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How is Graphene Currently Used and What is the Hope for the Future? [Video]

In the second video of a three-part series, Fenwick attorney Paul Smith talks about the growing anticipation surrounding this strong, conductive and flexible material. Why the excitement? Simply put, graphene is easy. It’s...more

What is Graphene? Fenwick Patent Attorney Has the Answer [Video]

The technology and life sciences communities alike have been raving about new "wonder material" graphene for the past year. From applications for wearable devices to the creation of lightweight, bendable televisions and...more

Two Tips for Inventors Filing Patent Applications [Video]

The intense patent activity in graphene stems from its enormous technological and commercial potential. But because much of the territory underlying the graphene cross-roads has already been claimed, patenting graphene poses...more

Underdog or Underhanded: The Real Issues Behind Aereo

How do you prove someone is breaking the law, if the technology they are using to do so didn’t even exist when the law was written?...more

Taking Notice of Notice Letters [Video]

Companies of all sizes find it increasingly difficult to avoid claims of patent infringement being raised against them. Often these claims come in the form of a notice letter, but what are notice letters, and more...more

Startups seeking crowdfunding: Avoiding patent pitfalls

Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more

Protecting and Enforcing Your High Technology Intellectual Property - Webinar Replay [Video]

Our panel of Knobbe Martens partners hosted a complimentary and informative webinar to discuss the state of software and hardware IP protection and enforcement. Challenges to obtaining broad software and hardware IP...more

Gore Decided: Unitary Nexus Rejected; Economic Substance Test Clarified

Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury; Future Value, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury. The court held that under the...more

Legal Alert: Maryland Court of Appeals: Out-of-State Delaware Holding Companies Licensing Patents to Parent Company Doing Business...

Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that Maryland may tax out-of-state Delaware holding companies that license patents to their parent company, which was doing business in Maryland. Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v....more

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the...more

A Trade Name May Not Smell So Sweet If It’s Also a Trademark

There are many legal principals behind names of companies and their products and services. It is common for new businesses to check with the North Carolina Secretary of State to make sure no one else has their name. This is...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2014

In This Issue: - Minority Shareholder Rights in Virginia - Revisions to Federal Non-Party Subpoena Power (Rule 45): Streamlining and Simplifying Outdated Procedures, Effective December 1, 2013 - Common...more

Virginia Adopts Narrow Definition of “Royalty” for Purposes of its Intangible Expense Add-Back

In a recent ruling, the Virginia Department of Taxation determined that payments made by a taxpayer to an affiliated corporation were not "royalty" payments and should not have been added back to the taxpayer’s Virginia...more

Issues and Complexities: Evaluating an MLP at 4 Key Points in the IPO Process

Understanding what and when decisions need to be made can help companies ensure a smooth MLP IPO process. The number of master limited partnerships (MLPs) has grown significantly over the past five years, increasing...more

The Building Blocks of a Technology Deal [Video]

Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu explains the building blocks of a typical technology partnering deal: equity investment, technology development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution...more

3 Things Small Business Owners Don't Include in Their Year-End Planning, But Should

When it comes to year-end planning, what's the one thing most small business owners don't do but should? That's the question we put to attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the diversity of insights would make...more

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in...more

You Can Be Liable For Copyright Infringement by Your Company

Generally, the owners, officers and employees of a corporation or limited liability company are not personally liable for the actions or conduct of their companies. However, a recent decision by the United States District...more

Why Choose the Dual Track Process? [Video]

Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains why companies might choose the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process over single track. ...more

Navigating the Dual Track M&A/IPO– Part One [Video]

Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process. - Filing a registration statement - Finding a buyer while...more

The One Mistake Startup Entrepreneurs Always Make - A Legal Perspective...

In your experience working with startup entrepreneurs, what's the one mistake they make time and again? The answer to that question of course varies greatly, depending on whom you ask - and, for legal perspective, we...more

Going into Business? Give Careful Thought to Selecting and Protecting Your Business Name

You should choose your business name with care, because the name of the corporation or the name under which a service or product will be sold has the potential to be a valuable asset of your business. Unless you take steps at...more

Patent Mediation – Interview with John Delehanty, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney John Delehanty, Member of Mintz Levin's Intellectual Property Practice, explains the benefits of using mediation to resolve patent disputes. ...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

FTC Announces Study of "Patent Assertion Entities"

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 27, 2013 that it would begin an investigation of so-called “patent assertion entities” (PAE). Its first step was to seek public comment on a lengthy series of...more

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