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Does your company hold business method patents? A recent US Supreme Court ruling may affect the business method patents you currently hold, and any you might pursue in the future. The Court ruled last month in Bilski v. Kappos that a business method for hedging risk in commodities trading was not patentable under the U.S. Patent Act. However, the Court did confirm, at least for now, that business methods are eligible as patentable subject matter in certain instances.

On July 8, 2010, Secretary Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Proposed Rule designed to strengthen the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules, as mandated by the subsequently enacted Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). 

Non-competition agreements can help your business protect customers and confidential information, retain valuable employees, and prevent competitors from engaging in unfair practices.

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Bilski vs. Kappos case. The Court affirmed the Federal Circuit court's decision, stating that Mr. Bilski's product, a mathematical formula used to calculate risk in hedge funds, is not patentable because it is based on an abstract idea. The Court did however determine that a business method can, under certain circumstances, be eligible for patent under Section 101.

The Kentucky CPA Journal / Issue 3 2010

Tax in the Bluegrass

July 2010

All Kentucky businesses face state and local tax issues, even small businesses. While the term “small business” might suggest a sole proprietorship or a “mom and pop” retail store, it can encompass retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and service providers with millions of dollars of gross receipts and assets. And, while a business might be “small,” issues resulting from tax law changes, tax compliance and tax administration can potentially have a significant impact on such a business. Following are a few tax issues among others that, in the author’s view, are now faced by Kentucky small businesses as a whole.



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