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Preparing for Your Company's Future - Defensive IP Due Diligence

In today’s technology-driven world, businesses of all sizes appreciate that intellectual property (“IP”) is often a key asset in driving value of a company. The task of identifying the value of those IP assets in a business...more

The All-Important Patent Portfolio - How patents can protect your business and help it grow

Whether a company has existed for a hundred years or is just starting out, patents can be a core strategic asset. Patents are a barrier to entry for competitors. For established companies, patents protect product lines from...more

"FTC Seeks Comment on Collection of Information Relating to Patent Assertion Entities"

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the four sitting Commissioners voted unanimously to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information to examine how patent assertion entities (PAEs)...more

The Danger of Double Patenting

In St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Access Closure, Inc., the Federal Circuit found that one of St. Jude’s patents was invalid under the doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting. This case highlights the potential difficulty of...more

What Every Executive Should Know About Building a Patent Portfolio

Despite what you may have heard, patents continue to foster competition and innovation and are essential to success in technology driven markets. To operate successfully in these markets, in-house counsel, program managers,...more

Federal and State Governments Position Patent Trolls in their Crosshairs

The number of patents filed in recent years has increased with the proliferation of complex products containing thousands of components. So too has the incidence of lawsuits or threats of suit....more

Patent Series: Protecting inventions [Video]

Janet Cord and Ray Diperna, partners at Ladas & Parry LLP, discuss the pros and cons of patents in protecting inventions....more

Don't Just Patent Everything, You Need To Have A Strategy

You can't patent it all. Inventors often want to patent every potentially novel detail of their technologies and patent attorneys are sometimes willing to help them do it. However, this type of unfocused, shotgun approach...more

Amending Your Patent Claims In Corresponding Foreign Applications Could Obligate You To Look At Your Granted Australian Claims

“There is no practice ... that I’m aware of, nor have I ever received advice from my attorneys anywhere in the world[,] that once a particular amendment is made to a patent in any particular jurisdiction ... there is some...more

Intellectual Property Client Alert: Definiteness in Patent Claims

The Federal Circuit, in Function Media v. Google, has determined that use of “means” language in a claim can lead to indefiniteness. Functional Media sued Google for infringement of three patents regarding advertising...more

Race to the Patent Office – Start Your Engines!

The race to the Patent Office begins March 16, 2013, when the new first-to-file patent system takes effect. Start your engines, or at least think about the consequences of this system for current and future patent portfolios....more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

Have You Checked Your Assets Lately?

You know where your money and investments are and whether they are protected and paying dividends, but can you say the same about your intellectual property?...more

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