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Copyright: Continuation of sublicense upon termination of main license

If the owner of a main license sublicensed the relevant copyright exploitation right, which was granted to him in a license agreement entered into with the licensor, the sublicense can continue even if the main license got terminated. However the main licensor then has a claim against the main licensee for cessation of the right to royalty payments from the sublicensee. The decision of the German Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) of 19.07.2012

PL: Insolvency proceedings as means to maximize the chances of investors in ponz …

Recent events show that despite the rise of the Polish economy and the strengthening of capitalism, citizens are still susceptible to manipulations and fraud of various kinds by dishonest companies. You don’t have to look hard for corresponding examples. On 05.09.2012, the district prosecutor’s office in Gdansk has revealed that investors, damaged by the company Amber Gold, have meanwhile reported claims in the total extent of almost 274 Million PLN.

ESP: Current legal issues

Recent legislative approvals: measures for budgetary stability and competitiveness. After several quarters of slow recovery, the Spanish economy became intensely vulnerable to deterioration in the euro zone and plunged back into recession during 2011. Through the R.D. Law 20/2012, July 13, (B.O.E. 14/07/2012), relating to measures to guarantee the budgetary stability and promote the competitiveness, the Central Government seeks to recover the path of stable economic growth in Spain. Among the measures

Germany: Surprising clauses on remuneration for entry into online business direc …

By judgment of the 26.07.2012 (Case No. VII ZR 262/11), the German Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) ruled: “If a service (here basic entry into a business directory on the Internet) is offered in a big quantity of cases free of charge, a remuneration clause, which is included in the overall picture of an application form in a typical graphical unobtrusive design, is not to be expected by the contractual partner and

Germany: Change of Construction Product Act

On the 12.07.2012, the German Government has brought the draft German Construction Product Act and further necessary amendments with regard to the EU regulation (305/2011) laying down harmonized conditions for the marketing of construction product, on its way. The EU regulation on construction products provides for a legal framework for marketing and CE marking of construction products and replaces the directive on construction products (89/106/EEC) with effect as of 01.07.2013.

ECJ: The cross-border transformation of a company must be treated like a domesti …

By judgment of the 12.07.2012 (Case No. C-378/10), the European Court of Justice held that if a member state provides for the possibility of a transformation of a domestic company, such a possibility must also be granted to companies founded in other member states. The decision is based on the following facts: A company founded in the year 2000 in Italy and registered with the commercial register of Rome (VALE Costruzioni

Copyright: Marketing of used licenses is permissible also through software downl …

Software licenses that give the purchaser an unlimited right of use of the program that he downloaded from the internet, are to be treated like software programs that are distributed on CD-Rom or DVD. This means that a selling-on of used licenses is permissible, if it is ensured that the license is sold consistently and has been rendered useless on the computer of the primary customer. The European Court of

Gardere Welcomes Prominent Tax Attorney James Howard

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of James Howard, formerly of Locke Lord LLP, as a partner in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Howard’s practice will focus on international and business tax, securities, and finance. As a member of Gardere’s Tax Practice Group, Mr. Howard will provide the full range of international and domestic tax services to clients in the oilfield service, private equity, and

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps With Pro Se Divorce Clinic In Charleston SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with a Pro Se Divorce Clinic sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Foundation and South Carolina Legal Services on Saturday August 25th 2012 in North Charleston, SC. The goal of the pro se divorce clinic is to help prepare people to represent themselves in family court while obtaining a simple divorce. A simple divorce is usually one

Sarasota, Florida Attorney & CPA Jo Ann Koontz Named Co-Chair of Bar Association …

SARASOTA, FL – Attorney and Certified Public Accountant Jo Ann Koontz has been named co-chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association (SCBA) Real Property Steering Committee, along with attorney Michael J. Belle. The Committee focuses on issues of interest to real estate law practitioners through luncheon meetings and seminars. The SCBA is a voluntary organization of lawyers and judges who practice law and administer the judicial system in Sarasota County. Its

Dallas’ Deborah Hankinson Named Among Top Appellate Attorneys in U.S.

DALLAS – Dallas appellate lawyer and mediator Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has been named one of the nation’s leading appellate attorneys in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Appellate. Benchmark Appellate, published by London-based Legal Media Group, is a compilation of the nation’s go-to appeals lawyers. Honorees are rigorously screened by the publication’s editorial team, which conducts extensive face-to-face interviews with judges, leading appellate lawyers and general counsels of Fortune 500

Victor Pasternack and Matthew Funk Named to Executive Board of New York State Tr …

We are proud to announce that our own Victor Pasternack and Matthew Funk have been named to the Executive Board of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). The NYSTLA is a 55 year-old trade association with over 4,600 members. The mission of the New York State Trial Lawyers is “To promote a safer and healthier society, to assure access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully

Thompson & Knight Opens LA Office

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Los Angeles, California. The Firm has landed noted litigator Bruce J. Zabarauskas, who joins Thompson & Knight Partner, Shelly A. Youree, to launch operations. Opening October 1, 2012, the new office will be located in Century City at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 950, Los Angeles, California 90067. “The opening

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Makes Appearance On Radio Show In Charleston SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina made an appearance on the MOD Love Radio on Thursday August 23rd 2012 in Charleston, SC. The MOD Love Radio is an internet radio show that is on the Kinetic HiFi radio network and broadcasts worldwide from Charleston, SC. The radio show is hosted by Jodi Riley and Glenn Cohen and focuses on and discusses issues dealing with

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell’s Brian Baggot Appointed To Important Florida Supreme …

The Florida Supreme Court appointed Brian J. Baggot, a partner in the Tampa office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, to the Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. The Committee is charged with drafting updated civil jury instructions based on changes in Florida law or new opinions issued by Florida District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, or the U.S. Supreme Court. The Committee meets

Dallas Attorney Charla Aldous Named One of Texas’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas litigator Charla Aldous has been invited to join The National Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only professional organization composed of the premier civil plaintiff and criminal defense trial lawyers from across the country. Membership in The National Trial Lawyers is limited to the top 100 trial attorneys in each state. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, and their stature and profile in

Ten Thompson & Knight Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that ten Firm attorneys are being recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and communities by The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers® is widely regarded as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Selections are based on a rigorous evaluation process in

Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 50 “Texas Super Lawyers”

Fifty Jackson Walker attorneys were selected as 2012 “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters. The list will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Each year, only five percent of lawyers in Texas are named “Super Lawyers.” “Super Lawyers” are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a research team that evaluates the nominees based on professional accomplishments, peer recognition, and community involvement. Congratulations to the following

Thompson & Knight Expands Corporate, Real Estate, and Trial Practice Groups

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of five associates in the Firm’s Dallas and Fort Worth offices. Dallas Steven Bartz joins the Firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, other corporate transactions, and corporate governance matters. He earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006 and an A.B. in Economics, with

Thompson & Knight Expands IP Practice with Addition of Jennifer Sickler

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer S. Sickler has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Houston. “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to Thompson & Knight,” says Jane Politz Brandt, Co-Chair of the Firm’s IP Practice Group. “Her expertise across a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters strongly complements our Firm’s capabilities and will be

Texas Super Lawyers Honors Four from Dallas’ The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson …

Firm founder Frank L. Branson featured among Top 3 attorneys in Texas DALLAS – The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas is proud to announce that four firm attorneys have earned repeat honors on the Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys in Texas, including firm founder Frank L. Branson, who has been named among the Top 3 lawyers in Texas based on peer recommendations. As Texas Super

'Homeland Security to evade the heaviest US cuts, reaching $206.01bn in 2012' sa …

LONDON, UK. 19th July, 2012: Visiongain’s analysis indicates that the global Homeland Security market, in terms of government spending, will reach a value of $206.01bn over 2012. Visiongain’s latest report, The Homeland Security Market 2012-2022, finds that investment will continue in what is an essential area for all nations, with Homeland defence becoming a greater priority than military spending for some nations. The visiongain author of the Homeland Security Market 2012-2022

The Catholic Church and the divorced and remarried

A Bielefeld theologian opened an ecumenical view of the Orthodox Church and from there he opened prospects for a current controversial issue in the Catholic Church Almost 20 years after the pastoral letter of the bishops of the Oberrheinischen Kirchenprovinz "Zur seelsorglichen Begleitung von Menschen aus zerbrochenen Ehen, Geschiedenen und Wiederverheirateten Geschiedenen" since May 2012, this explosive topic is discussed in Germany not only from the "usual church critics", but rather

Big Screen Politics 2012: Political Film Classics at the Adelphi University Perf …

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) and the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development bring you this film series showcasing a variety of political-themed movies this Presidential election season. From comedy, drama, and thriller, the selected films feature all-star casts that don’t disappoint. All screenings are free and are shown in the AUPAC Concert Hall on the brand new high definition 30-foot screen with surround sound. A post

Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2013

Seventy-two Jackson Walker attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become widely regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice

Gardere Partner Shannon McClendon Appointed to State Appraiser Licensing Board

AUSTIN – Shannon K. McClendon, partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to a second term on the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board. The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) was established by the Texas Legislature in 1991 to license, certify, and regulate real estate appraisers in Texas under state and federal laws. TALCB exists to safeguard the public interest

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Students Get School Supplies At First Day Festival I …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with the First Day Festival at the Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center In Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday August 19th 2012. The First Day Festival is an event to give away free book bags and school supplies to students in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Charleston, SC area. The

EvannsCollectionLaw Launches - California Judgment Collection Services

Evanns Collection Law Firm announce the creation of their new website at for clients needing quick and aggressive assistance in judgment enforcement by a court order. is the leading California judgment collection law firm and can often get results on your case in a matter of days. As a former collection company owner and attorney, Richard O. Evanns of Evanns Collection Law has the education and experience needed to

Hawaii Evidence Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference - Summit Legal Publishing’s New …

Summit Legal Publishing is pleased to announce the release of "Hawaii Evidence Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference 2012”. Containing the full text of the Hawaii Evidence Rules and the restyled and traditional Federal Rules of Evidence with the official commentary detailing the changes in the restyled rules, this volume is designed to serve as a highly portable and extremely accessible reference for the evidence rules. The new "restyled" Federal Rules of Evidence

Attorneys from Houston’s AZA Law Firm Honored by Texas Super Lawyers

HOUSTON – Six attorneys from the complex litigation and intellectual property law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have earned spots on the 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys, including appearances in the Top 100 in Texas and Top 100 in Houston lists for name partners Joseph Ahmad and John Zavitsanos. Mr. Ahmad and Mr. Zavitsanos have both earned the highest possible AV

German artist Christophe Didillon donates US-President Obama vast portrait colla …

Head-high Portrait picture of US-President Barack Obama, made from thousands of single photos of car registration plates of all states in the USA Christophe Didillon (40) is a many-sided artist: if he does not paint, he travels through the world, appears sometimes dressed up as a Spiderman on the film festival in Cannes and collects donation money for children suffering from cancer; sometimes he takes photos of the long hair of

Dallas’ Barry Sorrels Honored Among State’s Top White-Collar, Criminal Defense A …

Sorrels among select group to earn 10th selection to exclusive top lawyers list DALLAS – The Dallas-based trial and appellate law firm Sorrels, Udashen & Anton is proud to announce that noted white-collar and criminal defense specialist Barry Sorrels again has earned a place on the Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys. As Texas Super Lawyers recognizes its 10th anniversary, Mr. Sorrels is among a select group of attorneys

Dallas Trial Lawyer Don Godwin Named to Best Lawyers in America 2013

DALLAS –Trial lawyer Don Godwin, founder of Dallas-based Godwin Ronquillo PC, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers, which is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence, honored Mr. Godwin for his tireless work for clients in Commercial Litigation matters. This year marks his second consecutive selection to the exclusive list. Earlier this

Texas Super Lawyers Honors Four from Austin’s Howry, Breen & Herman

Experienced courtroom lawyers earn repeat recognition in exclusive listing DALLAS – Austin-based commercial litigation and trial law firm Howry, Breen & Herman LLP is proud to announce that firm attorneys Randy Howry, Sean Breen, Timothy Herman and Glen Wilkerson again have earned selection to the Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys. The 2012 Texas Super Lawyers honors represent the latest accolades for the firm’s trial team, which has built

Dallas Jury Delivers Win for King Consolidated in Employment Dispute

DALLAS – A Dallas County jury on Sept. 5 unanimously delivered a take-nothing verdict in favor of Dallas based oil and gas company King Consolidated Inc. in a dispute over a former employee’s claim to a $250,000 bonus. The jury in Judge Martin Lowy’s 101st District Court ruled in favor of King Consolidated in Tim Register v. King Consolidated, No. 11-06355E. King Consolidated was represented by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP partner

Godwin Ronquillo Attorneys Honored on 10th Annual Texas Super Lawyers List

DALLAS – The prominent Texas trial and appellate law firm Godwin Ronquillo PC is pleased to announce that seven shareholders from the firm’s Dallas, Houston and Plano offices have earned recognition on the 2012 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Firm Chairman and CEO Donald E. Godwin, as well as President and Public Law Section Chair Marcos G. Ronquillo, are being honored for the 10th consecutive year for their Business Litigation work. Additionally,

Texas Court Orders Longview Energy Directors Huff, D’Angelo to Return Rights, Pr …

DALLAS – In a court judgment believed to be the largest ever involving the Eagle Ford Shale, Judge Amado Abascal of the 365th Judicial District Court in Zavala County has assigned all rights to approximately 46,000 leasehold acres, valued at more than $500 million, to Dallas-based Longview Energy Company. In June, jurors in Longview Energy Company v. The Huff Energy Fund L.P., WRH Energy Partners, LLC, Riley-Huff Energy Group LLC,

Texas Super Lawyers recognizes 49 Gardere Attorneys

DALLAS/HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that 49 Firm attorneys representing 21 separate practice areas have been named to the 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list. Twenty Gardere attorneys earned their 10th consecutive selections to the Texas Super Lawyers list, appearing every year since the list was first published in 2003. They are Allen B. Craig III, Curtis L. Frisbie Jr., Kenneth R. Glaser, Lawrence B. Goldstein, Thomas

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Thomas L. Friedman Discusses “The Future of the Am …

Internationally renowned reporter, journalist, and author Thomas L. Friedman will come to Adelphi University on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. to speak on “The Future of the American Dream” in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. Friedman, the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem

Christopher Ezold Advocates Close Examination of the Upcoming Quarterly 401(k) R …

Philadelphia, PA - If that 401(k) retirement fund that you pay into each pay period is not growing as fast as you like, it might be because of hidden fees no one really explained to you. New rules will require disclosure of those hidden fees, which can add up to sizeable figures, especially in light of the 72 million Americans who participate in 401(K) type retirement plans. "This rule provides

Summit Legal Publishing Announces Expanded Ebook Availability

Summit Legal Publishing is pleased to announce expanded ebook availability for our growing line of legal products. All titles are now available in iTunes for Apple users, as a NOOK Book on Barnes & Noble, as a Kindle edition on Amazon, in epub for Adobe Digital Editions format on and in PDFs on Summit Legal Publishing’s website. With attorneys, staff, judges and court personnel working more often from mobile devices,

What Is Wrong With All Religions

Summary: All religious philosophies have certain deficiencies in common such as supernatural world view, relying upon faith and belief as opposed to reason and stubborn in their refusal to evolve. Yet they have served useful purpose to mankind and continue to do so. This is primarily because of their holistic character. Therefore they can’t be summarily dismissed either. Einstein in his address at Princeton Theological Seminary, May 19, 1939 commented about

Innova Biosciences Recruits International Licensing Manager

Innova Biosciences Limited is pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Lane has joined the company as International Licensing Manager. Lincolnshire, UK, Spetember 05, 2012 - Innova Biosciences Limited (Cambridge, UK) is pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Lane has joined the company as International Licensing Manager. Andrew brings a wealth of experience having worked in the Biotech industry for more than 18 years. He has negotiated over 200 license and supply agreements

agentto: citizen helps citizen, install a security central on smartphones

Brazil/Europe: An app that installs a security central on your smartphone for real-time alarms. You as a user can invite your dearest people to join your trusted-network (max. 12 persons) who will receive your alert when you are pushing the panic-button on your smartphone. Your friends will see with the alarm your position on a geographical map, the kind of alert you started and they will follow the history and

Illinois Evidence Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference, Now Available From Summit Le …

With the release of Illinois Evidence Rules, Courtroom Quick Reference, attorneys in Illinois have a new legal reference book that can be used in the courtroom, chambers, office or at home. This book contains the complete Illinois Rules of Evidence, effective January 1, 2012 (and current with all 2012 amendments), the Federal Rules of Evidence, effective December 1, 2011, and the Traditional Federal Rules of Evidence, effective through November 30,

Best Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 52 Gardere Attorneys

AUSTIN/DALLAS/HOUSTON – Fifty-two lawyers from the Austin, Dallas and Houston offices of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013, published by Woodward/White Inc. The Gardere attorneys from the Austin office are Edward D. Burbach, who earned selection based on his work in Administrative/Regulatory Law, and Mark Vane, who earned high marks for his Government Relations Practice. The honorees from the

Jackson Walker Welcomes Daniel Nossa

Daniel Nossa joins the Energy practice and the Derivatives group in the Houston office at Jackson Walker. Mr. Nossa represents issuers, underwriters, and derivative counterparties on an array of derivative and structured finance products. He provides regulatory advice to derivative dealers and end users in the energy industry. Mr. Nossa advises numerous private and public companies in negotiating the transaction and credit support documentation related to credit, commodity, equity, and

Litigation Attorney, Kerry Peck, Named To The ABA Commission On Law And Aging

CHICAGO, IL -- Kerry Peck, litigation attorney in Chicago and managing partner of Peck Bloom LLC, a firm that focuses on elder law, was recently appointed as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. The ABA Commission on Law and Aging examines a wide range of legal issues that affect older people. The commission publishes educational resources, as well as coordinates conferences, technical assistance, training programs

"Pirate Broadcaster" on Jupiter – Radio Emissions Conceal Surprise

The discovery of a new radio emission from Jupiter is among the highlights of a three-year Austrian Science Fund FWF project. This project actually investigated the planetary radio-frequency emissions of the Earth and Saturn – and a strange radio emission from the planet Jupiter was discovered. Further results of the project, which has now been completed, included the identification of a new modulation in terrestrial radio emissions, as well as

Dallas’ Tom Melsheimer Honored as One of Texas’ Top Commercial Litigators in 201 …

DALLAS – Once every five years, the publishers of Texas’ oldest independent legal newspaper name the state’s top five attorneys in specific practice areas, and Tom Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson is being recognized in 2012 as one of the top commercial litigation attorneys in Texas. Honorees in Texas Lawyer’s upcoming “Go-To Guide” are chosen through an online balloting process followed by months of research from the publication’s reporters and editors,

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