Significant changes in design patent law became effective May 13. The biggest change is that the U.S. and Japan are now members of the Hague Union. The Hague Union is part of an international treaty that establishes a simple...more
Counterfeiting is the practice of manufacturing and/or selling goods, usually of inferior quality, under a brand name without the brand owner’s permission. The damage from counterfeiting is extensive and far-reaching and...more
Patent trolls, or more politely, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), are firms that collect “license” fees on patent rights by threatening lawsuits. Rarely do NPEs make any products, provide any services or operate any systems...more
In-house lawyers rely heavily on their outside counsel to give them legal advice that is concise, clear and up to the minute, making the relationship one of great importance. Indeed, it is outside counsel’s job to do his or...more
Originally published in the Portland Business Journal on February 22, 2013.
Counterfeit sales make up as much as 7 percent of worldwide trade. All told, counterfeiting is a $650 billion industry.