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Patent Office pilot programs slowly ease backlog (access required)

Over the last two years, patent attorneys have seen marked differences in the way patent applications are handled, and how a backlog of 700,000-plus filed patent applications is being tackled, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A series of ...

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Nuclear developer’s rezone hearing set (access required)

Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. as soon as June 6 could get the final approval it needs in Idaho before seeking a federal license to build a nuclear power plant near New Plymouth. The Payette County Board of Commissioners scheduled a ...

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Foreclosure reform on Idaho horizon (access required)

A foreclosure-reform law slated to take effect in Idaho Sept. 1 clarifies the process for homeowners and imposes new requirements on lenders. Along with a default notice, the lender will have to provide a written notice of the potential ramifications ...

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Aircraft company says lack of tax exemption is stalling its growth (access required)

In the past year, Boise-based Western Aircraft, one of the West’s largest aircraft services company, increased its sales and marketing staff by 66 percent in its efforts to compete for lucrative maintenance jobs servicing large corporate jets and turboprops. But ...

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Nampa storm water utility nears launch (access required)

Nampa’s new storm water and drainage utility is expected to finalize rates in May. The program is required under the Clean Water Act because of recent growth. An open house is set from 4 to 7 p.m. April 27 at ...

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Idaho Supreme Court says medical malpractice suit is time-barred (access required)

The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim began to run from the date of the plaintiff’s surgery rather than the date that a second injury revealed the defendant’s negligence, the Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in affirming a ...

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Hire One Act passes

The Idaho Legislature passed a jobs-incentive bill April 7, the final day of the legislative session. The Hire One Act provides tax credits to employers who hire. It sets three levels of qualification for refundable income tax credits based on ...

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