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The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 7.11.12

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UVA and VCU get together for a medical patent; a Shockoe Slip drug maker, Afton Chemical and Hamilton Beach each file for patent protection; and two locals come up with a way to repair broken zippers.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 7.5.12

A busy Docket this week with a lease dispute in Manchester, a battle over equipment from now bankrupt local IT firm Packet360, and a contractor that claims it was never paid for work at Richmond International Airport .

The Docket: Court Roundup for 6.28.12

An alleged $60,000 pay discrepancy related to the construction of the new Richmond Aquatics facility on Ridgedale Parkway and a . Plus a law firm is trying to collect $44,000. And tons of slip-and-falls.

Breaking ground: Building permits for 6.27.12

Lots of new homes, including a $5.2 million conversion of an office building on Broad Street and a $1.4 million permit at Dove Court in the City of Richmond. Plus several commercial projects in Chesterfield.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 6.21.12

Fascinating cases in the Docket this week including a local company trying to collect for work it did on a 103-acre development. Area contractors, construction and title companies get dragged into suits. And Kroger was sued twice this week.

The R&D Dept.: Patents for 6.20.12

A busy week for patents with inventions from Afton Chemical, Magellan Systems, Altria, Dupont and a local man who patented a tuning device for drums.

New Business Licenses: 6.15.12

A new cafe called Off the Grid, a new car dealership and mortgage company in Henrico, a lounge in West Broad Village and would you believe – another new frozen yogurt shop.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 6.14.12

A commercial real estate broker is trying to collect commissions and a law firm its legal fees. HHHunt is suing Henrico County about a zoning issue. And more lawsuits stemming from a shooting at Club Aurora. Plus a former fraternity member at Virginia Union University is suing for alleged hazing.