For about 8 years, there has been a belief that it was safe for a company to sell an item or offer to sell an item without first filing a patent application as long as the sale or offer for sale was under a non-disclosure agreement so the sale would be secret and not public. This month, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision said NO in Helsinn Healthcare S. A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
For many of my contractor and subcontractor clients, the thought of not receiving payment for satisfactory work performed on a construction project is frightening. These businesses have bills to pay, payroll to run, and might even need to purchase additional materials for the job they are not getting paid on. Fortunately, N.C.G.S 44A, provides a bit of relief. In case you want to take a peak yourself, HERE is a link to the North Carolina’s lien statutes.
During the Thanksgiving season, like so many others, we at Felton Banks like to take some time to reflect on where we are and how we’ve gotten here. Since our firm’s inception, our motto has been “More Than Law,” which means that we want to be more than just lawyers to our clients. We want to serve as advisors, supporters, friends, and allies, in addition to our role as attorneys. Many times when a potential client walks in our door, he or she is carrying a heavy burden that the legal system alone cannot alleviate. Our goal is to approach each of these cases in a comprehensive and holistic way, helping our clients to resolve the whole issue and not just the legal aspects thereof.
Our “More Than Law” mission is working. We love every second of what we do here, and on this day in particular we are acutely aware that we couldn’t have made any of this happen on our own. We owe an unquantifiable debt to so many people in so many industries, who have lended their efforts and support to making this firm happen. We are so thankful to live, work, and play in the Raleigh area, which we firmly believe to be the greatest city in the greatest country on Earth. We’re grateful to our families for their unending support through the long hours and sleepless nights over these past few years.
But most of all, we’re thankful for you, our clients, for making all of this possible. None of this happens without you. Each of you gives us a unique outlet and opportunity to put our mission statement into practice, and we are extraordinarily blessed to have such a wonderful group of people to work for. Thank you so much for giving us that opportunity.
So today, from our Felton Banks family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you.
Attorney Nick Dowgul, from the firm, will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar titled “Guns, Gaming, Marijuana, Opiods, and Alcoholic Beverages” on December 7th at the Holiday Inn-Raleigh North Mid-Town. Nick’s topic will be ethics in the legal profession.
This Wednesday, November 7th, from 5:30pm to around 7pm, we will be hosting our Millennials Who Work (For Themselves) meetup at Growler USA (upstairs) located at 314 S. Blount St in downtown Raleigh (City Market).
Most drone pilots know that Part 107 exists but did you know that North Carolina has a robust body of drone law, as well? Attorney Ashley Felton will review some of the key NC drone laws, as well as share her experience litigating a criminal drone case in Wake County. Bring your questions because we will end with a Q&A forum!
More info is on our event page!