IP: Do you have a culture of intellectual property knowledge?

Public disclosure of inventions without patent filing affects future U.S. and foreign patent applications

In several past articles, I have briefly discussed the value of an intellectual property committee, the use of defensive publications, trade secrets and patent application subject matter conflicts, to ensure that outside counsel is not handling work from competitors. There are other company activities that need to be cataloged and tracked, which is the subject of this article.

Most off-the-shelf intellectual property docketing software allows a business to docket and track patent applications, patents, trademarks, copyrights and related litigation. While this information is imperative to docket and track, many companies fail to track it or to notify outside counsel of other potentially significant and/or barring activities. This failure can directly impact a company’s intellectual property and bottom line.

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Sandra P. Thompson

Sandra P. Thompson, J.D., Ph.D., is a shareholder in the Orange County office of Buchalter Nemer. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, specifically, patents and...

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