• 3D printing and fashion: Job loss and new job opportunities

    Effectively, the fashion supply chain will be interrupted and the fashion workforce will be restructured industry-wide. Fundamentally, jobs for seamstresses, pattern makers and warehouse managers will either be drastically reduced or replaced with some of the new jobs discussed below.

  • Defensive intellectual property due diligence in clean tech

    IP due diligence begins with two questions. First, what are the company’s core technologies? (Part two of this three-part series gave some examples of how to identify core technologies.) Second, does the existing IP protect those core technologies? After cataloguing the IP, due diligence turns to focus on...

  • Financial and emotional costs are considerably less when IP planning is a part of the earlier developmental stages

    Intellectual property generally is the most valuable asset held by technology companies and, in fact, in many business entities across all sectors of the economy. IP accounts for an average of over 80 percent of company value. Whether the IP consists of manufacturing patents, marketing trademarks, corporate know-how, analytic formulas,...

  • Acquirer IPR in mergers and acquisitions

    In corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A), it is essential to conduct due diligence to understand the risks associated with any contemplated transaction. A crucial aspect of this diligence lies in evaluating the target’s liability or potential liability in patent litigation, particularly in light of the significant costs associated with litigation...

  • Patexia helps collaboratively fight frivolous patent litigation

    Participants in Patexia’s new Coalition Funding Initiative will be connected to other companies facing patent litigation to share costs and eliminate the threat through inter-partes review.

  • Stroz Friedberg acquires Elysium Digital, bolsters forensics teams and expands IP offerings

    “The most effective way to safeguard a company’s ability to fully monetize its IP is to be thinking about protection and enforcement from the moment an idea is generated until it is replaced with the next great thing.”

  • Cybersecurity and intellectual property: How protected are you?

    The biggest threats to your company's intellectual property may reside inside your own organization. Employees are frequently the primary threat to data security, whether it's a departing employee stealing trade secrets, a well-intentioned employee placing valuable intellectual property on an unsecured computer or device, or a hapless employee accidentally installing...

  • Trade secrets and reasonable steps: Are you covered?

    Do your employees know what information or technology your company considers confidential? If not, take note: a court case involving MBL (USA) Corporation found that the company failed to inform employees “what, if anything, the plaintiff considered confidential.” As a result, the court dismissed the case against a former employee...

  • Show me the money

    Companies are under increased pressure to maximize the value of their assets, and with Big Data and data analytics, we’re in a highly competitive environment.”

  • Europe's new patent system

    Europe is moving towards an entirely new patent system that could come into effect as early as 2016. Under the new system, one Unitary Patent will be in effect across all of the participating 26 European Union member states, including at least Germany, the United Kingdom, France and 10 others....

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