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Legal Lifesaver
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"a concise piece of legal information that might save your assets."


Murray Gottheil heads up Pallett Valo LLP's Business Law Practice and Family Business Law Group.


Labour & Employment Law Seminar
Terminations: Avoiding Legal Landmines

October 13, 2010 (sold out)
November 10, 2010 (new)

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The Raymond Soroka Breakfast Series
Getting the Right People on the Bus

October 20, 2010
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January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June/July 2010 

August 2010



Potential Liability From Expired U.S. Patents

In the United States, if you use a patent number on your products that is not accurate because the number is wrong, the patent is invalid or the patent has expired, any private individual can commence a legal proceeding on behalf of the U.S. government and keep 50% of the penalty. There is some evidence that private individuals are beginning to look at this as a lucrative endeavour.

Based on some recent cases in the United States, it is recommended that you take all necessary steps to remove the U.S. patent number from your products once your patent has expired.

In Canada, the situation is quite different. My friend Steven Leach at the firm of Ridout and Maybee LLP advises that although there is a criminal provision which could result in a fine of $200.00 or a jail term of 3 months, it has not been enforced in recent memory.


Murray Gottheil
Pallett Valo LLP






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