Judges Rule in GED’s Favor Over Andersen Corp. in Derivation Hearing

In the nation’s first derivation hearing under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), judges ruled in favor of GED Integrated Solutions over Andersen Corp. In the derivation proceeding, launched in March 2018, Andersen Corp. sought to overtake a patent from GED Integrated Solutions. The patent was issued to GED in August 2016, for a concept
that Andersen officials alleged was first conceived by one of its employees. In the middle of the debate were inventors from both companies, along with patents filed by GED for an insulating spacer frame. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board took exclusive jurisdiction over the matter in May 2017.

Following initial proceedings and responses, both companies put their arguments to the test in November before a panel of administrative patent judges. After concluding that Andersen has not shown that an inventor derived any of the inventions recited, judges found in favor of GED.

Owner of Ohio Company Pleads Guilty to Not Paying Employee Taxes

The owner of Greenville Architectural Glass in Greenville, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to not paying employment taxes. Gail Cooper was the sole owner of the glazing company from 2007 to 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, she admitted that her action caused a loss of more than $500,000 to the U.S. government.

Cooper has admitted to withholding income taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes from employees’ wages from the first quarter of 2013 through the second quarter  of  2015, but never turned those taxes over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Cooper also admitted that she filled false individual income tax returns for the years 2008 through 2010, on which she understated Greenville Architectural Glass’ gross receipts and overstated its expenses. She also admitted to willfully failing to file income tax returns for the years 2011 through 2014, despite having a professional tax return preparer complete the returns.

In March 2016, Cooper admitted to not paying employees’ overtime compensation and was ordered to pay nearly $18,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 16 employees. According to the Dayton Daily News, Greenville Architectural Glass also misclassified employees working as window installers as independent contractors at the time.

Cooper faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 2, 2019.

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