairman William W. Bowser.

The post Managing Partner Chip Connolly Appointed Chair of Delaware’s Judicial Nominating Commission appeared first on Connolly Gallagher, LLP.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Rafael Salaberren Dupont, SyLS

Rafael Salaberren Dupont is a founding partner of SyLS in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is also a member firm of the ILN. In this episode, Lindsay and Rafael discuss the transition between starting a firm and its succession, the true role of a lawyer and their client, and the difference between Latin American law firms and law firms in other regions.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

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Full Of Sound And Query, Signifying Something: Recent Noise Over Acoustic Trademarks

Leo the Lion has been the most regular star of MGM Pictures since it was founded on this day in 1924, and his roar is probably the sound most commonly associated with the studio.

–Kat Eschner, The Story of Hollywood’s Most Famous Lion (2017)

 

There’s no roar quite like a Nittany Lion’s!

–Penn State Football @PennStateFball on 12/7/2020

So, there you go— Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Pennsylvania State University are two different entities each associated with a distinctive roar connected to their institution.  They are marketed through different, yet related, channels of trade (sports and entertainment, which were melded together as ESPN’s original name). The MGM roar and the Nittany Lion roar are certainly not identical, but they might be considered confusingly similar, should one ever need to distinguish or compare them. (I am unaware of any reported comparison, but I did find the latter compared to a toilet flushing and have seen the former’s trademark suffer indignities at times too).  I start with MGM and Penn State, not because MGM’s registered trademark and Penn State’s common law one are at odds, but because they are two well-known acoustic, or sound (or auditory), marks that can help us understand those sounding off recently about such non-traditional trademarks.  That noise includes this one, which is “the sound made by a drinks can being opened, followed by a silence of approximately one second and a fizzing sound lasting approximately nine seconds,” according to Ardagh Metal Beverage Holdings Gmbh & Co. Kg v. European Union Intellectual Property Office, T-668/19.  The uproar also includes numerous articles by diverse scholars and various bloggers expressing a renewed interest in sound marks in many countries.

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Video: Pay Range Disclosure Laws Spread Across New York and New Jersey – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesdayThis week, we look at a range of pay disclosure requirements that have come into effect in New York and New Jersey in the second half of 2022.

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Lawyers: Shake up Your Networking with these Four Tips

It’s almost the final quarter of the year and everyone I know has been swamped with work – which means you’re probably not thinking too much about where your next matter or case is coming from. We all know that’s the PERFECT time to be thinking about networking and business development!

Sorry, folks, I know it’s the last thing on your mind.

But, consider these four tips to shake things up and see what falls out of your networking tree – apologies, it’s fall and I can’t resist a good metaphor.

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