Intellectual Property

Online Copyright Protections after Viacom v. YouTube

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act gives service providers a safe harbor against copyright infringement claims unless they have notice of, or actual knowledge of, specific…

Reconsider the Way You Protect New Ideas

Most corporate legal departments have established processes to translate new ideas into patents. In many companies this approach is automatic, and trade secrets are not…

Prioritizing Your Patent Application

An expedited procedure for examining U.S. patent applications, called Prioritized Examination, or “PE,” has been implemented by the America Invents Act, which was signed into…

Protecting IP in Government Contracts

The laws and regulations that dictate the rights the federal government receives in a contractor’s software and technical data are complicated. They differ depending on…

What to Patent is a Strategic Question

The strategic importance of a well-managed patent portfolio has the attention of many C-suite executives. For example, in 2011 Google Inc. offered $12.5 billion for…

Rougher Litigation Terrain For Non-Practicing Entities

Recent trends in patent litigation have made lawsuits brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs) somewhat easier and cheaper to defend. Historically, many of these cases have…

New Patent Law Challenges Legal Departments

The America Invents Act, passed in 2011, represents the most significant reform of U.S. patent law since 1952, and it will dramatically reshape the way…

IP and Information Technology Asset Management

All companies need to update and protect their intellectual property assets at regular intervals, especially those companies that have recently undergone mergers or made acquisitions.…

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