In the last two centuries, American farmers have created the most efficient, productive, and sustainable food production system the world has ever seen. And in the coming decades, they will be tasked with providing food for the globe’s swelling population, which is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050.
The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
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There are several actions key executives can take to limit employment practices liability. Attorneys Kerryann Haase Minton, Brian P. Paul and Katherine L. Goyert will give a high-level presentation on how to best protect your business from employment litigation.
Click here to learn more about Michael Best's 28th Annual Labor & Employment Relations Law Seminar.
Kerryann serves as a trusted advisor to companies seeking a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to employment matters. Clients value her depth of knowledge and unfaltering commitment to their business goals. Kerryann is an experienced and effective litigation strategist, successfully defending clients in employment disputes at the federal and state levels. She uses her litigation experience to assess employment practices and to structure personnel polices to increase workplace productivity and minimize the threat of litigation.
Brian brings strategic business vision to his work representing companies engaged in employment-related disputes, both in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. The focus of Brian’s practice is to deliver positive outcomes in litigation matters, including class action discrimination, wage and hour collective actions, harassment and discrimination claims, wrongful termination, disability accommodations, theft of trade secrets, and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Kate focuses on employment counseling for employers and management and defending employers in federal, state, and administrative litigation. Clients value Kate’s litigation skills and proactive, strategic employment counseling related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour claims, including exemption status, overtime issues, and audits by the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor, and more.
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