Winifred Campbell named NJ Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Winifred Campbell named NJ Rising Star by Super Lawyers

The McHattie Law Firm is proud to announce that Winifred Campbell, Esq. has been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers New Jersey Rising Stars list. This designation recognizes Ms. Campbell’s success in business litigation and this marks her second consecutive year on this prestigious list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Read more about Winifred Campbell named NJ Rising Star by Super Lawyers[…]

Morristown Employers: Are You Complying with the New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance?

Morristown Employers: Are You Complying with the New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance?

As flu season rolls through and allergy season commences, it is pretty much inevitable that workers will need some time off to address their health or their family’s health issues. While most employers do in fact give employees some paid time off each year to be used for sick leave, in many places, the law Read more about Morristown Employers: Are You Complying with the New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance?[…]

The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements

The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements

Are you considering hiring independent contractors? While there are financial advantages to doing so, such as reduced payroll costs and flexibility in staffing, there are risks, particularly with regard to your business’ proprietary information. In order to avoid or minimize these risks and protect your assets, you should draw up a comprehensive independent contractor agreement Read more about The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements[…]

The Newest Trend In Business Communications: Messaging

The Newest Trend In Business Communications: Messaging

Technology changes the way we do business. These days, most businesses have moved from paper files to paperless offices. Rather than sending correspondence to business partners, we “pdf” documents and email them. The newest trend is the move from internal email communications to messaging. Messaging is used to communicate among staff members, and between management Read more about The Newest Trend In Business Communications: Messaging[…]

Protect Your Interests With A Work-For-Hire Agreement

Protect Your Interests With A Work-For-Hire Agreement

A copyright is generally owned by the creator of a work. If you write it, you own it. However, there is an exception to the rule. Under the “work for hire” doctrine, any work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment belongs to the employer who commissioned it. For example, Read more about Protect Your Interests With A Work-For-Hire Agreement[…]

The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements

The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements

The term “intellectual property” refers to intangible property such as art, music, literature, movies, inventions, designs, slogans and logos. Under IP law, you have the exclusive right to use or reproduce your work. In some cases, you may wish to allow others to use it. In order to maintain control over and protect your intellectual Read more about The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements[…]

Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas

Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas

As your company grows, pitching the business becomes progressively important. Seeking investors, new clients, or even new personnel, an owner must frequently reveal details about the business to others. Idea theft is an ongoing worry for many of these owners who see themselves as having a gain by being at the head of the market. Read more about Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas[…]

Are your employee contracts up to par? New legislation regarding intellectual property rights pending in New Jersey.

Are your employee contracts up to par? New legislation regarding intellectual property rights pending in New Jersey.

A new bill has been introduced in the New Jersey Legislature regarding contracts with employees relating to their inventions.  The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman David C. Russo and Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, is intended to protect employee common law rights to ownership and usage of employee inventions that are totally unrelated to the job functions Read more about Are your employee contracts up to par? New legislation regarding intellectual property rights pending in New Jersey.[…]

Victory for the Patent Holder – Warner Chilcott v. Lupin and Amneal

Victory for the Patent Holder – Warner Chilcott v. Lupin and Amneal

Our home state of New Jersey was front and center in the sports world this year for Super Bowl XLVIII.  But, from an industrial standpoint, New Jersey is often viewed as a leader in one particular business: pharmaceuticals.  On January 17, 2014, Judge Joel A. Pisano of the District of New Jersey sided with Warner Read more about Victory for the Patent Holder – Warner Chilcott v. Lupin and Amneal[…]

Is Innovation Being Stifled

Is Innovation Being Stifled

Are current policies stifling innovation? Having practiced intellectual property law for more than 25 years, I’ve had the singular honor of witnessing American innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial energy signal the end of every economic down turn. All those unemployed and under employed workers, having a little time and inspiration, innovate and develop new company concepts Read more about Is Innovation Being Stifled[…]