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5 Ways to Get Personal Time Approved When Your Boss Isn't On Board

Vicki Salemi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Vicki Salemi

Be aware of how you're asking. Communication styles matter. If your boss hasn't been on board, maybe email isn't the best way to get a quick, curt response. Have a conversation instead and mention you're entitled to time off and it won't significantly impact your department.

In the Trenches of the Smartphone Patent War

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.29.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Market-driven competition is better for economic growth than choosing winners and losers through political and legal maneuvering. A settlement that results in Apple and Samsung engineers designing products instead of courtroom exhibits is better for all involved.

Harnessing Privateers to Block Their Attacks on US Competitiveness

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.31.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Long ago, this term referred to pirates-for-hire, naval contractors hired by one government to attack the commercial interests of another. Today, patent warriors are doing the same, but instead of pillaging ships at gunpoint, today's privateers launch patent attacks, thus putting the competition at a tactical disadvantage in the marketplace.

Why Parents Shouldn't Take a Summer Break from Schools

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Summer is not the time to take a break from school involvement. If parents are shy about contacting district officials, they can always get in touch with their parent organization leaders.

Improving Your Agency's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Ranking

Tom Fox | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Organizations struggling to improve their rankings would be wise to understand what successful agencies have done, and then adopt those strategies to build a more engaged and, ultimately, a more effective workforce.

Patents: Getting More Than You Paid For

Brian Kahin | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Is PTO an expert government agency in the same sense as other agencies? And what are the consequences of deferring to patent examiners?