No More Fair Share Fees

On June 27, 2018, the United State Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, overruled its 1977 decision of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, and held that unions may not charge “agency fees” (known as “fair share fees”) to public employees who choose not to join the union. The Court found that payment of fair share fees by non-union members violates the First Amendment, which includes the right to be free from compulsion to engage in speech contrary to one’s beliefs. [More]

The Value of Design Patents

Design patents may provide an avenue to protect important and valuable intellectual property rights. Many products derive significant value from their visual appearance such as product design or ornamental features that can be protected via a design patent. [More]