Restaurant fortunes are often attributable to just one or two signature dishes, and recipe ownership dilemmas can arise in restaurants of all sizes. Recent examples include a joint venture gone awry, resulting in a war over the ownership of a salted caramel brownie recipe; the “Taco Bible” that a former employee allegedly stole and used at another taco restaurant nearby; and a well-known Australian chef demanding that his former employer cease serving the signature dish he created when he worked there. … [Read more...] about The Not-So-Secret Recipe: How Restaurants Can Protect Their Trade Secrets
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The district court case was initiated by Wellman, which asserted that Eastman Chemical infringed two Wellman patents that disclose polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins for use in plastic beverage containers. The patents, which claim priority to the same applications and share similar specifications, state that prior art PET resins produced bottles that shrank or grew hazy from crystallization when filled with hot liquids. To overcome these problems, the Wellman patents disclose “slow-crystallizing” PET resins that purportedly retain exceptional clarity by delaying the onset of crystallization. … [Read more...] about Best Mode Lacking Where Disclosure “Leads Away” From Commercial Embodiment
In November 2011, the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Earthworks and Center for Effective Government (Petitioners) made public record requests for ingredients that had been given confidential treatment by the Commission. Those requests were denied, and the Commission’s decision was appealed to the Seventh Judicial District Court in Natrona County Wyoming. The District Court upheld the Commission’s decision, finding the ingredients to be protected and not subject to disclosure. … [Read more...] about Will Fracking Recipes Remain Secret?
As such, there’s a certain actuarial risk to the reverse mortgage business model. Since, generally speaking, the borrower never has to make a principal or interest payment before dying, there’s a certain science to predicting when that might actually happen. Predicting anticipated mortality won’t affect instalment payments as there aren’t any under a reverse mortgage, but getting the average anticipated age of death right will affect the loan to value advanced. The older the borrower is, the closer the person will be to dying and the more the lender can advance. A truly lucky borrower (for many reasons) is the one who takes out a reverse mortgage and then far outlives the anticipated age of the death, thereby running out whatever equity may remain in the home (even accounting for property value inflation over the same period). Because of the risk of long payment-free periods, lenders rarely give reverse mortgages to borrowers younger than 62 years old. … [Read more...] about The Dirt: Aging population a recipe for growth of reverse mortgages
If you’ve been measuring your social media marketing as you should but haven’t been strategically posting as this guide suggests, changes things up and track your posts from here on out to see if you get better results through strategic scheduling. If you operate in more than one time zone, research suggests that basing your posts off Eastern or Central time is best to reach the largest potential audience. … [Read more...] about Best Times to Post on Social Media: 2016 [INFOGRAPHIC]