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The great Krispy Kreme stale donut fundraising debacle of 2003 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randall Kenneth Jones   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:16

During their middle school years, my daughter Maribeth announced she wanted to be a music producer and my son Kevin proclaimed his career ambition was to design video games.

 

Ah — glamour jobs!

 

My astute parental response was to attempt to sell them on the importance of product marketing. After all, that’s what dear old dad does for a living. Surely they were aching to follow in my footsteps.

 

“Kids, I absolutely believe you can be anything you want to be. But keep in mind it’s all about business.”

 

Yes, being a music producer sounds great and designing video games would be exciting but if no one buys the CDs or the video games, then you’re out of a job. So when it comes time for college, you really can’t go wrong with a business degree.”

 

Take that, offspring!

 

In my naïve mind, my higher education sales pitch was going great until Maribeth blurted out, “Dad, didn’t you major in speech and drama?”

 

Darn, yet another important parental lesson destroyed by the calculating mind of a 12-year-old.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:29
 
Making it work: Supporting caregivers in the workplace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jody Gastfriend   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:15

 

During the years that I was helping my mom care for my dad who had dementia, I found myself spending a lot of time in my car, driving back and forth along the Massachusetts turnpike. It started out doable, but eventually the frequent trips, along with a full-time job, three teenage kids, and a husband who traveled on business, took a toll.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:18
 
Five keys to developing personal power PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lynda Chervil   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:54

 

Personal power is a core leadership competency that everyone needs to develop before they can lead others. It has to do with being able to lead yourself.

 

"Personal power is the ability to achieve what you want,” according to Frederick Mann, a successful entrepreneur and author of “The Economic Rape of America.” “More than anything else, it is personal power that brings you success and happiness. The biggest barrier to success in almost any endeavor is powerlessness, negativity, helplessness and inertia. They belong together. The problem is not only our own powerlessness, but also the powerlessness of those around us."

 

We can help harness and learn to use our personal power by understanding and working on our Emotional Intelligence (EI) skills.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:58
 
Recent legal challenges affect biotechnology patents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Scott Frederick Peachman, an associate attorney at Fay Sharpe LLP   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:43

 

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Diamond v. Chakrabarty decision in 1980 opened the door for certain modified products of nature to be patented. A natural bacterium modified to digest different hydrocarbons in oil spills was found to be patentable.

 

“This decision allowed the biotechnology industry to boom because it expanded the notion of what was patentable,” says Scott Frederick Peachman, an associate attorney at Fay Sharpe LLP.

 

After Chakrabarty, the courts continued to expand on what types of modified natural products were eligible for patenting. However, over the past few years, they have reversed their direction.

 

In 2012, the Supreme Court in Mayo v. Prometheus determined that a diagnostic method for altering the dosage of a drug based on a patient’s metabolite levels was not patentable. The next year, the Supreme Court in Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics found that an isolated human gene was not patentable, i.e., it was not “markedly different” than nature.

 

After these decisions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its own guidelines interpreting these cases. “While not binding on the courts, the USPTO guidelines affect the patent prosecution process and further extend the recent hard stance taken by the courts on patent eligibility,” he says. These developments, coupled with the change in the U.S. to a substantially first-to-file country, can make things difficult for companies that are unprepared.

Smart Business spoke with Peachman about what biotechnology companies should know.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:46
 
Managing a crisis situation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Renee Sieli   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 15:33

 

Dealing with the media on a not so flattering story can be a scary process. Many business leaders don’t have regular interaction with the media, and thus responding to a crisis situation can seem daunting and overwhelming. While managing crisis communications is certainly an art, there are a few basic “rules of thumb” that can provide guidance for businesses unfamiliar with the process. Understanding each crisis should be evaluated individually, with a focused approach, most business can effectively navigate challenging public relations by following a few simple guidelines.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 15:36
 

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