The furniture business is constantly evolving. New trends come and go. Some stick around for a while, and some burn bright for what constitutes a fleeting second in the industry. The New Times reports that "New Vintage" is on the decline and a new lighter aesthetic is taking its place. Find the article here. Remember that with good design comes the need for design protection. With cleaner, more minimalist lines, modern furniture design lends itself to design patent protection in certain cases. With a modest upfront expense, and relatively short pending periods, design patents are an ideal form of protection for some designs or particular aspects of those designs. Design patents continue to issue weekly on furniture designs. Here is a just a sampling of design patents on more modern furniture designs: … [Read more...] about Is “New Vintage” On the Way Out?
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A federal appeals court decision on Monday upholding Wisconsin’s voter ID law came as no surprise.The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month allowed the law to take effect as it considered a challenge. As a result, the opinion on Monday was expected, report the Associated Press, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Reuters.The panel opinion by Judge Frank Easterbrook said the Wisconsin requirement is similar to an Indiana voter ID law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. Easterbrook found no violation of the U.S. Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.A lower court judge had found the Wisconsin law differed from Indiana’s law because: nearly 9 percent of Wisconsin voters lack a photo ID acceptable for voting, voter impersonation fraud in Wisconsin is so rare it doesn’t justify a significant burden on voters, and whites are more likely to have the required photo ID than minorities.The 7th Circuit opinion (PDF), however, said the Wisconsin law does … [Read more...] about 7th Circuit upholds voter ID in opinion that is ‘vintage Judge Easterbrook’: what will SCOTUS do?
Some might think calling police on those who shoplift would be the best way to deter other potential thieves.But the operator of a Philadelphia vintage store says she has found a better way, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.Betsy Bassel put up signs at Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue warning would-be shoplifters that the store would post their photos on its Instagram account. She said she got the idea because “the worst-case scenario for me at that age would have been for my friends to know what I’d done.”That threat worked for a year, Bassel says. Then, when a young hipster recently took a T-shirt, the store made good on its promise, even though he threw the T-shirt at them and fled when caught in the act of stuffing it down his pants.“We’re really happy that our social media worked the way it did, and we were able to alert the other businesses that this person was around,” she told the newspaper. … [Read more...] about Vintage store operator says threat of social-media shaming is best way to deter shoplifting
Updated: The former office manager for a law firm in Chatham Borough, N.J., has been accused in a civil suit of embezzling $1.1 million from her employer over an approximately five-year period dating back as far as 2004.Beth Friedland was fired in July after the thefts were discovered, Maloof Lebowitz Connahan & Oleske says in a suit filed Monday in Morris County Superior Court. She allegedly used the money to pay personal expenses for herself and her husband and restore a vintage car, according to the Daily Record and the Star-Ledger.She has offered to repay some of the missing money, in part by using funds from her 401(k) retirement account, the suit says. It seeks a freeze to prevent Friedland and her husband from dissipating assets.The Daily Record says it couldn’t reach either Friedland or her husband (which it identifies as her boyfriend) for comment.The Star-Ledger says Friedland oversaw both deposits into the law firm’s general business account and the payment … [Read more...] about Ex-Office Manager Accused of Stealing $1.1M from Law Firm, Spending on Vintage Car
Acting for Vintage under the direction of its Vice-President and General Counsel, Robert Cox, were Pat Finnerty, Ron Mar, Susan Wakil, Edmund Gill, Klaudio Leshnjani, Kristie Smith, Carrie Giroux and Karen Murray of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Acting for Genesis were William Guinan, George Kelly, Daniel Kolibar, Colin MacDonald, David Madsen and Diana Kenny of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. … [Read more...] about Vintage Acquires Genesis