Intellectual Property

  • Why bother with patents?

    So how does a company build a patent portfolio aligned with one or more of these objectives? Clients have found it helpful to classify a patent portfolio strategy according to one of three primary business objectives.

  • 'Stand Up to the Demand' campaign fights patent trolls

    Conversant launched its new campaign in order to help targeted companies fend off demand letters from patent trolls

  • Dickinson leaving top post at AIPLA

    A statement announcing his resignation said in part that, “Dickinson … looks forward to continued engagement in the intellectual property community

  • Don't take THIS name in vain

    It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But vanity flatters no one. Certainly that's so in an interesting trademark spat that pitted music-loving fans on one hand and a maker of intimate and bedroom apparel on the other.

  • Protecting innovation while fostering collaboration: Joint development agreements

    If the circumstances warrant it, a JDA should also be executed to address the existing patent rights of each party and the parties’ obligations and rights with respect to future IP.

  • Microsoft making IP news

    Microsoft has making IP news after releasing IP portal, signing a cross-licensing agreement, and shifting the role of Horacio Gutierrez

  • Viewing IP as a supply chain

    Companies that review, assess and optimize at their entire IP supply chain can gain significant competitive advantage and enhance corporate value because they can put into place action plans to address any delays or inefficiencies found in their current process.

  • It's a wonderful (new) life

    Companies should not only look to comply with FDA labeling regulations but should also be aware of the broader requirements under the Lanham Act: that is, to not “misrepresent the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin” of their products or services.

  • Patent reform on Capitol Hill

    If there was a takeaway for the investors, it was that change doesn't come easy in Washington. But even though case law evolves slowly and comprehensive legislative changes are rare, the good news is that progress seems inevitable.

  • Protecting innovation while fostering collaboration: Non-disclosure agreements

    The risks that arise if an NDA is not executed include loss of trade secrets and possible loss of patent rights. By disclosing confidential information without an NDA, you may make your trade secrets vulnerable to misappropriation without recourse.

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