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Battling the Laws of Nature

Court Rulings on IP May Threaten Future of Genomics ResearchLife sciences companies in San Diego and around the nation are working to cope with legal decisions that restrict how they can secure patents for discoveries that involve the laws of nature.

By Emmet Pierce May 26, 2016 10:11 a.m.   $$ Share

Wage Increase Takes Toll on Business Optimism

San Diego County business owners are less optimistic about prospects ahead because of the planned increases in the minimum wage and their own doubts about future hiring, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce reported May 19.

Ex-Qualcomm Employees Adjust to Life After Layoffs

TECH: Company’s Reputation Is Plus in Search for New Job

Sanj Gunetileke says he never experienced a boring work day during his six-year career at Qualcomm Inc.

UC San Diego Key Partner in New Binational Institute

Advanced materials able to withstand extreme environments are the focus of a new binational institute inaugurated May 24.

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Claire Long Named CFO at BlueHornet

BlueHornet, a San Diego-based email marketing software and services provider, announced Claire Long as its new chief financial officer.

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Small Business Needs Fewer Burdens, Not More

As a small business operator in San Diego, I know that every penny from every sale is incredibly important to my success, and those sales are driven by the customers I am able to reach around the world through the internet and platforms like eBay.

In-House Stars Will Shine at SDBJ’s General Counsel Awards

The San Diego Business Journal has one of the best group of candidates for its General Counsel Awards for 2016. You should attend this event June 30 at Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from 4-7 p.m.

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Yogurt Franchisor Prepares Smooth Transition for Growth Plans

VENDING: Co. Takes New Name, Begins to Seek Other Markets

Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc. is renaming itself and splitting its franchises in advance of its release of its latest product, a frozen yogurt robotic kiosk.

Chamber Poll Finds Looming Minimum Wage Hike Dampening Business Optimism

San Diego County business owners are less optimistic about prospects ahead because of the planned increases in the minimum wage and their own doubts about future hiring, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce reported on May 19.

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Italian Restaurant Chain Spoleto Plans Six Local Eateries

Brazil-based Spoleto, a fast-casual Italian restaurant chain that lets customers choose ingredients for their entrees, plans to open six of its first seven California locations in San Diego County.

Stadium Proponents Call For Boycott Against 3 Hotel Companies

An organization called San Diego Stadium Coalition has joined with Save Our Bolts and other civic and fan groups, calling for a boycott of three hotel companies they claim are collectively opposing development of a hybrid downtown stadium and convention facility favored by the San Diego Chargers.

Donald Knauss Named Chairman of USD Board

The University of San Diego board has named Donald R. Knauss as its new chairman, effective July 1. Knauss will succeed Ron Fowler, who is stepping down from the chairman’s post.

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Luna Grill Plans Two New Restaurant Openings

San Diego-headquartered Premier Food Concepts LLC, which operates the Luna Grill chain of fast-casual Mediterranean-style restaurants, plans to open new locations in Pacific Highlands Ranch and Mira Mesa, bringing its companywide total to 24.

Jack in the Box Reports Better-Than-Expected Q2 Earnings

Shares of Jack in the Box Inc. rose more than 10 percent to touch $71.99 in after-hours trading May 11 after the quick-service eatery chain reported second quarter earnings.

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Developers Get Financing, Start Construction on InterContinental Hotel

Developers of a new 400-room InterContinental Hotel, planned for the $217 million second phase of development at the former Lane Field in downtown San Diego, have obtained construction financing for the project. Construction was scheduled to begin May 10, with completion slated for September 2018.

CIM Inc. Opens Houston Office

La Jolla-based Cornerstone Integrated Marketing (CIM) Inc., a luxury hospitality and lifestyle public relations and marketing agency, announced the opening of its Houston office.