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Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman is Seeking a Patent Attorney – IPWatchdog.com

Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman is looking for local patent attorneys with 1-5 years of experience to join their patent prosecution team.

Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman (HFZ), a boutique law firm located in downtown Chicago, is looking for local patent attorneys with 1-5 years of experience to join their patent prosecution team. HFZ represents clients in a wide variety of industries and technologies including the automotive, aerospace, electronics, software, Internet, e-commerce, wireless and cloud technology sectors, artificial intelligence and machine learning, biomedical instrumentation and consumer goods, process technologies, and digital signal processing industries, media and process control technologies, amongst others. This full-time position has a billable hour requirement of 1850 hours with year-end bonus potential. This position is located in Chicago, IL, with an option of hybrid/remote work.

Benefits of working with HFZ:

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience and strong benefits package
  • Excellent work/life balance
  • HFZ works with many Fortune 500 technology companies and three of the top twenty-five patent-producing companies in the US
  • Exposure to a wide variety of technologies and clients
  • Team environment
  • Small Firm environment with an Open-door Policy allowing easy access to senior attorneys and Managing Partners
  • Non-Equity/Equity Partnership consideration after a total of seven years’ work experience, two years of which must be with HFZ.

Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, LLC is committed to diversity as a core value of the firm. We continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees. A diverse and inclusive workforce enriches our work experience and enhances the value of our legal services. HFZ is an Equal Opportunity/ M/F/Vet/Disabled Employer.

Duties Include:

Patent Preparation, Prosecution, and Counseling.

Requirements:

  • 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience
  • Admitted to USPTO
  • Registered attorney
  • Previous work focused primarily on drafting and prosecuting patent applications and office action responses
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Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company Recognized as a Top Charitable Contributor by Boston Business Journal

National life insurance carrier ranked 80th among top charitable companies in Massachusetts

CANTON, Mass., Sept. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, a national provider of insurance solutions for individuals and the workplace, was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a top charitable contributor for the fourth consecutive year. The Corporate Citizenship Award is given to companies that have donated at least $100,000 to Massachusetts-based charitable organizations in fiscal year 2021. Boston Mutual ranked 80th on the list.

Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company logo (PRNewsfoto/Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co)

Boston Mutual Life was ranked 80th among the top charitable companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.

Through Boston Mutual’s Making An Impact program, the insurance provider donated $194.726 in 2021 to national and local organizations who focus on community and family, educational and environmental efforts.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Boston Business Journal for our charitable giving efforts throughout Massachusetts and are honored to be among fellow local companies that prioritize giving back to many of the communities in which we live and work,” shared Paul A. Quaranto, Jr., Chairman, CEO and President at Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company. “We thank our employees for their support and commitment to our charitable endeavors, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference through our Making An Impact program.”

This year’s Corporate Citizenship Award honorees were recognized at an in-person celebration at the Boston Business Journal‘s 18th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards event on September 8, 2022. To see the full list of honorees, please visit this link.

To learn more about Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, please visit https://www.bostonmutual.com/. For more on the company’s corporate citizenship program, Making An Impact, visit https://www.bostonmutual.com/about-us/making-an-impact/.

About Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company

Founded as a progressive life insurance

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Grand Rapids area election worker charged with 2 felonies for misconduct at August primary

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A primary election worker in a Grand Rapids area township is facing two felonies for what Kent County leaders say involved illegally accessing a machine with a thumb drive.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced the charges Wednesday, Sept. 28 against the man, who worked the Aug. 2 primary in Gaines Township’s Precinct 8.

MLive is not naming the man pending arrangement.

The charges are election law– falsifying returns/records and using a computer to commit a crime.

Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons, in a statement issued Wednesday, said the man’s actions did not affect the election or allow any access to voting machines or ballots.

She said another person observed the man putting a personal thumb drive into an electronic poll book computer. The alleged incident happened after the polls closed.

The poll book contains voter registration data, including confidential, personal identifying information about precinct voters. But it is not connected to any tabulation equipment or the Internet, Posthumus Lyons said.

The accused man is not an employee of Kent County or Gaines Township, but was a resident trained and certified by clerks to work at precincts during elections as well as at absentee ballot counting boards.

Posthumus Lyons described the incident as “extremely egregious and incredibly alarming. Not only is it a violation of Michigan law, but it is a violation of public trust and of the oath all election workers are required to take,” she said in the statement.

Still, she said no election results were accessed.

In an effort to reassure voters, Posthumus Lyons said she intends to conduct an audit of the precinct’s Aug. 2 elections and count the paper ballots. The breached electronic poll book will also be replaced and not used in the November election.

“Let me be very

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Ginni Thomas and the Supreme Court’s crisis of legitimacy

(Reuters) – From antitrust to zoning, I’ve written about most areas of the law – but I steer clear of immigration.

That’s because I’m married to an immigration judge.

If I wrote a column calling for immediate full citizenship for all undocumented immigrants — or for all undocumented immigrants to be immediately put in jail – I’d be concerned my opinion, fairly or not, could reflect on my spouse.

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Better to stay out of his lane.

Maybe that’s part of why I find Virginia (Ginni) Thomas’ alleged conduct related to the 2020 presidential election so off-putting.

Last week, my Reuters colleagues confirmed that Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, agreed to be interviewed by the US congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Her lawyer Mark Paoletta told Reuters that she “is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election.”

The committee obtained emails between her and former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman, who pushed the theory that then-Vice President Mike Pence could block Congress from certifying Trump’s 2020 election loss, the Washington Post previously reported.

The Post also reported that she texted Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, and emailed lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin, urging them to assist in overturning the election of Joe Biden as president.

Paoletta did not respond to a request for comment from his client, nor did Ginni Thomas’ firm, Liberty Consulting. A Supreme Court spokesperson also did not respond to a request for comment from Clarence Thomas or his wife.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting Ginni Thomas, who has a JD from Creighton University School of Law, should limit

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Members of RI’s Chace family, Buff Chace, feuding over $70M trust

PROVIDENCE — One of Rhode Island’s most prominent families is locked in a bitter legal dispute over the alleged mismanagement of a $70-million trust, and it’s pitting cousin against cousin.

Malcolm Chace IV, his siblings and their children are seeking to have their cousin Arnold B. “Buff” Chace Jr. removed as trustee of a $70-plus-million trust that Malcolm’s father, Malcolm “Kim” Chace III, left his heirs upon his death in 2011.

Malcolm IV’s faction cites a climate of animus and distrust in requesting Buff’s removal. They say they have been spurned for more than a decade in their attempts to get an accounting of how the trust has been managed. They accuse Buff of breaching their trust and his duties by engaging in self-dealing and using the fund for his own enrichment.

Providence developer Arnold B. “Buff” Chace Jr.  faces a legal challenge from a cousin over his performance as trustee of a $70-million family trust.

“I think some of the paperwork raises questions. Who got what, and who benefited? Those are the issues,” said former US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente, who is among the lawyers representing Malcolm IV and 12 other beneficiaries.

Also at stake is whether a trustee can invest trust assets in an entity in which they hold an interest, particularly without notice to the beneficiaries, Corrente said.

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Corrente said he believes “unequivocally” that trustees have an obligation to notify the beneficiaries about transactions.

“We think the law is clear on that,” he said. Deposits in the case are in progress.

Dueling allegations of self-dealing

Buff Chace and co-trustee William Saltonstall, Kim’s stepson, shot back in court documents that any charges of animus and distrust are a “manufactured pretext” for Malcolm IV to enrich himself and come in retaliation for Malcolm IV’s father not naming him trustee. They accuse Malcolm IV, who goes by Malcolm Jr., of wanting to manage the

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Trump’s troubles worsened: 6 legal landmines facing the ex-president

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s myriad of legal problems have intensified after a whirlwind week of lawsuits and court decisions that went against the embattled former president — including a civil suit filed by the New York attorney general that partially seeks to prohibit him or his adult children from ever running a company in their home state again.

It was just one of several new setbacks for Trump, as the probe into his handling of classified documents continues and unsealed court papers revealing that a writer already suing him for defamation plans to file a second lawsuit alleging he raped her, under a historic new law passed by New York legislators.

The new week only promises to bring more troubles for Trump. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection of the US Capitol indicated the final televised hearing set for Wednesday will be an explosive event featuring new witness testimony.

Here’s an update on the biggest legal threats facing Teflon Don in state, federal, and congressional investigations.

DOJ probe of missing White House records

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s investigators continue to investigate Trump’s handling of highly sensitive classified documents in a probe that could result in a federal indictment.

Trump scored a point when Judge Aileen Cannon tasked a well-respected Brooklyn judge with examining more than 10,000 hidden documents as a special master in the DOJ probe. He lost one when an unimpressed Judge Raymond Dearie put his lawyers on the hook by forcing them to take a position on whether he declassified documents and detail his unfounded claim the FBI planted evidence.

“My view is you can’t have your cake and eat it,” Dearie told Trump’s lawyers when they appeared before him on Wednesday.

In another blow, the 11th Circuit ruling that gave the Justice Department

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Factors to consider when enhancing your insurance company’s DEI program


Factors to consider when enhancing your insurance company's DEI program

Insurance Business released this year’s list of Australian insurance companies with 5-star diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and the significant factors to consider when enhancing their DEI programs.

For this year’s list, Insurance Business Australia (IB) research team invited firms to share the DEI initiatives they have focused on over the past 12 months. For 15 weeks, the IB team conducted one-on-one interviews with DEI professionals to gain a keen understanding of the industry standards and determine which companies have met or exceeded these expectations. The team then reached out to the companies’ employees to gauge the effectiveness of these programs. The companies that scored 4 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 were recognized for having 5-star DEI programs.

As part of the selection process, IB identified the most important criteria to enhance companies’ DEI programs. It found that “employees feeling that they belong at the company” ranked the highest in the most significant factor to consider when enhancing DEI programs, with a score of 4.79 out of 5. It was followed by:

  • The knowledge that people’s personal beliefs and traditions are respected (4.75 out of 5);
  • Knowing who and where to go to if someone needs to report inappropriate behavior based on diversity (4.64 out of 5);
  • Working in a company that you feel you can recommend to a friend or colleague who belongs to an underrepresented group (4.56 out of 5);
  • Having a good training program for diversity within the company (4.38 out of 5); and
  • Creating and fulfilling a good DEI program (4.28 out of 5).

Commenting on the 17 insurance companies that ranked high enough to garner IB’s 5-star DEI awards this year, Catherine Carlyon, country manager for Australia at AXA

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Esmeralda Soria endorsed by law enforcement in assembly race

Democrat Esmeralda Soria faces Republican Mark Pazin in the 27th District Assembly race in November.

Democrat Esmeralda Soria faces Republican Mark Pazin in the 27th District Assembly race in November.

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Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria captured two big law enforcement endorsements this week in her campaign for the newly drawn state Assembly District 27.

Soria, a Democrat, announced endorsements from the California College and University Police Chiefs Association and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Previously, the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations endorsed Soria.

Soria’s stance on school shootings convinced the college and university police chiefs she was the best choice in the race, the association president said.

“We made our endorsement after carefully evaluating both of the candidates, and Councilmember Soria was the only candidate who shared our commitment to protecting schools from active shooter assaults. She received our overwhelming endorsement,” said retired Chief Joel Justice, president of the association.

The endorsements matter because her challenger is former Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, a Republican, who has linked law enforcement and first-responder support during his campaign. Pazin also previously served as the law enforcement chief for California’s Office of Emergency Services.

Pazin also secured endorsements from key law enforcement figures, such as Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims. Pazin also is endorsed by the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Merced City Firefighters Local 1479 and the California State Sheriff’s Association.

Pazin’s campaign said Soria’s recent law enforcement endorsements show the outgoing Fresno City Councilmember and Fresno City College adjunct professor is trying to “reinvent herself.”

“I’m always amazed at the hypocrisy of Esmeralda Soria and the lengths she goes to reinvent herself,” said Jordan Dennison, Pazin’s campaign manager. “Two years ago she ran for Congress to the left of Jim Costa and made a pilgrimage to Washington, DC, to visit

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Insurance companies can’t drop customers in burn areas

FORESTHILL, Calif. — California temporarily banned insurance companies Thursday from dropping customers in areas affected by recent wildfires, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for residents near a 2-week-old blaze that’s become the largest in the state so far this year.

Several days of sporadic rain helped firefighters reach 60% containment on the Mosquito Fire in Sierra foothills about 110 miles northeast of San Francisco. At least 78 homes and other structures have been destroyed since flames broke out Sept. 6 and charred forestland across Placer and El Dorado counties.

Sheriff’s officials in both counties announced Wednesday that they were lifting the last of the evacuation orders that during the fire’s height kept some 11,000 people out of their homes.

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara invoked a law Thursday at protecting homeowners in the wildfire-plagued state who say they are being pushed out of the commercial insurance market.

Lara ordered insurance companies to preserve residential insurance for one year for Californians who live near one of several major wildfires that have burned across the state in recent weeks.

The Department of Insurance estimates the moratorium will affect policies covering about 236,000 people in portions of Placer, El Dorado and Riverside counties.

“Wildfires are devastating even if you did not lose your home, so it is absolutely critical to give people breathing room after a disaster. This is not the time to be having to search for insurance,” Lara said in a statement.

The law was implemented in 2019, when more than 15 major wildfires burned homes across the state.

Scientists say climate change has made the West warmer and drier over the last three decades and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive. In the last five years, California has experienced the

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Candidates for top Arizona election job spar in debate

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican Arizona lawmaker who embraces election conspiracies and has former President Donald Trump’s endorsement sparred with the Democrat who helped oversee the 2020 election in Maricopa County in a debate Thursday evening as they each seek the state’s top elections post.

The two vying to be the next secretary of state — Republican Rep. Mark Finchem and Democrat Adrian Fontes, the former Maricopa County recorder — had vastly differing views on the outcome of the 2020 election, the violent attack on Congress and how to run elections going forward.

Finchem said he would not have certified the 2020 results in two of Arizona’s 15 counties because he said they were “irredeemably compromised.” He pointed to Yuma County, where two women have pleaded guilty to illegally collecting a few ballots and await sentencing.

He said that was just one example of the problems that he believes merited not allowing that small county and those in the state‘s most populous, Maricopa, to be certified. No evidence has been uncovered to show that the problems were large enough to change the results that saw then-President Donald lose in Arizona.

“I’m not talking about overturning an election. I’m talking about declaring one county’s election as irredeemably compromised,” Finchem said. “Now if that alters the outcome of the election, that’s a different story.”

Fontes, who lost his 2020 reelection bid, said the courts are the place for those issues to be hashed out, as they often are.

“What we now have is an entire set of fiction that has somehow managed to make a lot of money for some people outside of the regular norms that we expect,” Fontes said. “This is a chaotic way of reading-dressing a political loss.”

Fontes said voters need stability and predictability in elected

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