U.S. Supreme Court ruling: Administrative trademark decisions may preclude infringement litigation
April 24, 2015 12:02 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 24 that Trial Trademark and Appeal Board (TTAB) decisions “can be weighty enough” to preclude a district court from litigating the likelihood of confusion between trademarks in a subsequent infringement suit. The decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v Hargis Industries, Inc. may not settle the nearly 20-year dispute between the owners of the SEALTIGHT and SEALTITE marks; however, the ruling is likely to increase the importance of TTAB proceedings. In certain circumstances, federal district courts may be bound by TTAB determinations that trademarks are confusingly similar under the doctrine of issue preclusion. Issue preclusion prevents the same issues from being litigated more than once, saving time and resources.

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Milwaukee needs to contribute more for Bucks arena project
April 23, 2015 10:04 AM
The Milwaukee Bucks recently unveiled their new $1 billion plan to build a sports entertainment district with a catchy hashtag campaign and flashy photos of the potential arena. However, one crucial aspect was missing from the unveiling: who is going to be contributing the money for this complex?

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Business confidence is on the rise
April 22, 2015 10:36 AM
Several jaws dropped and eyebrows rose in January when BizTimes predicted a robust year of national economic growth for 2015.

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New Bucks arena would bring increased tax revenue and jobs
April 17, 2015 09:37 AM
As the Milwaukee Bucks head into the playoff season, there's a lot going on to make sure they remain a Wisconsin team in the future.

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A new funding approach is needed if we are going to retain the Bucks
April 16, 2015 11:28 AM
Having closely watched the debate over how to fund a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, it appears there is a real risk that this franchise will leave Milwaukee. It appears that the state legislature has balked at Gov. Scott Walker's original $220 million funding proposal. It appears they are focused on approving a funding package of $150 million. This leaves a funding gap of at least $100 million ($500 million in projected cost, less $250 million in private capital and $150 million in state financing). State legislative leaders have suggested that the city and county come up with this $100 million or what could be an even bigger share if the actual costs of construction run over $500 million.

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Wrestling with employee retention
April 15, 2015 11:22 AM
Observing the Wisconsin state wrestling tournament this year, I noticed a consistency to the competitors who were winning: They weren't flashy. They stuck to the fundamentals, and did them well.

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Algorithms and the human factor: How will society strike balance?
April 14, 2015 09:13 AM
Data science is a fancy term for statistics. It's the extraction of knowledge from data, which can be derived from multiple digital sources and turned into a resource to make business decisions.

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Modernization is unlocking commercial capital
April 13, 2015 11:38 AM
One year ago this week, I took my oath to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration, the federal agency chartered by Congress in 1953 to support America's entrepreneurs.

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City should demand assistance from Nationstar Mortgage
April 9, 2015 11:10 AM
Dear Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Michael Murphy:

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Bucks assemble vibrant business team
April 8, 2015 10:14 AM
Under new ownership, the Milwaukee Bucks made significant strides by building a young pool of talent on the court this season.

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Harbor District could be a jewel in the rough
April 7, 2015 11:14 AM
Milwaukee's Harbor District, one of the city's most opportunistic areas for ongoing development, will evolve quicker if state authorities and others continue to streamline remediation policies and procedures.

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