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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Intellectual Property – Patent Application – Rules Waiver – Lost Package (access required)

A patent applicant loses its challenge to the USPTO’s denial of plaintiff’s petitions to be spared the effect of a delay in filing its patent application attributable to an “extraordinary situation”; although the Alexandria U.S. District Court agrees the PTO ...

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Employment Discrimination – National Origin – Project Management Experience (access required)

A Pakistani engineer who previously had managed large-scale projects and who reportedly had difficulty translating that experience into the detail-oriented management of smaller-scale projects for defendant Loudoun County, who terminated plaintiff during the probationary period, loses his suit alleging Title ...

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Intellectual Property – PTO Regs – Filing Date – Express Mail (access required)

A plaintiff who used the Postal Service’s “Express Mail” service to file a patent application for his “Hand Tool Support” invention is bound by the June 24, 2005 date as indicated on the mailing label affixed to the package, as ...

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Civil Rights – Wrongful Incarceration – Served Sentence – Damages (access required)

A Virginia inmate released from confinement who claims he was unconstitutionally imprisoned when correctional officials improperly extended the length of his sentence can sue under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and the 4th Circuit reverses a federal district court’s dismissal of ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – Legislative Prayer (access required)

The Fredericksburg City Council’s policy of using only nondenominational prayers to open council meetings did not violate the First Amendment rights of plaintiff council member, an ordained minister, who insisted on invoking the name of Jesus Christ in his prayer; ...

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Employment Discrimination – Hostile Environment – Retaliation

A female truck driver who earlier sued defendant employer for sexual harassment and discrimination in violation of Title VII cannot construct another Title VII suit for retaliation based on her “litany of minor work place slights,” says a magistrate judge ...

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