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Minneapolis company sues competitor for stealing trade secrets

Many Twin Cities companies protect their rights to unique products, technologies, and services by registering trademarks, filing patents and obtaining copyrights. Companies also may ask their employees to sign non-compete agreements in order to protect a business from being undermined by competitors. In some cases, even when a company has all of the proper copyright and trade secret protections in place, a competitor may still find a way to illegally slant the playing field.

Boston Scientific sued for settling patent issues with St. Judes

A patent-licensing company has sued Boston Scientific Corp. over a reported secret settlement agreement Boston Scientific reached with Twin Cities-based St. Jude Medical Inc. According to a news report, the patent firm Mirowski Family Ventures - owned by the family of the man who invented the pacemaker - is accusing Boston Scientific of breaching a contract, and engaging in unjust enrichment and constructive fraud due to its deal with St. Jude.

What does harassment ruling mean for Twin Cities business owners?

Business owners here in the Twin Cities may have heard that earlier this month the Supreme Court issued a ruling that may limit employer liability in harassment cases. Employers should be aware that, in spite of this ruling, their obligations to prevent and put a stop to sexual harassment, and other types of harassment, remain about the same.

9-year battle over control of family business comes to end

Building a successful family business and passing it down to one's heirs is the dream of many Minnesotans. Unfortunately, even those who are successful in step one of this process can fail to prepare for the complications that might arise in step two. When a business owner transfers a family business to adult children, there is much that can go terribly wrong.

Entrepreneurs and the role of passion in business formation

In American public life, politicians who agree on little else both acknowledge that the role of entrepreneurs and small businesses is crucial to us all. For the U.S. to regain its economic vitality - and create jobs that will help heal the scars of the Great Recession - dynamic companies must emerge to drive the next waves of innovation.

Candy Dispute Filed in Minneapolis Raises Branding Issues

In a segment of the economy that relies heavily on branded products, it is vital to establish and enforce copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights. It can take years to build a successful brand, and disputes often arise when another company seems to be copying the packaging or other attributes of an established product.

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