Intellectual Property

  • Alphabet soup

    The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was seen as the most important new patent law in a half century when it was approved in 2011. The law basically moved the U.S. patent system from a “first to invent” to a “first inventor to file” system. It also allowed for inter...

  • IP lockdown

    The era of Big Data is, for better or for worse, upon us. And in this Brave New World that has such data in it, companies inevitably have massive amounts of information that must be kept both private and secure. Trade secrets such as customer lists, manufacturing processes and even...

  • Congress tries to pass trade secrets protection bill

    Some bipartisan members of Congress have once again backed a bill that attempts to stop the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the theft of corporate trade secrets.

  • More changes proposed on PTAB trial proceedings

    “The PTAB proceedings are succeeding in their Congressional mandate to effectively and efficiently resolve patent validity disputes, while providing timely, low-cost alternatives to district court litigation,” USPTO Director Michelle Lee said.

  • A look at the post-Actavis landscape

    Two years ago, the Supreme Court issued its decision in FTC v. Actavis, Inc., holding that patent litigation settlement agreements in which the patentee pays the defendant to settle the patent infringement case the patentee brought—often referred to as a “reverse settlements”—can create potential antitrust liability.

  • How Verizon cut its copyright infringement risk

    With so much information available online and on shared servers, today's global organizations are more collaborative and unified than ever before. However, all of this sharing comes with its own set of potential pitfalls and liabilities.

  • Bill Shreve and the Glaukos success story: When having an IP attorney pays off

    It’s no secret that for many start-ups and small businesses, resources are limited -- time and money being two of them. But leaving room in the budget for intellectual property can not only help with growth and protecting interests, it can also play a critical part in a company’s long-term...

  • Patents fuel the American Dream

    It has been said time and again that America is the land of opportunity, and there’s a reason for that: patents. Our history of invention runs deep, and continues to power the patent system, which encourages America’s inventors today. Patents continue to play a huge role in the global marketplace...

  • Trade secrets and the AIA: The practical considerations of establishing prior user rights by clear and convincing evidence

    The doctrine of prior user rights as expanded under the America Invents Act (AIA) amendments to 35 U.S.C. § 273 provides entities a safe haven from patent infringement for certain internal commercial uses that are the subject of another’s later patent filing. This doctrine offers an additional defense to entities...

  • Without intellectual property, everything is free to copy

    If you fail to obtain proper intellectual property protection your invention then falls into the general rule of “free to copy,” in which case you may be relegated to bottom feeding, competing primarily on price, or trying to replicate others’ inventions without running afoul of their intellectual property rights.

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