Business Law

Protection Offered by Non-Disclosure Agreements

Proprietary information, such as confidential business information, trade secrets, and intellectual property, may be worth millions of dollars. Public exposure or use by others may potentially dilute or destroy the value of such information. Nevertheless, at times, necessity requires businesses to reveal proprietary information to others. To ensure that the…

Employee-Created Intellectual Property

Generally, “intellectual property” is any intangible property, such as knowledge of a process, a musical composition or a trademark associated with a product. There are typically four specific areas of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Since there is not actual “physical” property to possess, laws have been…

UNCITRAL’s Model Law and International Commercial Arbitration

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the primary entity within the United Nations overseeing international trade law. One of UNCITRAL’s primary goals has been to prepare or promote:   “the adoption of new international conventions, model laws and uniform laws and promoting the codification and wider…

Tax Issues Related to Contaminated Property

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) imposes liability for the investigation and cleanup of contaminated real property without regard to whether the landowner created or allowed the original contamination of the site. In the 1990’s EPA officials began to refer to sites suspected of being…