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September 2011 Archives

U.S. territory faced with age discrimination claims

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission is suing American Samoa, a United States territory, over alleged age discrimination. Although the location may be exotic, the basis for the claim is not; it is a fact that age discrimination claims flourish in Colorado and across the country, meaning employers must always be prepared for the possibility of needing to meet these claims.

Colorado business plan attracts strong interest

The business plan for an Aerospace and Clean Energy project (ACE) in Loveland, Colorado is picking up steam. The Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT) has already guaranteed its participation in the city's proposal to use its Agilent Campus for the ACE project, the result of diligent and coordinated planning by the community. This has occurred as the direct result of a conscientious effort on the part of the local government and community to create and pursue a business plan designed to attract the project.

Owning patents: the new intellectual property battleground

Intellectual property is considered a driving force behind Google's recent purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. In Colorado and elsewhere there has been a mad dash to collect patents, seen as the crown jewel of intellectual property. Google's recent purchase netted 17,000 patents, with another 7,500 pending. Some say Google is playing catch-up, having naively relied previously on its own innovation to gain market share. That made it an easy target for lawsuits claiming infringement of existing patents.