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Leaders from Paycom and the New England Patriots explain how they use technology to improve the employee experience

Insider's Aman Kidwai speaks to Miranda Blaiklock, the New England Patriots (the Kraft Group and Affiliates) (c) and Holly Faurot from Paycom. Insider Employers have a responsibility to holistically support employees. Executives from Paycom and the New England Patriots (the Kraft Group and Affiliates) shared their thoughts on the role of technology in improving the employee experience. The conversation took place at the Insider event "Transforming HR in the Digital Era" on June 15, 202...
Tags: Amazon, Careers, NFL, Trends, Strategy, Data, HR, Employees, New England Patriots, Human Resources, Kraft, Patriots, Nordic, PTO, Kraft Group, Affiliates


Leaders from Paycom and The Kraft Group explain how they use technology to improve the employee experience

Insider's Aman Kidwai speaks to Miranda Blaiklock (c) from Kraft, and Holly Faurot from Paycom Insider Employers have a responsibility to hollistically support employees. Executives from Paycom and The Kraft Group shared their thoughts on the role of technology in improving the employee experience. The conversation took place at the Insider event "Transforming HR in the Digital Era" on June 15, 2021. Click here to watch a recording of the event. Miranda Blaiklock knows HR teams didn&#...
Tags: Amazon, Careers, NFL, Trends, Strategy, Data, HR, Employees, Human Resources, Kraft, Nordic, PTO, Kraft Group, Paycom, Enterprise Technology, HRIS


10 Signs of a Toxic Hybrid Workplace

Nine out of ten businesses plan to move to a hybrid-working model. This was the finding of a survey by McKinsey, which confirms the move to combine remote and on-site working is verification of the productivity and employee satisfaction of remote working. Despite the rush to offer hybrid ways of working, 68% of businesses don’t have a detailed plan in place on what new office set-ups will involve, the McKinsey report found. To help businesses be better prepared for long-term hybrid models, Flex...
Tags: Sales, Mckinsey, PTO, Small Business News, FlexJobs, FlexJobs Managers, FlexJobs Businesses, Rachel Pelta


9 Companies That Offer Unlimited Vacation Days

Unlimited PTO is an increasingly desirable employee benefit.
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Remote work can be both a good and bad thing for DEI efforts - here's how to make it beneficial for your employees

Remote work allows companies to expand their search for talent and hire a more diverse workforce. Tara Moore/Getty Images Remote work can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, but it can also be challenging. Some marginalized people may see remote work as a safer option to toxic work environments. Others may find it challenging to feel seen and respected by peers when not physically in the office. See more stories on Insider's business page. Remote work has taken the business worl...
Tags: America, Trends, PTO, Tara Moore Getty, Nika White


Where we are with the GATT Bubble of 1995

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Circuit recently wrote about the GATT-Bubble in Hyatt v. Hirschfeld decision. “[I]n the nine days leading to June 8, 1995, the PTO reported that it received and processed over 50,000 applications—one-quarter of the entire year’s projected filings.”  Pre-GATT applicants had a comparative incentive to keep their patent applications pending longer because patent term was calculated based upon the issue date.* This was especially true in the early days prior to creation ...
Tags: Law, US, Lockheed Martin, Patent, Hyatt, PTO, Hirschfeld, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch, GATT, Personalized Media Communications PMC, Gil Hyatt, GATT Bubble in Hyatt, Frontenac Kansas


Hyatt v. Hirshfeld: A perfect storm that overwhelmed the PTO

by Dennis Crouch Gil Hyatt v. Hirshfeld (Fed. Cir. 2021). Patent terms generally last for 20-years from filing.  Since the prosecution process typically takes about three years, the result is roughly 17 years of effective patent term.  That amount can shift somewhat depending upon various factors, including patent-term-adjustment, terminal disclaimers, patent family size, prosecution timing, and payment of maintenance fees. The 20-year-from-filing rule started on June 8, 1995 (the GATT deadline)...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Patent, Hyatt, Woodbridge, PTO, Federal Circuit, GATT, Kappos, Hirshfeld, Gil Hyatt, Hirshfeld Fed, Dennis Crouch Gil Hyatt, PTAB Hyatt, Webster Elec Co


Coronavirus Update 6-1-2021: EEOC says that employers legally can offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated in almost all instances

Employers have been anxiously waiting for the EEOC to publish its guidance for employers on incentives offered to employees in exchange for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Late last week, the EEOC finally released that guidance. The issue is whether the incentive renders the vaccine coerced and therefore non-voluntary, which would be unlawful under the ADA and GINA.What did the EEOC say: An employer may offer an incentive to employees to voluntarily provide documentation or other confirmatio...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Ada, EEOC, PTO, Gina, OSHA, Jon Hyman, Nhia Moua


Recordation Requirements and a Certificate of Unenforceability

by Dennis Crouch There are two interesting patent provisions being debated in the Senate as amendments to bipartisan Endless Frontier Act S.1260.  Although it is difficult to tell exactly what will happen, the EFA Bill as a whole is likely to pass through the Senate. Both amendments were proposed in a bipartisan manner by Sens Tillis (R) and Leahy (D) and so also carry some weight.  This is being pushed through the Senate and so there are unlikely to be any hearings on these amendments. Requirem...
Tags: Law, Senate, Leahy, Bill, Patent, PTO, EFA, Dennis Crouch, Sens Tillis


Confusion in the INDUSTRY

Pure & Simple Concepts v. 1 H W Management (Finchley Group) (Fed. Cir. 2021) Pure & Simple holds a collection of INDUSTRY trademark registrations for use on apparel. P&S licenses these to the Manhattan Group who sells clothing with the logos. IN 2015, Finchley applied to register the word mark BLUE INDUSTRY for its apparel. P&S opposed registration — arguing both confusion and dilution. Opposition proceedings are initially decided by a panel of Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) judges.  In ...
Tags: Law, United States, DuPont, Patent, Board, PTO, Federal Circuit, Finchley, Dennis Crouch, Ttab, Manhattan Group, Trademark Trial Appeal Board TTAB, H W Management Finchley Group Fed, DuPont Factors


Reissue Patents 2020 vs 1875

REISSUE patents continue to issue every week. This historic chart is super interesting! Back in 1875, the Patent Office Reissued 631 patents. In 2020, the PTO Reissued 581. (Compare with original grants: 13k in 1875 vs 352k in 2020). pic.twitter.com/qkzYMPEXYq — Dennis Crouch (@patentlyo) May 19, 2021
Tags: Law, Patent, PTO, Dennis Crouch


Hollywood, Alcohol, and Trademarks

Kaszuba v. Hirshfeld (Supreme Court 2021) [Petition for Certiorari][FedCir Decision] This pending petition for certiorari involves a trademark registration dispute between Kaszuba (HOLLYWOOD BEER) and Hollywood Vodka LLC (HOLLYWOOD VODKA).  Kaszuba first registered his mark (albeit on the Secondary Register).  Later, HVL was denied registration — in part because of the existence of the Kaszuba’s mark.  HLV then filed a cancellation proceeding before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB).  Af...
Tags: Law, Senate, Patent, Lexmark, Fed, U S Supreme Court, PTO, Federal Circuit, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Trademark Trial Appeal Board, PTAB, Bose Corp, Hollywood Alcohol, Kaszuba, Hirshfeld Supreme Court, Kaszuba HOLLYWOOD


Obfuscation and Patenting of @#$%

by Dennis Crouch Profs. Sarah R. Wasserman Rajec and Andrew Gilden recently posted a draft of their new article “Patenting Pleasure.”  If you cannot discern the topic from their title, Prof Nicholson Price has also just published a review essay titled Illegal Sex Toy Patents. Price describes the “central tension” from the article: Because of the utility doctrine, patentees must say what their inventions are for—but because US law has been generally quite hostile to sex and sex tech, pleasure pat...
Tags: Law, US, Patent, PTO, Gilden, Andrew Gilden, Dennis Crouch Profs Sarah R Wasserman Rajec, Prof Nicholson Price, Rajec Gilden


Clash of Clans: $92 million and Eligibility Issues

GREE, Inc. v. SuperCell Oy (Fed. Cir. 2021) (nonprecedential) SuperCell is a Finnish company that makes and distributes the mobile game “Clash of Clans.”  SuperCell is owned primarily by the Chinese multinational Tencent, the “world’s largest video game vender.”  The patentee GREE is a Japanese mobile game developer and holds a number of mobile-device game related patents. On May 7, 2021 a jury sided with Gree in a patent infringment lawsuit, holding SuperCell liable and awarding $92 million in...
Tags: Law, Tencent, Patent, Alice, Gree, Board, Gilstrap, PTO, Federal Circuit, JMOL, GREE Inc, SuperCell Oy Fed, Today the Federal Circuit


I took a pay cut during the pandemic for my mental health - and I've never been happier

Jessica Frantzides and her coffee shop coworkers. Jessica Frantzides Jessica Frantzides, 26, is a California native living in San Luis Obispo. During the pandemic, she quit her job as assistant branch manager at a car rental company and began working at a local coffee shop. It's done wonders for her mental health. This is her story, as told to freelance writer Molly O'Brien. See more stories on Insider's business page. I'd been working as an assistant manager at the airport...
Tags: California, Trends, Starbucks, San Luis Obispo, PTO, Molly O Brien, Jessica Frantzides, Jessica Frantzides Jessica Frantzides, Frantzides


4 popular US summer travel trends to expect, plus vacation ideas for each

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb Major industry reports reveal common travel themes as we head into summer 2021. Among the trends: longer stays, unique lodgings, and remote locations that are still an easy drive. These are the popular US summer travel trends to expect, plus vacation ideas for each. Since the CDC issued relaxed guidance for domestic travel amid the vaccine rollout, Americans have gotten busy planning vacations. I...
Tags: Cdc, US, Trends, Airbnb, Priceline, Vrbo, Southport North Carolina, PTO, Rehoboth Beach, Oak Island, Outer Banks North Carolina, Cape Cod Massachusetts, Aribnb, Airbnb VRBO, Fenwick Island Delaware, Alesandra Dubin


Sorbet raises $6M Seed led by Viola Ventures to tackle the thorny financials of Paid Time Off

A US/Israeli startup, Sorbet — which is tackling what companies do with the financial risks as employees accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) — has raised $6 million in a Seed funding round led by Viola Ventures, with participation by Global Founders Capital, Meron Capital. The economics of Paid Time Off is relatively hidden in the business world, but essentially, Sorbet takes on the burden of this PTO from employers and then allows employees to spend it. This gives the employers far more control over the...
Tags: Credit Cards, TC, Europe, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, US, Tech, Economy, United States, Venture Capital, Private Equity, L'oreal, Lockheed Martin, Fintech, Global Founders Capital


IDEA Act (S.632)

I previously mentioned the IDEA Act (S.632) that is pending before the Senate.   The proposal would have the PTO collect demographic information about patent inventors. This includes “including gender, race, military or veteran status, and any other demographic category that the Director determines appropriate.”  The information is to be kept confidential and away from the application file (so that examiners are not biased).The proposal states that the collection is “voluntary . . . [information...
Tags: Law, Senate, Patent, Cruz, Sen Ted Cruz, PTO


Best HR Software Programs for Small Business

Human resource departments are responsible for managing talent acquisition, onboarding, employee benefits, and more. With so many varying functions, it can be tough to keep everything organized. But that’s where HR software comes in. These programs are designed to automate and simplify various HR processes. Here’s a rundown of some top options. On-Premise vs. Cloud Based HR Solutions: Pros and Cons On-premise HR software is installed in your company’s own on-site server. You generally need an...
Tags: UK, Employment, Sales, Bob, Sap, PTO, Bob Bob, PeopleSoft, Zenefits Zenefits, Ceridian, Paycor, Access Group, Zira, Oracle PeopleSoft, Eddy Eddy, Ultimate Kronos Group


Resiliency Planning for Small Business

Resiliency is defined as the ability of a system or organization to absorb stress, respond or recover functionality from a crisis or disrupted process and thrive in altered circumstances. The 2020 pandemic has taught us what it’s like to be slammed by an unimaginable crisis and has illuminated the insecurity of supply chains, healthcare, and almost every critical business system. Resiliency planning and preparation is a defense strategy that addresses unknown, unpredictable and improbable threat...
Tags: Business, Management, Right Now, PTO, Betty, Lori Dann, Presidents ' Leadership Council PLC


United States: In Re Rudy And The PTO 101 Guidance - Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P

The USPTO 101 Guidance document has been under a cloud when Judge Brinkema refused to follow the guidance in Cleveland Clinic Found. V. True Health Diagnostics LLC., affirmed at 760 F. App'x. 1013...
Tags: News, United States, Uspto, PTO, Neustadt, Brinkema, Oblon McClelland Maier


How to ask your boss for vacation time so you can rest and recharge

Don't be afraid to ask for time off. Ditty_about_summer/Shutterstock Employees are taking less time off during the pandemic. Paid leave is essential for employees to get a break from their daily grind. When asking for PTO, have an explicit conversation with your boss and ask guardrail questions. See more stories on Insider's business page. Employees are taking less time off during the pandemic. Companies are struggling, and that means employees feel anxious about taking time off....
Tags: Europe, US, America, Trends, New York Times, Economist, Don, PTO, Joseph Grenny, Grenny, VitalSmarts, Caroline Hroncich, Ivan De Luce, Uncle Dad Grenny


Supreme Court on Patent Law for April 2021

by Dennis Crouch Here is a rundown of what’s happening with US Supreme Court cases: Decided: The court recently decided Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc., holding that Google’s use of Oracle’s Java API was a fair use and therefore not copyright infringement.  The court made no determination as to whether the API was actually copyrightable in the first place. The case does not expressly decide any patent law issues, but does provide some guidance as to how courts should approach mixed questions ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, US, United States, Commerce, Oracle, Patent, US supreme court, Stuart, Ftc, Kessler, Illumina Inc, Rick, PTO


Non-Transitory Innovation?

The (revised) chart above shows the percentage of issued utility patents whose claims include at least one reference to the term non-transitory. The chart does not reflect any kind of innovation transformation.  Rather, in a February 2010 memo, PTO Dir. Kappos announced that claims directed toward information stored in computer readable memory would be rejected as ineligible under Section 101. The USPTO recognizes that applicants may have claims directed to computer readable media that cove...
Tags: Law, US, Uspto, Patent, Fed, PTO, Gentry Gallery Inc, Berkline Corp, Dir Kappos, Gaz Pat Office


Coronavirus Update 4-12-2021: It’s time to end pandemic PTO hesitancy

I haven't taken a proper vacation in 25 months. We were supposed to go to Portugal last March, but then Covid happened. In the 13 months since, there's been little point in taking off from work for any length of time because I haven't been able to go anywhere. "I can't go anywhere, so I might as well work," has been a popular pandemic refrain (me included).Americans were bad at vacations before Covid. The pandemic certainly hasn't helped our PTO hesitancy.  Consider the following from The Atla...
Tags: Law, America, Portugal, PTO, Blue Ridge Mountains, Jon Hyman, Coronavirus, Mohamed Ajufaan


7 quirky job perks small business owners are using to attract top talent, from custom $1,200 suits to a gifted Peloton

Million Dollar Baby Co. CEO Teddy Fong and a colleague. Million Dollar Baby Co. The increased desire to continue working from home post-pandemic can be a major benefit for small businesses. To poach top talent, small business owners are offering remote working perks and wellness incentives. One CEO offers his employees a $150 monthly WFH stipend, while another gives a $700 annual subsidy for a domestic vacation. See more stories on Insider's business page. From fully remote work to see...
Tags: Small Business, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, Employees, Faith, Manhattan, Miami, Silicon Valley, Talent, Hiring, Nordic, Beverly Hills California, PTO, Kimberly, Hammerhead


I'm a nurse who volunteers to give out COVID-19 vaccines. I administer about 100 a day to people both skeptical of and grateful for the shot.

PanyaStudio/Shutterstock Kathryn (not her real name) is a nurse in the Indianapolis metro area administering vaccines. Kathryn uses her paid time off to volunteer and has even been able to give her son the vaccine. This is her story, as told to freelance writer Meira Gebel. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kathryn (not her real name) is a registered nurse in the Indianapolis metro area. She spoke anonymously out of concern for her privacy. Her identity has been verified b...
Tags: Nurse, Trends, Indiana, Indianapolis, Healthcare, Volunteer, Pfizer, Vaccine, Nordic, PTO, Kathryn, Moderna, Healthcare Workers, Meira Gebel, COVID, BI-freelancer


How You Get Paid is a Pretty Critical Job Consideration

When looking for work, we tend to think about certain key factors. Will the job be something I enjoy doing for many hours per day? Will I get along with my coworkers? What’s the salary or hourly rate? But we might forget about a simple question that can make or break our financial livelihood: How easy or difficult will it be to get paid by my new employer? Think about what happens when you aren’t paid accurately or on time. You might have to spend a lot of time going back and forth with your emp...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Compensation, Irs, Best Practices, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, GuideStar, PTO, EIN, HR Issues, Employment Trends, FEIN Search Dun Bradstreet Experian


USPTO Grant Rate 2021

by Dennis Crouch The following chart provides one look at USPTO historic patent grant rate for patent applications filed over the past 20 years.  The chart groups together patent applications as of their filing-month and then simply reports the percentage patented, abandoned, and still-pending.  The red-line in the chat excludes the still pending applications and thus reports the grant rate of disposed-of applications. A few notes. There are many ways to calculate a patent grant rate.  This on...
Tags: Law, Uspto, Patent, PTO, Dennis Crouch


Certificates of Correction 2021

by Dennis Crouch For the most part, Certificates of Correction are boring, simple, and quite common. 35 U.S.C. § 254 & 255 provide for correction of minor mistakes by the PTO and applicant respectively.  PTO mistakes are fixed when a mistake is “clearly disclosed by the records of the Office.”  For applicant-mistakes, the correction is allowed for “clerical or typographical nature, or of minor character” made in good faith.  Larger mistakes should be corrected via Reissue.  Errors can also be co...
Tags: Law, AIA, Patent, Fed, Board, Honeywell, PTO, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch, Fed Cir, PTAB, Arkema Inc, SIPCO LLC, Honeywell Intl Inc, PGR Panel, Election Sys Software LLC