June 20, 2014 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams , due in federal court yesterday to defend himself in a lawsuit over the alleged theft of intellectual property, decided to settle the case instead. For a Twitter feud, this got pretty ugly. Photographer R. Bradley Maule , of PhillySkyline.com, complained in the July 2013 lawsuit that a photo used as background for Williams' official Twitter account was pilfered from his website. Williams, in a Dec. 30 deposition, said that Maule's attorney, J. Conor Corcoran , asked him about the photo during a 2013 primary Election Day lunch at the Famous 4th Street Deli.
March 3, 2013 |
Thirty-nine candidates will vie for three open alumni seats on Pennsylvania State University's 32-member board of trustees, the university announced this week. That's a crowded field, but not as crowded as last year, when more than 80 candidates competed for three seats in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. This week, ballot positions for the election were determined through a drawing. Penn State alumni will be able to obtain ballots for the election online beginning April 10, Paula R. Ammerman, associate secretary of the board, said in a statement.
December 25, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - A federal jury is to resume deliberations Wednesday on whether a California company violated a Carnegie Mellon University patent, with the stakes potentially in the billions of dollars. After four weeks of trial, U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer on Friday dismissed a motion for mistrial by Marvell Technology Group. It could be revisited after the jury renders a verdict. Jurors began deliberating early Friday. In 1996, Alek Kavcic and Jose Moura of Carnegie Mellon conceived of an improvement in magnetic recording technology, using a device called a Viterbi detector to combat extraneous "noise," according to court filings in the case.
December 22, 2012 |
Terry L. Musika, 64, a native of Coatesville and an expert on intellectual property damages who qualified for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich as a sprinter, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, Dec. 18, at his home in Hunt Valley, Md. Mr. Musika was a cofounder of Invotex, a Maryland company that specializes in accounting, financial consulting, and intellectual property management services. Mr. Musika was involved in some of the largest patent verdicts and settlements in the country.
September 1, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania and Agios Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced a licensing agreement to develop products that can diagnose cancer by detecting the metabolism of cancer cells. The agreement resolves two lawsuits that Penn, its trustees, and its Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute brought in December against Craig B. Thompson, a cancer metabolism researcher who left Penn in 2011 to head Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Thompson held key positions at Penn, including director of the Abramson Cancer Center.
August 30, 2012
IN THE REGION Last Sunoco meeting a long trek Sunoco Inc. , the oil company whose headquarters have been located in Philadelphia for more than a century, will hold its final shareholders meeting on Oct. 4 in . . . Michigan. In a proxy statement mailed to shareholders on Wednesday, Sunoco has scheduled a meeting at the Detroit Athletic Club to vote on its proposed acquisition by Energy Transfer Partners L.P. , a pipeline company based in Dallas. After the $5.3 billion merger, Sunoco's retail business and its pipeline business will remain headquartered in the Philadelphia area, reporting to ETP's head office in Texas.
May 24, 2012 |
A new firm, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld L.L.C., announced that it would officially begin representing clients June 1 and would be based in Conshohocken. The firm will be led by founders John E. Royer Jr., Neil A. Cooper, Barry L. Cohen, and Roger Braunfeld. The name partners focus on transactional law, business and corporate law, intellectual property, emerging growth companies and other matters. The firm will start with a total complement of nine lawyers. — Chris Mondics
May 15, 2012 |
Perhaps the only silver lining to the Great Recession is that it brought a new focus on manufacturing in the United States. After 25 years of being sold a shiny vision of a service-dominated postindustrial economy, we are rediscovering the importance of actually making things. Corporate cost calculations undergird the newfound appreciation of U.S. manufacturing. The offshoring of manufacturing was rooted in rock-bottom wages in nations such as China and the aggressive attraction and infrastructure strategies of foreign governments.
February 2, 2012 |
Competition for three open alumni seats on Penn State's board of trustees is heating up, with six candidates getting an initial nod from an alumni group that formed in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal. A local business owner and chemist are among the six, who were selected from a pool of 50 candidates and now will be voted on by the 4,500-member Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. Voting will be open until Feb. 8 when the group will announce its three top picks for the trustees.