The legislation is aimed at so-called patent trolls but essentially is focused on specific abusive behavior--by any patent owner--in patent infringement litigation. The bill's main provisions would create a “loser pays” scheme in most cases, require greater transparency in patent ownership, enhance the requirements for pleading patent infringement and dictate litigation discovery timing and content.
Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland's multiple listing service (MLS), is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year its MLS system, connectMLS™, and technical services were rated the highest in the latest WAV Group MLS Technology Survey.
WAV Group would like to share an update that was released today from the MLS Domains Association. If you are not familiar with the initiative, it is a collaboration of companies that seek to buy the domain extension of DotMLS. ICANN, which is the international group that determines domain extensions is in the business of licensing domains to legitimate parties.
Michelle Lee, who until July was running Google the firm's patent strategy, has been named the deputy director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and will run the agency until a new director is appointed.
While 2013 was the year of the investor, 2014 is expected to usher in several pivotal shifts in the housing market, including the dominance of the repeat homebuyer, Jed Kolko, chief economist with Trulia said in his latest housing predictions for...
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has named Kristen Butcher as director of professional development. Butcher, 42, will oversee IAR’s events and education programs for its 41,000 members. She begins on Dec. 16. She replaces Wayne Edwards, CAE, who retires from IAR after 33 years of service.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency is increasing the guarantee fees that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge for mortgages they acquire, but Illinois will not be assessed an extra fee because of the high level of foreclosure activity in the state.
By evaluating immigration reform, America could accelerate the current housing recovery by dramatically increasing demand for housing units, in addition to spurring the overall economic recovery, a study from the Bipartisan Policy Center claims.