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PARTS 3 & 4- Tech Atlanta History: Dennis Hayes/Hayes Microcomputer Products

Dennis Hayes is our inaugural technology leader from the past. Dennis’ company, Hayes Microcomputer Products, was unquestionably the leading modem/telecom company in Atlanta for over a decade, and Dennis built one of the most powerful companies in the microcomputer market. Below are Parts 3 and 4 of our interview with Dennis, where he discusses marketing from an entrepreneur’s perspective and the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial experience. Hope you enjoy our video interview and look forward to bringing you future installments of our Atlanta tech leadership series.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft in Microsoft v i4i Case

June 10th, 2011



Patents Still Presumed Valid;

Clear and Convincing Evidence Required to Invalidate


Finally, A Pro-Patent Supreme Court Decision


In many areas of the law, the pendulum of justice swings back and forth, as courts and government attempt to balance competing interests in society.  Courts hand down decisions that seem harsh to one segment of society and favorable to another, but later change course.  Patent law is no exception.

For the past several years, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has handed down

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Supreme Court Ruling: Inventors Initially Own Patents, Not Their Employers





Bayh-Dole Act Did Not Change This Long-Standing Principle – Stanford University Loses Argument That It Owned Collaborative Faculty Invention


Employers Should Be Careful To Avoid Conflicting Assignment Rights When Employees Work in Collaborative Ventures or Research


June 7, 2011


Under long standing principles of U.S. patent laws going back to the 1790’s, patents are initially awarded to inventors, and not to their employers.   It is and has been customary for employers to obtain assignments (and “agreements to assign”) of

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Tech Atlanta History: Dennis Hayes/Hayes Microcomputer Products

Leadership Lessons from Atlanta’s Tech Executives


On my 30th anniversary in Atlanta, I’ve been reflecting on the tech leaders in our community over the last three decades.

In 1981, my sister encouraged me to begin writing about technology law issues in Computer Retailing magazine — at the time, one of the few computer publications in the country.  Today, this blog provides the platform for my recollections of tech leadership lessons from Atlanta entrepreneurs, many of whom were pivotal in guiding the direction of our community.

This will be the first of a series of videos of key technology leaders in the community who

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Lady Gaga

June 8th, 2011
Entrepreneurial Info


It is no secret that Lady Gaga has made an impression on popular culture, and fan or not, there is something to be said for her success from a business perspective.  From finding free ways to market your brand online to supporting popular causes, aspiring entrepreneurs can take a lesson from her business success story. Read article.


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MMM Recognized for Excellence by Legal 500 2011

Morris, Manning & Martin Recognized

for Excellence by Legal 500 US 2011

Several Practice Groups and

Attorneys Earn Praise from Legal Referral Publication


Atlanta, GA (June 6, 2011) – The Legal 500 US 2011 has recognized more than a dozen Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP attorneys, as well as several of the Firm’s practice areas. The well-respected Legal 500 guides provide research and rankings of law firms around the globe. It has recommended Morris, Manning & Martin in the following categories:

  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Middle-Market
  • Venture Capital and Emerging Companies
  • Real Estate
  • Domestic Tax – East Coast

The Legal 500 rankings praise

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New Texas Legislation: “Loser Pays”

June 6th, 2011
Recent Legal News

New Texas legislation hopes to protect businesses from frivolous cases by implementing a “loser pays” tort reform. Law makers hope the legislation will encourage litigants to “consider the practicality of their complaint before taking legal action…and protect defendants from the dire financial impact of frivolous cases.” Under the new rule, litigants will be responsible for paying the attorney fees of the defendant if the case is determined groundless. Click here to learn more about the new law.

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