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Marcia Wood wins Wichita Women Attorneys Association achievement award



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Josh Heck
Reporter- Wichita Business Journal

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The Wichita Women Attorneys Association has presented Marcia Wood its Louise Mattox Achievement Award for 2014. 

Wood is an attorney for Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace Bauer, LLP and a  member of the firm’s executive committee

The award recognizes women attorneys for their professional work and support of other women lawyers.

The Women Attorneys Association is affiliated with the Wichita Bar Association.

Kellie Hogan, an attorney at Kansas Legal Services, won the award in 2013.  

Josh Heck covers health care, professional services, education and energy.


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Patent "trolls" worry energy sector



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Jonathan Spivey, a partner and intellectual property attorney with Bracewell Giuliani in Houston, says oil and gas companies are being targeted more by so-called patent “trolls.”











Jordan Blum
Reporter- Houston Business Journal

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So-called “patent trolls” are counted among the banes of corporate America, but legal experts say the issue is growing in Houston’s energy sector.

Jonathan Spivey, a partner and intellectual property attorney with Bracewell Giuliani in Houston, said more patent owners and patent assertion entities are eyeing the booming energy sector and the industry’s technology gains. All this translates to more time — and more money — dedicated to fighting patent lawsuits.

“I think all the energy companies have kind of stood up and taken notice,” Spivey said of the non-practicing entities suing energy companies.

A recent lawsuit against Houston-based Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) regarding alleged patent infringement against the three-dimensional modeling technology it uses could prove to be a precedent-setting decision for the industry, Spivey said. The litigation targets some of Schlumberger’s core technology that it uses in the oilfield services industry, he said.

The controversy first began last year when Schlumberger’s deputy general counsel for intellectual property, Charlotte Rutherford, left to take a job as senior vice president of Acacia Research Group LLC, which is one of the largest patent monetization firms.

In December, Acacia partnered with Plano-based Dynamic 3D Geosolutions LLC and then, in February, sued Schlumberger for patent infringement in federal court in Austin, Spivey said.

Schlumberger then countered last month by suing Rutherford in state court for allegedly taking trade secret data shortly before leaving the company.

“Obviously it leaves a lot to be questioned,” Spivey said, noting that Acacia sued just two months after acquiring the Dynamic 3D patent.

Jordan Blum covers energy for the Houston Business Journal. Read the top Texas energy news in our free weekly newsletter, Energy Inc. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Inc. newsletter.

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Ohio State wins trademark case against T-shirt maker Skreened



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Daniel Fox started Skreened in 2006, and has grown it into a $20-million company.











Doug Buchanan
Managing editor-digital- Columbus Business First

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Ohio State University has prevailed in a trademark dispute with Columbus-based T-shirt maker Skreened.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost ruled mostly in OSU’s favor in the lawsuit filed in 2012, which accused Skreened of  ignoring repeated warnings that it was selling unlicensed logos, images and other trademarks related to Ohio State, the Buckeyes and football coach Urban Meyer.

Skreened, which lets users upload images to be printed on apparel for themselves and for sale to others in online storefronts, had maintained that it wasn’t liable for any infringement because it didn’t make the designs and it was nearly impossible to police what everyone was uploading on a daily basis. Skreened had nearly $20 million in revenue last year, according to a profile of founder Daniel Fox  that we ran in October.

Frost was not impressed with Skreened’s argument.

“Selling knockoffs is selling knockoffs, regardless of who suggested you sell them, regardless of how many other infringing products you decide not to sell, and regardless of how much of a hassle it is to comply with the law,” he said  in an often-lively ruling. “Because there is no exception in trademark law for infringers who take an ostrich approach to policing their business activities and complying with the law, no reasonable jury could accept defendants’ ‘it’s too hard/we are the actual victims’ argument.”

In an unusual step, Frost also ruled that Skreened’s conduct was “exceptional” because it ignored the repeated notices sent by OSU and “even if they had not received such notice, no reasonable person would have thought that selling T-shirts with identical marks to those licensed and held by (OSU) was reasonable.” That part of the ruling means Skreened will have to pay OSU’s legal fees.

Doug Buchanan directs daily online/digital news coverage for Columbus Business First.

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Oakland hires assistant city attorney











Steven E.F. Brown
Web Editor- San Francisco Business Times

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Oakland hired Otis McGee, a former partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, as special counsel.

McGee is working as chief assistant city attorney under Barbara Parker, Oakland’s city attorney.

He was a police officer in Pacifica and later an investigator for the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s law school, McGee helped start the firm Ocampo, Millner McGee in 1980.

Sheppard Mullin hired him in 1997.

McGee has a lot of jury trial experience, including work for the city.

Steven E.F. Brown is web editor at the San Francisco Business Times.


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$15 wage committee fails to find consensus but is ‘very, very close’ (slide show)



Supporters of the $15 minimum wage made a human ring around Seattle City Hall on Wednesday.  The rally is the day before Mayor Ed Murray has scheduled a press conference on raising the minimum wage.

Supporters of the $15 minimum wage made a human ring around Seattle City Hall on Wednesday. The rally is the day before Mayor Ed Murray has scheduled a press conference on raising the minimum wage.









Marc Stiles
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee’s final meeting on Wednesday ended without an agreement, and Murray said he plans to announce a plan on Thursday “for how we raise the minimum wage in this city.”

Murray issued his statement on the day that activists who support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour formed a human chain around the City Hall block. A small group of counter protestors also demonstrated.

City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who was elected in November on a platform of raising the minimum hourly wage from $9.32 to $15, is a member of the committee. She said Wednesday’s meeting “ended abruptly” when the mayor called a meeting with committee co-chairs David Rolf, a union leader, and Howard Wright, a businessman with Seattle Hospitality Group.

“We launched a process in December to begin to address in a meaningful and thoughtful way what President Obama has referred to as the ‘issue of our time’: income inequality,” Murray said in a prepared statement. “We  are very, very close to a deal that all stakeholders can agree with, but we are still not there yet.”

Murray plans to announce his plan to raise the minimum wage at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. “Standing with me, I hope, will be members of my Income Inequality Advisory Committee. And it is my hope that it will be all the members of my advisory committee. We may reach an agreement by tomorrow; we may not.”

Sawant, a socialist, said she is not surprised that the advisory committee did not reach an agreement because the business and labor interests of the 24-member group have “inherently divergent goals.” Some members of the business community want to count tips and benefits toward the $15 an hour wage, while advocates of low-wage earners oppose that. Another issue is whether or not to phase in a higher minimum wage, especially for small businesses and nonprofits, over a number of years.

Marc Stiles covers commercial real estate and government for the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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Former CertusBank execs sue over firing, claim plot of ‘lies and half-truths’



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CertusBank co-founders left to right: Charles Williams, Angela Webb and Walter Davis. Not pictured: Milton Jones. Jones, Webb and Davis are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the bank and one of its shareholders.











Adam O’Daniel
Finance Editor- Charlotte Business Journal

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The fired former executives of CertusBank believe they are the victims of an intentional plot by at least one shareholder to spread “lies and half-truths” that ultimately led to their dismissal, according to a legal complaint filed in federal court.

CertusBank co-founders Executive Chairman Milton Jones, CEO Walter Davis and President Angela Webb filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court, alleging hedge fund manager and defendant Benjamin Weinger, and possibly others, spread misinformation about their leadership of the institution in order to gain control of the bank. CertusBank and Weinger’s hedge fund 3-Sigma Value Opportunity Fund are also named as defendants.

The trio of terminated bankers, all with deep ties to Charlotte’s banking scene, is seeking a jury trial and damages for libel and defamation, tortious interference with contractual rights, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and civil conspiracy.

At the heart of the lawsuit are allegations of illegal conduct by board members and investors to oust Certus’ founders by attacking their character and management decisions in public and forcing a change in leadership. The suit contends Weinger violated banking regulations that limited him to a passive role in the company, prohibiting him from acting in concert with other shareholders.

“Several rogue board members conspired with at least one investor in order to oust the plaintiffs from their positions, to co-opt the board and to take control of CertusBank, in part, through the calculated public dissemination of defamatory statements about the plaintiffs,” the complaint states.

Adam O’Daniel covers banking, entrepreneurs and technology for the Charlotte Business Journal.

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Plano-based Tyler Technologies profits climb 40 percent



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Brian Miller, Tyler Technologies chief financial officer.











Bill Hethcock
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal

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Texas’ switch to electronic filing of court documents continued to spur growth for Plano-based government software company Tyler Technologies, which posted first quarter profits 40 percent higher than a year ago.

Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) reported profits of $11.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the first three months of 2014, compared to $8.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013.

Tyler’s Courts Justice Division, which employs 406 people in Plano, accounted for about 20 percent of Tyler’s $112.6 million in overall revenues for the first quarter. Revenue was up 17.6 percent from $95.8 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Revenues from the Courts Justice Division’s e-filing product — Odyssey File Serve — more than tripled for the quarter, driven by the statewide Texas e-filing contract.

But revenues across the board were strong, Brian Miller, Tyler’s chief financial officer, said in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal.

The strong results have prompted Tyler to raise its full-year 2014 guidance, Miller said. Tyler Technologies is now projecting 2014 total revenues in the $470 million to $478 million range, diluted earnings per share of $1.39 to $1.46 and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.83 to $1.90.

“We raised our guidance in terms of being even more optimistic about our outlook for the rest of the year,” Miler said. “We sell to local governments. That was a challenging market for 2010 and 2011, but it’s been an improving market for the last couple of years.”

Tyler’s biggest challenge now is one of execution, he said.

Bill covers health care, telecom, law and education.


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