Legal

Be careful when hiring an independent computer programmer to write software for your company. A recent court case offers insight into how you should address the ownership of such programming. By leaving ownership issues open, businesses invite expensive litigation. ...

Wisconsin companies regularly and eagerly await responses from the FDA to requests for authorization of clinical trials, submissions for premarket clearance, and other submissions and applications. But a different type of FDA letter -- a warning letter -- is much less welcome....

Businesses that manufacture FDA-regulated products are not the only ones that can be inspected by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration at any time. The FDA also inspects clinical trial sites (studies in humans) and nonclinical laboratories that conduct animal, plant or microorganism studies...

Trademark law is becoming increasingly important as businesses seek to protect and enhance the value of the goodwill that has built up as a result of the business' products and services....

Large trademark holders go out of their way to prevent small entrepreneurs from using similar names. While trademark owners have an obligation to protect their marks, they may overreach in determining how much effort they have to put into protecting their marks when consumer confusion...