Intellectual Property

 
 
  • Patent
    Cult Leader Games Patent Office

    A cult leader with deep enough pockets to doggedly pursue patents for mundane variations on established technology has been using his inventions as evidence of his genius. Keith Raniere’s followers, many of them women, several of whom...

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  • Integrating Trade Secrets into a Comprehensive IP Strategy

    Companies that conduct R&D often have a patentability procedure. That process is also well suited to trade secret protection. In addition to deciding whether the invention justifies the cost of patent prosecution, your company should also consider...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • China Stole This U.S. Company’s IP The Old-Fashioned Way

    The Chinese wind turbine company Sinovel managed to come up with some software that had been developed by a U.S.-based company with which Sinovel had been working for years. Sinovel made the turbines, and the U.S. company...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • Some PTAB Procedural Decisions Can Be Appealed

    In January 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., holding that Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) time-bar determinations (the one-year...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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  • Does Your Boss Own Your Brain?

    Today, many employment agreements, particularly in the tech industry, include a clause assigning to an employer all discoveries, improvements, ideas, processes, developments, designs, know-how and formulae the employee develops while working for the employer, whether or not...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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  • Domestic “AK-47,” Made In FLA, Evades Sanctions

    The best-known product of Kalishnikov, one of the strongest brands in the world, is the iconic AK-47 automatic rifle, widely recognized by its curved magazine and admired for its reliability and forgiveness under harsh conditions. The Kalishnikov...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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  • Best Practices For Protecting Trade Secrets

    The threat of losing confidential information through targeted cyber-attacks by outsiders is real, but the more likely culprits are a company’s own employees. To protect proprietary data, it’s crucial to foster a culture of confidentiality in the...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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  • The Annual Super Bowl Trademark Party

    The NFL has its IP wrapped up tight and it doesn’t suffer meddlers lightly, although it’s loosened up a bit from 2007 when it went after a church that advertised a “Super Bowl” party where it planned...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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  • Claiming “Right to Repair,” Farmers Hack Their John Deere Tractors

    Big farm equipment now runs run on embedded software which the manufacturer owns and only the dealership has the equipment to diagnose and fix. Faced with daunting economics, not to mention an affront to their self-reliance, some...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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  • New EU Data Protection Will Conflict With IP Rights

    The Pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will directly impact many U.S. companies, and for IP practitioners in particular it will...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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