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What Does the Brexit Vote Mean for IP Protection?

July 7th, 2016

As is well known by now, the citizens of Great Britain have chosen to leave the European Union (EU), a move popularly dubbed the “Brexit.” Despite the economic upheaval and media firestorm surrounding the vote, the realm of intellectual property law is unlikely to see any immediate consequences from the Brexit.

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Charged with an IP Crime? Your Lawyer Better Know Science as Well as Criminal Law

May 19th, 2016

When federal agents swarmed the home of Temple University physics professor Xiaoxing Xi and charged him with spying for China, scientists across the country better have taken note. This was an egregious case of an alleged IP crime which turned out to be nothing at all. Unfortunately, it is likely to happen again. Scientists and…

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What IP-Driven Companies Need to Know

May 3rd, 2016

When we wrote recently about trade secrets, we noted that enforcement in the United States fell largely to state laws modeled on the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), first drafted in 1979. With its signing in February 2016 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though, the United States obliged itself to enact legislation that gives trade secret protections teeth at the federal level.

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Honoring Great American Inventor Lonnie G. Johnson

April 26th, 2016

From the trademark protecting “Star Wars” merchandise to the patent protecting the repositionable adhesive on the Post-It® note, the legal protection of intellectual property drives innovation and fuels our economy.

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When Can Customer Information be Considered a Trade Secret?

November 5th, 2015

We’ve recently discussed trade secrets, any information known to you but not to others that gives you a business advantage. While examples such as product designs and secret recipes are good examples of intellectual property that can be treated as trade secrets, we frequently are asked about one business advantage that is not so clear cut: customer information.

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What is the Status of Patents for Software Inventions, Post-Alice?

October 15th, 2015

It has been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v. CLS Bank which ruled that the two-step Mayo analysis should be applied to all patents in determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. While this analysis provides a few bright line rules (e.g., implementing a known process using generic computer elements is not patentable), it failed to offer any clarity regarding how to perform the two-step Mayo analysis on software inventions, which requires determining whether an abstract idea is recited, whether there is preemption of the abstract idea, and whether an “inventive concept” is recited such that the invention is directed to something “significantly more” than the abstract idea itself.

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3 Ways a Competitor Can Legally Acquire Your Trade Secrets

October 1st, 2015

Trade secrets are a form of intellectual property protection that are distinct from patents, with which they are often confused. A trade secret is any information that is known to you, but not to others, that gives you a commercial advantage.

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Trade Secrets: The Other Intellectual Property

September 24th, 2015

Most business owners are at least passingly familiar with trademarks, copyrights, and patents. There is another type of IP, however: trade secrets. This category is widely misunderstood.

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Top IP Trends of 2015

January 1st, 2015

While 2014 saw several watershed moments in the IP arena, 2015 promises to be every bit as exciting. Intellectual property assets remain the engine that drive the world’s economy, with new discoveries creating new markets and fueling new business growth, while influencing the public policy that shapes and, in many cases improves, the quality of…

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Year in Review: Top IP Issues of 2014

December 22nd, 2014

In a decade that has seen major developments in intellectual property rights and IP law, 2014 was still a significant year. Tech giants such as Google, Samsung and Apple grabbed headlines in their battles over infringement claims, patent reform measures were debated, then scrapped, and a landmark case changed the game for software patents. Here are our…

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